Happy Easter!

Easter is a huge holiday here in Australia so finding Easter candy was easy -- all of the shops have whole aisles of candy and Easter baskets. As an American there were two ingredients conspicuously missing: plastic eggs for hiding and egg coloring kits! What is Easter morning without the pastel glory and instant gratification of PAAS dye kits? I managed to find some Greek easter egg dye... so we'll show you the result of that tomorrow.

Yesterday the kids woke up at the crack of dawn, ran down the stairs, and squealed so loudly they woke us up. Bleary eyed, we dragged ourselves downstairs. Why does Santa and the Easter Bunny have to come in the middle of the night? Shouldn't parents get to sleep in on holidays??! Two cups of coffee later and we were ready to join in the excitement.

First the kids had to find the 6 big chicks and 9 little chicks hidden around the house:

Then they got to attack the main prize -- giant Kinder Surprise eggs.

Kids in every part of world except America are familiar with Kinder eggs (they are illegal in America). They are egg-sized and shaped hollow chocolate. The chocolate has two layers: milk chocolate on the outside and white chocolate on the inside. In the middle they have a small, plastic capsule that contains a toy. Or, in this case, a large capsule:

Nik's egg had a soccer game:

Ben's egg had a Where's Waldo-like game that involved a magnifying glass and aliens:
Like blind box toys in the US, you have no way of knowing what your egg will contain. And that's part of the fun.


Tina in CT said...

Those kinder eggs look great. Why are the illegal here? Are American children thought to be stupid and that they'd eat the toy inside?

Happy Easter.

Katya said...

Yes. In America there is a law that no non-food items can be inside of food.

There are places that sell them (illegally) in the US.

It's silly. They have been around since 1972 all over the world... When we lived in Michigan we used to smuggle them from Canada. :-) I STILL have a couple of toys I got from Kinder eggs when I was a kid.

Joe Ganci said...

Well, I learned something new today! I had no idea that Kinder eggs are illegal in the US. I looked it up and now see why. There are two reasons why.


Living in Italy when I was younger, we looked forward to our Kinder eggs. BTW, in case anyone reading Katya's wonderful blog doesn't know, in this case Kinder is the German word (not the English word meaning more kind). It rhymes with cinder and hinder and means children.

Joe Ganci said...

BTW, Ivana bought a big chocolate egg for the family to share after the wonderful dinner she made on Easter yesterday. It had a toy in the wrapping, I noticed, but not in the egg. The toy itself seemed to be small enough to be a choking hazard, but of course, it wasn't INSIDE the chocolate! haha

Anonymous said...

These are really giant Kinder eggs!
Happy Easter!