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We're invited to a friend's house on Sunday for a barbecue. I volunteered to bring dessert. It's only 4 adults and 4 kids, so I was thinking something easy like brownies. The only problem is that before going to their house, we are meeting them at a park nearby and we will probably be there for about 2-3 hours. I will have to leave the dessert in the car. It's supposed to be around 80 degrees. Not so good for brownies.

I was thinking that if I make them tonight and freeze them, I could then take them with me straight out of the freezer and leave them and they would be okay by the time we got back to our friend's house. Or maybe this is a dumb idea. The other option is that I can bring ice packs and keep the brownies on ice. I don't have a cooler, but I suppose I could go buy one today if I had to. Or I can just call my friend and tell her that I'm not bringing dessert (but I would hate to do that).

Any thoughts on how I can manage to bring something that will survive sitting in the car? Thanks!

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  1. I think whatever you make, a cooler will be your best bet. Or one of those insulated bags and then put ziplocs of ice in with it.

    I was trying to think of something that is supposed to be gooey and melted, but nothing came to mind. Ultimately, something firm-ish (like brownies) in a cooler might be the way to go. I would not add chocolate chips, but nuts would work.

    Or a pound cake, angel food cake, something like that - still in a cooler to keep it at least at room temp.
    Good luck!!!

    1. I agree. Cookies or something else pretty hard and dry would be your best bet, but 80 is rough for any food item.

      Plus, coolers come in gorgeous colors at Target now. I just bought my mom one for M-day and she loved it because it wasn't boring old blue or red. They come in pink, neon green, and sky blue now. Very cute. And if you live somewhere where it's hitting 80 already, a cooler with an ice pack might be a good thing to keep in your trunk for grocery runs. I do this in Los Angeles and it saves me a lot of grief when I buy meat and fish and hit traffic on the way home.

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      1. re: Pei

        I ended up buying one of those cooler bags (in red). We live in NYC, so it's a little hot for this time of year, but I figured that it was worth the $20. Many times, we will go to Costco or someplace and buy something frozen and then we can't really go anywhere else afterward, so it will be a good thing to have.

        I think I will go with the brownies. I'll wrap them in foil and put a bunch of the ice packs in the bag. If they get ruined, so be it...