Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dangerous Kinder Egg Seized at US Border!

Here's the full story!

So if I ever brought you one of these, consider yourself lucky it waltzed right through the border. ;)

I wonder if those giant Italian chocolate eggs we used to buy in Boston at Easter were also illegal - they had a surprise necklace or watch or other goodie inside. I did notice our local bakery stopped carrying them one year...


  1. Good grief! How ridiculous is that? What about the things that come in Cracker Jack's? They're smaller (and lamer) than the toys in Kinder Eggs.
    My mom left to go back to the States today and wanted to take Kinder Eggs with her. I told her she couldn't and she didn't believe me, but I was adamant. I'll have to email her this article.

  2. How ridiculous! Our local bodega in Manhattan used to sell the Kinder eggs, toys and all.

  3. you know the customs guy just wanted the toy inside

  4. Offhand the package clearly says that it's not for kids under age 3... at least in Germany.

  5. LOL!! I always knew we were rebels. I have "smuggled" quite a few of these back to the US for the nieces and nephews. :)

  6. According to associatedcontent.com Kinder Eggs fall under "the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. This Act prohibits the embedding of non-food items completely enclosed inside food items, unless the non-edible part has a functioning value. For example a lollipop or popsicle stick is not edible but is a useful handle. This Act was originally put into place to prevent the addition of hazardous items to processed food and has never been changed." I guess this is why Cracker Jacks are okay - the toy is not encased inside a popcorn kernel or anything.

    I do love bringing people Kinder Eggs though.

  7. I was the lucky winner of a random bag scan at the Philly airport by the Dept of Agriculture in 2007 when coming in from Germany.

    After confirming that I had listed all food on the entry card (wine, beer and chocolate), they scanned and the government woman says: are you carrying Kinder eggs?

    I answered, yes, but how did you know? The foil wrap is distinctive in the x-ray, and we expect them on people coming in from Germany. She wished me well and never even asked to see said Kinder eggs. I brought them into the US every year for 5 years. Phew.

  8. I forgot to add that every holiday season there is a HUGE German style Christmas market (incredibly authentic to be honest) in the square just outside of Macy's (IIRC) and they have a German candy shop that sells Kinder Eggs. Wonder how that's okay?

  9. That's hilarious...the comments below the article are even funnier.


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