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I love cute things.

Maybe it’s because I grew up in Tokyo, Japan: home of Hello Kitty, Super Mario, and world capital of all things super-cute. In any case, I now own the five most adorable animal figurines on what I’m pretty sure is the face of the entire planet.

It’s all thanks to my funny friend, Sarah.

We have a strange tradition of giving each other Easter presents instead of Christmas gifts (her idea). Last year she presented me with a hideous stuffed longhorn, and I’ve been making fun of her for it ever since. (The stuffed longhorn currently resides in my closet. Batman is terrified of it!) This year, Sarah promised she’d get me something much cuter. And I have no idea where she found them, but she was definitely true to her word:

animal figures

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Aren’t they fun? Apparently the company—Home Grown Foods—also makes a cabbage puppy, mushroom lion, carrot goldfish, parsnip giraffe, cantaloupe turtle, kiwi koala… I might have to go back and get more! Close ups:

banana dog

Banana Puppy!

I could so turn him into Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread.

What do you think? Too weird?

walrus grapes   cute strawberries

I named the purple guy John Lennon.

The rest still need monikers… suggestions??

sheep figurine

Ooh look: Cauliflower Chicken Nuggets!

Yum yum yum…

rabbit food

Speaking of things that are cute…

New blog feature:

Every now and then, the site hits a snag I just can’t seem to fix by myself, even though my knowledge of tech-y things has grown by about a million since starting this blog. I’m lucky to have a tech guru friend best known in the blogworld as “Zesty Cook.” If—like me—you’re sometimes flummoxed by the technological demands of running a website, Zesty is a great guy to know. To anyone whose blog is in need of some tech assistance, I recommend going to his site for help: Zesty Blog Consulting. He will fix issues with your blog, or he’ll even get you set up if you don’t yet have a blog and aren’t sure where to start. (If you want to switch from blogspot to wordpress, he’ll do that too.)

He’s behind the new little pictures to go with all my previous posts:

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I wish I could say I implemented the change by myself. But when I tried, the website ended up with giant pictures taking over the entire screen; certainly not the cute photos for which I’d hoped.

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Question of the Day:

So which of the animal figurines is YOUR favorite?

I can’t seem to choose… If I must choose a favorite, I’ll go with the corn rabbit. No, the cauliflower sheep. Or the banana dog. Or… See? I can’t choose.

P.S. for real cute animals, check out this old post.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. I think I will have to go with the grape walrus…too cute!

  2. Samantha says:

    “(The stuffed longhorn currently resides in my closet. Batman is terrified of it!)” LOL! How could you not put a photo of it up?!?!

    I love the bunny corn. :)

    That is great you got a tech person. You blog is growing so big and with so much traffic I can understanding wanting the outside help.

      1. Samantha says:

        Oh thanks! I just had literally found that when I reading about Sarah. :) That is funny. Poor Batman…it is tough being a little dog.

    1. Samantha says:

      Enjoy. :)

      OK, I could start pointing several out…Red Onion Cat, Cabbage Dog Pirate, but look for yourself. :)

      1. Oh for cute–I love the lil peanut squirrel!

        1. Samantha says:

          LOL! I know. It is totally bringing my homework to a complete halt.

          1. P.S. Samantha,
            I clicked on your site and was reading about your adorable dog… and then I saw the chocolate love bites :). Thanks for such a sweet post. (I couldn’t comment because I don’t have a google account.) The Dallas bake sale is at the end of April, and I’m making blondies. I’m really excited!

          2. Samantha says:

            Oh! Thanks for visiting. :) I am glad you are doing one for your area too. I love the organization that ours benefits.

            Yes, two of your recipes will be part of my bake sale plans tomorrow. I am super excited. I think I almost got a glimpse of your life in that I made several different versions of the love bites: with/without sugar, with pumpkin, with frozen, with freeze dried…etc.etc.etc. over three days and I almost got sick of it! (almost). My dog was thrilled when I made one just for him.

            Tonight I made the blueberry ketchup. Wow. It came out really well and my baked tofu was great except for forgetting to oil the foil in my excitement.

            Thanks again for all you do! I actually have a lot more confidence to go for this bake sale in part because of all the experimenting I do from this site!

      2. Anonymous says:

        Oh my god! Those are the cutest things EVER. I’m a total Halloween nut. LOVE those little guys! The onion kitty is adorable!

  3. Mariel says:

    definitely the banana dog!! :) :)

  4. OMG! SO adorable! I like the sheep. I want him to go on my desk!!

  5. The banana puppy is SO adorable. Cute!

  6. Shuwen says:

    So cute! I love them!

