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Toys for Your Kids and Toys for Your Taste Buds – A Giveaway

Our definition of toy changes as we grow. My favorite toy when I was a kid was my stuffed animal whom I creatively named “Teddy” (as it turns out, he was a monkey, not a bear). Today, my favorite toy is my Kitchen-Aid mixer (no, I’m not giving one of those away).

Toys for Your Kids

Many months ago, I was contacted by Action Toys about reviewing their new cupcake toy, Crazy for Cupcakes. Since my baby is still in the womb (his favorite toy is the umbilical cord), I thought that I would recruit some product tester kids. Sadly, the coordination effort on that task ended up being far more work than I anticipated. So instead, I’m offering the toy to you for your kid to try.

This photo supplied by Action Toys. All other photos in this post are by J. Pollack Photography.

Each “cupcake” in this toy contains four parts – a cup, cake, frosting, and a topper. Your child can mix and match to create his/her own cupcake masterpieces. Some of the parts are also scented. I tried really hard to smell them through the plastic, but the smell does not come through. If you win, you’ll have to let me know what you think.

Toys for Your Taste Buds

You will most likely not want to share with your child the second toy I’m giving away .

Sure, your kids like chocolate. I, for one, have plans to raise a chocolate snob who will prefer single-origin bean-to-bar chocolate over the cheap stuff. But if you have to share with your children, try to keep your little ones from eating a whole bar in a single sitting – you’re going to want this chocolate to last.

Amano, one of my favorite chocolate companies (see the interview with owner Art Pollard on my now defunct blog, Food Interviews), has recently come out with three new chocolate bars. I had the luxury of trying free samples of all of them and wanted to pass on that joy to one of my readers.

Two of the three new bars are Amano’s first milk chocolate bars. I’ve grown to prefer dark chocolate and the milk chocolate seemed too sweet to me. I certainly wouldn’t turn them down, though! They were really good for milk chocolate. I liked the Ocumare a bit better than the Jembrana – it had more complex flavors. If you love milk chocolate, though, you may love them both.

The Montanya bar. Ah, the Montanya bar. Wait – don’t stop my day dreaming. This bar was heavenly. It was so full of smoky, spicy bursts of flavor that after I ate a small square, I didn’t want to eat anything else for an hour so that the last little bit of flavor could linger in my mouth. To say I loved this bar would be an understatement. If you don’t win it, you should buy it!

How Do I Win?

Entering to win toys for your kids or toys for your taste buds is easy:

  • Leave a comment on this post by midnight PST on Tuesday, June 23. In the comment, include:
    • Which prize you would like – either Crazy for Cupcakes (you’ll get Batch 1 and Batch 2) or Amano Chocolate (you’ll get one of each of the three bars shown above). You can only pick one prize.
    • Your email address so that I can contact you if you win.
  • If you would like to to enter to win both prizes or enter twice for a prize you really want:
    • Tweet about this contest with a link to this post.
    • Leave a second comment on this post. In the comment, include:
      • Your Twitter ID
      • What prize you’re entering for with your tweet

Good luck!!

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0 Responses to Toys for Your Kids and Toys for Your Taste Buds – A Giveaway

  1. LisaS June 17, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    mmmmm, chocolate. my girl would like the toys, but i NEED the chocolate! (btw, i email links to your blog to the Husband as hints … ) email: 47thoughts at gmail

  2. AlbanyG June 17, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    yummmm! chocolate! i would love some please 😀

  3. AlbanyG June 17, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    just retweeted your post! reeeally want that chocolate! :-)
    TwitterID: KrazeCoacher

  4. Kara June 17, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    Oh, chocolatey goodness. YUM.

    I want the chocolate. :) Am going to RT you in about 2 seconds. (TwitterID: karamichele)

  5. Meredith June 17, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    YUMMY. I choose the chocolate!

    Email: walkermk at gmail dot com

  6. Meredith June 17, 2009 at 8:04 am #


    Just retweeted! (Twitter ID: MKW1)

  7. Heather June 17, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    Alright, while the chocolate would be wonderful I have to go for the Cupcake Toys!! My daughter would squeal with joy to have these. Who can resist scented frosting!?

