EDITOR NOTE: You know everyone wants what they can't have...especially Kinder Eggs. These little chocolate eggs are quite the treat for children and called "Kinder Surprise" in Mexico because the toy is encased inside the chocolate. Very popular and made widely available at every pharmacy and grocery store checkout isle, placed perfectly at toddler eye level. You can buy them in Canada and Mexico, but in the U.S. you can only get the approved "Kinder Joy" where the toy is separated from the chocolate.
A chocolate with a toy inside may be the idea of heaven for some children, but the quirky treat may present a hazard.
So what exactly is the chocolate, and where are they banned worldwide?
Their official name is ‘Kinder Surprise’, and they are a chocolate candy made by Ferraro, an Italian brand.
The eggs are a chocolate shell, and inside is a plastic container containing a toy, which usually needs assembling.
It is a popular treat for children, but some adults collect the toys.
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act prohibits Kinder Eggs, as they don’t allow confectionary products to contain a “non-nutritive object”.
It bans "the sale of any candy that has embedded in it a toy or trinket", so obviously the tiny toy encased in a Kinder Egg doesn’t pass.
This is due to the small parts being a choking hazard for children, although Kinder does bear the warning that the toys are "not suitable for children under three years, due to the presence of small parts".
Kinder Surprise eggs are legal in Canada and Mexico, but are illegal to import into the US.
However, in May 2017, Ferrero's ‘Kinder Joy’ product became available in the US, as the chocolate and plastic toy are separated.
Kinder Joys were launched initially in 2001 in Italy, and reached the UK in December 2015.
In Chile, a law was passed in 2013 that banned commercials aimed at children that used a gift to incentivise purchase.
Then in 2016, a new Food Labelling law forced food producers to include labels warning customers about any item high in sugar, saturated fat, sodium, and calories.
This law forbids the same of products with these labels to use toys to promote their sales, which includes Kinder Surprise, so they have since been banned.
Originally Published On: The U.S Sun