    You grew up in Japan? Tokyo? Which area? I have been there several times and I should say I love Japan…
    I mean the culture and art, also Disneyland is the best among the all.

    1. Aobadai… like 2 minutes away from the American School preschool (ASIJ). Oh yes, Disneyland was a favorite!!

  7. Andrea says:

    Aww! The banana puppy and the strawberry chickens are my favorites! But I like the walrus too! It IS hard to choose!

    On another note: I made your cinnamon roll baked oatmeal for breakfast this morning – so good! I’m definately saving that recipe because it’s so simple! Love it! :) Have a great day!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! Happy Thursday, Andrea :).

  8. Samantha D says:

    Definitely love the grape walrus..he trumps all!

  9. Sunnie says:

    I have the kiwi koala!!! My mom got it for me and she got my brother’s wife the banana dog! So funny to see these on here :) Have you ever seen the calendars with pictures of food made to look like animals? They might be made by the same people who make the figures.

    1. Oh yeah, and the coffee table book! I forgot about those!

  10. Oh my these guys are so cute! The banana puppy is definitely my favorite :)

  11. kathy says:

    Those are sooooo adorable. I’ll have to go to the website & check them all out. I think the banana puppy is adorable, but so is the sheep, and the bunny. Oh my. Too hard to choose.

    Let’s see… monikers? How about Peel the Puppy, Callie the Sheep, Kernal the Bunny, Concord the Walrus, and June Berry the Chick w/Berry Junior. What a hoot!

  12. I love the walrus!!! haha so cute!

  13. Those are so darn adorable! Love the little corny bunny 😛

  14. Cabbage or banana dog, or any of the cats I think lol, I’m with you I love them all :] too cuteness!

  15. Rachelle says:

    My kids have a children’s book by an artist who makes dogs with real food (also all fruits and veggies)! The banana dog is in there. It is the cutest book, and I may enjoy looking at it even more than they do. :)

  16. Natalie Wright says:

    Definitely the banana dog! Too cuteeee

  17. Lisa says:

    Yay! My husband used to have a retail store that sold those (among many other things)! I love Cauliflower Sheep…but I think you need to consider adopting the also-super-adorable Sweet Potato Pig and Russet Potato Hippo! =)

    1. Brooke H. says:

      I just went to the site and saw the potato hippo….CUTE! I also like the red bell pepper dog too. My favorite here is the walrus!

  18. Sarah the official CCK drooler says:

    Aaaaaaww, I love the banana puppy! How cute! I want one. NOW. You could name him Naner. or Chico. And the rabbit could be Popcorn! And the chickens could be Mary Kate and Ashley- very appropriate. As for the sheep… Bob Dylan? Yes, definitely Bob Dylan. There you go- all the names you need.
    And I won’t charge :)
    But if you insist, you can pay me with a banana puppy. I’ll name him Chico.

  19. Teresa says:

    I have to say the Banana Dog stole my heart!!!

  20. Cute! The sheep is so adorable. I guess this would be a very good way to get kids to eat their veggies lol. But them toys that look like veggies 😛

  21. Jennifer says:

    I like the banana puppy – looks like my Shorty! (black-lab, Bassett Hound mix)

  22. Moni Meals says:

    you weren’t kiddin’… so CUTE! I like the cauliflower and banana, haha. Awesome!

  23. Seriously, that walrus is adorable. So cute!

  24. Rachel Christensen says:

    I love the little SHEEP! maybe im biased..but its my favorite animal. I cannot express how much I love your site Katie!! I’ve been recommending it to a gazillion people, and have been spreading the love by bringing my creations to work, gym, friends..its the absolute best!! I have been doing one-two of your recipes a day and I have to say i’m addicted!! Thank you so much for your hard-work!! It is the highlight of my day making your goodies (my zen time), and then of course eating them!!! My family thanks you, my dog Roux, and me :)


    1. Thank you so so much, Rachel :).

      :) :)

  25. Katy says:

    I was going to say definitely the corn rabbit, no contest. So cute! But then I followed the link and saw the bears … and the owl … and the peanut squirrel … and the adorable skunk! Now I’m thinking of ways to convince my apartment-mates that we totally need a vegetable-animal themed kitchen.

  26. Katie says:

    the sheep. definitely the sheep. i love sheep.

    1. Rachel Christensen says:

      ahhh!!! me too!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE sheep. Its my favorite animal :)

  27. Lisa Braodley says:

    I love those!! I’m normally not a dog person but the banana dog is cute. Grape Walrus is cute too. From the site, the Eggplant Penguins are fun! I may have to buy some now! Or the Red Onion Cat Figurine…see I can’t pick just one either!!

