Happy holidays, everybody! In honor of May 15, aka National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, named after the delectable treat invented at a Massachusetts restaurant during the 1930s, here are some toys featuring either the real thing or a synthetic one.
It was a little surprising to find so many playthings featuring the classic snack, but it makes sense: First, the chocolate chip cookie is every bit as iconic as any character in kids’ licensing. Secondly, in general, little kids are as passionate for cookies as they are for toys, so a cookie-based toy lets them have their cake and eat it, too (though not literally, unless you add a few extra eggs into the batter. But I digress).
Either way, these items gladden our hearts and make our mouths water just by looking at them:
New Sprouts Bake It!, from Learning Resources: This 15-piece collection of baking tools lets kids indulge their ambitions with baking sheets, large bowl, measuring cup, and more. Best of all, the set comes with four toy chocolate chip cookies, which kids can practice lifting off the baking sheet with the toy spatula (A good skill to have mastered before eventually moving on to the real thing). Suitable for kids ages 2 and up.
Easy Bake Oven, from Hasbro: Always a classic, it lets kids bake real cookies and other treats inside the toy oven. It comes packaged with sugar cookie mix, which would be perfectly fine on the 364 other days of the year. Luckily, a constantly replenishing variety of refill mixes are available separately, and some of them are, in fact, for making chocolate chip cookies.
Smart Snacks Counting Cookies, from Learning Resources: This toy offers the best incentive for learning to count, which is, so you can count how many chocolate chips are in a cookie. The soft, plastic cookies are numbered 0 to 10 on one side, and have the corresponding number of chips on the other. Suitable for kids ages 2 and up.
Sesame Street Me Love Cookies, from Sesame Street: Whatever Cookie Monster does, wherever he goes, there’s bound to be cookies involved somehow. But what happens when his cookie jar is empty? Along with having plush blue arms that interact with the pages, we have it on good authority that this children’s book, suitable for kids ages 2 to 5, specifically features chocolate chip cookies. (Apparently, Cookie Monster will occasionally put raisins in his cookies instead. We’re saving those recommendations for Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Day.)
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