- Think about your presentation. People set up cute tables and make nice labels for their products. These tended to do better because they displayed better, but also because perhaps on a subconscious level, people think the nicer looking stuff had more thought and attention put into the final product.
Creative packaging for whoopie pies
- Make sure you see everything. There are so many tables and people in there that you have to be strategic in getting around to see all the products.
- Serving size counts. It's hard to negotiate with a whole cake, but a single cookie won't get you very far, either. Think mini loaves, cupcakes, cookies, little baggies of candies, etc. If you need ideas for packaging, check out Pinterest or visit a restaurant supply store.
Label, label, label!
- In terms of what to bring, the food fell into two camps: family favorites and chefy experiments. Have an awesome banana bread recipe or chocolate chip cookie creation? Figure out how to make individual portions and have at it. Always wanted to try that olive oil rosemary cake or ancho chili dark chocolate cup? Now's the time.
- Don't get too ambitious you're first time out the gate. Start by bringing no more than one dozen portions of whatever you're swapping. The more you bring, the more you have to wheel and deal.
- Label everything and include any possible allergens. Vegan, gluten free and organic items are available, but keep in mind that if you're very strict or highly allergic, the items might not be made according to your dietary needs. Of course, bringing items that adhere to special diets could make you very popular at the swap.
Hope to see you at the next swap!