German Kinder Surprise Egg

What is a Kinder Egg?

I love Kinder Eggs — those chocolate eggs with a small toy enclosed.  My favorite thing about the egg is the small toy inside, although a little chocolate certainly makes the treat sweeter!  I find most of the toys quite ingenious (examples of toys below).  I feel the toys are fascinating because there are wide variety of toys.  You never know what you’re going to get.  Also, they are very small yet creatively designed and they require some assembly, which makes it more interactive.  The design of the Kinder Egg toys must be a challenging job.  There are actually two kinds of Kinder Eggs — Kinder Surprise Eggs and Kinder Joy Eggs.  Kinder Surprise Eggs consist of a chocolate shell with a small plastic yellow egg containing an toy.  Kinder Joy Eggs consist of two egg halves — one half contains creamy white chocolate and two chocolate-covered wafer balls, the other half contains a toy.

My First Kinder Egg

I (Sharon) discovered Kinder Surprise Eggs when I spent a summer in Hong Kong at the age of eight.  To my disappointment, on my return to the United States, I learned that they were illegal.  Ever since, I’ve made an effort to hunt for some whenever I’m abroad.

Hunting for Kinder Eggs in Switzerland and Germany

A few weeks ago, Dave and I vacationed in Switzerland, France, and Germany for two weeks during which I ate three 3-packs of Kinder Eggs.  I managed to get one pack of Kinder Surprise Eggs in Geneva and one pack in Bern.  The Migros grocery store chain in Switzerland seems to carry the cheapest 3-packs at 2.80 CHF (Swiss Francs) a pack.  I didn’t buy any Kinder Eggs in France because one can only eat so many chocolate eggs a day without feeling sick (generally, one a day), and I was still making my way through the first two packs.  By the time we reached Munich, our last city, I was ready to replenish my supply of Kinder Eggs.  I searched every grocery store we passed, but found that they only carried the Kinder Joy Eggs, not the Kinder Surprise Eggs.  I even scoured stores at the Munich airport in vain.  It was at the airport that I learned from an employee at one of these stores that Kinder Surprises are only made during the winter months while Kinder Joys are made during the summer months.  My mystery was solved!  Thus, the Kinder Surprises I purchased in Switzerland, were either left over from an order during the winter months or were stockpiled for later sale.

Inside My Kinder Eggs

The Kinder Eggs I got in Geneva and Bern were the German Eggs.   Here’s what one looks like:

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Here are the toys from my 3-pack in Geneva.  From left to right the toys are:

  • a wind-up car – you drag it back, let go, and the car rolls forward
  • a watercolor set with paintbrush and purple and yellow paints
  • a lion model

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The watercolor set is only one of a collection.  If you manage to collect other watercolor sets of different colors, they can be chained together using the snaps in the front and back.  Here is a view of the watercolor set from the top.

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Here are the toys from the 3-pack I got in Bern.  From left to right, the toys are:

  • a mother and baby lemur model with a tree — the baby is detachable
  • a hopper toy — you put this on a table top, pull the dog away from the rest of the frame and let go
  • a mini low-tech tablet — similar to an etch-and-sketch.  The tablet stand can function as a pen and a stand.

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Finally, here are the toys from the 3-pack Kinder Joy Eggs I got in Munich.  The Kinder Joy packaging is a little different.

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The Kinder Joy toys are from left to right:

  • A Crazy Friend disk shooter
  • A Sid (from the Ice Age movie) charm/ornament — his head can spin 360 degrees
  • A Crazy Friend charm/ornament

Maybe we’ll be able to use some of these on our mini Christmas tree this year.

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From my sample of Kinder Eggs above, albeit a small sample, I prefer the toys in the Kinder Surprise Eggs.  I guess that means I’ll have to travel abroad during the winter months next time!

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Our garden is doing very well so far!  The pea trellis we built has been a success – here’s what it looks like now.  The pea plants have been climbing up and up, although they aren’t the only ones that have climbed the trellis.  Some climbing weeds have snuck in on the right side of the trellis and are almost as tall as the tallest peas.  The never-ending battle against the weeds is just another part of gardening.

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And on a closer look, you can see pea pods!  The first peas either of us have ever grown.

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Last Sunday, we enjoyed a meal of our first harvest from our garden this year.  We had stir-fried vegetables and herbs from the garden consisting of kale, peas, lime basil, genovese basil, and sage from garden accompanied by shallots and garlic from the store.

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Vegetables and herbs picked from the garden.

 

 

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Vegetables and herbs stir-fried with garlic and shallots.

 

Nothing can beat the taste of fresh vegetables from the garden.  And it’s even more satisfying when you’ve grown them yourself.  In fact, most of the herbs and vegetables we ate were actually started from seed this year.  The kale, lime basil, and genovese basil were started indoors and transplanted, while the peas were directly sowed into the ground.  We’re certainly looking forward to future meals of vegetables from our garden.  Perhaps, we’ll be eating peppers next.  Many of the transplanted peppers whose outer leaves had died, have regenerated their leaves and are starting to produce peppers!

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