Wonderball seems to have made it back to stores—in Ohio, at least.
A Redditor posted on Feb. 19 that a Walmart in Mississippi also stocked the Minion-themed throwback candy.
If you don’t know what a Wonderball is, watch this early 2000s compilation of commercials:[youtube ]
The Wonderball was a hollow chocolate sphere filled with a surprise in each one. When Nestlé first debuted the candy, it was called the “Nestlé Magic Ball” and had a plastic toy inside. In 1997, Nestlé announced immediate and total withdrawal of the Wonderball due to complaints of the candy-toy combination’s choking hazards.
The company reintroduced the product in 2000, swapping the plastic toy for candy inside the chocolate ball, but sold the brand to private candy company Frankford in 2004. Frankford then later on discontinued the product.
Europe has long had candy-toy combination products, starting with the Kinder Surprise, which were born in 1974. The egg-shaped chocolate is made of a milk chocolate shell and holds a toy inside, hidden in a plastic container. Nestle’s adaptation of this popular candy is still lamented on various Internet platforms; there have been petitions, a GoFundMe campaign and Facebook groups dedicated the the candy.
A quick search on Walmart’s website offers nothing but a toy kitchen-esque product.
Walmart customer relations representative John (who could not give his last name as policy) said he could not find the product anywhere on the national database. Regional products don’t usually make it to the national list of products, though.
“If you have a large specific community, like a large Hispanic or Asian community, they’ll have things specific to that community that won’t be sold nationally,” he said.
He said he thinks that the Walmart stores that the Facebook and Reddit posters bought their Wonderballs from probably worked with a local distributor that only supplied the stores in the region.
“That would be my only guess, that that store is carrying it at a regional level,” he said. “We cater to whatever region we’re in. We don’t sell a lot of snow tires in Florida.”
No sign of Wonderballs on Austin store shelves yet, but you can still buy the candy on Nationwide Candy’s website, or get a similar product from Candy Treasure, called the Choco Treasure.