UPDATE: We received so many concerned responses about this post, we did some research on our end and I contacted the owner of Coffee to a Tea, where I purchased the above cupcakes. First, you are correct, readers — one should NOT re-use cardboard cartons that previously housed eggs; it is a health risk. From what we could find online, the plasticky versions are okay, but you’d want to wash them thoroughly first. Second, Coffee to a Tea does NOT reuse cartons — they buy them fresh. The following is an email we received back from owner Jilyan:
We really love that you love the egg carton idea so much! Thanks for posting about it. We most certainly do NOT use egg cartons that have housed eggs. You and your fellow bloggers are correct, that would be unsafe food handling. We purchase the unused egg cartons from a local dairy farm specifically for packaging our mini cupcakes. So please continue to enjoy our little guys worry free, and feel good about it since they are recyclable!
Sugar Rush Baking Company
So there you have it, readers. Thanks everyone for waking me up about this. And now, let’s all enjoy a cupcake! –Mary T.
When I picked up some cupcakes recently from West Seattle’s Coffee to a Tea With Sugar, I was just as delighted by the packaging as I was by the product. Using
an a fresh egg carton to house mini cupcakes is a great way to recycle, keeps the cupcakes from being crushed, and just looks really fun, too. Try this at home! –Mary T.