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About David Jacks

University student living in Winnipeg, Canada, trying to get my way through my bachelor's degree in International Development and Rhetoric, Writing and Communication.

Kinder Egg bust at Canadian border a waste of time, says detained U.S man

Kinder Egg bust at Canadian border a waste of time, says detained U.S man.

via Winnipeg Free Press

VANCOUVER – A U.S. man who was detained at the border while returning home from Vancouver because he was carrying chocolate Kinder Eggs says the American law banning the treats should be eradicated.

Chris Sweeney and his husband Brandon Loo of Seattle were on their way back to Seattle after a recent trip to Vancouver, when American border guards told them that six Kinder Eggs in the trunk of their car are illegal in the United States.

The popular German chocolate eggs, which contain small plastic toys inside, are considered a choking hazard in the U.S.

Sweeney says a border guard told them they could be fined $2,500 per egg, and then ordered them to head to a detention centre, where they sat for more than two hours.

But after waiting and worrying about the possibility of a hefty fine, Sweeney says border staff inside the detention centre brushed off the offence and merely told them to never bring Kinder Eggs across the border again.

Sweeney says the ordeal was a waste of time, especially because the contraband treats weren’t even confiscated, allowing Sweeney and Loo to hand them to friends and family in Seattle.

 
 

Inside the Rubbish Egg: Kinder vs. Bob the Builder & Fifi and the Flowertots

While shopping at the local dollar store for fine art, I came across a new type of surprise egg: “Bob the Builder” and “Fifi and the Flowertots”.

Being a bit of a chocolate egg nutter, I decided to try them out.

The first prominent difference between Kinder Surprise and these new discoveries is that Bob and Fifi are not made by Ferrero. This is noticeable immediately from the quality of the chocolate. Kinder Surprise is made by Ferrero – known for its high quality and rich chocolate (the type you buy to impress your girlfriend on Valentine’s day). Ferrero designs Kinder Surprise eggs with a milk chocolate shell lined by white chocolate on the inside.

The chocolate egg by Fifi and Bob, however, is a brittle chocolate with no real flavour other than sugar (the type you buy for your girlfriend if you are cheap… she notices, trust me).

As it turns out, Fifi and Bob are made by Sweet SpA.
Sweet SpA eggs were first produced in 1995, and, like Ferrero are also from Italy. Similar to Kinder Surprise, Sweet SpA eggs also contain a surprise toy. These toys however, are a generic single-mould toy (not multiple buildable parts like Kinder) and are designed and distributed in bulk worldwide.

The disappointing chocolate is surprising, considering that the chocolate in Sweet SpA eggs is produced by Barry Callebaut – one of the largest chocolate producers in the world. It must be from their wholesale department.

What also makes Sweet SpA eggs different is their marketing strategy. While Kinder Surprise prides itself on its brand recognition, Sweet SpA operates based on licensing. In Canada, for example, Sweet SpA eggs are marketed through licensing by Chapman Entertainment (Bob the Builder, Fifi and the Flowertots and others).

Sweet SpA also licenses in other countries throughout the Europe, mainly with Thomas and Friends and Bob the Builder. The UK has some crazy looking Asian rabbit, and Hungary has Hello Kitty‘s little sister or something: “Charmmy Kitty“.

Also disappointing is that Sweet SpA eggs use the type of toy shell often found in toy vending machines, rather than the solid and trademark orange Kinder shell, making it seem less unique.

While it was a fun exercise, I think I’ll stick to Kinder, based on the quality of chocolate and the variety of toys that foster both creativity and excitement.

I also have no clue who Bob the Builder and Fifi and the Flowertots are. Probably rubbish shows anyways. (Kinder made Looney Toons, Yogi the Bear, Tom and Jerry, and Smurf toys! Awesome!)

<– the only kinda cool toy

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in *News and Videos*, Inside the Egg

 

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Wood Train Engine #2


A wood train engine.
Length: 3.2cm
Height: 2.3cm

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Trains, Wood Toys

 

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Giraffe

Very Tall Giraffe

A very tall giraffe. In fact, this 22cm high giraffe fit into a 4.5cm high capsule. Very clever engineering.

Height: 22cm

MPG UN023

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Animals

 

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Airplane “Eagle”

Airplane "Eagle"

An airplane “Eagle” with ID number ST-54K.
Wingspan: 8.5cm
K97 n41

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Airplanes

 

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Pontoon Sailboat with Green Sails

Sailboat with Green Sails

A pontoon sailboat with green sail.
Height: 8cm
Length: 4cm

MPG DE076

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Boats

 

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Kinder Easter Plush Toys

Kinder Easter!

My girlfriend sporting the 2012 Kinder Surprise easter plush toys!
A lamb and a rabbit!
We’ve become a little bit obsessed with Kinder Eggs :s

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in *News and Videos*, Animals, Rabbits

 

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