WBEZ | Kinder Surprise http://www.wbez.org/tags/kinder-surprise Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Street legal chocolate surprise eggs http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/street-legal-chocolate-surprise-eggs-106387 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8597425248/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chocotreasurewrap.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Choco Treasure chocolate egg with toy surprise inside (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><span style="text-align: start;">Did you save any Kinder eggs for Easter? Remember I told you about the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/kinder-surprise-2500-contraband-chocolate-egg-104292"><u>$2,500 contraband chocolate eggs</u></a> at Christmas? Well a new street legal chocolate surprise egg, with a toy inside, has just been released in this country. But is <a href="http://www.chocotreasure.com/"><u>Choco Treasure</u></a> all that it&#39;s cracked up to be?</span></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8596312841/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chocotreasurechocolate.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Choco Treasure chocolate egg, unwrapped (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">What makes these chocolate surprise eggs legal and the others not? Evidently, it starts with a thin yellow line. The chocolate is separated from pole to pole, with the yellow capsule containing the toy visible. Also, an important detail, this visible detail is a rounded ridge.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8596345491/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chocotreasuregap.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Choco Treasure chocolate egg, gap (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">But one of the problems with this safety separation is that the chocolate gaps. The chocolate itself is milk chocolate, using Barry Callebaut. While Choco Treasure is based in New Jersey, the eggs are made in Turkey.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8596307939/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chocotreasurecapsule.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Choco Treasure chocolate egg, capsule (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">But the most noticeable difference is the difficulty in opening the toy capsule. You have to press the top half, front and back, firmly then pull off. If you enjoy opening child-resistant safety caps, then you&#39;ll really enjoy this.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Once finally open, the toy inside is also bigger, tested as safe for children of all ages, especially that key under 3 year-old demographic.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Are chocolate surprise eggs without the hint of danger just as sweet? Perhaps, but at least it&#39;s chocolate-y.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><u><em><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu">Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</a></em></u></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8596306257/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chocotreasuretoy.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="Choco Treasure chocolate egg, toy (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/street-legal-chocolate-surprise-eggs-106387 Kinder Surprise: $2,500 contraband chocolate egg http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/kinder-surprise-2500-contraband-chocolate-egg-104292 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8260803063/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kindereggsdisplay.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs display (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Kinder eggs are back for the holidays in Chicago &mdash; and surprise, they&#39;re still illegal this country. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents warned that <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/19/157029291/u-s-men-held-at-border-with-canadian-contraband">each egg carries a $2,500 fine</a>&nbsp;when they <a href="http://www.komonews.com/news/offbeat/Seattle-men-busted-at-Canadian-border-with-illegal-candy-162685596.html">seized six of the contraband confections</a> during a two-hour detention of&nbsp;two Seattle men returning from Vancouver in July.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8261882454/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kindereggsfront.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Kinder Surprise chocolate egg with toy inside (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The agency is seizing a lot more than a half dozen eggs. &quot;Last fiscal year 2011, CBP [Customs and Border Protection]&nbsp;seized more than 60,000 Kinder Eggs from travelers&#39; baggage and from international mail shipments. This was more than twice the number seized in fiscal year 2010,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/national/04052012.xml">said the CPB</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8261893016/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kindereggsachtung.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Kinder Surprise chocolate egg with toy inside: ACHTUNG! (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">The U.S. Food and Drug Administration <a href="http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cms_ia/importalert_107.html">bans Kinder eggs</a> because &quot;[t]he imbedded non-nutritive objects in these confectionary products may pose a public health risk as the consumer may unknowingly choke on the object.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8260852983/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kindereggschocolate.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Kinder Surprise chocolate egg with toy inside (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">The eggs themselves are milk chocolate on the outside, hollow, lined with white chocolate on the inside. They&#39;re made by <a href="http://www.ferrero.com/products/the-most-famous-products/kinder-surprise/surprise-play-chocolate/">Ferraro</a>, most famous in this country as the makers of Nutella &mdash; but not to be confused with <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-05/candy-dandy-sweets-snacks-expo-2012-99520">Ferrara Pan Candy</a> based in Forest Park.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8260862753/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kindereggscapsule.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Kinder Surprise chocolate egg with toy holder inside (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Though the Kinder name is German (&quot;Kinder&quot; means &quot;children&quot; in German, and on the packaging you see above &quot;Ɯberraschung&quot; means &quot;surprise&quot;) the history of this infamous chocolate egg time jumps across Europe. The eggs were first made in Italy in 1973 as Kinder Sorpresa.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8261938084/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kindereggssqueeze.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Kinder Surprise chocolate egg toy holder (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">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&#39;re most associated, but the eggs are sold worldwide.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8261942760/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kindereggstoy.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Kinder Surprise chocolate egg toy holder with toy inside (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Except in this country.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8260880661/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kindereggsfox.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Kinder Surprise chocolate egg toy blue arctic fox (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">I won&#39;t tell you where you can find Kinder eggs in Chicago, but I trust you&#39;re smart enough to Google yourself if you want to find them &mdash; and smart enough not to choke on the big yellow plastic capsule inside.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8260889529/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kindereggscrown.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Kinder Surprise chocolate egg toy: blue arctic fox with crown (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/kinder-surprise-2500-contraband-chocolate-egg-104292