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Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs feature a toy encased in their chocolate shells.They’re great.
And, as tons of Americans learn whenever they’re driving home from a visit to Canada, they’re illegal in the U.S.
They’ve been banned since 1938, when the FDA passed The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Under the law, you’re not allowed to have a “non-nutritive” object inside candy.
Plus, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires that all candy-encased toys need to be safe for children of all ages. Kinder Surprise eggs, as well as most competitors, are only safe for kids three and up.
More than 60,000 Surprise eggs are seized at the U.S. border each year, according to The National Post. The penalties can reach up to $2,500 per egg. The FDA even issued an alert about Kinder Eggs last April.
But fortunately, the problem-solvers at Candy Treasure have a solution, Dominique Zamora at Foodbeast reported.
It’s called Choco Treasure, and these eggs are totally legal.The egg gets around the 75-year-old act by offering a collection of “all ages” toys, and the capsule inside the egg separates the two halves of the chocolate, so anyone — even a small child — can tell that there’s something inside of it. It’s safer and it apparently passes the FDA’s guidelines.
So rejoice, surprise egg lovers.
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