  28. Kat Creamer says:

    absolutely adorable! I need to find them. I love the cauliflower sheep the best….I think. Well, it was the one I was drawn to first.

  29. OMG how cute. I love the banana dog but it’s the chatting strawberry hens that crack me up.

  30. PBnJ Fam says:

    All of those animals crack me up!! They made my day!! I totally want the walrus… he would make me smile EVERYDAY just looking at him :0) He’s my favorite hands down!! ALthough – I could see a whole village of funny animals taking over my kitchen… They would be in different places everyday! I would have so much fun playing…er…”arranging” them…

  31. Jen says:

    John Lennon is my favorite. So cute!

  32. OMG! That cauliflower sheep is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Grati says:

    Banana puppy!!!! I love him…wow,sounds like a possible manga character;)) maybe there already exists.
    You grew up in Tokyo??? My heart skipped a beat when i read that,since i´m obsessed with Japan:X I guess it´s destiny that made me fall in love with your blog like with no other;)))

  34. Sara Dane says:

    I think most of us agree, the banana puppy wins! My baby (dog) looks just like the Cabbage Dog on teh Home Grown website…might have to order that one. Thanks for the adorable post, it made my day!

    I loved the childlike nature of Japan when I traveled there in college. I brought back the most adorable cartoon animal cell phone charms for my sorortiy sisters. They were super popular before smartphones took over.

  35. cucicucicoo says:

    those are just hilarious! i’d say the corn bunny’s my favorite because at first it looks almost like a normal (but green) bunny, until you see the kernels coming out of its back/rear. lol!

    btw, yesterday i left you a comment about the coconut macaroons (and i saw you responded, thanks!). just an update: i couldn’t handle leaving them sitting around, so i polished them off. and when my hubby got home from work he was angry that i hadn’t left him one! big success!

  36. Alyssa says:

    I love these! I actually have calendars called “Playing With Your Food” which have similar pictures. Every month is a different theme (December of 2011 was cherry tomato-people sliding down a hill of snow on lettuce leaves.)
    And a friend of mine recently flew to Tokyo on a Hello Kitty-themed airplane! How cool is that?!?!?!

  37. LizAshlee says:

    The sheep is too cute!!

  38. Lyza says:

    Adore them all…how could I possibly choose? I guess I love the strawberry chickens and the grape walrus :)

  39. Kit-Kat says:

    I like the puppy and the bunny best. Then it would be the walrus! <3
    But I love them all, like you do! So cute!!! :-)

  40. Rachel says:

    I love the cauliflower sheep! They have these at Hallmark, I got my mother an adorable orange tabby for her birthday last year.

  41. Barefootcookingirl says:

    The site for the figures is DB Collectibles…..really cute stuff. I love the strawberry ladybug and I gotta have the scallion cat! So cute!

  42. Amanda says:

    I love these!!! My sister gets uncontrollable fits of laughter when she sees fruits and vegetables turned into people or animals. I will definitely have to get one of these little buddies for her!

    Banana puppy totally wins my heart. But I LOVE that you named the grape Walrus John Lennon.

  43. Nicole K. says:

    Love it!! The cauliflower sheep is my favorite!

  44. I think that cauliflower sheep wins my heart … too cute!

  45. Sara says:

    Banana dog, no contest :)

  46. Haha! I’m going to say banana dog OR John Lennon. (<– Never thought I'd write that sentence in my life!). It looks like the sheep has a mushroom head, so maybe she should have a mushroom cauliflower combi-name. I'm thinking: Mrs. Shiitake Flowers

  47. Adorable! I think my favourite is either banana dog OR John Lennon. (<– never thought I'd write that sentence!).
    The cauliflower sheep looks like she has a mushroom head, so I think she should have a combi-name. Maybe… Mrs. Shiitake Flowers?

  48. They’re so cute that it’s hard to just pick one but I have to go with the cauliflower sheep.

  49. Marie Diane Mello says:

    I think I like the sheep the best – and as for a name, what else could it be but…… 😀

    tah dah! Cab Cauliway!!!!

  50. Yes this DEFINITELY wins cutest post! I love the grape walrus, it’s got a total derp face :)

  51. Jessica says:

    OHMYGOSH this really is the cutest post ever!!! I couldn’t possibly decide on a favourite. I think you should name the strawberry chickens Toodle and Pip (the smaller one would be pip, of course!)

