Hello Serious Eaters!
In need of some advice here. I'm putting together a care package for my boyfriend, who is stationed at 29 Palms, California en route to Iraq. I always send books, magazines, other sundry items, etc. and I round out the package with food. Now that he's in the desert (and no longer on the East Coast) I am very concerned with melting.
The factors in consideration:
1. He's in the Mojave Desert, and soon will be in Iraq, so it is hot hot hot. Both places are, well, very far away from the East Coast, and, depending on a variety of factors, he only has mail call on a sporadic basis. So even sending stuff packed with dry ice would be iffy at best.
2. No pork or alcohol, or products containing either. Or porn. Not sure of the Green Machine's opinion of *food* porn though : )
3. He gets plenty of "chow," which he seems to enjoy. So at the moment at least, he doesn't need meal replacement bars or that sort of thing at all. It's just for fun, something special for him (and sometimes his buddies, when he feels like sharing).
Basically, I'm just looking for special, unexpected things to brighten his very long days. I think he's getting somewhat bored of my standard beef jerky / Hershey's kiss allotment, and, frankly, I am too.
Any and all suggestions very appreciated, especially from folks who have dealt with these conditions and know what will hold up!