This is one of the more famous items on this list, and it’s probably not hard to figure out why this candy with a toy inside isn’t allowed on store shelves in the United States. For many years, Kinder Surprise Eggs were banned for what should be obvious reasons following some complaints of choking.
In 2018, however, a different variety of the chocolate eggs – known as Kinder Joy Eggs – were allowed in since they pose a much smaller choking threat, hopefully down to zero. The more popular version of the treat worldwide, the Kinder Surprise Egg, is still not allowed in America. The Kinder Joy Eggs uses a hard plastic shell to protect hungry kids from those dangerous, dangerous toys.
Mac and Cheese
No, the countries of Norway, Austria, and the European Union haven’t banned the simple staple of putting cheese in pasta – what they’ve done is ban the Kraft boxed dinners that are a staple of so many kids around the globe. It comes with a box of noodles and a little pouch of cheese mix – what could be simpler? However, the above countries have found that a couple of color additives could be dangerous for growing bodies that love their mac and cheese, which means the Kraft meal wasn’t allowed.
Kraft has recently removed Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 from the mix, which means they are allowed back on store shelves. Kids in Europe rejoiced, even though it’s really not that hard to just make some noodles and add a little bit of cheese. It's like two steps.
Certain Brands of French Fries
Plenty of us have a bag of french fries in our freezer for when guests come over to grill burgers – or just to enjoy while you don’t want to work too hard to make a meal. They have a long shelf life, which is all thanks to the chemical azodicarbonamide, a preservative.
Some studies have shown that this chemical can cause complications for people suffering from asthma, which means that the United Kingdom, Austria, and Singapore have all decided not to let them be sold. Only certain brands of french fries use this specific chemical, so you might just have to pick a different brand if you need to get your fix of thin little potatoes.
Don’t know what that is? You’re not alone. Casu Marzu is a type of hard pecorino cheese that softens as it ferments into a creamy texture that many people around the world enjoy and appreciate. It uses an...interesting fermentation process, however, and that process is why the United States and a number of other countries have stopped it from being sold.
Fly larvae are placed inside the cheese before fermentation, which releases a liquid to make it all creamy and soft. Yeah, you read that correctly. Amazingly, many people think the idea of eating maggot cheese is something they don’t want, and thus cheese was not allowed. Can’t blame them! Who would think to do such a thing?
You might very well be familiar with this fruit. It’s hard but not impossible to find in much of the world. It has a creamy texture like a cheesecake and sweet custard taste. What’s the downside? Well, we haven’t talked about the smell yet. This fruit creates a pungent odor that has caused some people to void their stomachs. That’s how bad it can get.
In fact, it’s so repulsive that Singapore has created a law that says people aren’t allowed to eat it in public. Yes, that’s right, the smell of this fruit is so bad that a country created a law against eating it in public. We’ve never had the misfortune of smelling it (it’s worse when fresh, apparently), but it must be pretty stinking bad if that’s the case.