You may be asking, “What’s a Kinder Egg?” If so, you probably don’t have kids. Kinder eggs are a delightfully simple treat my kids have loved since we started traveling overseas when they were very young. A chocolate egg that contains a small mystery toy, they make my kids squeal with delight when they see the familiar box.
Due to some archaic legislation, Kinder Surprise eggs haven’t been legally allowed in the United States since they’re inception 40+ years ago. But, there’s news that another Kinder product, the Kinder Joy, will start being sold in the US in 2018.
The surprising part to me is that the Kinder Joy has apparently met US standards for quite some time, that this isn’t the result of a recent change in regulations. I can’t imagine why parent company Ferrero wouldn’t have wanted to try to pierce the US market sooner.
If you’re not an expert on Kinder eggs, the Joy is a bit different from the surprise. One half of the plastic “egg” is filled with creme and a couple of crispy treats. The other half contains the toy. Since the toy and the candy aren’t intermingled, the US government doesn’t have an issue with it.
Our daughter actually prefers these. Our son really has no preference, as long as he’s getting surprise eggs! That’s why my wife forwarded this article as soon as she saw it. And, why I wrote this post a few years ago.
As a side note, this Forbes article helped enlighten me about the origination of the Kinder egg. Gotta love the Italians:
The Kinder Egg was conceptualized as a way to play on the Italian tradition of giving children large chocolate eggs that often had a toy inside of them to celebrate Easter. That family tradition was replicated in the Kinder Surprise, which became a popular food-toy outside of the holiday season.
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If you’re unfamiliar with Kinder eggs, you’re probably shaking your head. It’s hard to explain why my kids love these little treats so much. But, they’re not the only ones. Plenty of my aviation geek friends have kids that feel the same way. I’d be willing to bet some of the adults love them, too!
When my aviation geek friends came to visit last year for a party at my house, they brought a big pack of Kinder eggs for both kids. The kids were delighted! Now, it looks like they won’t need to smuggle them into the country much longer….
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