Photo by Ekaterina Minaeva
Photo by Ekaterina Minaeva

The scoop on mailing Kinder Eggs

by Elizabeth Jones
Stripes Europe

One of the perks of living overseas is gathering European goodies throughout the year to mail back to your family and friends in the States for Christmas. However, there has always been some confusion with mailing Kinder chocolates. They have two egg-shaped products that are very similar, the Kinder Surprise and the Kinder Joy. One is prohibited to send to the U.S. via mail and the other isn’t.

Don’t ship Kinder Surprise eggs unless you want a hefty fine and possibly lose APO privileges. This product has been banned from the U.S. since the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act expressing that Kinder Surprise eggs violate both Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. The small toy inside this egg is hidden within the chocolate shell, raising alarm to be a potential choking hazard.  

However, there is good news!

You can ship Kinder Joy eggs since both halves of the egg are sealed. One side holds chocolate treats and the other side contains nothing but a toy. There is one thing though… Kinder Joys have legally made a comeback to the U.S. Although, you could still be that awesome sister or cool aunt for getting these desired treats in the hands of your loved ones before they’re sold out in the States. 

Hopefully having the inside scoop on which Kinder eggs to mail will take the confusion and stress out of mailing packages to your friends and family back home. Make sure they get their gifts just in time for Christmas by sending them before the holiday postal deadlines.

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