For a long time, Kinder Surprise eggs remained as one of few things Canadians had over Americans. But that could all soon change in the new year, with the arrival of a sister product that will no longer be considered a choking hazard by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Manufacturer Ferrero International recently announced that a similar type of Kinder egg will soon be made legal in the United States beginning January 2018. Instead of Kinder Surprise eggs, Americans will be able to get their hands on Kinder Joy eggs, an FDA-compliant version of the fan-favourite chocolate.
Kinder Joy will consist of two plastic egg-shaped halves, with one half holding the chocolate, and the other half holding the accompanying toy.
The ban on Kinder Surprise eggs was enforced in the United States under the 1938 Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which banned confectionaries that had any "non-nutritive object" manufactured inside them. Of course, that hasn't stopped die-hard Americans from trying to bring them home with them.
In years past, people living in the United States who were desperate enough to get their hands on the toy-filled chocolate would often attempt to smuggle them across the Canadian border. Those caught would have to face hours of questioning by border police and fines between $300 to $2,500 for confiscated contraband candy.
In 2011 alone, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities confiscated as many as 60,000 Kinder Surprise eggs, which was double the amount from year prior. American fans have been fighting to make the eggs legal for years, having even sent a petition to the White House to "Free The Egg".
Looks like all of their efforts would have not been for nothing.