Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I got mail from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Spannung, Spiel und Schokolade

It was not time for the school bus yet and I heard a knock at the front door. Nobody usually knocks at my door. I already had an uninvited guest in form of an big german shepard coming running up at my front door when I was busy outside earlier today. Back to the knock. The postman was standing there and wanted signature. Fine. As long as you bring me a package you can have an autograph anytime. Nope he had a THICK letter from the U.S. Customs and Border Control with the information that the seized

6 ea. Kinder Chocolate Eggs with toys, domestically valued at $6.00.

#1. I was stunned. What did I do?

#2. When? What? How? ------> We got several xmas and a birthday packages from Germany and one was MIA for a long time. None of them had extra tape on that it was opened or custom tape as far as I remember, none had Kinder Eggs inside neither.

#3. Why do they want to keep our chocolate eggs? I understand they are yummy. The best chocolate you can think of.

The slogan for the Kinder Eggs already says everything and why everybody loves them from the littlest to the big ones.

Spannung, Spiel und Schokolade
(in German of course)

(you shake the egg not knowing what's inside)

(you put it together and play with the toy)

and Chocolate
(the best part ever)

I learnt something today again. America might be known as the country of freedom, but they don't always know what's good in life. And Kinder Eggs are.

This information is from Wikipedia.

Kinder Surprise, also known as a Kinder Egg (Kinder being the German word for "Children"), is a confection originally intended for children in the form of a chocolate egg containing a small toy, often requiring assembly.

Kinder Surprise originated in 1972 in Italy. The manufacturer is Ferrero. The toys are designed by both inside designers and external freelancers (for example the French artist André Roche based in Munich) and manufactured by many companies worldwide (such as Produzioni Editoriali Aprile, a small company based in Turin, Italy, run and founded by two brothers, Ruggero and Valerio Aprile).
Kinder Eggs are sold all over the world excluding the United States, where the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act prohibits embedding "non-nutritive items" in confections. Additionally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall on the eggs in 1997. Kinder Egg-like confections are available, but only in a plastic? form filled with small candies and/or stickers. There are some stores in the United States that sell genuine Kinder Eggs, often in conjunction with other imported British or other European sweets, although their importation is technically illegal due to the 1938 law and 1997 recall.[1]
In Europe, their popularity has spread beyond their intended market, and they have become a minor cult phenomenon among adults. There is even a thriving collector's market for the toys. This is especially true in Germany, where the manufacturer includes higher-quality toys than those available elsewhere (more details below). There are many types of toys available, but some of the most popular with collectors include the ever-changing series of small hand-painted figures (some have to be assembled), which are said to be in every seventh egg (ad slogan: "Jetzt in jedem siebten Ei"); cartoon characters (sometimes called "stick figures", which is a mistranslation of the German "Steckfiguren"); metal figures and jigsaw puzzles. Seasonal eggs are introduced around the holidays, such as the limited-edition creche collections (featuring such characters as the three kings, baby Jesus, and assorted barnyard animals) found around Christmas, and the huge ones found at Easter (extremely popular in Italy).


  1. Sind die Zöllner auch auf den Geschmack gekommen bzw. Spannung, Spiel und Schokolade. Jaja diese Überraschungseier werden geliebt, egal ob Gross oder Klein. Ist nur die Frage, was die mit den Ostergeschenken machen werden?!?!

  2. What happened? What did the letter say? I'm waiting on a package with similar contents going on three months now. Thank you!



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