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On the hunt for a store with German groceries

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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:30 am

I’m on a quest for Kinder Eggs.

Those are the chocolate eggs containing a toy inside popular in Germany and elsewhere in Europe . And they’re not just popular around Easter time, but all the time.

They are hard to resist: A delicious chocolate – part milk chocolate, part white chocolate – egg shell, and inside, a capsule containing a toy you usually have to put together. Kids love chocolate and kids love surprise toys. Together, it’s like kid heaven.

My 3-year-old daughter, Daisy, has discovered Kinder Eggs thanks to YouTube.

Sometimes – when she’s good – I let her watch Minnie Mouse videos on my smartphone . Somehow, when she is surfing Minnie Mouse YouTube videos, she also finds videos of Kinder Eggs or other surprise eggs being opened.

Usually the eggs contain a small toy or stickers. There’s nothing really interesting about the videos other than the eggs being opened and their contents put on display for a few seconds, but Daisy can watch them for hours.

Anyway, it got me thinking about Kinder Eggs and how as a kid in Germany I would sometimes get them. The chocolate is really good and the toys aren’t bad either; probably a couple notches up from a Cracker Jack toy surprise.

I’d like to get Daisy some Kinder Eggs as a special treat or maybe for Christmas. I’ve been on the lookout for a store that sells German groceries including Kinder Eggs, but I haven’t found one yet.

One would think with the German population in the Fort Hood area, there should be at least one small grocery store that specializes in German foods.

I spent three years in Germany as a child (ages 8, 9 and 10). The experiences I had there were some of my happiest as a child. My Air Force dad was stationed in West Germany and we visited castles, volksmarched through forests and ate some really good food, including Kinder Eggs.

Every person in the military I know who has been stationed to Germany speaks really fond of it, and I’d recommend it to any Fort Hood soldier who is considering their next duty station.

As far as Kinder Eggs I may have to buy them online if I can’t find a local store that sells them soon.

Jacob Brooks, a former Army tanker, is the city editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. Contact him at jbrooks@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468.

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5 comments:

  • mona1967 posted at 8:03 pm on Wed, Aug 20, 2014.

    mona1967 Posts: 1

    You can try Pfeiffers, German Groceries in Harker Heights they sometimes have them .

     
  • KarmaGrant posted at 2:27 pm on Wed, Aug 20, 2014.

    KarmaGrant Posts: 20

    The commissary sells the brand of chocolate used for Kinder eggs but not Kinder eggs. As stated above it's illegal to import them. Bringing them back in your luggage is also illegal though many sneak one or two in while traveling or coming back from a deployment. That's how I got my last one.

     
  • Cherbear posted at 2:03 pm on Wed, Aug 20, 2014.

    Cherbear Posts: 4

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/21/easter-reminder-kinder-eggs-banned-in-the-united-states/

     
  • agscarr posted at 1:33 pm on Wed, Aug 20, 2014.

    agscarr Posts: 1

    Last I was told they are illegal to ship into the U.S. We were able to get some in when we flew last Christmas from Panama, but I have searched all over as well and found from many German stores that they are not allowed to bring them in.

     
  • Pima posted at 1:04 pm on Wed, Aug 20, 2014.

    Pima Posts: 5

    Have you tried the commissary? If they don't have them now they generally do around the holidays.

     

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