Update: United States laws have changed since I wrote this and Kinder Eggs are now legal there.
I imported illegal goods into the United States. Chocolate Kinder Eggs.
|Kinder Eggs I got
Top is unopened
Bottom is opened
Ecuador is a major exporter of chocolate. One chocolate candy sold here is the Kinder Joy Egg. I mistakenly thought they were from Ecuador because I never had seen them in the US.
Kinder’s web site explains the eggs as follows.
Kinder Joy: is an experience for kids taste, heart, imagination
Kinder Joy is the only product that combines the tastiness of a milky cream and a cocoa cream, with two crispy wafer-balls and many new & surprising toys
When I was looking for treats to bring to the US for grandkids, nieces and nephews, I bought a bunch of Kinder Eggs. I brought them back and everyone enjoyed them.
|Tasty goodness on left; small toy on right|
Unwittingly, I imported a banned substance. I was lucky my luggage was not searched. Apparently the small toy inside is considered a choking hazard.
The eggs are popular around the world. Not in the USA. US Customs and Border Patrol seized 60,000 of them in 2011.
A Canadian couple was threatened with a $2,500 fine per egg while entering the US. A Canadian woman had hers confiscated at the border. A reporter´s friends had theirs confiscated and were fined $1,200 per egg.
Have you ever accidentally brought illegal substances to another country?
If you are visiting from the #AtoZChallenge please include your blog link in your comment so I can check it out.
P.S. If any US Customs and Border Patrol agents are reading this page, it is fiction. I would never actually import a banned substance into the US.