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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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135 comments on “Toys for Your Kids and Toys for Your Taste Buds – A Giveaway”

  1. LisaS says:

    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 says:

    yummmm! chocolate! i would love some please :-D

  3. AlbanyG says:

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

  4. Kara says:

    Oh, chocolatey goodness. YUM.

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

  5. Meredith says:

    YUMMY. I choose the chocolate!

    Email: walkermk at gmail dot com

  6. Meredith says:


    Just retweeted! (Twitter ID: MKW1)

  7. Heather says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    Oooo Amano! I would definitely go for that!

  10. Amy says:

    Tweeting your post! lsuaimzgurl

    I want in for more chocolate!

  11. Let’s win that chocolate!

    Cassie Nielsen


  12. Betty says:

    Oh, definitely have to go for the chocolate.

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

  13. Jennywenny says:

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

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

    Twitter ID: allveggedout

  15. Katie says:

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

    email: kt.lantz at
    Twitter: ktl513

  16. 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 says:


  18. Josh says:

    The chocolate bars look great!

    crynyd at gmail dot com

  19. Katie says:

    Done and done with the Retweeting. Woohoo chocolate! :D

    Twitter: ktl513

  20. Leila says:

    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 says:

    i need teh Amano Chocolate. flyergal82 at yahoo dot com

  22. Cecily says:

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

  23. Brooke says:

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

    bewmedia at gmail dot com

  24. Kara says:

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

  25. pancreasmom says:

    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 says:

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

  27. Stephanie Henry says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  30. Kristen says:

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

  31. Melissa says:

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

    melissa at dal dot ca

  32. Andrea says:

    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 says:

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

  34. Rachael says:

    Amano Chocolate! Please please. : D

  35. Rachael says:

    Second Comment- yay twitter!


    Chocolate! Chocolate! : D

  36. Nina says:

    I want the chocolate!!!!

    irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

  37. Nina says:

    I tweeted:

    irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

  38. Happy cook says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  41. My daughter would love that cupcake set!!


  43. Anonymous says:

    cupcake toys for me please? Love your blog!

  44. Abbie's mom says:

    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 says:

    tweet for the chocolate

  46. Splatter says:

    Oh, the chocolate, absolutely :)

  47. Yael says:

    chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!!

  48. Patrice says:

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

  50. StephanieHenry says:

    guess i should have left my info…
    twitter id cupcakediva2

  51. AprilS says:

    I would love Chocolate!!!

  52. Liz says:

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

  53. Steph says:

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

    snucci at

  54. 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. ;)

  55. Gina says:

    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!

  56. asmithonline says:

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

  57. KaraJoelle says:

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

  58. Danielle says:

    oh my, Amano!

    (twitter: flesh_and_bones)

  59. Rachel says:

    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!

  60. Jenna says:

    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!!

  61. Claudia says:

    Hmmm, chocolate! I’d love that.

    E-mail: claudiadesmarais at gmail.

    Cheers :o)

  62. ragarm says:

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

  63. c3 says:

    myfun dot c3 at gmail dot com

  64. Megan says:

    Amano Chocolate….yum.

  65. Cakeblast says:

    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.


  66. Temperance says:

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

  67. camille says:

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

  68. Kassy says:

    Yum, I’d love the chocolate bars!

  69. Boston2DC says:

    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

  70. Sarah says:

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

  71. Cara C says:

    The chocolate sounds amazing!

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

  72. Cara C says:

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

  73. Amy says:

    I would definitely go for the chocolate!

  74. Anonymous says:

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

  75. caronae says:

    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

  76. Shannon says:

    I would love the Amano Chocolate! Sounds delicious!

    shannon dot uva at gmail dot com

  77. wanderluck says:

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

  78. Helen says:

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

  79. Mary Avinger says:

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

  80. mommyof4 says:

    Crazy for Cupcakes – Batch 2 is my pick!

  81. Flo says:

    That chocolate looks delicious!

    Vivadawolf @

  82. Shelly says:

    Would love Crazy for Cupcakes
    michelejdaley at gmail dot com

  83. Kara says:

    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

  84. Katie says:

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

  85. ikkinlala says:

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

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  86. K. says:

    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!

  87. Anonymous says:

    I would love to win the chocolates!!

  88. A. B. says:

    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)

  89. Sheila says:

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

  90. Harv says:

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

  91. carmen says:

    chocolates! the cupcake toys are cute though. (:

    carmencooksblog [at}

  92. aniasurvey says:

    I’d love the chocolate!

  93. Kristen says:

    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.

  94. qasia says:

    oooh the chocolate…definitely, absolutely the chocolate.

    email: erinenglert at gmail

  95. Jen says:

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

    gojiraphilia at hotmail

  96. Nina says:

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

    ooffeebucks.ebay [at]

  97. Jess says:

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

  98. Dianne says:

    That chocolate looks to die for! Definietly the chocolate.

  99. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to try the chocolate!

  100. Rachael says:

    I would LOVE to win the Amano Chocolate!!!


  101. Karen says:

    I would love to have the chocolate!

  102. Daniel says:

    I would like to have the chocolate. Thank you!


  103. Anonymous says:

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

  104. Karen says:

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

  105. Anonymous says:

    mmm… chocolate :)
    bluetonic at yahoo dot com

  106. Memória says:

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

    twitterid: alesbica

  107. carole says:

    I LOVE CHOCOLATE!!! Thats my pick!!

  108. Elims23 says:

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

  109. Chocolate!! Enough said!!

  110. Nicole says:

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

  111. Emily N. says:

    Amano Chocolate
    email in profile or
    gotfire[at] yahoodotcom

  112. Ruth S says:

    Please enter me for the chocolate. TY!

  113. socmama says:

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

  114. spoodles says:

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

  115. ReggieMann says:

    I would choose Crazy for Cupcakes for my niece :)


  116. Andrea B says:

    Crazy for Cupcakes

  117. lace says:

    I’m entering for Crazy for Cupcakes

  118. Mama Love says:

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

  119. Sarah says:

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

  120. Sarah says:

    Tweeted an entry @jo_jo_ba for Amano chocolate!!

  121. blueviolet says:

    I’d like the Crazy for Cupcakes toys.

  122. Abby says:

    I’d love the chocolate!

  123. I want the Crazy for Cupcakes toys!

  124. tina says:

    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

  125. Lindsey says:

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

    ladyufshalott at

  126. Anonymous says:

    I would love the bars!
    yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

  127. Bridget says:

    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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