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Candy Review: Kinder Surprise Egg

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Kinder Surprise Egg

I used to love Cracker Jacks. Actually, let me clarify – I loved the prizes and the peanuts (which were too scarce, if you ask me), but the caramel corn? Not so much. Really, what’s not to love about a sweet treat accompanied by a little surprise?

Imagine my delight, then, when I discovered the Kinder Surprise Egg, a hollow chocolate egg with a surprise in the center! The Kinder Egg, manufactured by Italian confectioner Ferrero, originated in Italy in 1972, and since then the toy prizes have become coveted collectors’ items.

The prizes are created by a team of European designers. For more details (and believe me, there are many) on the various toys see the Wikipedia entry on Kinder Eggs. Add to the intrigue the fact that Kinder Eggs are essentially illegal in the United States – the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act outlawed the combining of “non-nutritive” objects with confections. The toys are also considered a choking hazard and should not be given to children under 3 years of age.

Kinder Egg inside

So the prizes are all good, of course, but how do the Kinder Eggs taste? Delicious! The outer shell is a milk chocolate. Flavorful and smooth, there is no waxiness or other distasteful quality to it. The inner shell is a milk cream concoction, and really, the pairing of the two is a great combination. Because the eggs are hollow, you don’t feel as though you’ve completely overindulged on the chocolate. It’s a perfect little treat. Maybe this is what was meant by the incredible, edible egg?

Kinder Egg prize

Please note that Kinder Surprise Eggs are not readily available in the United States. You may be able to find them at import grocers or other specialty stores.

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18 Responses to “Candy Review: Kinder Surprise Egg”

  1. 1
    Jennifer says:

    Long time reader, first time poster—because I LOVE Kinder Eggs! I grew up overseas in Germany and this was my all time favorite candy! I still have most of the toys that came with the eggs sitting in the window at my mothers house. Whenever I know of somebody going to Europe I always ask them to bring me back one (or two….or three lol). I always look for them whenever I happen to be in a big city. Thanks for sharing this your readers!

  2. 2
    Sera says:

    Whoa, an Asterx figure, Awesome!!!

  3. 3
    ajewel says:

    If “the combining of “non-nutritive” objects with confections” is illegal, then how can Nestle sell the chocolate spheres with stickers or toys inside of them? …Oops. I see they pulled them back in 1997 and replaced them with candy instead.

  4. 4
    laura says:

    ohhh i grew up on kinder eggs,
    every easter i used to get a box of three and it was the most exciting thing ever!
    now i’m 20 and i still love them!

  5. 5
    AntFan says:

    Allow me to repeat Sera… ahem… “Whoa, an Asterx figure, Awesome!!!” I would buy those by the case to collect them all!

  6. 6
    Heather says:

    These seem kind of like the American “Wonderballs” that I loved as a kid. It was a hollow milk chocolate ball with a surprise inside, such as character-shaped sweetarts, stickers, or a small figurine. My mom used to buy me one every week when we made a trip to the grocery store. Ahhhh… Good times. Good times.

  7. 7
    Shel says:

    A note on finding these:
    City Markets.
    They’re all over the city market in KC, MO. 1.50$- I’ve yet to get one, but I’m sorely tempted. I love plastic prizes. And chocolate.

    I was really sad when they pulled the toys from wonderballs. I like the sweet tart candies they have in them now, but its just too much to bear in comparison to a possible tiny plastic collectible.

    This is what I get for being a kid at heart!

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    Sarah says:

    I love these. My mother used to bring them from Germany when she was in the military and went TDY. I adored these. Too bad they stopped selling them at Army Commissaries. Some kid choked on them, so the commissary decided to pull them from their shelves. I’ll have to look these up again :3

  9. 9
    Erika says:

    HOY! FINALLY SOMEONE POSTED A REVEIW ABOUT THIS! Lol I was not on this site for a long time. Anyway dang I want these I never had them but my relatives in Philippines did not have them and they asked me if the sold them I did researching only to be left with a pouting face. **Sighs** Ohh well I could always go to Canada to get them! xD

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    Nancy says:

    I have 1000′s of kinder toys of every kind, lots still in plastic capsule unassembled. None with the chocolate. I even have lots of Kinder maxi toys! These are awesome and ingenius toys, but I have way too many! Anyone interested in any??

  11. 11
    vanessa says:

    Does anyone know where I can purchase kinder eggs online to have them shipped to usa? please let me know im desperate

  12. 12
    Cindy says:

    I just came back from the Paris trip. Bought couple boxes of Kinder Surprise Egg box (1 box contains 3 eggs). My kids love them so much.

    I found below website that sells the Kinder Surprise Egg.

    Hope that helps!

  13. 13
    banshee says:

    Nancy, tell me more about your Kinder eggs that you have too many of!!, I would love to take some off your hands. A birthday party treat is coming up.

  14. 14
    banshee says:

    Nancy, tell me more about your Kinder eggs that you have too many of!!, I would love to take some off your hands. A birthday party treat is coming up.

  15. 15
    Ellie says:

    They sell Kinder surprise eggs here in Australia.

    They also sell Kinder kids chocolate, which is the same stuff (the white cream covered in milk) but its a bar the sixe of your pointer finger (kid size).

    Also sell Happy Hippos. BEST EVER. Crispy shell (wafer biscuit) in the shape of a hippo dipped in chocolate and then in little balls. On the inside is the white milk/cream paste, all gooey they are THE BEST EVER.

  16. 16
    Whatever says:

    Kinder surprise was outlawd by the European Union recently. They will not be available in Europe anymore, so buy what you can get!

  17. 17
    Beth says:

    Does anyone know where to find them in Chicago

  18. 18
    anna says:

    I’m Italian collector!
    I’m interesting to make some exchanges.
    tell me, sand me a mail, please.

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