    Email: mistressdanzig at gmail dot com

  8. Chrissy June 17, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    Would love to be in the drawing for the cupcakes toys! My email address is

    I love reading your tweets! Your cupcakes always look so yummy!

    Thank you!

  9. Amy June 17, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    Oooo Amano! I would definitely go for that!

  10. Amy June 17, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    Tweeting your post! lsuaimzgurl

    I want in for more chocolate!

  11. Cassie Nielsen June 17, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Let’s win that chocolate!

    Cassie Nielsen


  12. Betty June 17, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    Oh, definitely have to go for the chocolate.

    Though the cupcakes are adorable. But not edible, unfortunately.

  13. Jennywenny June 17, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    I never turn down a good bit of chocolate! Thanks!

  14. Rebeca @All Vegged Out June 17, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    Mmm I pick chocolate- but feel free to send me any and all cupcakes :)

    Twitter ID: allveggedout

  15. Katie June 17, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    Giving away dark chocolate?! Yes please! totally RTing you on Twitter in just a minute.

    email: kt.lantz at
    Twitter: ktl513

  16. Cupcake Activist June 17, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Those chocolate bars look so good! It’s been a while since I’ve sunk my teeth into a chocolate bar. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

  17. Vrinda June 17, 2009 at 11:09 am #


  18. Josh June 17, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    The chocolate bars look great!

    crynyd at gmail dot com

  19. Katie June 17, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    Done and done with the Retweeting. Woohoo chocolate! 😀

    Twitter: ktl513

  20. Leila June 17, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    I love your blog! I follow you religiously on my google reader but this is the first time I’ve left a comment. I’m always excited to see what you’re doing next. I’m dying for that chocolate! email: ldslawgirl at gmail

  21. Anonymous June 17, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    i need teh Amano Chocolate. flyergal82 at yahoo dot com

  22. Cecily June 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    I’d LOVE the chance to try the chocolate. Yum.

  23. Brooke June 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    I would love to win the cupcake toys for my niece, she would love them!

    bewmedia at gmail dot com

  24. Kara June 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    Second comment for second entry.
    I still want chocolate. :)

  25. pancreasmom June 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    My kids would love the cupcakes, we have tea parties at home but with a diabetic kiddo we fake the cupcakes since we can’t always make healthy low carb ones so plastic fun ones would be a hoot! I hope we win ’em!

  26. awkwardish June 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    I would definitely love the Amano chocolate! I’ve never gotten the chance to try quality chocolate, but Amano sounds fabulous.

  27. Stephanie Henry June 17, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    i would like the toys. My son loves to pretend to bake cupcakes like mommy. This would be perfect for him!
    my email is
    my twitter is cupcakediva2
    I’m reposting your tweet

    p.s. oh-how i wish you were giving away a kitchen aid stand mixer! thats on my dream list right now! cupcake diva is struggling with the hand mixer! :)

  28. Bonnie June 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    I would love the cupcake toy for my wee baby girl! I know she would have a ball with that!

    My email is bonnie.k.padgett at

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the chance to win!

  29. Kerry June 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm #

    The chocolate sounds delicious. I envy you being able to review samples. e-mail

  30. Kristen June 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    Definitely the chocolate. Yum-o. My email is casablancabride at yahoo dot com

  31. Melissa June 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    I’d like the cupcakes. I work with some little kiddos who would love those :)

    melissa at dal dot ca

  32. Andrea June 17, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    I also have a baby on the way who would most likely love those adorable cupcakes. And, my 4 year old’s nick name is cupcake! So cute, thanks for sharing…and for having them as a give away:-)

  33. Dakota June 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    Would LOVE to try the chocolate. Dark chocolate is good, but milk chocolate is definitely my favorite!
    Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  34. Rachael June 17, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    Amano Chocolate! Please please. : D

  35. Rachael June 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Second Comment- yay twitter!


    Chocolate! Chocolate! : D

  36. Nina June 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    I want the chocolate!!!!

    irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

  37. Nina June 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    I tweeted:

    irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

  38. Happy cook June 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    Stef about the ricotta cake , so sorry to hear it didn’t work.
    I used cornmeal /polenta which is called here.
    Not the cooked polenta.

