Ice cream is one of those foods that elicits a fanatical following. Sure, you can buy the frozen dessert at just about every grocery store or corner market, but that doesn't stop people from going great lengths to get their favorite variety. The artisanal food revolution of the past few decades has kicked regional, small-batch ice cream into overdrive. Now, just about every city (and town) has a spot with long lines and one-of-a-kind flavors. That usually means — thanks to ice cream's status of being, well, frozen — if you're not nearby you simple have to fantasize about that perfect, just of our reach, scoop.
However, thanks to the miracle of snail mail (and lots of dry ice), there are some creameries and ice cream shops that will mail nationwide. You don't have to be in Brooklyn to enjoy Ooey Gooey Butter Cake from Ample Hills, or L.A. to get a scoop of McConnell's cookies and cream. And while you'll often pay a premium to get a pint or six shipped cross-country for you, there are some things — like the ultimate hot fudge sundae — that just might be worth it.