Gift for Friend? What does the US have that you don't?
- gastronomics Jul 1, 2014 01:16 PM
Hello all! Hoping you can help me out. My buddy moved back to New Zealand a few years ago, but her mom is back visiting and has offered to bring back some things to surprise her from her friends. Anything we have here that you don't?
Rye whiskey and bourbon are both much better in the states , and can be brought in ok.
For a lot of foodstuffs you'll struggle with quarantine restrictions, but US candy - reeces pieces, cinnamon candy etc, should be fine and are hard to get.
The range of hot sauces and liquid smokes is much better in the states, and dried mexican chiles are much more available at much better prices. Customs was fine with my bringing in unopened labelled packets of gaujillos, etc.
Sorghum syrup is, to my knowledge ,completely unavailable in Aus, and might have made it to Michigan via the Ky connection.
re: c oliver
You will want to check NZ quarantine regulations specifically, and it will also depend on the attitude of the particular customs offices you get - best to declare everything and not to invest too much in anything you're uncertain about.
Short version: you' can't bring in any fresh food of any kind, and for dried foods it's much better if they look commercially packaged and sealed. No fresh fruit or vegetables, no dairy, no meat.