Monday, December 22nd, 2008
Wooden Play Food: Chop Chop 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.Â 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?