  52. Um definitely the cutest is the strawberries, Katie. For sure! I, too, have an affinity for all things cute and I have to recommend this article I just found yesterday; it’s tiny, tiny food sculptures the size of your fingertip! You are going to LOVE them:

    :) My fav is the the little pizza!! HAHAHA

  53. Sherone says:

    My fav is the cauliflower sheep, probably because it really does look like a sheep. So clever:)

  54. ALRIGHT, I’m swooning like a mad woman over that walrus. And I may or may not be singing “I Am the Walrus” after you told us his name is John Lennon. You rock, Katie. It really is the little things. :-)

  55. Caralyn says:

    The bunny is my fave! banana puppy comes in a close second, though.

  56. Grape walrus for sure! I need to send that to a friend. Though I want to see this cabbage puppy and mushroom lion too…

  57. Also, I live in Japan too! About an hour east of Tokyo. How long did you live here??? It definitely is the land of cute.

  58. Jules says:

    The banana dog is absolutely ADORABLE!!! its soooooo cute ! i want one!

  59. alyssa booko says:

    i like the banana dog the best but they are all so adorable

  60. I love Cory from Zesty Blog Consulting! He just redd my entire website. I love my new design and would also recommend him to ANYONE for tech assistance or help with little anoying questions (i had plenty!).

    i love those cauliflower sheep. too cute!

  61. awwwwwwww I can’t decide at all which is my favourite! I love cute things, too. I don’t think I’ll ever grow up :) I kinda wanna collect these guys now! lol

  62. These are seriously adorable! I really like the hens and the sheep. They remind me of a series of books that takes real vegetables (and some fruit) and turns them into animals; there is minimal text to tell a story, with the vegetable-animals taking the main stage. The original book is called Playing with Your Food, and there are a few more books that follow – one is entirely about dogs made out of veggies. They are really clever, plus kids like them because they’re brightly colored and fun. So cute!

  63. Jess says:

    I love the look on the chicken’s face! Soooo cute!

  64. Mandie says:

    I’d pick the banana dog!!! But the others are cute also – I’ve never seen anything like them before!

  65. Mai says:

    Those animals are SO cute Katie!
    I have a quick question….. Is your internet host Bluehost?
    How much do they charge per year?

    1. Mai says:

      Whoops…. “a” quick question….. how about “two” quick questions…. lol.
      I just caught my mistake.

      1. Nope, sorry. I’m with servint.

        1. Mai says:

          That’s okay! Wow, servint is quite high in price!
          Could you tell me why you chose servint and not Bluehost, iPage, or another less-expensive host?

  66. Amalfi Girl says:

    Definitely the cauliflower!!!! SOOOO cute! :)

  67. Zestful Lou says:

    Adorable! Have you ever seen those calendars where they use fruits and veggies to make cute scenes?

  68. Audra says:

    How long ago did you live in Japan? My husband and I live there now about an hour and a half from Tokyo. Any good food suggestions for out here?

    I love the banana dog! He’s adorable!!

  69. Sarah says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! I love love love the banana dog. It is the combination of my two most favorite things…bananas and my Corgi puppy, Tina Fey! :)

  70. Gloria says:

    Ahhh They’re all so cute! :)

  71. Monica says:

    I like them all but the walrus is the best!

  72. It’s a tie between bunny corn and walrus grapes! Cute!

  73. Sarah says:

    Haha, this is hilarious! I love cute things too :)

  74. Rachel says:

    Do you speak Japanese?

    1. Just a little. Not as much as I used to!

  75. heidi says:

    For the pb bread do you think i could sub canned pumpkin instead to lower the fat?

    1. Sorry, I haven’t tried it.

  76. Robyn says:

    I will have to go with the Banana Dog and John Lennon!

  77. Lady Jennie says:

    You could call the strawberry ones Fraisinette (frez-ee-net), which is what they call Strawberry Shortcake in Canada.

  78. darci says:

    The Banana puppy, so adorable! Going to check out the Web site now.

  79. Ann says:

    Love these animals! I checked out some more online and thought you should add this one to your collection to go with the stuffed longhorn

  80. Susanne Hayes says:

    I hate to break it to ya, hon, but the walrus is PAUL. Not John Lennon.

  81. Marisol says:

    do u still have the Banana Dog available

  82. Marisol says:


  83. Liz says:

    Ok, so this post comes a year later, but you should check out the book called Play With Your Food, by Joost Elffers. It’s just page after page of this kind of stuff made with real fruits and veggies! A great way to waste half an hour!

  84. Natalie says:

    That is amazing the fruit animals ever tried doing something with a cow? or possible a cat?

    1. Lorie says:

      Sis they are not just with fruit LOL

      1. Natalie says:

        oh yea my bad