Wooden Play Food: Chop Chop Chicken

Photo of a 5-piece wooden skinned chicken on a serving dish next to a serving knife. Also shown is a child slicing the chicken.

Relive Thanksgiving with Chop Chop Chicken by Voila. Sure, it’s not turkey, but all sizable birds look the same after you relieve them of skin and feathers.

Mmm, slice the Velcro-attached wings and legs off this wooden roast using the included wooden knife. Hey, is that a roasting pan or a serving platter? It’s both!

The only thing missing from this feast is the gelatinous juice that condenses in the roasting pan. My wife suggests using agar, a vegetarian Jell-O, because if you’re buying wooden play food, you wouldn’t want sugar, food coloring and other impurities staining that nice wood. Also, real gelatin is extracted from the collagen of animals’ bones. Yechhh!

If your kid has learned the wonders of ketchup, get Voila’s Condiments package. It has wooden salt, pepper, ketchup and mustard containers. The S&P has its own serving tray.

The boutique store owner where we saw these gems told us Voila is a German company. It seemed odd then that the word Voila is French for “See there.” So, of course, it turns out Voila is actually a brand name for Siam Wooden Products Co., Ltd. of Thailand.

Next to Germany, Thailand is emerging as a wooden toy powerhouse with its eco-groovy rubber trees. (The trees are grown to extract liquid latex, but they’re tapped out within 25 years and normally cut down to be replaced, so they get turned into toys, furniture and flooring.  I wonder how long it’ll be before there is a shortage of rubber tree timber.)

Hopefully, by next Christmas Voila will release a Chop Chop Pig edition.

Chop Chop Chicken is rated for 3-year-olds like virtually all play food. Has anyone actually waited until the third birthday before deploying a toy kitchen?

Comments

6 Responses to “Wooden Play Food: Chop Chop Chicken”

  1. Dirk says:

    As a vegetarian myself, raising a vegetarian baby (with my also-veg wife), I am somewhat terrified by this product! But, I’m sure there’s a market for it.

    December 22nd, 2008 at 5:51 am

  2. Kara says:

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for a Chop Chop Chicken in stock somewhere that would ship to the US since last Christmas. I’d given up hope and stopped looking.

    December 22nd, 2008 at 9:22 am

  3. AJ says:

    Funny you should mention that Dirk. I was going to include a quip about tofu turkey, but forgot. I have vegetarian/vegan family members, so have eaten it more than once.

    December 23rd, 2008 at 9:33 pm

  4. Jasmine says:

    wow talk about a way to support animal curelty and teach a kid to carve a chicken all in one!!!

    July 31st, 2009 at 4:04 pm

  5. Jed G says:

    The last Tofurkey I saw had 6 legs – so everyone who wanted it could have a drumstick. Talk about GMO food! (Genetically Modified Organism)

    November 2nd, 2009 at 10:59 am

  6. observer says:

    that looks like it could be fun for kids who like to play house or restraunt. i have seen a set of cutting foods before, but it was mainly bread and things like that . the cutting motion is a good way to teach motor skills.

    January 5th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

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