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Giant Kinder Surprise Eggs

My Easter treat for this year is a couple of giant Kinder Surprise eggs. Look at how big they are! It’s shown here with a regular sized Kinder Surprise Egg for scale and a Mini Kinder Egg which I added because I happened to find them in a local shop.

The Mini Kinder Eggs are filed with hazelnut paste and bits of hazelnut. They are delicious and I recommend you grab some if you see them.

If you’d like to see what was in my giant Kinder Surprise eggs click through for all the details. (If not I’ll be back later with a spectrum of vibrant eggs dyed using food coloring!)

The egg itself came in a clamshell plastic holder and looks just like a regular size Kinder Surprise, with the seam and everything. The chocolate was a bit shinier and snappier than normal, much like the Kinder Santas.

The capsule is huge.

Here is the capsule next to a regular sized capsule. For a Kinder Surprise enthusiast like myself this is a silly thrill.

Inside the first giant egg was an adorable memory game with characters and luggage.

The two suitcases actually open and hold the cards. The suitcases don’t snap shut though, which is a shame since I’d totally use them to store a little travel sewing kit or something.

The second giant egg held this fishing game. That blue pool is made to hold water, so the boats would be floating. I’m not sure if this is a game of speed? There weren’t any game rules included in the assembly instructions. I like the idea of lions fishing for human boats, it’s a bit sinister.

If you’re a Kinder Surprise nerd you might like to know that, yes, even the giant capsules come in different colors.

· comments [28] · 04-16-2014 · categories:holidays · kindereggaday ·

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  • 1 AllisonA // Apr 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Did you find these in Seattle? Where oh where?

  • 2 Hana K // Apr 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    This is awesome! I love big versions of small things and mini versions of big things so this is great. And cute surprises too!

  • 3 Hana K // Apr 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Oh and a question.. What do you do with all of the capsules and toys?

  • 4 heather // Apr 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Hi – would you mind saying which local shop you got the Mini Kinders in? I have a friend who (when we go to canada) goes bonkers over kinders and I would love to pick him up some easter surprises. :)

  • 5 Jessica // Apr 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Woah, where did you find those? I definitely want one! I have loved Kinder eggs since a family vacation to Italy when I was nine, but I rarely see them in the states.

  • 6 megan // Apr 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    AllisonA and Jessica – All I can tell you is that these came from a chain store in Vancouver, BC.

  • 7 megan // Apr 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Hana – I display the toys on my office shelf, the capsules will go towards something, probably storing rubber bands in my desk drawer.

  • 8 megan // Apr 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    heather – Sure, I bought these at Relish, a specialty food/wine/candy shop in Mount Baker. I love that store, and they have a variety of imported candy including Cadbury Buttons, Kinder Hippos and the like. Also, some nostalgic candies.

  • 9 Erin // Apr 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    oh, i live right near relish! I saw some kinder eggs at pfi n sodo/the id a few years ago, fyi :)

  • 10 Jen // Apr 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I’m amused that the pool in the fishing game is identical to the pool in the giant kinder egg I described to you in my comment in the kinder santa post. I wonder how many different pool based games the toy designers came up with?

  • 11 megan // Apr 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Jen – Ah, no way! I thought of the thing you described but didn’t imagine that part of it was the same. I haven’t checked to see if this one holds water for any amount of time but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was watertight for a while. I wonder what the pool thing might be as well.

  • 12 Corrin // Apr 17, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Absolutely amazing. I’ve been obsessed with Kinder Eggs since my first trip to London in 2003.

  • 13 fillyjonk // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Oh, I wonder if the giant eggs are big enough to generally be deemed “not a choking hazard” (which is what I’ve been told is why Kinder Surprise is not sold in the US).

    I’m 45 and would totally buy myself a kinder surprise egg, like every week, as a treat, if only they sold them here.

    (Or maybe they don’t sell them “here” – a little town with very little good shopping)

  • 14 megan // Apr 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

    fillyjonk – You are not wrong, Kinder Surprise eggs are still illegal to sell in the US, including the giant sized eggs. You used to occasionally see Kinder Surprise for sale in stores but there has been a crackdown in recent years because Think Of The Children! (?)

