Kinder Joy, Korea

I have a bone to pick with America.  Well, the things that I want to discuss with America add up to a pretty big list, and though this isn’t at the top… It’s important to me.

WHY WAS I DENIED A CHILDHOOD THAT INCLUDED KINDER SURPRISES.

I knew not to eat toys.  I never ate a toy that came in a cereal box.  And even if I may have been confused about whether or not to eat a specific toy, my parents were always there with the unequivocal “No.  Don’t eat that toy.”  I could have navigated the dangers of the Kinder egg, much like children ALL OVER THE WORLD have been able to do.

In case you are unfamiliar with the kinder egg, allow me to explain.  It is a delicious chocolate egg, with a capsule inside.  This capsule is roughly the size of my thumb.  If you imagine the “horse pills” you sometimes get prescribed by the doctor, several of them would fit inside this capsule.  Inside the capsule there is a small toy.  Usually this toy is in pieces, and you have to assemble it in some way.  They are questionably fun toys, but there is a lot of joy in getting one and assembling it.  For me, it’s especially fun if there are a lot of decorative stickers that you have to put on JUST right.

Kinder surprise eggs are outrageously popular in Europe, but are banned in the US.  They are delicious and fun.

Though Kinder chocolate is popular in Korea, I have not seen Kinder Surprise eggs in Korea.  Around Easter, I was checking in the local markets, and even the foreign food import stores, but to no avail.  I’m not sure if they are banned here, or if maybe they are just not popular.  And then this:

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Doth my eyes deceive me?  The boxes look like they have Kinder Surprises… There are egg shaped mascots!  I quickly bought a box.

Inside I found 3 Kinder Joy eggs that looked like this:

wpid-20150502_140600.jpgIt was soon apparent that though it looked like a Kinder Surprise, it was different.  The Kinder Joy is not a chocolate egg.  Opening it splits it into two pieces:

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It’s a world of fun!  On one side you get a toy, and on the other side you get delicious Kinder chocolate, with crunchy cookie pieces.  And a small spoon to eat the chocolate that is more like a ganache in consistency.

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First I ate the chocolate.  Yummmm.  Then it was time to assemble the toy!

wpid-20150502_141014.jpgThe little doll comes with three tops and six skirts.  She even has a little suitcase to store the unused “clothing”  The second egg contained a ring with a big yellow flower that spins when you blow on it.  JUST WHAT I’VE ALWAYS WANTED.

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So, it isn’t an actual Kinder surprise, but it does have Kinder chocolate and a toy.  And the toy isn’t inside the chocolate.  I feel like America should be jumping on this bandwagon.  Please let me know if they are available there as well.

 

 

 

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