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13 Feb 2017
Kinder Surprise, also known as a Kinder Egg or, in the original Italian, Kinder Surprise (Kinder is the German word for "children", sorpresa is Italian for "surprise"), is really a candy made by Italian company Ferrero and invented by William Salice (1933-2016). Originally intended for children, it is also popular with adult collectors and has the type of a chocolate egg containing a small toy, usually requiring assembly.


Each Kinder Surprise egg includes a chocolate shell, a plastic container, the items in said container, and an external foil wrap. The chocolate shell is formed just like a chicken's egg. It is just about 2 millimeters thick, and includes two layers: a milk chocolate layer on the outside, along with a white chocolate layer inside. The shell consists of two identical halves, which are lightly fused together right before the egg is wrapped, to avoid the halves from coming apart underneath the light pressures expected during transportation.

During the egg's production, before the halves are fused together, the plastic capsule containing the toy is positioned inside. This capsule is made of thin, flexible plastic, and is often yolk-yellow. The capsule consists of two non-symmetrical, overlapping pieces: its bottom piece is almost as long as the whole capsule, and it has two ridges protruding along its outer rim; the very best piece is about half so long as the whole capsule, and it has two corresponding ridges along its inner rim. When the pieces are pushed together, the ridges interlock and don't break without manual manipulation. Boys Pop To split up the two pieces, it is usually necessary to apply pressure towards the interlocking region at its opposite ends, bending it and resulting in the ridges to separate inside so that the halves can be pulled apart. Once the capsule is opened it can be re-closed effortlessly by pushing the two pieces together again.

The plastic capsule contains the toy itself (in both just one piece or perhaps in several pieces requiring assembly) and at least two bits of paper. One paper lists the "choking hazard" warnings in multiple languages. Another paper shows assembly instructions for that toy along with a picture from the assembled toy (if applicable), and/or sign of all toys belonging to the same line as the one contained within this particular capsule. Many capsules also include a little page of adhesive decals which may be put on the assembled toy after construction.

When the egg is assembled within the factory, it is wrapped in a thin metal foil bearing the Kinder Surprise brand name and various production details. The eggs will be sold, either individually or in a boxed group of 3 eggs, or in some cases inside a tray of 24 eggs.

Assembly of the toys requires no additional tools, as the pieces only will lock ("snap") together. Assembly rarely takes lots of simple steps. Most toys can be disassembled and reassembled freely, while several cannot be disassembled without causing permanent damage. Through the years, Ferrero have also made a number of no-assembly toys, whether more complicated toys you can use immediately or simple character statuettes made from just one, pre-painted piece of hard plastic.

Throughout the 2000s, Ferrero redesigned the Kinder Egg's internal plastic capsule. The new design is visually and functionally similar to those of the initial capsule, however it now consists only of a single bit of plastic having a hinge somewhere. The size and specific style of each half of the capsule have also been slightly altered accordingly.


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