Candy Contraband


Today I stopped in the Uptown Mart at Upperline and Prytania and found a box of Kinder Eggs for sale on the counter! I started stuttering in disbelief, knowing they are not available in the U.S.

The staff behind the counter began their nervous disclaimer, “We only sell these to kids if they are with an adult.” I think they thought I was the candy cops. I let them know that I was truly excited and picked a couple up to show Nick and Josh. Once assured I wasn’t going to call the kinder-cops, the guys behind the counter said that they have a few loyal people who come in and order 30 at a time from them. I think they ran about $1.30 each.

If you know anything at all about these magical confections you’ll share my excitement. Kinder Eggs are illegal in the United States because they contain these wonderfully engineered intricate toys unassembled in tiny pieces inside a delicious chocolate egg which is made by Ferrero, many women will recognize them as the makers of the completely legal, Nutella. The candy and toys are of the highest quality.

Rich, over at La Crepe Nanou, turned me onto these little gems years ago and I have been bringing handfuls of them back whenever I travel in Europe ever since. The toys are so well engineered that they aren’t that hard to put together although they look intimidating at first. Once, together, they are very sophisticated and whimsical toys that have become quite collectible.

Dear Parents of New Orleans, please don’t ruin our good fun by letting your kid shove the tail of some adorable animal up his/her nose. Thanks! They are something to do ensemble! That means together in French. Also known as quality time. They’ll think you’re the coolest . . . for 10 minutes at least.

Kinder Eggs containing toys are not suitable for children under the age of three due to the small parts which may be ingested or inhaled. They 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]

6 Comments so far

  1. Beukeboom (beukeboom) on July 23rd, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

    I’ve seen the local "World Market" store sell those.

  2. lilsis on July 23rd, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

    Mmmmm I love Nutella! These sound wonderful and so clever. I have never heard of them but thank you for sharing.

    Why do unsupervised children ruin all the fun! Wish we could get these in the U.S. but it doesn’t suprise me. I’m suprised they still make furniture(coffee tables, bookshelves, etc…) with corners in this country lest we not protect all young children’s heads in the event they trip while running amok. sigh…

  3. Rayna (rayna) on July 23rd, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

    These are great. I had them when I went to Australia as a teenager and I remember loving them.

  4. laurie on July 24th, 2008 @ 1:56 am

    I love Kinder Eggs! I first discovered Kinder Eggs in Sweden and have been addicted ever since! I’ve been buying them for years in Metairie, but I guess I shouldn’t say where, so as not to get the proprietors in trouble. I had no idea they’re illegal in the United States. I’ve seen them for sale in other states as well.

    I had quite the collection of Kinder Egg toys and figurines before the storm. Alas.

  5. laurie2 on July 24th, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

    With all the oil spills that have been which began weeks to months before President Bush opened ANWAR and the Continental Shelf to oil drilling, is any one else suspecting "environmental terrorism?"


  6. richard (rico) on July 26th, 2008 @ 9:19 am

    We ate at Mona’s on Frenchmen last night, and they’re selling them, too. The chocolate was surprisingly good, and I scored a crazy demon-headed toy on a spring. Stock up!

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