Kinder Surprises are egg-shaped chocolates that contain a small toy prize inside, unfortunately, they’re banned in the U.S. since it’s illegal to sell candy with non-edible objects inside. Also known as Kinder Eggs, they’re wildly popular and famous treats in Europe and other parts of the world.
Many Americans who wanted Kinder Eggs had to travel abroad while others tried to smuggle them through customs. There are stories of brave people who have attempted to smuggle Kinder Surprise eggs into the U.S. with tens of thousands of the forbidden chocolates being confiscated by customs every year.
The authorities fine smugglers up to $2,500 per egg if they’re caught. However, this is bound to change starting this month. This will be good news for Kinder Eggs lovers as they will finally be available legally in the U.S. However, the brand is not exactly the same toy-containing Kinder Surprise Egg that's been banned, but it’s a newer variety called Kinder Joy.
The Kinder Surprise is the most famous variety of Kinder Egg. The big, egg-shaped hollow chocolate with a little yellow plastic capsule inside. The capsule contains some kind of tiny toy. The newer product which debuted in 2001 is known as Kinder Joy and it is a plastic egg in two separate pieces. One half is completely non-edible, and that contains the toy. The other half of the egg is filled with chocolate cream, crispy little wafer balls, and a tiny spoon to eat it with.
The two variants, both the Kinder Surprise and the Kinder Joy are technically Kinder Eggs, in that they are both Kinder-branded, egg-shaped chocolates by Ferrero. They both come with small toys. The only difference and the reason Kinder Joy is allowed in the U.S. is that the Kinder Joy's surprise toy is not contained in the candy itself.
The Kinder Joy will make its U.S. debut on Black Friday at Walmart stores across the country, where they will sell for $1.34 apiece. Reports indicate that Walmart will have them exclusively for 30 days, after which they'll be available all over the United States.