Good News! Kinder Eggs are Now Legal in the U.S.
I can't remember what age I was when I was introduced to Kinder Surprise Eggs for the first time, but since that moment I've found myself saddened every time I saw that black and orange "kinder" logo on a display only to find that there were no eggs for sale.
It turns out that Kinder Suprise Eggs (made by Ferrero) could not legally be sold in the United States. Why? The toys inside are thought to be a choking hazard, but also because of some weird law that's part of the 1938 Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which prohibits candy with “non-nutritive objects” embedded in them.
But, there's some good news! Ferrero has announced that they will start selling Kinder Eggs in the U.S. beginning on Black Friday. These won't be the eggs that you and I are used to (the ones that some relative smuggled in illegally from Canada back in the day), but they'll be a reasonably accurate facsimile.
Instead of the hollow chocolate eggs lined with a layer of cream and a plastic egg with a toy inside, the Kinder Joy Eggs that will be sold in the U.S. come in two parts. One, separately sealed, side of the egg will contain a treat, while the other side will contain the chocolate, cream, and (new addition) chocolate coated wafer balls. You're supposed to dig all of the candy goodness out with a small spoon (that also comes with egg), which frankly seems more dangerous than a toy inside of a plastic pod, but maybe that's just me.
The new (to us) Kinder Joy Eggs will be available starting on Black Friday at Wal-Mart and will sell for $1.34 per egg.