Give A Cheer! Kinder Eggs Are Coming To America!

Having lived in Italy until the age of eight, I grew up with all kinds of Kinder snacks that I haven't been able to find in the U.S. 

My personal favorites and the ones I miss most: Kinder Delice, Kinder Pingui and Kinder Surprise Eggs. 

Lucky for me (and for all the other Kinder lovers out there) Kinder Eggs are officially coming to America.

On May 22, Ferrero (the glorious Italian chocolate maker who makes Kinder AND Nutella), announced that a special version of the eggs will be released in the U.S. in 2018. 

If you're confused because you've already seen them in a few American stores, that's because they were being sold on the "black market," according to CNN. 

The chocolate eggs were actually banned in the '70s by the FDA, according to Good Housekeeping. Apparently, this was because the surprise toy inside is considered a choking hazard.

"Any Kinder product that has been sold in the US up until now was done on an unauthorized basis," Ferrero said in a statement, according to CNN. Terrifying. 

The legal eggs which will be sold in the U.S. starting in January 2018 are not the Kinder Surprise Eggs, but the Kinder Joy Eggs. 

The Kinder Joy variety debuted in Europe in 2001, and does not include a choking hazard since they have two individually packaged halves. 

I've actually indulged in these many times and they are delicious. I think I like them better than the regular Kinder Surprise, which is just a milk chocolate shell with a milky white lining and a toy inside. 

The Kinder Joy Eggs are packaged in a plastic shell, one half of which contains chocolate cream, two crispy cocoa wafer balls, and a little spoon to eat everything. The other half contains a prize.

My favorite part of eating these is breaking one of the wafer balls in half with the little spoon, and scooping it with the milky cocoa cream to create a perfect mouthful.

Ferrero sells 3.5 billion Kinder eggs a year, according to its data. I’m hoping that once the eggs are legally released on the U.S. market, they’ll be so popular that Ferrero will have to offer all its other treats as well.

Especially my beloved Kinder Pingui. Are you as excited about this as I am?