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Old 11-03-2010, 12:24 AM
 
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Wow! They come with the kids combo at the movie theatres here. kid sized popcorn, pop and kinder egg. We have stacks of them. There are also lots of European grocery stores that carry the imported chocolates....lots of kinder eggs.

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Old 11-03-2010, 12:27 AM
 
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Close enough for a weekend getaway!!
Then what you do is buy the eggs, and open them in Canada, that way the only thing you are talking back across the border are neat little toys.

It really sucks that Kinder eggs are completely illegal in the US. And really is the toy actually embedded in the chocolate? Last time I checked the chocolate and the surprise are completely separate, the chocolate just happens to be encircling the toy.

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I'm in Toronto and would send your DD some.

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She, in her typically level headed way said, "Mommy, you can't help it. You didn't know. But I think I'm going to cry."

I told her that I felt like crying, too, but was too mad to cry. I said, "Cry all you want, honey. Don't worry about what others think." She rarely cries, but really let loose with some serious, quiet sobbing. Nothing VOCAL, but if you saw us in the airport, you would have seen me rushing her to our connection as she just hung on to my hand with huge tears rolling down her face. And I was P.I.S.S.E.D. OFF! So, I'm sure I was not wearing a smile.

I was so touched when I read this part. You really empathized with your daughter and gave her permission to do what she needed to do. You let her cry and get her feelings out; even when you felt that others were looking at you and judging you. You put your love for your daughter first. I can hear that you feel uncomfortable with what others may have thought. But I think you should feel proud!
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Thanks to those that offered to send some. I actually ordered some online. Of course, the key is that they get though customs this time. It's a risk, but a small one, as they can't inspect every single package coming across the borders... then again, the security was SO, SO tight, especially in Germany (pat downs, wand scans, the 5th degree, every piece of checked luggage being scanned and tagged to be safe). TBH, I like the added security because I'm already a nervous flier, but in this case, with cargo being scanned, perhaps I should have waited a few months to try to buy them online. If they don't make it, I might take up your offers to send her some after the first of the year (I have paypal or could wire $$). She's still upset about it.

For those who do buy them or bring them into the US - it's luck. They really are illegal. I looked up the law myself (you can google for it). It's a double whammy of the toy parts being a hazard to under 3's (1997 ban) and this 1938 law of no non-food inside food (which I think has nothing to do with a toy inside a piece of food, but really was to protect consumers from shopkeepers doing things like adding sawdust to flour to stretch it, but that's beside the point.)

Once I get my eggs, I'm going to write my representatives and the CPSC (?... whomever it is that is over consumer protection safety).

Thanks again for all of the sympathy.
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are you far from Canada? you can get them over here. i wonder why they're illegal in the U.S.? very odd indeed.

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Kinder eggs are illegal?! Wow, that's shocking. They are so commonplace where I am (Ontario, Canada). When you go to the movies and get a kids combo you get popcorn, a drink, and a kinder egg. That really sucks that they took them away from you.

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I didn't know that kinder eggs were illegal! My mother gets them for us from Germany, and has carried them through customs a few times. Thanks for the info.
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I don't care at all for Kinder chocolate, but the toys are great I can't believe they're illegal in the US...I had no idea.

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Weird, I buy them at my local coffee shop here in the US...
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They are illegal for the below reason. It is an old law that needs to be changed. I use to get them from really nice German man on Ebay, but he was told to stop sending them to the U.S.

Aside from children potentially choking on the toys, the real reason Kinder Eggs are banned is the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. This Act prohibits the embedding of non-food items completely enclosed inside food items, unless the non-edible part has a functioning value. For example a lollipop or popsicle stick is not edible but is a useful handle. This Act was originally put into place to prevent the addition of hazardous items to processed food and has never been changed.
*sigh*
A simple addition, requiring that any non-food item be clearly identified, would cover that...and Kinder Surprises aren't exactly hiding the fact that they contain a toy!

I love Kinder Surprises and I'm glad they're legal here.

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It just goes to show though that one can not be too careful when it comes to judging - because one never knows the full story!

How terrible with all that planning! I feel your pain. I had no idea they were illegal in the US. How odd! Would it be illegal of me to post you some?

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Check local ethnic markets. They sell them at the big Arab market in my town.
Yep. They're sold at the little one in my town. I buy them as stocking stuffers for the kids every Christmas.

After reading this thread, I'll be sure to keep this info on the down-low, that's for sure. I can't imagine that anyone in my relatively small town knows that the eggs are illegal.
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Then what you do is buy the eggs, and open them in Canada, that way the only thing you are talking back across the border are neat little toys.

It really sucks that Kinder eggs are completely illegal in the US. And really is the toy actually embedded in the chocolate? Last time I checked the chocolate and the surprise are completely separate, the chocolate just happens to be encircling the toy.
Just encircling.

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Would it be illegal of me to post you some?
Technically it is. You can keep it off the customs form-- just put "children's knicknacks and puzzles" or something--but if they inspect it, the eggs are gone.

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Ah that sucks! I'm in Canada and they sell them at every grocery checkout around here- Walmart,etc....

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I live in Mexico, where you can get them easily, and I occasionally take some up with me to mail out to US friends. It's the dumbest thing I've ever heard, that they're illegal.
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I myself had eggs taken out of a box my mom had sent over. She was actually visiting when the box arrived and was upset at 1st what the box looked like and 2nd that the eggs were gone. About a week later I got a letter from customs stating that it was illegal to send the eggs into the US and if I wanted them back I could go to court. Well...I chose not to make any troubles for 10 Dollars worth of stuff and we'll just enjoy the eggs whenever we're visiting Oma and Opa. Other than that we'll be happy with Kinderschokolade itself.

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To the OP: that will teach your daughter to be honest.
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Sorry, OP; sounds like your daughter will have her eggs soon! It is SOOO tricky to know sometimes how honest to be, especially after something like that happens.

This will be useful information the next time I'm in one of those "I would never do anything illegal, no matter how silly/how much I disagree with the law" conversations. We live in Canada and dd loves those eggs, too. I wonder how many people who buy/send/receive them where it's not legal would stop if they knew they were breaking the law. I sure wouldn't.
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I went to a German restaurant in Virginia and they had kinder eggs. My husband thought I was funny because I was so excited, but my family was stationed in Germany when I was a kid, and these were something special I remembered. Maybe you have a German restaurant nearby.
As for the airport, sometimes the best kids have meltdowns, and I don't always know the details. I really only give sideways looks when there's hitting involved. Nothing like a public spanking to ruin everyone's day.
Hopefully you'll be getting your eggs very soon!!

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Now let's all remember this when someone is promoting a new "safety" law.

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