Chocolates in carry on allowed?

May 29th, 2017, 10:38 AM
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Chocolates in carry on allowed?

Probably a dumb question but I've never traveled overseas before. I'm taking a trip to London/Scotland in August. Will I be able to bring sealed candy/chocolates back in my carry on luggage? I know open foods aren't allowed - but since these will be sealed chocolates/candy will this be allowed?

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May 29th, 2017, 11:31 AM
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>>Probably a dumb question<<

Should we say it is

Yes, you bring back chocolate, and cookies and crackers and and and . . .

>>I know open foods aren't allowed -<<

That really isn't true. Lots of different types of open foods would be allowed. Coming back into the States mainly fruits/veg/meats can be an issue, open OR sealed.
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May 29th, 2017, 03:16 PM
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There are also some foods you can’t get through security. Applesauce, for instance.
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May 29th, 2017, 03:51 PM
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>>There are also some foods you can’t get through security. Applesauce, for instance.<

That is mostly because of the 3 oz liquids limitations, would apply to peanut butter, Nutella, etc as well.
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May 29th, 2017, 05:45 PM
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Open foods are not allowed through security onto an airplane? Is that a new rule? I've never encountered that before.
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May 29th, 2017, 07:31 PM
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"open foods" not allowed? Not afaik.
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May 30th, 2017, 04:12 AM
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Aha! Information good to know! Thank you!!! Glad I asked my dumb question!

Now I just have to make sure I pack a large enough bag to bring my candies and cookies back!

Thank you all for your help!
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May 30th, 2017, 07:39 AM
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Open foods are allowed. It's the fresh meats, cheeses, veggies and fruits that will be confiscated in the US. If they're in sealed packaging and processed, that's different.

Note that the best cookies in the UK are "biscuits." That's what the Brits call shortbreads and oaties and all sorts of other cookies. We had to translate that in reverse years ago when our toddler asked for "coo coo" (cookies) in the UK.
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May 30th, 2017, 01:40 PM
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Yes you can bring chocolate. Even if it IS opened.
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May 31st, 2017, 05:30 AM
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some security guys - in Belgium mind you - did not allow chocolate with liquor in it.
It sounded very weird but my friend had not time to argue. So he jumped on his chocolate before giving them to security
Was 3 years ago.
I also was searched quite thoroughly because some chocolate were wrapped in Aluminium foils in my pocket.
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Jun 1st, 2017, 04:28 PM
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You were uncertain and asked. There is nothing dumb about that.
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Jun 2nd, 2017, 07:18 AM
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Let's just be clear. There are two very different issues here. One is what you can and cannot bring through security, and there's no problem with most open or unopen candy and chocolates. This is pretty standard across the board, but there's a lot of questions with regard to some items people classify as "food" (Nutella and peanut butter being prime examples). But that's just one issue.

The other is with customs. Many foods (particularly meats---whether packaged or not---and fresh fruits, as well as some other things) cannot be brought through customs into certain countries. This has absolutely nothing to do with airline security and everything to do with agricultural security. Chocolates and candy are allowed in either case, but many other foods are not, and it varies dramatically by country.

If you have a question, you should ask about it, but asking about whether certain foods can be imported to another country is not stupid at all.
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Jun 2nd, 2017, 09:18 AM
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On a related note. Anyone have any problems bringing jars of foil gras into the US?
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Jun 2nd, 2017, 04:26 PM
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Some chocolates have soft center (filling). I don't think they will be allowed through security.

Open food? We always take home-made sandwiches that are not sealed, not an issue. Of course have to toss any, if left, due to fresh veggies in them.
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Jun 3rd, 2017, 05:15 AM
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That isn't true, I take those through on practically every trip I take. I never even thought about it, but I often pack a small baggie with some chocolates in it that I may use for a snack on the plane, as I never eat airline food, or even a small nighttime snack where I'm going. These would be small individually wrapped Dove or Ghiradelli chocolates with a caramel filling or something like that.

A lot of people seem to not understand the rules. It isn't that apple sauce isn't allowed, for exzmple, the rule is about the SIZE of liquids/gels you can carry one. They aren't supposed to be over 3.4 ounces. If you had 2 oz of applesauce, you certainly would be allowed to carry it on just like 2 oz of shampoo. Similarly, you can certainly bring a peanut butter sandwich on board but not an entire full-size jar of peanut butter or something of that consistency. Now if you somehow how a piece of chocolate with a 4 oz cream center, maybe it would be questioned, but I don't think there is such a thing (I hope not).

Now in theory, I suppose my one-inch square Dove chocolates maybe were supposed to be put through in that one qt size bag that is separately displayed, but I get TSA precheck everywhere in the US, so I don't have to do that, anyway. But I can tell you that in the past when I didn't always get TSA precheck, not once did any security screening machine pick up my 5 small one-inch Dove caramel-filled chocolate squares in my carry-on.
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Jun 5th, 2017, 08:06 AM
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Jars of foie gras are allowed in carry-on luggage, as is chocolate, whether or not it has a "soft" center.
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Jun 5th, 2017, 10:07 AM
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Depends entirely on which country you're entering. Not all prohibit veg and fruit.
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Jun 6th, 2017, 08:49 PM
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I recently had to change planes in Amsterdam on my way back to US. I really wanted to purchase liquor filled chocolates at the Duty Free shop. The package was so beautiful and the chocolates looked really yummy.
But I was not able to purchase them because to reach my home I had to take another flight within US. I was advised that it would be better not to carry them because of the tiny bit of liquor in the filling. I could put them in my checked luggage after reaching US and getting my bag for customs. But chocolates were delicate and suitcase was pretty full, so did not want them crushed.
But I was able to buy all sorts of other chocolates, candies as even cheese with no problem.
So, bottom line--do not take anything with liquid fillings.
Felt sad because I really wanted to bring back those chocolates for my adult kids.
Have a safe trip and enjoy the planning.
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Jun 8th, 2017, 02:05 PM
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You should be able to travel with well..chocolate. And pretty much any food in my experience. I have even taken sushi with me. The main restrictions are about anything that is in a liquid form (above 100ml.)
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Jun 11th, 2017, 12:05 AM
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I am at LHR now and like always passed through security with no problems with my chocolates
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