Give A Cheer! Kinder Eggs Are Coming To America!

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By Cooking Panda

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?

Sources: Fortune, Good Housekeeping, CNN, Ferrero / Photo credit: Coralie Ferreira/Flickr

Tags: ferrero, kinder, kinder eggs, kinder joy, kinder surprise
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World’s First Nutella Cafe Is What Dreams Are Made Of (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

Every Nutella lover out there has indulged in a spoonful of the deliciously creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread straight from the jar. But now, Nutella lovers can indulge in their favorite spread by actually walking into the jar.

On May 31, the world’s first ever Nutella cafe is due to open on Chicago’s East Side. And the interior is designed to feel like the inside of a jar of Nutella. Nutella lovers everywhere, rejoice!

“It’s the first to truly capture the essence of the Nutella brand — not just in the dishes that’ll be served, but in the full experience from the moment you step through the door and into the space,” a Nutella representative told Eater Chicago.

Between creamy white walls and hazelnut-shaped hanging lights, the Nutella experience is fully immersive, according to the Chicago Tribune.

As we all know, a good jar of Nutella never stays closed for long. The two-story cafe will be open from morning to late evening, and will feature a spread of both sweet and savory items, Eater Chicago reports. Think Nutella gelato, Nutella crepes, Nutella French toast, Nutella waffles, and — for the healthy eaters out there –even Nutella oatmeal and Nutella yogurt! Did I say Nutella enough times?

There’s also a full-service espresso bar for those who want to pair their chocolate-hazelnut delights with Italian coffee. Talk about a match made in Nutella heaven.

Not all the menu items feature Nutella, however. For lunch and dinner, you can order an artisanal panini, a seasonal salad or a fresh soup of the day. If you’re in the mood for something savory, you can even order a savory crepe like the Bacon and Cheese Strata. The savory items look great, but personally, I’d love to see a Nutella soup added to the menu.

Unlike the small Nutella bar inside Eataly, the Nutella cafe is owned by Ferrero, the Italian company that makes the delicious spread, reports Eater. The cafe will be located near Chicago’s Millennium Park. According to Eater, organizers promise “special surprises” for the first 400 people in line on opening day!

For those who’ve never visited the beautiful city of Chicago, the Nutella cafe is definitely an extra reason to go.

Sources: Eater, Eater Chicago, Chicago Tribune / Photo credit: donald/Wikimedia Commons, Nutella via Eater Chicago

Tags: Chicago, chocolate, ferrero, nutella, nutella cafe
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