Easter reminder: Kinder Eggs banned in the United States
April 21st, 2011
08:01 PM ET

Easter reminder: Kinder Eggs banned in the United States

Not all eggs are created equal in the eyes of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Kinder Eggs, a popular European chocolate egg that contains a toy inside, is banned from importation into the United States because it contains a "non-nutritive object embedded in it."

With the Easter holiday around the corner, the agency issued the reminder this week, warning that the candy is considered unsafe for children under 3. Last year, Customs and Border Protection seized 25,000 of them in 1,700 incidents.

The hollow egg, which is sold by the Italian confectioner Ferrero, is available in Europe, Canada, Australia and parts of Latin America under various names including Kinder Surprise and Kinder Sorpresa. It has taken on a cult status among adults who collect the toys, which vary from rings to animals and cartoon characters.

Kinder Eggs' scarcity in the United States has made them an object of desire: Various websites and online forums are dedicated to acquiring them.

Some are apparently hiding in plain sight. Earlier this week, DNAinfo.com, a New York City neighborhood guide, posted a story and slideshow showing stores where the coveted treats can be found.

"While there are some commercial-sized seizures that occur, most Kinder Eggs are seized in personal baggage or at mail and express consignment facilities," Customs and Border Protection said.

A Canadian woman reportedly learned her lesson the hard way.

The woman was selected for a random search at a border checkpoint in Minnesota when officials discovered she was carrying a Kinder Egg and took it from her, The Toronto Star reported.

A few weeks later, she received a 7-page letter asking if she wanted the egg back or if she was going to abandon rights to it, the Star reported.

"I was in disbelief," she told the newspaper. "It's a $2 egg."

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  1. Shalina

    Why is it that we can sell the Mexican version of this (with the toy and all inside!), but yet the German version is banned????????? Why does that even make sense!! Our government is so bias and prejudice!! Thanks for exponging yet another freedom of ours.... Such a joke!!!!

    December 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shalina


      December 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Beck

      * Italian

      April 1, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. nikki

    How these "incidents" have occurred is a mystery to me, as the 'surprise' is encased in a nearly 1"x2" sealed wax shell, which is enclosed in a sealed plastic bag. It would take quite a lot of stuffing to fit the thing in a small child's mouth, much less lodge it in his throat. Much less dangerous than, say, a Ferrero Rocher, which contains a whole hazelnut inside.
    My children will be heartbroken to find out that it has become too difficult for him to bring Kinder Eggs into the US and that if he does, he may be put in jail.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Makayla

    If Kinder eggs are Illegal, why do so many online stores offer to ship them to the US?

    December 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. New Principles

    I thought my sister was kidding me when she told the story of her friend having her Kinder eggs confiscated by Customs since I've routinely brought them home whenever we travel overseas. Who knew?

    Of course this is just another example of government power being exercised to tell us how to live our own lives.

    The 2012 election may be our last chance to reverse this foolishness.

    December 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mario

    Why are lollie pops, ring pops, popsicles, cracker jack, forune cookies, corn dogs, just to name a few, not banned in the U.S., they all contain a Non-Nutritive object embeded in them.

    February 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cat

    We are a nation of politically correct coddlers.

    If I kid is stupid enough to eat a big plastic toy then maybe natural selection should be allowed. Also if your kid is dumb enough to do it then why isn't a parent watching them, or not giving it to them to begin with.

    I'm sick of stupid people ruining it for everyone else.

    February 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    You seriously don't get those in the US? Okay, I'll load up my van with a couple thousand and drive them down to Montana. I'll charge 5 bucks each and make a tidy profit.

    February 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ahdri

    Okay so im in Italian 1 in high school and my italian teacher was telling me about these and when she went back to Italy she had like 2 of them to show us but when she was getting through security they found them and took them from her.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fete Sucree

    What if they are made in the US? 🙂 They are being made in Portland , OR. They are not actual "Kinder" Eggs but pretty darn close and the chocolate is WAY better!

    March 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      what are they called? The ones made in Portland?

      March 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. OMG

    LOL! Is it true? Americans have the most ridiculous laws! LOL again! Eat chocolate, don't eat plastic. Is it too hard to understand?

    March 26, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Barbara

    I am so disappointed, used them for my kids easter baskets while we were in Germany, ex is Army, and wanted to surprise my daughter with one this year, can the USA admit we're close to being a communist country now?? Freedom in the USA, yeah right, what a joke

    March 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. eny

    thats B........it i dont believe this, they dont care about protection its just a lie.

    April 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. VoteLibertarian

    Another brilliant example of our government protecting us from ourselves.

    April 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Colonel Bogey

    The more ludicrous the situation the more press it gets, which makes it even more ludicrous. We have such a mish-mash of far more serious situations that chocolate Easter eggs with a toy in the middle being such a concern. I would like to see mainstream media start to report good things that happen right along with the seemingly endless bad things. The global news media needs to stop being such grumpy-grouches and report as many true life lighthearted things as they do the doom and gloom things. There must be a balance!

    April 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. toast

    We can control the flow of Kinder eggs into our border. But we cant control our Southern border! Come on.....

    April 19, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
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