Busted! Bringing chocolates to the U.S.

Don’t try to surprise any friends in the U.S. with one certain chocolate when you cross the border – it could get you in some serious trouble with U.S. security. Two Seattle men were held at the US-Canada border for several hours for having a half-dozen Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs.

The popular German chocolates, complete with a toy inside, are not sold in the U.S. because they could be a chocking hazard and they are also banned for being “considered adulterated food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” reports the Vancouver Sun. They men said they were told by border agents that the chocolates are a “prohibited, just like narcotics are prohibited.”

The men said they were threatened with fines of $2,500 per egg, which would total $15,000. While the two were eventually allowed to pass the border with their chocolates in hand, the report says roughly 60,000 Kinder eggs were seized last year. That’s a lot of calories for border patrol agents to work off.

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