The eggs themselves are milk chocolate on the outside, hollow, lined with white chocolate on the inside. They're made by Ferraro
, most famous in this country as the makers of Nutella — but not to be confused with Ferrara Pan Candy
based in Forest Park.
Though the Kinder name is German ("Kinder" means "children" in German, and on the packaging you see above "Überraschung" means "surprise") the history of this infamous chocolate egg time jumps across Europe. The eggs were first made in Italy in 1973 as Kinder Sorpresa.
Why a German name on an Italian product? They were made with the German brand Kinder Chocolate, first introduced to Italy in 1967. The eggs were then made in Germany in 1974, where they were the largest market for the product, and continue to be the country with which they're most associated, but the eggs are sold worldwide.
Except in this country.
I won't tell you where you can find Kinder eggs in Chicago, but I trust you're smart enough to Google yourself if you want to find them — and smart enough not to choke on the big yellow plastic capsule inside.