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Kinder Surprise

 

Kinder Surprise, also referred to 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 manufactured by Italian company Ferrero and invented by William Salice (1933-2016). Originally intended for children, it's also well-liked by adult collectors and it has the type of a chocolate egg containing a little toy, usually requiring assembly.

Description

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

During the egg's production, prior to the halves are fused together, the plastic capsule containing the toy is positioned inside. This capsule is made of thin, flexible plastic, and it is often yolk-yellow. The capsule is made of two non-symmetrical, overlapping pieces: its bottom piece is nearly so long as the whole capsule, and has two ridges protruding along its outer rim; the very best piece is all about half as long as the entire capsule, and it has two corresponding ridges along its inner rim. Once the pieces are pushed together, the ridges interlock and do not come apart without manual manipulation. Girls Pop To split up the 2 pieces, it is usually necessary to apply pressure towards the interlocking region at its opposite ends, bending it and causing the ridges to separate inside so the halves could be pulled apart. When the capsule is opened it may be re-closed effortlessly by pushing the 2 pieces back together.

The plastic capsule provides the toy itself (either in a single piece or in several pieces requiring assembly) and at least two pieces of paper. One paper lists the "choking hazard" warnings in multiple languages. Another paper shows assembly instructions for that toy and a picture of the assembled toy (if applicable), and/or an illustration of all toys of 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 in the factory, it is wrapped in a skinny metal foil bearing the Kinder Surprise brand as well as other production details. The eggs will be sold, either individually or perhaps in a boxed set of 3 eggs, or in some cases in a tray of 24 eggs.

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

During the 2000s, Ferrero redesigned the Kinder Egg's internal plastic capsule. The brand new design is visually and functionally much like that of the original capsule, but it now consists only of a single bit of plastic having a hinge on one side. The size and specific style of each 1 / 2 of the capsule have also been slightly altered accordingly.

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