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. Elana

    I am 15. I used to live in Germany where Kinder Eggs were a big hit, after coming back to the States I realized that I could not find them ANYWHERE. I had to have a friend send them to me from Germany but she then moved to the States as well. I see no fit reason for them to be banned. I just found a store today tat sells them so I am very happy 😀 -Auf Wiedersehen

    October 27, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ron


    November 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lucian

    Kinder eggs are banned in US because they are dangerous for kids. As you can see, guns are not banned in US, since Kalashnikov, Automated guns and other weapons are not dangerous for the kids.
    Are these politicians idiots, or stupidity is their middle name?

    January 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      and the part that get most mad is that when you go to the kid seciton in the store there are smaler parts on barbies and other import from china. Why is that ???? money ?????

      March 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankie

      R so right! How ridiculous is this..... Our priorities are realign screwed up.

      March 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chiara

    Can't believe they are still banned in 2013! I go to the stores in the US and find other eggs with non-nutritive items in them, why are they allowed! They should be banned for the poor quality of the chocolate they try to sell with the surprise.
    At least Kinder Eggs have a pretty decent chocolate!

    February 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Natalia

    Kinder Eggs are very yummy, and there is still European stores that sell them in America. When we went back to Sweden, my little brother which is 2 years of age eats them like nobody's business!! I'm pretty sure that they think that American children are too stupid to AVOID THE BIG YELLOW THINGY THAT FALLS OUT OF YOUR EGG. I'm not calling American children stupid, but it seems like they are... but the American kids DO deserve respect..come on, people!

    March 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. maria

    Only in America kids can't enjoy Kinder eggs because there are illegal. But every Dick and Harry can carry a gun and all kinds of assault Rifles and that is perfectly legal . Where is the logic?

    March 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ron

    and tey let all that crap from china in with smaller parts. Money ????

    March 25, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Darthba11z

    So let me get this right, I can run out and buy an assault rifle

    But I can't buy a chocolate egg

    March 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frankie

    You are so right! Our priorities are really screwed up.

    March 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
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