Kinder Eggs are beloved by candy connoisseurs all over the world. But the Italian-made chocolates have not been available to the cocoa-loving children of America. Until now that is: Ferrero International S.A, the parent company of Kinder, recently announced that the infamous candy will be coming to the U.S. in early 2018.
Ferrero sells upwards of 3.5 billion eggs each year, as it is a beloved sweet treat in countries including Russia, Germany, and China. But by far the most popular is the Kinder Surprise. Created in 1974, that particular egg comes packed with a surprise collectible toy (tiny race cars, elephants, etc.) hidden inside their hollow shell. They’ve reached near Pokémon-levels of obsession over the years and a community of collectors exists. A YouTube channel dedicated to cracking open the Kinder Eggs and discovering the toys inside has almost three million subscribers; an “unboxing” video from 2013 has more than 833 million views.
The Kinder Surprise won’t be coming to the U.S, however. The U.S. has banned any candies that feature embedded toys since 1938, as the FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission made the astute observation that candy with a tiny piece of plastic inside can pretty easily become a choking hazard. Instead, we’ll receive the Kinder Joy Eggs. These have two individually packaged halves: One half has chocolate cream and two crispy wafer balls and comes with a serving spoon; the other half of the egg contains a toy. That split packaging is compliant with both the FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Some fans may be disappointed to find the legendary Kinder Surprise Eggs still are considered contraband, but at least people will no longer be forced to go to the black market to get their fill of chocolate eggs. And considering that each egg has more than 100 calories and six grams of fat, parents may want to keep their kids from getting too caught up in mania anyway.