If you live in the United States, you might think there's just about any kind of candy bar you could ever want. Want pure chocolate? Have a Hershey bar. Want something extra in your chocolate? Then have a Twix or a Snickers or a Milky Way or one of the other bars you find in a typical grocery store. For chocolate lovers, the options are plentiful.
When you walk to the checkout aisle of your grocery store, you see dozens of candy options for you to choose from. However, there are many items available in other countries that you simply haven't been able to buy in the U.S. And for many people, one of those items has become an obsession.
That item in question is Kinder Eggs. This chocolate egg from the makers of Nutella has been available in over 170 countries, but not the U.S. The most common kind of Kinder Egg is the Kinder Surprise (and it's called that for a reason).
With the Kinder Surprise Egg, the outside is an edible candy shell. But on the inside of the egg is an actual toy. Combing chocolate and toys into a single item has got to be one of the most genius ideas ever.
Since they haven't been available in the U.S., some people have gotten into watching people open their eggs on YouTube. The idea of getting a toy inside of chocolate is too fascinating to resist. This raises the question, why can't you get these eggs in America?
As it turns out, Kinder Surprise Eggs have been banned by in the U.S. because of an FDA regulation dating back all the way to 1938. As you might expect, it's due to that toy that's nestled inside the egg. The FDA thinks the toy is a potential choking hazard.
Since the eggs are banned, some people have contemplated becoming Kinder Egg smugglers. Would TSA agents let you return to the states with a suitcase full of chocolate-covered toys? Possibly, but it's probably not worth the risk.
Unlike the Kinder Surprise, the Kinder Joy has two separately-wrapped halves. One half contains cream layers with two small chocolate wafer balls. The other half, not connected to the food part of the egg, is the toy.
To be honest, those layers of cream and the chocolate wafer balls of the Kinder Joy look pretty tasty. On the other hand, it's not the same as getting a toy directly inside your chocolate. And people on Twitter weren't sure how to feel about it.
For some people, Kinder Eggs being available in the U.S. was enough. It doesn't matter to them what kind of egg it is, it's still a Kinder Egg. This means they no longer have to fly to Italy whenever they want to get chocolate and a toy both at the same time.
Meanwhile, others are upset that the "real" Kinder eggs still won't be available. What's wrong with having a candy where you might accidentally bite down on a hard piece of plastic? What happened to our sense of adventure?
Nevertheless, the Kinder Joy Eggs will begin being sold in the U.S. starting on Black Friday. However, for the first 30 days, they will be sold exclusively at Walmart. If that's not your store of choice, you might want to hold off on your Kinder Egg purchases until 2018.