Beloved by generations of young and old children the Kindersurprise-Eggs have been banned in the US due to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act from 1938 that clearly states that no “non-nutritive component”, which a toy would be, may be embedded in an edible product.
The law does not keep chocolate lovers from trying to bring the eggs to the US as a gift. Apparently over 60,000 Kinder eggs have been seized at U.S. borders and penalties per smuggled egg can be steep, up to $2,500 have been reported.
New Jersey businessman Kevin Gass loved Kindersurprise eggs so much that he found a way around the law and created Choco Treasure. They created an egg with a plastic shell that is clearly separating the two halves, so it is visible from the outside that a toy is inside. The chocolate is Swiss, the plastic capsule is from Turkey and the toys are made in China. The toys are also way bigger than the original ones and usually one piece, no building with tiny parts, which was kind of half the fun about getting a toy you put together by yourself or with the help of others. So before you get too excited, remember the US-version is just inspired by the original Kindersurprise eggs. Missing the white inside layer, it neither looks, nor tastes like the original we grew up with.