Kinder Egg smuggling

Are people really being fined thousands of dollars for smuggling a sweet treat across the US border? Demetria goes deep (maybe a little too deep) on an investigation into why American stores can’t sell one of Europe’s favorite chocolates.

Content note: Deaths of children by asphyxiation and poisoning will be mentioned in this story but are not discussed in detail. Discussion of product testing of toys using machines that can simulate asphyxiation will be detailed.

Featured image: A Kinder Surprise egg (Image source)

Americans demonstrate some very wrong ways to eat Kinder Surprise.

A demonstration from the CPSC of how toys are determined to be choking hazards for children under the age of 3.

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Metal figurines were sometimes Kinder Surprise toys in the 90s, although I’m not sure if you can still find them today. The ebay listing I found this on describes these as “vintage,” which is making me feel ancient. (Image source)

A Ukrainian activist makes an “egg opening video” with a patriotic toy inside. This is not a toy Fererro would have manufactured, but it’s a cute and clever fake using the original wrapper and chocolate.

A Russian knockoff of Kinder Surprise, with a baffling egg opening technique (it looks like there’s no seam on the egg to crack open?) and an odd-looking toy.


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History of the FDA and the 1938 Food, Drug, Cosmetic Act

Articles about recalls, deaths, attempted legislation and court battles, and threatened fines

1 thought on “Kinder Egg smuggling”

  1. Mr Meyer and Ms Spinrad:

    A minor correction: in Italian — and Michele Ferrero was Italian — “Michel” is three syllables with the “ch” pronounced close to the “ch” in the English name “Michael,” not like the “ch” in the English female name “Michelle.” For an example, see

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