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Attempting to pack chocolate spread in carry-on...

So, like the title says, I'm attempting to pack a chocolate spread (which I am assuming counts as a gel) into my carry-on. I'm not checking any luggage. Would it be crazy to split the jar up into 100 ml containers? And would those containers even make it through security of they appear to be full of chocolatey substance? I know how odd this sounds, but help!

Posted by
2847 posts

Is this something like Nutella? You will have to spoon it into separate 3-oz. containers or tubes and those have to fit into your quart-size 3-1-1 bag.

Or you could buy it in Europe.

Posted by
3368 posts

Are you sure you can't get your spread (or something very similar) in the States? Heck, you can even get Marmite in most supermarkets that have an international food aisle. Try googling (product name) in US. This must be very important to you if you want to devote the majority of your 3-1-1 bag at the expense of your other liquids/gels/pastes.

Yes, you could put the stuff in 100 ml containers. At worst you'd be held up in security while they swabbed a sample.

Posted by
2847 posts

Must be really good to be worth the trouble! I would go ahead and pack it in the small containers, but bring the empty jar too, to put the stuff back into whan you get home. For me the original packaging is part of the souvenir.

Posted by
487 posts

If you are headed home, just check your luggage, sometimes that is just the easier solution. If it does not make it immediately then you have other clothes and toiletries at home.

Posted by
9 posts

All good suggestions! I don't have any toiletries to pack. It is the end of my trip and I have used them all. Also, I cannot buy this in the states and it was a gift from family while traveling. If I could get in in the states, I wouldn't worry about taking it with me.

Posted by
6513 posts

I agree with Jen, just put it in your bag and check it.

Posted by
6809 posts

I would just check a bag on way back. Fussing with putting it in other containers might ruin it.

Have you checked whether its available through Amazon? There are Irish stores in the US (Browne's Market in Kansas City for one) that might have it.

Posted by
317 posts

I lost three jars of Cypriot cocoa tahini I was trying to take to my sister in Indiana... it's a "liquid" as far as TSA is concerned.

Also, get some cocoa tahini...

Posted by
487 posts

If you are splitting the jar up into other containers you are introducing more opportunities for bacteria and mold to grow so it probably won't last as long as if you kept it in the full container. I know you don't want to check a bag, but it is really not the end of the world.

Posted by
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Mmmmm cocoa tahini...!!

I am unsure why it is being suggested that I check a bag when I've stated twice now that I cannot and will not check a bag. I am at the end of vacation and don't have $65 lying around to spend on a checked bag when the bag I have fits perfectly in the overhead bin. I am a student. I saved money for this trip for 4 years. I bought this sized bag to NOT check it. If I could/were willing to check the bag, I would have not posted this topic...
:) Just thought someone may have had experience with this/ideas on how to repackage it. If not, that's fine!

Posted by
21867 posts

Don't get hostile, everyone is trying to help but you present an impossible problem. Who is charging $65 to check a bag on an international flight?

Posted by
9 posts

I'm not being hostile, just thought I should explain why I'm not willing to check a bag because it has been suggested more than once. I'm flying with WOW Air. I already paid to have an extra carry-on (my backpack), which was I think $50.

Posted by
367 posts

Can you ship it to yourself? If family gave it to you can they ship it to you? There might be a way to ship it from the airport. Since you refuse to check a bag and transferring it to several containers is difficult and may not be feasible consider shipping.

Posted by
9 posts

Shipping it is a good idea! I think the hostel I'm in even offers packaging and shipping. I'll check for sure. Thank you, I'm not sure why it didn't cross my mind.

Posted by
11613 posts

Shipping can cost quite a bit, too. I always ship a box of something back to the US from Europe, cost varies according to weight, but there may be a minimum rate that you must pay, regardless of weight.

Posted by
3789 posts

Do as you planned to do. I've not been asked about the unlabeled products in my 3-1-1 bag on my international travels.
People will always provide alternative advise. Here is another. Because of the chances of additional bacteria in your plan, enjoy some when you return, and then plan a lovely dessert fondue party for your family and friends to finish it off ....sooner rather than later.

Posted by
317 posts

They're not going to let you bring chocolate spread on in your carryon (unless by chance the screeners don't catch it.) If you are adamant about bringing it home, you can a) check your bag or b) mail the product home.

You could also find a source for it in the US. What exactly is the product? I'm 110% sure you can find it in the US; things have changed a lot in the last 20 years. Euro delicacies are much easier to find. (A quick search suggests it's either Panda or Cadburys...)

Posted by
8868 posts

If what you are taking is like the consistency of peanut butter it will most likely not be allowed, in a larger than 3 oz. container.

I witnessed TSA take a jar of peanut butter from some one's carry-on and toss it.

If in the 3oz/100 ml container it should be treated as any other 3-1-1 "liquid" ( or gel)

If you have the time, go to the post office and see what mailing it would cost. Since it is small enough for you to consider doing it in 3 oz containers in the 1 qt bag, I would think mailing it should not be all that expensive. It would be a lot 'neater' and avoid the issue with security .

The worst outcome at security is you have to step out of line and eat it.

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315 posts

I did a trial ship via USPS to my first nights stay in Europe a couple weeks before arrival. It worked out just fine. I have not tried it in reverse. I would consider DHL international shipping. Liquids or gels that are medications and labelled with the appropriate prescription are not a part of the quart bag. Now, I would not suggest anything criminal! But, chocolate with a history appears to be medicinal. My gel medication in Spain was checked by TSA but not in SLC.

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1416 posts

OP,

Any update on this? Did you end up shipping? How and how much did it cost?