This week two men tried to enter the United States with illegal substances deemed too dangerous for Americans. They were carrying these banned items in their luggage while attempting to drive across the Canadian border from Vancouver to Seattle. But their evil plan was foiled! U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspected their car and confiscated the dangerous objects.
What were these young men trying to smuggle into the U.S.? You'll never believe it. You may have encountered this contraband yourself and not even realized its danger! Of all the threats to homeland security, this one has to be the ... silliest.
Seattle residents Brandon Loo and Christopher Sweeny were trying to carry Kinder eggs over the border. Kinder Surprise eggs are hollow chocolate eggs with tiny toy surprises inside. And no, the threat is not about childhood obesity. Kinder eggs are banned in the U.S. because the tiny toys, which often have moving parts, are considered a choking hazard for small children.
That's right -- the U.S. government doesn't trust us with little chocolate egg toys.
And it's too bad, too. Those eggs are delicious and adorable. They're sold all over Europe and other parts of the world with chocolate-eating grownups and children. A thin chocolate shell covers a plastic egg. After you eat the chocolate you open the egg and there's something tiny and plastic to play with. It's brilliant!
They're fun for Easter baskets -- and if you're especially lucky, you'll have a child who doesn't like chocolate and lets you eat that part before opening the egg. (YES!) Actually, if you know where to look, you can find them in under-the-radar specialty shops in larger cities all over the U.S. But every year, thousands end up in the hands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The agency confiscated some 60,000 Kinder eggs just last year. And I'd like to know where they all are. Free the Kinder eggs! Free the Kinder eggs!
Have you ever had Kinder eggs? Did you know they're illegal in the U.S.?
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