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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7468.