  39. Jenn June 18, 2009 at 3:41 am #

    ya know, living within 20 miles of NYC you’d be sadly surprised at how little variety we get for chocolate. it’s truly depressing, so yes, i’d love to be entered for the chocolate! jenn776 at gmail dot com

    thanks for the chance!

  40. Tashva June 18, 2009 at 4:11 am #

    Ooohhh! I’d love the chocolate. tosterhouse at gmail dot com

  41. Treasuresofjoy June 18, 2009 at 4:17 am #

    My daughter would love that cupcake set!!

  42. Katis Kupcakes June 18, 2009 at 5:30 am #


  43. Anonymous June 18, 2009 at 5:42 am #

    cupcake toys for me please? Love your blog!

  44. Abbie's mom June 18, 2009 at 6:07 am #

    My daughter would LOVE the cupcakes to play with while I am baking. We were inspired by your cupcakes and have been making a new batch every Tuesday.

  45. Abbie's mom June 18, 2009 at 6:11 am #

    tweet for the chocolate

  46. Splatter June 18, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    Oh, the chocolate, absolutely :)

  47. Yael June 18, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!!

  48. Patrice June 18, 2009 at 6:50 am #

    The toys are cute… but since I don’t have kids, I would love to try the Amano chocolate bars. And maybe I would share with my husband… but just a little! LOL
    exoduslaughin (at) yahoo (dot) com

  49. StephanieHenry June 18, 2009 at 6:58 am #

    ok, i did an rt on twitter, i would still like the cupcake toys. :) have a cupcake-a-licious day!

  50. StephanieHenry June 18, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    guess i should have left my info…
    twitter id cupcakediva2

  51. AprilS June 18, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    I would love Chocolate!!!

  52. Liz June 18, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    Toys, please! They would make an awesome birthday gift for my daughter who turns 4 in July!

  53. Rica June 18, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    I’d love the chocolate!

  54. Steph June 18, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    That chocolate looks amazing. I’d love to try it!

    snucci at

  55. Fairy Princess Bunny Cupcake June 18, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    I would like to win the chocolate, because no matter how much I tell myself I am a little kid and would love to play with those cupcake toys, I am an adult, so I must suffer and eat chocolate instead. 😉

  56. Gina June 18, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    Mmmm, DH was just saying the other day that we haven’t had any Amano chocolate in a while and he’d love some. :) I think that was a hint! So, I’d love to win the chocolate!

  57. asmithonline June 18, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    I would love the Crazy for Cupcakes set for my little girl Abby, so cute :)

  58. KaraJoelle June 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    I love baking, therefore my nieces and nephews love it, so I’m going for the cupcake toys=)

  59. Melissa June 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm #

    Oh, the Amano!

  60. Danielle June 19, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    oh my, Amano!

    (twitter: flesh_and_bones)

  61. revolvingaura June 19, 2009 at 3:11 am #

    Cupcake toys please!!

  62. Rachel June 19, 2009 at 4:18 am #

    I’m actually so addicted to chocolate that if there’s none in the house I’ll get into my cocoa powder. I don’t want to break this addiction though, I want to feed it!

  63. Jenna June 19, 2009 at 4:31 am #

    I would love to win the Toys for my Taste Buds. The Amano Chocolate Bars look so divine. I would love to send you a link to my Twitter but I don’t have one!!

  64. Ciao Chow Linda June 19, 2009 at 4:38 am #

    I’m a chocolate lover.

  65. Claudia June 19, 2009 at 5:16 am #

    Hmmm, chocolate! I’d love that.

    E-mail: claudiadesmarais at gmail.

