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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lemon Log Contest


A lemon log

The making of the lemon log

These are a wonderful treat. They are not yet on the website because we have not figured out a good way to ship them. They are slightly bigger than our cups and we don't want them jouncing around.



So, Life By Chocolate is sponsoring a contest. If you can figure out how to ship these 2 inch logs of pure delight, we will send you a half pound of lemon logs.



They jounce around even in the display cabinet and that doesn't move around much.



Look for other log flavors. Orange, Pineapple and more.

Rules and Restrictions and more information.
(Thank you Shane for asking the right questions.)

Rules, well, there are none except I don't want to reform the lemon logs. I want them to ship as is without the problems of getting disrupted. If you give us a solution, we'll test ship to see if it works before awarding a prize.

Restrictions, we'll only ship the prize in the continental US. (Unless you have a really good solution. For example, if you live in Canada and you have the best solution, sure we'll ship the prize.) We also don't want to buy custom forms. This has to be a cheap and clever solution. First one that works, wins.

More information. We normally ship in two types of boxes. Free form boxes, that is, boxes without forms and we also have square forms that the lemon logs do not fit in.

The logs themselves are 1 7/8 inch by 3/4 inch by 1/2 inch tall.

The boxes are 5 1/2 X 2 3/4 X 1 3/4, 7 X 3 3/8 X 2, 3 3/4 X 3 3/4 X 3, 5 3/4 X 5 3/4 X 3 (all in inches.)

We have more sizes of boxes but these are the most popular for shipping. Your solution does not have to accommodate all boxes but the one that accommodates the most boxes and works will win.


I'll be interactive on this. See facebook or twitter if you have more questions. Thanks.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Shane Bergman said...

Please check out my URL where this Image I speak of is being hosted.

As you can see, the boxes I've recreated using MS Paint and the dimensions given, the chocolates can fit accordingly.

The use of 'candy padding', which is a thick corrugated paper for packing (very cheap), can be cut to specific sizes and stored for easy box production.

In my image, I've used a brown X shape line with black outline to signify a few ways the padding can be placed upright between chocolates. The size is only a rough estimate because the papers come in many thicknesses.

I believe this could work in conjunction with the paper cups each chocolate is set in, creating to each their own nest to sit in. The chocolates don't have to be placed as such, this is just one way for each box that I have constructed.

You could easily create small boxes using the padding, creating individual pockets for each chocolate... arrangement might be a bit different for each box though :).

September 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

Shane, where's the URL?

September 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

That may work. I'll give it a try. Remember. This has to stack as well. I'll end the contest in few weeks. Probably sometime in Oct.

I'll test it and then give you feed back. Each "The Logs" how many are in a lozenge, pod? Thanks.

September 19, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Anonymous Shane Bergman said...

Stacking eh... might be as easy as adding a layer of padding between them.

One Log is one chocolate as per your specifics/dimensions. :3

September 19, 2010 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

That's a given. This looks pretty good. A simple geometric fix. Now the only question is, how do I mix this with other confections? They will not always order JUST lemon logs.

September 19, 2010 at 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Shane Bergman said...

Hmmm... how do you fit different types in a single box at the current moment? I'm assuming since this is the first 'log' you've created, all the preformed containers can hold any of your current chocolates, correct?

Also, can I pick 18 different types of chocolates and have 1 of each sent to me? That would seriously mess up the box if I wanted only 1 lemon log out of the 18...

Back to the drawing board haha

September 19, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Mark by Chocolate said...

Yes. Everything else is round or square and will fit into a standard form. So, indeed, you are correct.

Go to level 2.

September 19, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

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