Kinder Contraband

I, at one point, housed and consumed illegal contraband in my home… Dun dun duuuh!

Actually, it’s not as dramatic as it sounds. My contraband was Kinder Eggs, so contraband that you can’t get them on

Note: Below is a photo of a Kinder Joy, which is similar to an Kinder Egg in spirit.

Why is it illegal? Kinder Eggs are a chocolate shell around a little yellow plastic container with a toy in the center. In the U.S., you’re not allowed to mix food and inedible things, so they’re banned for safety reasons, and, according to this story brought to my attention by my friend Neil, you could get slapped with a $300 fine for bringing Kinder Eggs into the country.

As you can see in the Wikipedia article about Kinder Eggs, there’s a pretty clear divide between what is edible and what is not. Aren’t you glad that our border patrol and regulatory agencies are busy fighting the good fight against contraband Kinder Eggs, instead of wasting it on other endeavors?

At least even Customs and Border Protection acknowledged that the whole situation is pretty ridiculous.

  • One thing I haven’t seen brought up yet: How is Cracker Jack allowed, but Kinder Surprise not?

  • Knile,

    I believe it is fine for the prize to be in the same box, so long as it’s not in the confection itself.

  • ah kinder eggs. we had them up until recently at a local german restaurant/deli. loved them! they remind me of nestle wonder balls, back when they had toys inside of them (instead of more candy).

    it’s like grown ups just don’t want kids to have fun.

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