For those of us outside of the US, the Kinder Surprise egg is a familiar sight. A thin chocolate egg which encases a plastic capsule within which is a small toy. Often you have to assemble the toy and sometimes they are themed collectibles. The chocolate itself…well it’s is an acquired taste. Mass manufactured chocolate is one of those paradoxically regional things.
Americans have not had ready access to Kinder Surpises because of the dangers of them eating the encased toy accidentally. However, the more recent Kinder Joy egg has sidestepped the problem. It retains the egg shape but has two seperate halves – one with chocolate (sort of) in it and the other with a toy.
Wednesday I saw one in the wild and bought one and ate the bits you are supposed to eat. This is my story.
I opened the edible side first.
The two spheroids are crunchy chocolate and they sit in a kind of white & brown chocolate ganache.
The other half contains the toy.
It is a tiny paint set. For a horrified moment I thought it was meant to be make up but no, it is a Minnie Mouse paint set. Not much assembly – mainly sticking the Minnie Mouse sticker onto the strangely proportioned brush handle.
There was some red paint and some yellow paint. Deranged by my sugar high, I painted a demonic creature.
As good as a Kinder Surprise? Hmmm no. My favourite thing with a Kinder Surprise (and with toys that would dispense from those gobstopper machines) was the plastic capsule they came in.
The edible part was just weird.
The toy was initially disappointing but actually more cool than it looked. There was enough paint that I could have painted two demons. Three colours would have allowed greater artistic expression though.
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