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to think i can keep ice creams in a cool box for 2 hours at a kids' party?

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StrangeAndUnusual Mon 19-Jun-17 14:45:16

DS's 5th birthday party on Saturday. Temperature forecast to be 18 degrees so not super hot, but could be higher.

I am planning to put ice creams/lollies in a cool box with plenty of ice/freezer packs. Put box in shady place in church hall and hand them out to the kids at the end.

Is this totally unreasonable? Will they be melted, salmonella ridden splodrges?

Migraleve Mon 19-Jun-17 14:46:33

Doesn't sound like the most practical idea tbh.

FishInAWetSuitAndFlippers Mon 19-Jun-17 14:48:04

Maybe get packs of freeze pops. It won't matter if they melt a little.

Sweatysweaty Mon 19-Jun-17 14:48:46

We bought ice lollies today and they Had already started melting on the 5minute drive home!
Maybe if you pack it with lots of frozen peas or ice packs though? But I think 2 hours will be a massive push

StrangeAndUnusual Mon 19-Jun-17 14:49:03

I often take ice cream for school pick up on hot days - it's 45 mins from leaving home to the kids eating them, and they're always solidly frozen. That's just two ice creams in an insulated lunch box with a tiny freezer bag.

So it doesn't seem unreasonable to think that 30 ice creams still boxed up will stay solid in a big cool box with lots of ice/freezer packs?

Or does it ... smile

plantsitter Mon 19-Jun-17 14:49:21

It won't work. Sorry.

BigChocFrenzy Mon 19-Jun-17 14:50:19

Just makes sure nooone finds out about them, or they'll disappear before melting becomes an issue ...

statetrooperstacey Mon 19-Jun-17 14:51:34

I have tried this it does not work. Honestlygrin
I've cream isn't very substantial and is deigned to be consumed immediately out the freezer, so to melt fairly quickly really! You will have soup!
Check to see if the church hall has a fridge freezer some do.
Can someone not nip to a supermarket just before the end?

SheRaaarghPrincessOfPower Mon 19-Jun-17 14:53:37

Yes, it will work, but you'll need a LOT of ice. Couple of bags of ice, in the bottom, ice creams in the middle (loose, not in boxes). Pre-cool the cool box for an hour before you put the ice creams in though.

I've had a bag of ice in a cool box in this kind of heat for a few hours it barely melted. If you can pack it full of frozen stuff you'll be fine for two hours.

BikeRunSki Mon 19-Jun-17 14:53:40

I've tried this.
It doesn't work.
Believe me, and statetrooperstacey

SheRaaarghPrincessOfPower Mon 19-Jun-17 14:54:55

Meant to say to put bags of ice on top as well.

StrangeAndUnusual Mon 19-Jun-17 15:02:00

Now it feels like a challenge!

StrangeAndUnusual Mon 19-Jun-17 15:03:01

I am going to freeze some giant bags of water tonight, and try it with a single ice cream tomorrow.

Will report back ....

Ginslinger Mon 19-Jun-17 15:05:28

I've done it with tubs of icecream and freezer packs for about 1.5 hours and it was ok - just ready to serve but I don't think it would work with individual icecreams

BangkokBlues Mon 19-Jun-17 15:08:38

I would do freeze pops or calypso style lollies so it doesn't matter if they melt a little bit.

However I think you will be find with a cool box (not bag) and packed with lots and lots of ice packs and a wet towel over the top.

Hillarious Mon 19-Jun-17 15:09:03

Drove three hours home in yesterday's heat with the contents of DD's university room. This included two bags of Quorn mince, a bag of peas, a bag of frozen spinach and half a bag of summer fruits - all in a cool bag. All made it home still frozen.

As for ice packs, when we camp in the summer I freeze Capri Sun drinks to use as ice packs.

SheRaaarghPrincessOfPower Mon 19-Jun-17 15:12:15

Frozen bottles of water work well as well.

Basically, if the entire contents of the cool box is frozen, and packed in well, you'll be fine

Shadow666 Mon 19-Jun-17 15:14:52

Larger items take longer to defrost. Small ice creams melt very quickly. Just do a different desert, cup cakes, corn flake cakes, cookies, small pack of sweets? There are loads to choose from.

Augustbabyyeah Mon 19-Jun-17 15:21:38

No way does this work.

StrangeAndUnusual Mon 19-Jun-17 15:25:54

But small items packed closely together are like one large item, surely?

When we stay in self catering places, we've driven for 5 hours with loads of frozen food packed tightly in the boot, with ice packs and insulation around them. Always solidly frozen when we arrive.

I'm surprised no one thinks it will work. Beginning to doubt myself even more!

Tfoot75 Mon 19-Jun-17 15:30:57

It's not forecast to be at all hot on Saturday so I can't see that they'd melt after 2 hours in a cool box full of ice!! I'd do jubblies though as they need to be slightly slushy to push up.

Joinourclub Mon 19-Jun-17 15:35:38

It depends on the ice cream really. Cheap choc ices, with whippy light ice cream, start to melt as soon as they are out if the freezer. Something denser would last longer. I reckon ice lollies would last better than ice creams.

Cakescakescakes Mon 19-Jun-17 15:38:28

I'd be surprised if there isn't a freezer in the hall?

Ginslinger Mon 19-Jun-17 15:42:28

I think you might be right - if you have loads of icepacks and cold bottles then it should be ok - kept in a shady sport

Witchend Mon 19-Jun-17 16:03:42

Dm did this one in April. We had some strange drinks with a lolly stick down the middle. grin

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