Wonder What Happened To
The Wonder Ball?
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o you remember the jingle? "What's inside Nestle Magic Ball? What'is inside the sparkling foil? What's inside the sparkling foil? What'is inside the chocolate ball? What's inside the Nestle Chocolate? What's inside the ball and pop? What's inside the ball and pop lid? Wow it's Hercules! Wow it's Simba! Dalmatians, or Aladdin. All from Disney. They're hidden inside! A surprise in a ball, in chocolate, in foil in a box! What's inside? What's inside? What will you find in yours?"
If you were a child of the 90's, that jingle would fly through your dreams. It was the stuff dreams were made of. Candy and a toy? Yes, please! Every child knows that the very best combination on earth is candy and a toy. If you could get both in one neat little package, you were instantly awesome. And yes, we bought them, bought them in droves. Begged mom and dad to pick one up at the store. No other candy gave you a Simba or Hercules figurine to proudly display next to your Dave Matthews Band poster. Not that we ever had that poster, because that would have been lame. Maybe we did, but will also never admit it. And perhaps we still sing with a certain song on the radio, but it's only for nostalgia's sake. Hey! Don't judge. Now back to the topic at hand, Nestle Magic Ball.
You may have heard an urban legend about a child choking and dying from a Wonder Ball, this is totally false. No one died from a Wonder Ball, it was simply some overly cautious parents and other competitive companies that wanted to wipe Wonder Balls off the face of the earth. One bad apple spoiled everyone's favorite childhood candy. A sad day indeed.
A new jingle began to ring out across the land to hearken in a brand new day for our beloved candy!
Magically in 2000, Nestle re-released the Nestle Magic Ball with a new name and a new concept. They were now going to be called Wonder Balls, and instead of trinkets, they were going to be filled with candy. Only it was a grave disappointment in our opinion. They replaced the cool trinket with crappy hard sugar candy. Not going to lie, we still bought them, ate the chocolate shell and the crappy hard sugar candy, because well, it's candy. The new version of Wonder Ball was to last for only four years. They eventually sold the brand to the Frankford Company in 2004.
If you are looking for something not so old and don't mind a knockoff, look for a product called Choco Treasure. If you have young children still in diapers, Choco Treasure might have a bad connotation to you. We won't judge them for their unfortunate name. Because they are keeping the magic alive! Choco Treasure is keeping it awesome by still putting a cool trinket inside. You can find Spiderman, Dinosaurs, Hello Kitty and more! You can also find Kinder Surprise Eggs which are made by European company and can be ordered online, although they are currently on backorder as we write this article. So you have the option of feeding yourself or your children grossly outdated brown wax, or Choco Treasure. If you are feeling nostalgic and lucky, go for the original on Ebay. It will set you back about ten bucks with shipping and many sellers put a disclaimer that the balls inside the package have turned to dust and are better for a display piece. But hey, it's still candy and we did not choke or get sick from eating our 14 year old Wonder Ball but your results may vary.