Kinder Surprise

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Kinder Surprise is a children's confection in the form of a chocolate egg containing a small toy inside. It was originated in 1972 in Italy and is now sold all over the world, except USA, where it is banned. Denmark doesn’t produce Kinder Surprises but transports them from Malmo, which is really close to Denmark and doesn’t cost a lot to transport. Sweden needs the following ingredients to produce a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg: Milk chocolate (sugar, milk powder, cocoa, soy lecithin, vanillin), modified oils. Lets look at each more closely.

•Milk chocolate: the making of it requires a few ingredients:• Sugar: Ukraine is a major producer of grain, sugar, meat and milk products. As Ukrainian trade is conducted with the European Union that’s where Sweden gets much of their sugar from.

• Milk powder: Sweden uses its local milk. Milk powder is needed for Kinder Surprise to produce the milk chocolate.

• Cocoa: Cocoa needs a hot, tropical climate to grow in so that is why the West African farmers produce 70 percent of the world’s cocoa – mostly in Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Liberia, and Nigeria. So Africa is where most of the cocoa we eat comes from, including Kinder Surprise. The labor cost it very cheap there as well.

• Soya Lecithin: Comes from a soya plant mostly grown in USA and is transported from there since it is good quality and easy to transport.

• Vanillin: The largest use of vanillin is as a flavoring, usually in sweet foods, so in Kinder Surpise as well. It is transported to Sweden and many other places from Madagascar as it is presently the largest producer of natural vanillin and it isn’t expensive to transport it.

•Vegetable Oil: It can be produced almost anywhere,