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Jun 12, 2013 08:56 AM

Looking for food "souvenirs" recommendations

Hello all,

I'm looking to buy food "souvenirs" for my family, and was wondering what you would all recommend? I will be traveling overseas in a couple weeks (almost 24 hour trip) and would like to bring along anything that I can carry in either checked or carryon baggage. I was thinking a ny cheesecake for sure- though I don't know if I should freeze it with gel packs in a cooler in my checked baggage or carry it with me. I'm looking for sweets (sweet tooth runs in the family) and anything else I couldn't get overseas. Thanks!

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      I'm thinking cookies, certain filled chocolates (Jacques Torres and not Kee's), chocolate confections (malt balls or chocolate covered potato chips or fruit), chocolate bars, candy, candy bars, hot chocolate mix, or brownies will travel better than items like cupcakes, macarons, doughnuts, or croissants.

      I'd also look into maple syrup, maple candy, honey, or local jams/jellies.

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      1. re: kathryn

        That's awesome, thanks for replying! I heard maple syrup from Vermont is amazing, so I may look into that as well. Time to check out those links

      2. Be careful. Different countries have different rules on what you can bring in legally. Generally speaking, if it's for personal use and it's in a jar or can you're probably OK. But when you start talking about dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables or prepared foods like cheesecakes things can get complicated. I'd suggest checking the travel websites of each country you'll be passing through to be sure you won't run afoul of their regulations.

        That goes double if you want to bring food souvenirs back.

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        1. re: nokitchen

          My stopover is in France, so I will check out their regulations regarding that. I won't be taking any dairy products or veggies, so no worries there.

          1. re: Theyoungfoodie

            Just want to point out that cheesecake contains mostly dairy products.

            1. re: Elisa515

              I'm pretty sure that airport security in France would allow that since I'm only connecting.

              1. re: Theyoungfoodie

                I have no idea; I was only responding to your assertion that "I won't be taking any dairy no worries there." You indicated in the original question that "I was thinking a ny cheesecake for sure."

        2. Hi,

          How about Chinese fortune cookies?

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          1. re: barberinibee


            I have no idea where to find those. I'd need a place that can ship nationwide.

          2. Bagels! I always bring them from NYC back to California.

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            1. re: c oliver

              I'd love to take bagels, but I'm worried they won't taste great since it's a long trip.

              1. re: Theyoungfoodie

                Mine have usually been 'up' for about 24 hours by the time I get them home. If you want, you could wrap each one in plastic wrap and then put in a bag. You'd want to toast them but they're still great. I AM the voice of experience on this one :)

                1. re: c oliver

                  I'll take your word on it. I'll give it a try. I will probably freeze them once I'm home so they don't spoil. Which bakery do you recommend? I want the best of the best.

                  1. re: Theyoungfoodie

                    Ess-a-Bagel, on 1st Avenue around 21st St.

                    You get bagels at a bagel shop, not at a bakery. :)

                    1. re: Theyoungfoodie

                      I'll defer to the NYers on that one. We get them from Absolute simply cause it's the closest to our friends' aparment. No, it's not like buying one still warm and eating it walking down the street. But It's something unique.

                  2. re: Theyoungfoodie

                    Then when you get back to Bulgaria, turn 'em into bagel chips and dip them into kyopolou!