“SURPRISE amore!” … I can still hear the voice of my mum welcoming me and brother home after school with two Kinder Surprise Eggs in her hand! Best days ever! I felt like the happiest and luckiest kid in the world!

 

Kinder Surprise

Kinder Surprise

 

I used to unwrap it slowly, praying that I would find the feature surprise in there! My favorites were the Smurfs, especially Smurfette.  My brother and I used to fight over the best surprise.

 

This famous little egg was born in the 1972, in Italy. It was exported across europe and had incredible success in Germany. Indeed Kinder is a German word that means kids!

 

 

Kinder Surprise are sold all over the world except for the US where you can only find them in a few speciality stores that stock Italian food.  In 1938 the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act prohibited embedding “non-nutritive items” in confections – and it turns out that plastic Kinder toys don’t exactly have nutritional value.

 

In Europe though the eggs  have become a minor cult phenomenon among adults. There is even a thriving collector’s market for the toys.

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; cartoon characters ; metal figures and jigsaw puzzles.

 

Frog collection for Kinder Surprise

Kinder Surprise Vintage by Alessandra del Bono

 

Seasonal eggs are introduced around the holidays, such as the limited-edition creche collections found at Christmas and the huge ones found at Easter (extremely popular in Italy).

 

Kinder Surprise Christmans edition

Kinder Surprise Christmans Limited Edition

 

I have to admit it, I still buy Kinder Sorpresa sometimes and my mother has still has the habit of buying it for my brother and I when we come home for the holidays!

What can I do?? I still enjoy opening them and eat the amazing chocolate when I’m on break!

 

Hyppo collection for Kinder Surprise

Hyppo - Kinder Surprise

 

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