When I opened the door, the smell of fresh-baked German bread hit me like a slap to the face.
Actually, the familiar smell was more like a soft hug from an old friend I hadn’t seen in more than 20 years.
But I didn’t walk in to Pfeifer’s German Bakery & Deli in Harker Heights for bread. I was on the search for something quite rare in this country: Kinder Eggs.
In my column last week, I wrote about the chocolate surprise eggs with a toy inside. My 3-year-old daughter, Daisy, who has never even held a Kinder Egg in real life, is infatuated with watching YouTube videos of Kinder and other surprise eggs being opened and their contents revealed.
On that note, I have been on a quest to find Kinder Eggs in the Fort Hood area, but I’ve had no luck. However, I have found some interesting information about the chocolate surprise eggs, thanks to Fort Hood Herald readers.
After reading my column, several folks around here told me Kinder Eggs are not allowed in the United States.
“Our litigious U.S. culture has wiped out Kinder Eggs,” Marianna McDonnell wrote me in an email. She went on to say it is against the law to import “our beloved Kinder Eggs because they contain small parts, which could choke a child. You can buy them in Europe but you can’t bring them through Customs.”
I received several more emails and phone calls from other folks, telling me the same thing. Marianna and others shared with me their family experiences with Kinder Eggs, and how they relish in going to Europe so they can enjoy the banned treat. I posted the column on the Killeen Daily Herald Facebook page, where it drew 47 comments and nearly 60 “likes.”
It’s clear my daughter and I are not the only people around here passionate about Kinder Eggs.
A number of readers told me to try Pfeifer’s in Heights on the off chance that the German food store may carry them. I took their advice, and visited Pfiefer’s on Tuesday morning.
Aside from the great smelling bread, there was German chocolate, gummy bears, mustard, magazines, seasonings and other things I remember seeing in Germany when I was a kid. There were no Kinder Eggs; however, I did pick out some some sweet treats for Daisy and my wife.
In a last-ditch effort, I asked the cashier if they have Kinder Eggs.
“No, sir. They are still not allowed here,” she said in a German accent.
Hopefully, one day the ban on the eggs will end.
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.