I have traveled from Chicago to Punta Cana with a box or two of granola bars before and packets of peanuts and was stopped by customs at PUJ. They hassled me about my snacks but let me keep them. I am leaving for punta cana on july 16th for my wedding and I am bringing lots of snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks and mints), advil, alka seltzer, chapstick etc for the guests welcome bags (40 ppl total). The snacks may have to go in the carry on and I am wondering if they will take them away in customs? Anyone know the rules? I would hate for them to take everything. Other option is to put it in checked luggage but prefer carry on. Thanks for the help!