Cupcake Maker-----Christmas present???

Posted on: Tue, 10/14/2008 - 3:13am
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Hello all,

My 10yr old PA daughter is begging for the new Easy Bake type cupcake maker as one of her Christmas presents. We generally avoid these type of toys because the enclosed mixes are never safe. Well, I looked at this thing in the Walmart and the mixes ingrediant list on the back says "peanut-free", "gluten-free" and I think "dairy-free". Well I literally did a dance in the aisle and started to purchase it. I then looked on the bottom of the box and it said, "Processed in a factory that process tree-nuts and peanuts". Well then, why in the world would it say peanut-free? I am going to call the company and see if they can shed any light on this. I guess that I could purchase the toy and substitute my own safe mixes to use. But that kind of takes the fun out of choosing from all of the kid type refill mixes available. I am not sure if anyone else has experienced this, it is just so disappointing and I am tired of her being disappointed!

Posted on: Tue, 10/14/2008 - 4:07am
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(((hugs)))
As an alternate idea, what about a shaved ice machine? NOT a hand crank one, but an electric one. We use our frequently and DS loves to exp by putting in diff flavors. (kool aid mixes, colas, liquid flavors etc.)

Posted on: Tue, 10/14/2008 - 12:59pm
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I am soooo there with you on this one! My 7yo PA wants this, as well, and I started the reading with that 'all free of' stuff--then went on to read that the mixes were 'processed' on contaminated lines....almost ALL of the top 8! :(
It is, IMO, a horrible example of deceptive labeling---'sort of'.
I've even been thinking abt buying the 'machine', using my own mixes with it (just to get the micro dish) and then, again, using my own frosting in the decorator part ---but I'm still not sure....? I mean, it's like I'm accepting their labeling just to get the end product...I am at a loss, as you are......
I would like to follow this thread and see what response you get from the manufactorer if you call--and what others think...and tnx for posting!
Take care,
Lisa

Posted on: Thu, 10/16/2008 - 7:59am
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I have 2 boys so am totally unfamiliar with girls' toys, but saw this press release about the Girl Courmet Cupcake Maker today. Here's what caught my eye: "the [b]ingredients for Girl Gourmet cupcakes which are gluten and wheat-free, trans-fat free, and made in a nut-free facility.[/b] Many children who suffer from Celiac and nut allergies will be able to participate in the art of cupcake making AND eating with all of their friends." Below is the whole press release.
JAKKS Cooks up Cupcakes for National Cupcake Week at Toys"R"Us Times Square
iVillage.com Chief Toy Officer Elizabeth Werner Kicks-off the Frenzy
MALIBU, Calif., Oct 16, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq:JAKK) jumpstarts National Cupcake Week by designing delicious cupcakes with the help of iVillage.com Chief Toy Officer, Elizabeth Werner, and the JAKKS(TM) Girl Gourmet(TM) Cupcake Maker at Toys"R"Us Times Square on October 17. Cupcakes are the hottest trend in baking today, and the new, award-winning Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker cooks up tasty gourmet cupcakes in just 30 seconds in the microwave, with no baking involved!
The frenzy kicks off a day before the official start of National Cupcake Week as Elizabeth Werner and kids on site make and decorate their own cupcakes with the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker in The World's Greatest Toy Store(TM).
Kids nationwide can also get in on the fun! The Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker has captured the sweet tooth of many retailers and toy industry experts and is included on many top toy lists for the holiday season including the Toys"R"Us "Fabulous 15" list.
"We are excited to kick off National Cupcake Day with a fun morning of cupcake making, decorating AND eating with the Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker," said Elizabeth Werner, Chief Toy Officer, iVillage.com. "Cupcakes are so popular that cupcakeries are replacing bakeries. These delicious small cakes are the indulgence of choice at parties of all sorts, even taking the place of traditional birthday and wedding cakes! Now young girls and boys can easily make cupcakes for their friends and family with the fun and trendy Girl Gourmet(TM) line."
"We are thrilled that kids across America have been making, decorating and eating our delicious and award-winning Girl Gourmet cupcakes in all the yummiest and trendiest flavors," said Michael Rinzler, vice president of marketing, JAKKS Pacific. "Kids and parents can also breathe easy when it comes to the ingredients for Girl Gourmet cupcakes which are gluten and wheat-free, trans-fat free, and made in a nut-free facility. Many children who suffer from Celiac and nut allergies will be able to participate in the art of cupcake making AND eating with all of their friends."
The Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker includes 1 safe and easy microwave container, the Cupcake Froster, 4 luscious flavored cupcake mixes such as Red Velvet, Cinnamon Sugar, Chocolate and Yellow Vanilla, 4 delicious frosting mixes including Cream Cheese, Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry; a tube of sprinkles, mixing bowl, spoon/spreader, multi-designed cupcake cups with cupcake cup holder, and recipe cards. Additional accessories include Girl Gourmet Basic Refill Pack, Deluxe Refill Pack, Cupcake Holders and Frosting Tip Set. The JAKKS Girl Gourmet product line is available at major retailers nationwide for ages 8 and up.

Posted on: Wed, 10/22/2008 - 3:12pm
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Unfortunately the Girl Gourmet mixes are not safe. They say they are wheat, peanut, tree nut free, etc. and then they go ON to say "may contain ...". So lame!
I got the Girl Gourmet kit for my daughter's birthday anyways and just used Cherrybrook Farms chocolate cake mix and frosting from a can instead. My daughter didn't care one bit and it was still fun for her! I just eyeballed the amount of cake mix and ended up just mixing it with some water - it worked great.

Posted on: Wed, 10/22/2008 - 11:22pm
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Wow. That is terrible and misleading! Another example of why we need standard definitions. That's really alarming. Thank you for this info.

Posted on: Wed, 10/22/2008 - 11:28pm
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Do you still happen to have the package? Does it say it is a nut-free facility as their press release indicated? It just goes to show you that each one of us needs to do our own checking and re-checking; you can't rely on anyone's word!

Posted on: Sun, 10/26/2008 - 1:05am
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I contacted the manufacturer for more info and am pasting the response email below.
to "Jennifer B."
date Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 5:28 PM
subject RE: Question re: Allergens & Press Release
mailed-by jakks.net
hide details Oct 24 (1 day ago)
Reply
Hi Jennifer, I wanted to make sure

Posted on: Sun, 10/26/2008 - 1:06am
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I do not think it is clear whether or not the cupcakes are "wheat-free" or "gluten-free" or if they are made in a facility which is "wheat-free" or "gluten-free". I will try to get clarification (again!).

Posted on: Sun, 10/26/2008 - 4:05pm
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I still have the box. This is what is says:
All ingredients are wheat free, gluten free, nut free, peanut free, and trans-fat free. All mixes are packaged on equipment that process wheat, milk, egg, soy, and sulfiting agents. May contain traces of peanuts and tree nuts. Major allergens: milk and egg. May contain soy.
So obviously they aren't safe for basically most of the top 8 allergens. Maybe they have updated their packaging and I have an old one?

Posted on: Tue, 10/28/2008 - 4:01am
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Gab,
I am SO glad you have the package still. Thanks so much for the info! One more question--do you know which mix that box was for? Cupcakes?
Their press release and recent email completely contradict what your package says. It's disturbing b/c it's marketed to children as safe for those with certain food allergies and intolerances, but may not be...
When it concerns food allergies, I really want to get a straight answer!
Hope to have more info soon.

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