How Parents Prepare for Easter After Kinder Chocolate Retreats

the bells of Easter will ring soon. And from Sunday, many will be the small (and large) sweet tooth and sweet tooth to embark on the traditional egg hunt. But this year, Easter treats may not taste the same as always, as Kinder has issued major recalls of contaminated products by salmonella and that more than 150 cases of salmonellosis have so far been identified in Europe.

On the eve of Easter weekend, parents are wondering. Can we trust and buy the same Kinder chocolates as always? Is it better to move towards other mass distribution brands? Do you prefer an artisan chocolatier? Or completely eliminate chocolates this year? Torn between concern and serenity, readers of 20 minutes Tell what the Easter Bells have planned to delight your children.

“For me, Easter = Kinder”, “but I checked the batches”

In recent days, the chocolate giant has multiplied product withdrawals, specifying which ranges it is. After consulting her scrupulously, “I had some chocolates Kindergarten that weren’t on the list,” says Jessica. For the other products, I’ll wait at least two months before buying again, until everything is back to normal. But I’ll still buy Kinder, zero risk doesn’t exist and no other factory is immune to these types of incidents.” Christophe also does not plan to give up his family’s favorite chocolates. “I had already bought a product affected by the recall, and after reporting it, I turned to Kinder again, taking other products this time, since only the Arlon plant is involved and that the offending lots have been pulled from the shelves. Hoping I don’t get a bad surprise (no pun intended!)”, he jokes.

Aurélie also “had already bought the Easter chocolates before the reminders were made. For the kids, I took Maxi Kinder Surprises, which are not subject to recall, but I check back regularly to see if the list is changing. If you ever did kids you will have the surprise toy without eating the chocolate, that’s all.” Alexandre, “intends to continue buying them. The taste is inimitable, plus I bought Kinder which were not affected by the recall. For me, Easter = Kinder! And then, a mistake, it can happen, even in large groups, you just should not mix the whole brand”.

“A toy or a book”, but “no chocolates this year”

Others have made a radical choice: “These contaminations are inadmissible, condemns Valérie. Since we can no longer trust the food industry, this year there will be no chocolates, I will not endanger my children’s lives, they will have a toy or a book instead.” Same cause and same effects for Nadège: “There are no chocolates this year, the Easter bunny will bring clothes and toys for children”.

It must be said that the proliferation of health reminders in recent weeks has put many consumers off. That’s why Raphaëlle will skip Easter. “I am not going to buy chocolates this year, I was sick for three weeks after eating a pizza contaminated with E. coliI really thought I was going to go there… And since I only like Kindergarten, I don’t want to take any chances.”

“No Kinder at Easter”, “we will buy brands from the competition”

But not everyone is prepared for Easter without chocolate. Therefore, surely “there will be no Kindergarten at Easter, swears Emilie, who, however, likes to offer mountains of chocolates to her two daughters on this occasion, but we will buy competing brands such as Milka, and in small quantities.” Klervi, a mother who had done all her shopping two weeks ago, will have to start over. “I was very happy, for once I had gone ahead and bought a bunch of Kinder in superpromo with 34% of the chocolate purchases credited to the loyalty card. Two days later, I was disappointed when I found out removal of contaminated chocolates ! With my husband we decided to bring all the Kinder that we had bought, that is, 80% of our purchases. Even those that are not on the retirement list, such as the maxi eggs that are only found at Easter and that our children love. This year, we’d rather play it safe, so we turned to Lindt and Milka for our family egg hunt.”

A choice that is not the only one he has made. Like her, Pauline “brought several packages of Kinder chocolates to the supermarket, and we bought other brands, after scrupulously verifying their origin! But I’m afraid my daughter will be disappointed, she who loves Kindergarten! The same strategy for Sylvie, who would have “preferred to take Easter chocolates from an artisan, but it’s too expensive. So I bought some from supermarkets, making sure they were produced in France. It would have been inconceivable not to offer it to my 4 year old grandson! »

“We will go to the chocolate factory”, for better “traceability”

“Although they don’t seem worried about the withdrawal, we are going to throw away the large Kinder eggs that we bought for our grandchildren, we don’t want to take any risks”, explains Víctor. We will go in the chocolatier local “. For Julie, who “bought some sweets from the chocolatier, it allows small businesses to work and know exactly what is in the finished product. But surely the budget is not the same,” she admits. Therefore, “I prefer quality to quantity, even if it is a bit more expensive,” adds Anne, who has avoided supermarket chocolates for several years. “It also contributes to taste education.”

Marjorie used to buy her chocolates at Supermarket, “but this story illustrates the lack of transparency about the manufacture and control of these products. So I didn’t want to take the risk and this year I’m going to go to a chocolate factory. In addition, I plan to do the same in the coming years. It is true that it is an additional cost and there will be less to hunt, but it will be much better. I think that all this leads us to think about the traceability of the products we consume”.

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