Kinder Surprises hold a special place in my heart. You might recall that I found my engagement ring inside of one. Plus, they are chocolate and delicious. And there’s a toy. What’s not to love?
Imagine my surprise, shock and amusement at hearing a Canadian woman was busted at the Canada/U.S. border for having possession of one.
Lind Bird from Manitoba was recently stopped at the U.S. border and selected for a random search of her vehicle. She was warned she could have faced a fine after the customs official found—and seized—her $2 Kinder Surprise egg as illegal contraband, reported CBC News today.
The woman was told that if she were caught with the small chocolate egg across the border, she could be charged a $300 fine.
Why? Because U.S. authorities have banned the candy due to the supposed choking hazard created by the small toy that’s found inside. The sweet treats are legal in Canada.
CBC News reported that the U.S. must take catching illegal Kinder candy seriously, judging by the number of them confiscated at the border in the last year. Officials said they’ve seized more than 25,000 of the treats in 2,000 separate seizures.
25,000. In 2,000 seizures? That’s 12.5 eggs per search. But, that’s beside the point, because the story gets even better (not necessarily sweeter).
The woman reported that the U.S. government has sent her a seven-page letter, asking her to formally authorize destruction of her seized Kinder egg. The letter states that if the woman wishes to contest the seizure, she’ll have to pay $250 for it to be stored as the two sides wrangle over it.
For crying out loud, someone just eat the egg, put the toy together and be done with it!