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Mail order chocolate or cheese to Florida?

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During late spring/summer/early fall it would surely melt into noxious goo while in the delivery truck on the way to your house. Are these mail-order delicacies off-limits to Florida residents during the aforementioned seasons?

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  1. When I lived in Miami, I used to order cheese for dinner parties from www.idealcheese.com in NYC, and never had any trouble w/ deliveries - they sent it Fedex overnight.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      How did FedEx stop it from melting in the truck between the time it leaves the warehouse and the time it gets to your house? As I recall FedEx trucks aren't refrigerated or well air-conditioned in the cargo area.

      1. re: aynrandgirl

        I believe it was packed w/ dry ice. If you think of them shipping it out the night before, and delivering it first thing in the morning, there's not too much time for it to melt. Not ideal conditions still, but I don't remember having any problems and, at least back then, the cheeses were still better than anything I was able to find in Miami (late 90s).

    2. Norman Love Confections. Ships next day with ice packs. Amazing chocolate. http://www.normanloveconfections.com/...

      1. igourmet.com uses styrofoam boxes inside the regular cardboard box and packs with ice packs. I've never had anything (cheese or chocolate) melt from them in any weather.

        1. I get a lot of mail-order, and perishable or meltable items I've gotten have been in insulated containers with with refigerant suitable for the season. Never a problem. Of course, at some seasons $$ overnight shipment may be required.

          1. As everyone said, they pack the items with dry ice. A few years ago, my sister who lives in NYC ordered frozen custard from her favorite place in St. Louis for a party. It arrived via overnight delivery with no troubles at all. And it was not during the winter.