I was bringing maple syrup from Canada to US, and I didn't know whether I should declare it as food. (US customs needed me to declare food, but not drinks). At the end it didn't really matter much, but out of curiosity - is maple syrup a food? Any thoughts?

  • Do you drink maple syrup?
    – user35890
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 12:25
  • @dan1111 I've seen people inhale it ;)
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 13:13
  • @dan1111 do you eat it?
    – Elchin
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 21:49
  • For customs purposes, drinks are food, unless, perhaps, they are alcoholic drinks, in which case they are treated somewhat differently.
    – phoog
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 23:16

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The CBP has a page on what the US accepts:

You may bring bakery items and most cheeses into the United States. As a general rule, condiments, vinegars, oils, packaged spices, honey, maple syrup, coffee, fish, tea, and baby formula are admissible.

and is classified as general food.

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    And remember, even though it may be allowed, you still need to declare it. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 6:32
  • Yep, definitely need to declare it on the customs form, since you need to declare all the food!
    – Elchin
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 21:49

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