  • 15 Kendra // Apr 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Seeing this made my day. I also wouldn’t mind a Giant Kinder Egg filled with regular size Kinder Eggs.
    Must get to Canada this summer!

  • 16 LauraVW // Apr 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Megan, I just wanted to let you know that I was so engrossed with reading this post and looking at the pictures that I actually missed my bus stop on the way home from work this evening! I have never done that before – felt very foolish but it was totally worth it. Happy Easter!

  • 17 megan // Apr 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Laura – I’m so sorry! Glad it was worth it :)

  • 18 Ashlea Walter // Apr 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

    oh man! I just about pee’ed my pants when I first read this and began a mad search in hopes of finding one again in the US, only to return back to the comments and read that they’re STILL not available. Boo hiss.

    Happy Easter anyway!

  • 19 Diana // Apr 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I had no idea kinder surprise eggs were illegal to sell in the US! Crazy ! My English children are surviving despite the choking hazard. I feel for you all! x

  • 20 Shauntabia // Apr 21, 2014 at 4:42 am

    I had never heard of Kinder eggs until I came across your post. I was super excited and immediately went online to seek them out, especially since I had not seem them in Georgia before. So, I was quickly disappointed when I read on the Wikipedia page that they were ILLEGAL in the US because of a law that the FDA came up with in the 1930s. Someone petitioned that they become legal back in 2012, but did not have enough signatures. I would love to try to get that ball rolling again. These things are awesome, so cute and adorable.

  • 21 megan // Apr 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Ashlea – Oh no! I’m so sorry, I was being coy in the text about just where these babies might have come from because I’m paranoid. I mean, they are actually watching.

  • 22 megan // Apr 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Diana – We survive somehow. I will say that due to amazing benefactors we were able to introduce some intact eggs to our niece and nephews this year and they were very well received and I therefore feel like I’ve introduced the next generation to just how cool these are.

  • 23 megan // Apr 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Shauntabia – My apologies, I should always include a little link to explain what these are and why they are not known in the US. They are really fun and on any rare occasion when I’m outside of the US I find and open them. I will admit, though, that I’m aware of how the current scarcity makes them special and how much the US marketing machine might make the toys inside less than interesting. I will have to investigate to see if anybody has tracked Happy Meal toys over the years to see how marketing has or has not helped the appeal. I can say that from my own very small observations the branded toys inside eggs were the least engaging. So, there is a small part of me that roots for them continuing to be a non-US treat.

  • 24 Ailidh // Apr 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Here in Canada we actually have another size. There’s regular, mini, ‘big’ and maxi. I was totally hoping the maxi one was going to be filled with a million mini toys, though!
    I have a ‘big’ one left over from Xmas stockings. I’ll snap a photo tomorrow.

  • 25 megan // Apr 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Ailidh – I had no idea there were Big sized Kinder Surprise as well. I clearly have to make more trips up to find them.

  • 26 Ailidh // Apr 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I think they are just importing more (they are German) or possibly making more / bigger just to mess with us. I found the ‘big’ ones in staples in Dec whike I was Xmas shopping. I was like, “what?! Big kinder eggs?!” Naturally I scooped some up (stocking stuffer par excellence) and the cashier was similarly surprised / agog. FWIW, all the chocolates made by the kinder people are reliably good, but if you can get your hands on a kinder bueno, those are pretty well the best. No toy involved, though.

  • 27 megan // May 6, 2014 at 1:07 am

    I’ll investigate! Thanks so much for the update.

  • 28 Lana // May 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve enjoyed all your preoccupation with kinder surprises. Being Canadian, I find it extra interesting, since we have them everywhere. And I’ve never known a child ever to even remotely be hurt by one, ha. I wanted to share a little story about them from my childhood: my grandfather ran a small corner store, which sold kinder eggs, but lots of them would end up broken and unsellable, so all year he would save just the unopened capsules for me, for my annual summer vacation visit. Then it would be a giant gluttonous free-for-all of over a hundred kinder toys all at once. :)

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