    Cheers :o)

  66. ragarm June 19, 2009 at 5:24 am #

    Saw this on FoodGawker…I could win a chocolate bar?…Make my day!
    ragarm at

  67. c3 June 19, 2009 at 5:39 am #

    myfun dot c3 at gmail dot com

  68. Megan June 19, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    Amano Chocolate….yum.

  69. Cakeblast June 19, 2009 at 5:54 am #

    I would like to enter for the cupcake toys. My three-year old son loves to help put baking cups in a cupcake pan and stirring the batter for real cupcakes. I think he would get many hours (and months) of enjoyment from the toy cupcake playset.


  70. Temperance June 19, 2009 at 6:01 am #

    I have ben wanting to try the amano chocolate for a while.

  71. camille June 19, 2009 at 6:14 am #

    I’d like to enter for the chocolate, please! camille(at)

  72. Kassy June 19, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    Yum, I’d love the chocolate bars!

  73. Boston2DC June 19, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    I’m entering for the chocolate, but I have to say that I would have loved the cupcake toy when I was younger. My fave thing to play with was my fisher-price kitchen, and when my mom got me a scented dunkin donuts play food set, i was in heaven. email boston2dc at gmail dot com

  74. Sarah June 19, 2009 at 7:16 am #

    I love trying new things, and chocolate is no exception. I’m intrigued by the tastes of these chocolate bars! Thanks for the contest! :)

  75. Cara C June 19, 2009 at 7:29 am #

    The chocolate sounds amazing!

    And I’ll attempt to retweet your post (TwitterID:CrumbsCookieJar)

  76. Cara C June 19, 2009 at 7:33 am #

    And once again, love to try the chocolate! crumbsinthecookiejar at

  77. Amy June 19, 2009 at 7:36 am #

    I would definitely go for the chocolate!

  78. Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 7:41 am #

    I NEED some dark chocolate power, please!!!!

  79. caronae June 19, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    I have no children so I would want the chocolate! Yum! The sad thing is, I have only recently begun to like dark chocolate. I was missing out!
    cmh2147 at columbia dot edu

  80. Shannon June 19, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    I would love the Amano Chocolate! Sounds delicious!

    shannon dot uva at gmail dot com

  81. wanderluck June 19, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    I’d love to have some Amano chocolate to play with (or just enjoy)!

  82. Helen June 19, 2009 at 8:37 am #

    I’ve always wanted to try the Amano chocolate. Thanks for doing a giveaway! tingtingng at gmail.

  83. Mary Avinger June 19, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    I would love to try the chocolate. Thanks for the giveaway.

  84. mommyof4 June 19, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    Crazy for Cupcakes – Batch 2 is my pick!

  85. Flo June 19, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    That chocolate looks delicious!

    Vivadawolf @

  86. Shelly June 19, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    Would love Crazy for Cupcakes
    michelejdaley at gmail dot com

  87. Kara June 19, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    So nice to have stumbled on to your blog! Even nicer to discover that by doing so I could win chocolate. Holy smokes. My email address is

  88. Shelly June 19, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    tweeted –

  89. Katie June 19, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    I would love the Cupcakes! Er, I mean MY KIDS would love them :)
    katiekarr at gmail dot com

  90. ikkinlala June 19, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    If Canadians are eligible, I’d like to enter for the chocolate, please.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  91. K. June 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    As much as I would love the chocolate, I have to go for the toys. Kendra is very into textures, and building things (at least stacking things) so she’d love them!

  92. Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    I would love to win the chocolates!!

  93. A. B. June 19, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    I lost my job…in FEBRUARY. I could certainly use a nice treat these days, AKA- bring on the chocolate! Thank you!

    (ABattilana at AOL dot com)

  94. Sheila June 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    I’d like to be entered to win the Crazy for Cupcakes. My grandson would LOVE this in his little kitchen. Thanks.

  95. Harv June 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    Crazy for Cupcakes is what I would like to win. Grandkids, dontcha know.

  96. carmen June 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    chocolates! the cupcake toys are cute though. (:

    carmencooksblog [at}

  97. aniasurvey June 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    I’d love the chocolate!

