An army of Kinder eggs has invaded the small island of Langeoog which is situated off Germany’s northwest coastline.
All those treats washed up on shore only a week after the sweet’s inventor, William Salice, died at age 83. As the UPI reports, Salice apparently invented the eggs as a way to keep using Easter egg molds all year long.
Sadly the actual chocolate eggshells are missing, but that hasn’t stopped visitors descending on the beach in their droves to harvest the small toy-filled capsules.
Fantastic Beasts and where I found them #Langeoog?✨pic.twitter.com/POlf4C7bYf
— ?????????? (@VoidDamien) January 5, 2017
See here for odd things people have done with the kinder plastic capsule.
Though they’re made by the Italian company Ferrero, kinder or surprise eggs are a cult favorite in Germany, where the word das Überraschungsei, or “the surprise egg,” is even in the dictionary.
Surprise eggs may be banned in the United States, but the German kids on Langeoog lucked out. As the Deutsche Welle reports, the island’s mayor allowed local kindergarteners to go wild on an impromptu egg hunt and dared those who claimed it was theft to come clean up the beach for him.
Spiel und Spaß auf @Insel_Langeoog: Nach Sturm Zehntausende Innenteile von Überraschungseiern angespült. https://t.co/SQYi36S8D7 #Langeoog pic.twitter.com/Q9czJpxp8t
— Burkhard Ewert (@burkhardewert) January 4, 2017
It turned out that the eggs had been lost by a Danish freight container during a recent egg-splosive storm.