Why you can't get a stroopwafel on some United Airlines flights

Want a stroopwafel? You won't find them on some international flights. Photo: United. 

Want a stroopwafel? You won't find them on some international flights. Photo: United. 

Recently, United Airlines started giving free Stoopwafels, a sugary Dutch snack, in coach on most flights departing before 9:45 a.m. But if you fly United often you may have noticed some international flights don't have them. 

Do you know why? United blames the problem on international laws. 

"According to Food Services, many countries impose restrictions or even prohibit the import of certain categories of food products and in some cases our new complimentary snacks fall into one of those categories," the airline told flight attendants. 

Don't worry. You'll still get your sugar fix on affected morning flights. But the menu is different. 

Here's what United says you'll get. 

  • Latin America to the United States: Biscoff Cookies
  • Canada to the United States: Cranberry citrus cookies

Does anyone know why you can't get source Daelmans-brand Stroopwafels in Canada or Latin America? I find this fascinating.