Betty Crocker recently sent me a couple of their fruit-flavored snacks to sample, and included a fun "Simple Joys" prize package that included some pick-up sticks, a light-up yo-yo and a frisbee. The fruit-flavored snacks are gluten-free, and were a hit with my two daughters, especially the roll-up "tape". I find them too sweet, but kids like the taste and the lurid colors.
As for the toys, the light-up yo-yo was the overall family favorite thing to play with. Martha the dog would have just snacked on the frisbee, so we passed it on to our local charity thrift shop.
For dog owners in a similar situation, we recommend buying a Nylabone frisbee for around $20 at your local pet shop. Martha loves catching it and can't chew off pieces, plus it has a nifty "bone" that sticks out of the top that she can latch onto when she fetches it back to us.
Anyway, I am pleased to say that I can offer a similar "Simple Joys" prize package to one of my Crispy Cook readers (U.S. residents only, though). Just leave a comment after this post telling me about your favorite childhood toy and Martha will assist me in randomly picking a winner from the comments after November 15, 2009.
Good luck to all!