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Old Nov 27, 06, 1:28 am   #1
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Is chocolate allowed in hand luggage?

I have long known that a number of chocolate bars inside your checked luggage is liable to get it opened by the TSA (apparently its density makes them wonder if it is explosive material).

Thus, it has been my practice to carry it in my hand luggage. Chocolate, however, can get soft when a bit warm -- does this make it into "cream" for the TSA? Is it liable to be confiscated?
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Old Nov 27, 06, 4:27 am   #2
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Dovster, I've carry on a few chocolate bars with no problems. American chocolate is so full of chemicals it is more resistant to melting.
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Haven't had a problem with it yet through 3 different flights where I carried back gifts for family and friends - even including the low melting point European stuff .
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Old Nov 27, 06, 7:01 am   #4
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I'd be careful because chocolate melted eventually becomes liquid and if that happens you'll be in violation of the liquid ban!
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What about Nutella? Think of the children.

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Old Nov 27, 06, 10:02 am   #6
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What about Nutella?
I would appreciate it if you would leave my UIG's (Used Italian Girlfriend's) mother out of this conversation.
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Old Nov 27, 06, 10:15 am   #7
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For what it's worth, I've asked about ICE about bringing chocolate into the US.
They say check 'no' to the food question on the declarations card.
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Old Nov 27, 06, 1:05 pm   #8
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I came through SFO yesterday with over three pounds of Cowgirl Creamery cheese plus a half pound date/nut cake in my carry-on and although then ran the bag through the scanner twice they did not open it to look.

One the cheeses was similar to parmegiano so it would have been denser than chocolate and yes I know SFO is not manned by the TSA.

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Old Nov 27, 06, 10:25 pm   #9
 
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Smile Never travel without it!

I always have chocolate in my hand luggage, emergency rations or security blanket, you know. Have had no problems, even going through LHR over Labor Day with the minimum size bag, let alone on domestic flights.
Even declaring it as food coming back to the US, the only question I had from customs at LAX was a joking "did you bring enough for me, too?".
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Old Nov 27, 06, 11:06 pm   #10
 
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But...

I brought ice cream onto a DFW->BOS flight recently - it was fairly solid as I boarded, but ...

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Old Nov 27, 06, 11:16 pm   #11
 
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They sell chocolate in the duty free stores so I don't see how that would be an issue for importing.

The one time I did buy a Toblerone on the plane I had consumed it before arriving in the states.

I thought food meant agricultural products like produce and meat, not highly processed things.
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What about Nutella?
I noticed two jars of Nutella in the assemblage of confiscated items at CDG 2E yesterday.
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I carried on a bagful of Hediard chocolate last Saturday CDG-ATL-MCO and no one said a word about it. I wondered if it would make it through security, but I had no problems. I also checked no on the card when asked about food/ag items.
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I also checked no on the card when asked about food/ag items.
One time the lines for "no declare" were huge and slow, and there was nobody in the "declare" line. I noted this, checked the "food" box because I had candy, and went through that line. Customs agent asked what I had, I said candy, and he replied - "go on, get out of here". Probably saved 10-15 minutes.

Not something I'd do every day, but for that occasion, it worked well.
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