Bring these adorable Kinder surprise eggs over the border into the US and you risk being snagged by customs and running up a fine of up to $2,500 per illegal Kinder egg. A dozen could theoreticaly cost you $30,000!
Blood diamonds? Crystal Meth?
Nope, Kinder Surprise eggs are considered contraband for US customs purposes because of this:
No matter that the toy itself is first encapsulated in a rubbery plastic shell, making it extraordinarily difficult to eat by accident, rules are rules. But for my non-US readers– those that live in countries where children don’t eat plastic toys– is the Kinder Egg even a worthwhile souvenir?
Kinder Surprise Egg– the Reveal
Kinder Eggs are made by an Italian company, but are available all over Europe (and Canada too). So as not to run afoul of US Customs laws, I bought and opened my Kinder Egg at the airport in Gatwick. I am providing a photo tour of the reveal, below:
Is the Kinder Surprise Egg worth the hooplah?
Admittedly, what intrigued me the most about the Kinder Egg was the forbidden factor. And yes, it was a slight thrill to open the egg, anticipating the prize inside. The actual flavor of the chocolate egg was unmemorable.
As for the toy itself? Although there are collectors who buy and trade Kinder toys, I personally wasn’t that impressed with my mini car surprise. After “playing” with it for a few seconds, I put it away, lost it, and haven’t seen it since.
Have you ever bought a Kinder Surprise Egg? Are there any candy souvenirs that are illegal in your country? Share in the comments below!
Want to read more about illegal eggs? Check out these banned Mexican Confetti eggs (cascarones), a popular Mexican Easter tradition