US Ban on Kinder Surprise Eggs Finally Lifted (Kinda)
The United States' most notorious food ban is finally being lifted.
Kinder Surprise eggs, an Italian brand of egg-shaped chocolate candies containing a toy "surprise" inside, have been banned in the States since long before they were first manufactured in the early '70s.
That's because the US has had a ban on candies with embedded toys since 1938.
The confection also runs afoul of a law requiring all toys that accompany candies to be safe for children of all ages (the toys contained in the eggs are labeled as being safe for ages 3 and up).
Nevertheless, Kinder eggs remain highly popular in America, and citizens regularly attempt to smuggle samples into the country despite a potential fine of up to $2,500 per egg.
In an effort to save thousands of candy mules from having to regularly stuff chocolate eggs up their rectum, a New Jersey-based company has come up with an ingenious way of making Kinder eggs entirely legal.
Choco Treasures are different. First off, each of the three different editions of Choco Treasure has its own collection of all ages toys, from the original chocolate eggs to sports balls to even a Spider-man-inspired egg, licensed from Marvel. Second, each egg features a specially-designed capsule that separates the two halves of the chocolate so even a small child can see the there's something on the inside.
Choco Treasure eggs will be hitting shelves across the country just in time for Easter.
Fans of the original product have plenty to gripe about: The toys are rather mediocre and the chocolate is a fry cry from Ferrero's world-class white-on-black goodness, but it's a start.
And for a country that has a ban on chocolate eggs, it's about as good a start as you're likely to get.