It’s Easter – a time for all things chocolate and egg-shaped! As there were four of us kids when we were growing up, you couldn’t move in our house for all the Easter eggs that were cluttering up our house. But of course they would never last long because we could easily demolish that bumper supply in record time! I look around now and how much chocolate do we have? One chocolate bunny and four mini eggs which have barely been touched. I must be getting old!
But just last week a colleague inadvertently brought up another childhood memory of the egg-shaped variety when he mentioned that he had bought a pack of Kinder Bueno to snack on. I immediately thought back to when sis and I were at infant school and Dad would always come home with a Kinder Surprise for us. At first it was just the one but it soon became obvious that we were not going to share, so Dad eventually saw sense and would buy us one each.
Kinder Surprise – the stuff little kids dreams are made of! First made in Italy in 1973 by Ferrero, A Kinder Surprise is a hollow egg-shaped chocolate shell, about the same size as a regular egg. The shell is made up of two types of chocolate – scrummy milk chocolate on the outside and delicious white chocolate inside.
The two halves of the egg are fused together so it looks like a whole egg but with a little light pressure, the egg will split to reveal the hidden surprise – a plastic capsule which contains a small toy which is usually made of plastic and usually needs assembling. And in case you haven’t guessed, it’s primarily meant for kids!
But that didn’t stop me from heading out to the supermarket in search of this forgotten gem. Unlike a lot of things from my childhood, Kinder Surprise has not been obliterated and it is still very much alive and well! I picked up one for me and Hubby – and was amazed when on presenting it to him, he had absolutely no idea what it was!
I later found out that this is because the sale of Kinder eggs in the States was prohibited due to a 1938 act banned the sale of sweets which had a toy or trinket in it. This was further enforced in 2012 as the toy part was considered a hazard for small children. So poor Hubby missed out as a child! Not that he was particularly impressed with it now – it was me who was jumping up and down all excited!
I don’t believe it’s changed very much since I was a child. The foil wrapper still uses the same colours. The only difference being that my wrapper contained an image of a Disney princess thus giving a clue as to what was inside. Also the plastic capsule is no longer in two parts. Instead it is now a single piece of plastic with a hinge on one side – and extremely difficult to open!
I thoroughly enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. I even took the Cinderella figure I’d assembled in to work the next day and was asked when I was going to turn twelve!
“Don’t you mean six?” laughed another colleague.
“Oh my gosh, is that thing plastic?” asked another colleague as he examined the figure before shaking his head and walking off. Well I’m sorry but Kinder Surprise have yet to include miniature Royal Doulton figures in their toy capsules!
And six years old or not – I’ll most definitely be buying them again!