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Taking chocolates on a long flight

Hi everyone!

Apologies if this is the wrong subforum, couldn't really make out what this post should be under

Anyways, I will be heading back to Canada (~9 hour flight from London, total journey is about 12 hours) for the holidays and would like to bring some chocolate for friends and family back home. And when I mean some I mean a lot!

Does anyone have a good way of transporting a large batch of chocolates on flights? I know the cargo compartment is usually quite cold, but the last thing I want is to have all my chocolate melted when I arrive. I was thinking of wrapping everything in tin foil and then wrapping that with clothes around it to keep it insulated.

Also, any suggestions for chocolates are welcome My personal favourites are Cailler and Ragusa, but they don't seem to sell gift sets. Lindt is fairly common so I'd like to stay away from that.

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Re: Bringing chocolates on a long flight

It's the middle of October and you're flying from Switzerland to Canada via London. These are not tropical locations. Ambient temperatures at the airports will be sufficiently cool that your chocolates shouldn't melt, and as you point out, temperatures on the plane are very low.

Stick them in your luggage and it should be fine.
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Re: Bringing chocolates on a long flight

You should be fine weather wise.

If your carry-on baggage allowance will allow for it, you could just carry your chocolate on board. Absolutely no risk of it melting then as you control where it is, unless you leave your bag next to the heater / heating duct by accident.

How much chocolate were you thinking of taking with you?

For common token gifts, you could try the truffle / praline ranges in the supermarkets? They seem alright. One thing I have found is that Swiss supermarket chocolate is superior to supermarket chocolate where I am from, but that could differ depending on where you come from / where you have been before.

I have a friend who loves white chocolate. He reckons M-Budget white chocolate is better than the more "premium" supermarket brands. Go figure!

For more exquisite or special gifts, consider going to artisinal chocolatiers, Sprungli or Laederach. You'll pay a big coin for these, but in many cases I think they are worth it (again, others may disagree greatly). The latter's fresh cut chocolate is quite nice in my opinion; I would probably carry this rather than put it in the checked suitcase.

Depending on who you are buying for, make sure to check labels for any particular allergens or presence of alcohol.
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But then again I might be biased as it takes <5mins to walk from my office to their factory shop
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Re: Bringing chocolates on a long flight

Thanks for the replies so far. Just wanted to see if anyone has done this so they can share their experiences and I can avoid any (unforeseen) problems.

SoftBedPlease, I have 10-15 close friends that I would like to bring 'nicer' chocolates for, such as the brands I mentioned, but will definitely be picking up some Coop brand chocolate for others. Will also check out the artisinal chocolates you suggested for close family
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Re: Taking chocolates on a long flight

I transported two pounds of chocolate truffles (from Sprüngli and Läderach) from Zurich to San Francisco in July using a carry on canvas tote bag and several bags of frozen peas to insulate the chocolates. According to the recipients (it was a wedding present), the chocolates were completely intact. Given the current temperatures, I don't think you should have a problem, but if you want to be extra cautious, frozen vegetables work just as well as an ice pack ;-).
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Re: Taking chocolates on a long flight

Depends on how "special" the chocolates are supposed to be. Personally, I like Migros and Coop chocolates, but would only gift a select few of them to other people. I just saw that Migros brought out their yearly chocolate ball/egg collection for Christmas trees (the balls wrapped in colored tin foil with stars printed on). I love those filled balls, they're much better than the regular bar chocolate, and you can buy bags with assorted balls. They have different tastes, one color with mocca, one with nut, one with crunchy nougat filling etc.
I'd get some bags of those (they go on sale once or twice in the Christmas/Easter season) and add some Giandor balls if you're on a budget. If you're not, purchase chocolates from a chocolatier (Läderach etc.).
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Thanks for the replies so far. Just wanted to see if anyone has done this so they can share their experiences and I can avoid any (unforeseen) problems.
I recently went back home to Australia (September) via London and Hong Kong. I had about CHF 200 worth of Swiss chocolate for family and friends with me, but I carried that all on board so I knew where it was all the time, plus it reduced the risks of crushing.

When I came back later that month, I had about 12 packets of Tim Tams (chocolate biscuits) which were all packed into checked luggage going via Bangkok. All arrived perfectly fine, not even crushed at all.

Carried chocolate many times through many climates; I'm sure you'll be just fine!
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Re: Taking chocolates on a long flight

My suitcases - carry on and check-in - are usually full of chocolate on the outbound flight.

Chocs always arrive in good order.

Just pack sensibly, and don't worry.
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