  98. Kristen June 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    As much fun as I’d likely have with the toy, I’m definitely going to have to root for the chocolate. :) ktoriberrie (at) aol (dot) com.

  99. qasia June 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    oooh the chocolate…definitely, absolutely the chocolate.

    email: erinenglert at gmail

  100. Jen June 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    would LOVE the chocolate.. but will keep reading regardless… :)

    gojiraphilia at hotmail

  101. Nina June 19, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    I’m a lactose intolerant masochist–enter me for the chocolate, please!

    ooffeebucks.ebay [at]

  102. Jess June 19, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    I think I’d have to go for the chocolate…my boys have way too many toys already. :)

  103. Dianne June 19, 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    That chocolate looks to die for! Definietly the chocolate.

  104. Anonymous June 20, 2009 at 12:24 am #

    I’d love to try the chocolate!

  105. Rachael June 20, 2009 at 7:24 am #

    I would LOVE to win the Amano Chocolate!!!


  106. Corynn June 20, 2009 at 7:46 am #

    Chocolate, please!


  107. Karen June 20, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    I would love to have the chocolate!

  108. Daniel June 20, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    I would like to have the chocolate. Thank you!


  109. Anonymous June 20, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    while I’d love the chocolate, I’ll be selfless and go for the cupcake toys for my children. Jere email:

  110. Karen June 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm #

    I would love to try these! Thanks for the giveaway. I might even share them with my daughter. Or not.

  111. Anonymous June 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    mmm… chocolate :)
    bluetonic at yahoo dot com

  112. Lily June 21, 2009 at 4:21 am #

    Chocolate, of course!

  113. Memória June 21, 2009 at 7:14 am #

    I pick the Amano chocolate! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    twitterid: alesbica

  114. carole June 21, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    I LOVE CHOCOLATE!!! Thats my pick!!

  115. Elims23 June 21, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    I’m all for the chocolate!! I’d love to try some good quality chocolate! email:

  116. bakerchick103 June 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    Chocolate!! Enough said!!

  117. Nicole June 21, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    I would LOVE the cupcake toys!!
    nicole.fullerton (at)

  118. Emily N. June 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Amano Chocolate
    email in profile or
    gotfire[at] yahoodotcom

  119. Ruth S June 21, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    Please enter me for the chocolate. TY!

  120. socmama June 22, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    Enter me for the toys please. My kids would have so much fun with them! My email is on my profile. Thanks.

  121. spoodles June 22, 2009 at 4:44 pm #

    Well, I really want the chocolate, but feel stingy not asking for the toy. Oh, well, I’d like the chocolate. Bad Mommy.

  122. ReggieMann June 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    I would choose Crazy for Cupcakes for my niece :)


  123. Andrea B June 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    Crazy for Cupcakes

  124. lace June 23, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    I’m entering for Crazy for Cupcakes

  125. Mama Love June 23, 2009 at 11:13 am #

    I’m entering for crazy cupcakes on behalf of my two year old who is crazy for cupcakes.

  126. Andi June 23, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Totally chocolate!!

  127. Sarah June 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    Would LOVE those chocolate bars!! Such a sucker for choc…

  128. Sarah June 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Tweeted an entry @jo_jo_ba for Amano chocolate!!

  129. blueviolet June 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    I’d like the Crazy for Cupcakes toys.

  130. Abby June 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    I’d love the chocolate!

  131. Cupcake Retro June 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    I want the Crazy for Cupcakes toys!

  132. tina June 23, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    as much as i would like the chocolate I am going to ask for the Crazy for Cupcakes toys because my daughter carly would love them. thanks

  133. Lindsey June 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    Definitely the chocolate! Yum! It looks like something I would HOARD… :-)

    ladyufshalott at

  134. Anonymous June 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    I would love the bars!
    yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

  135. Bridget June 24, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    My son loves a toy like that at his daycare – we’d love the Crazy for Cupcakes for home!

    bridgetc at sitkoff dot net

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