Monday, January 22, 2018

Tastier Than A Tide Pod

We found a Kinder Egg this week at a truck stop in South Carolina of all places!

I wasn't a real Kinder Egg because we can't handle those in the United States, it was a modified version of the egg, called a Kinder Joy. 

The original Kinder Eggs have a toy encased in a plastic capsule in a chocolate shell, the Kinder Joys have the toy encased in one side of the plastic egg and the candy on the other side.

Kinder Eggs (the originals) have been banned in the United States due to the potential health risk of kids biting into non-edible items, which stems back to a 1938 FDA regulation.  I found this out the first time we went to Canada with Marlaina and MacG.  They told us we could be fined if we tried to bring them back into the states.  I'd never heard of them so it wasn't likely I'd be smuggling Kinder Eggs, but the fines could be hefty. 

Wikipedia said, "Kinder Surprise eggs are legal in Canada and Mexico, but are illegal to import into the US. In January 2011, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) threatened a Manitoba resident with a $300 (Canadian dollars) fine for carrying one egg across the US border into Minnesota.  In June 2012, CBP held two Seattle men for two and a half hours after discovering six Kinder Surprise eggs in their car upon returning to the US from a trip to Vancouver. According to one of the men detained, a border guard quoted the potential fine as $2,500 (US dollars) per egg."

But now that they've been idiot-proofed, they're allowed into the United States.  Although I'm sure that won't stop some moron from swallowing the toy inside.  After all, people are eating Tide Pods so it's only a matter of time. 

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2017: Moving Reward
2016: Her Talent Is Black And White
2014: Drill, Baby, Drill
2013: Ruling Color
2012: After This, It’s Time To Close The Left Door For A While
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

1 comment:

Maria said...

I didn't realize Kinder Eggs are illegal in the USA.
We always bought them in Europe when my children were young.
My grandson loved them too and I am sure, we brought back quite a few.

My children and grandchildren didn't choke on the toys.
They knew toys were inside the chocolate egg.
That's why children have parents - to guide and teach them.