I recently came into possession of a new - American - Kinder "Joy". I already had a - Canadian - Kinder "Surprise". So naturally I documented their consumption for comparison.
For years I'd heard that American children are too stupid to eat Kinder Eggs, but lo and behold we have them now! Well, we have something like them. Time will tell if American children are smart enough for these ones.
Canadian Kinder is the classic - Kinder Surprise. I think it's something to do with being part of the commonwealth. In any case, these are the Kinder Eggs of my childhood. My mother is a bit of a scofflaw and would smuggle them home for us any time she went to Vancouver. This is the Kinder Egg deemed too challenging for us Americans.
Foil wrapper ✓ Chocolate shell ✓ Plastic capsule ✓ Toy inside ✓
It is the epitome of childhood delight. All wrapped up in a whimsical egg shape.
The American Kinder Egg is actually called Kinder "Joy", presumably to avoid confusion with the real ones. It was a little strange when you're expecting an approximation of the Canadian version.
They come in a plastic egg shell. It splits in twain to reveal two separately packaged halves. One half contains the toy. The other contains some sort of strange chocolate cream and two wafer balls. A scraper is provided for shoveling chocolate cream into one's face
Color me skeptical.
Call me old fashioned, but I'm gonna stick to Canadian Kinder Eggs. The American versions are probably fine if they're all you've ever known, but the weird chocolate cream was unsatisfying. Which was surprising, because I expected the toy to be the compromised element. The wafer balls were pretty tasteless. The cream itself was way too thick to be enjoyable to consume. Not entirely sure why they had to scrap the traditional chocolate.
The toys were essentially the same, thank goodness. If you've never had the pleasure of a Kinder Egg, the toys inside are easily 2/3 of the fun. They usually require some assembly and also may include stickers. It appears that the primary change for the American market was in the packaging. American children will swallow a capsule whole, but having to peel back a plastic film will save them from themselves.
It's not a bad solution. It's just not a Kinder Egg.