Kinder Surprise Eggs have been a point of controversy for a while now. The seemingly harmless candies have been illegal in the U.S. since 1938, and the FDA has upheld the ban for decades because the "surprise" toys hidden inside the chocolate could present a choking hazard for young children. Still, despite the dangers associated with the product in the past, it turns out an even more sinister surprise might be lurking inside Kinder Eggs today.
According to Metro, a five-year-old child recently discovered one of the chocolate eggs nestled in a hedge near his home in Northern Ireland. When the child opened the candy's shell, it wasn't a toy, but a baggie of crystal meth that fell out.
"When the child opened the plastic section, hidden within was a small sealed plastic bag containing a white powder," Alan Robinson, councilor of the Democratic Unionist Party in Limavady, told the Daily Star. "Having passed the contents to the police the family have told me that they have informed them that it contained an illegal drug."
2016 has seen a host of drug smugglers attempt to hide contraband in various foodstuffs. Back in May, a woman was pinned for stashing over a pound of meth inside two burritos, and earlier this year a number of very fake looking carrots were confiscated at the U.S Mexico border. The faux-carrots were stuffed with 2,817 packages of marijuana and valued at roughly $500,000.
Still, attempting to hide narcotics in a candy, and leaving the package where a child might find stumble upon it, presents an even more serious problem.
"As a father of a child, I know how enticing Kinder eggs and their contents are to children," Robinson said. "Our children are precious and they should not be exposed to such danger."