There are plenty of premade sugar-laden goodness we can pick up at our local grocery store. However, that means we're missing out on all the fun of making them. These handy products not only look cute, but you and your kids will have a blast getting creative in the kitchen while making sweet snacky desserts.
1. Indoor S'mores Maker
Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean your s'mores making days are over until next spring's big thaw. Getting an indoor s'mores maker, like this thing of beauty from Kalorik (which sells for 60 bucks), means you and your kids will be making s'mores in your kitchen all winter long.
Unlike some similar models that require you to light a can of sterno, Kaloric's contraption uses safer and easier electric heat.
2. Cake Pop Maker
Everyone loves a good cake pop, but making them at home can be challenging. This is not so, however, if you grab one of these cake pop makers from Baby Cakes. No longer are you limited to whatever you can find at the store! Make your own awesomeness right at home, and your kids will have loads of fun coming up with toppings. Amazon sells these for the very nice price of $20.
3. Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker
What is this delicious madness, and where was it when I was a kid? Your kids (and admit it, you too) will really enjoy packing away ice cream that you made happen with this super cool soft serve ice cream maker from Cuisinart. To be clear, it doesn't just dispense ice cream (and frozen yogurt), it makes it as well.
You can get it a bit cheaper from Amazon for around $82.
4. Fruity Soft Serve Maker
This "healthy" fruit soft serve maker comes from Yoananas, so for those who are hoping to keep their kids away from heaps of ice cream, this looks like a perfect compromise. Moms and dads can load it up with fruit like mangoes, bananas, or berries (or whatever fruit you adore) and create an ice-cream like dessert that is totally all fruit, all the time. The best part? All fruit-laden pieces are dishwasher safe. You can grab one on Amazon for $35.
5. Quick Pop Maker
It's so fun to make your own ice pops, but waiting for them to freeze can be a drag. Enter Zoku, which specializes in cute little contraptions that make freezer pops a snap. Keep it in your freezer full time, and you'll be able to make your kids happy in as little as seven minutes. Depending on what color you get, you'll pay $43 to $50 at Amazon.
6. Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
Sure, you can buy premade ice cream sandwiches at the store, but your kids would probably really dig making their own at home. This set from Cuisipro lets you come up with endless options using regular stuff you buy at the store, such as ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. Get a set that comes with three different shapes at Amazon for $15.
7. Mini Pie Maker
Seriously, do these folks at Baby Cakes make anything that is not cute? This mini pie maker is no exception, which can make four perfect teensy pies in about 15 minutes. Buy from Amazon for just under $30.
8. Cotton Candy Maker
This cotton candy maker from the aptly-named Nostalgia brings the county fair and our natural love of sugar to your countertop. For endless cotton candy fun, parents and their kids only have to chuck in some hard candy or flossing sugar and see their sweet teeth come to life. Amazon sells these for 40 bucks.
9. Mini Cupcake Maker
If you and your kids have a hankering for tiny bite sized cupcakes, this mini cupcake maker is right up your alley. For $30, you'll get the maker, a carrying case, and a recipe book.
10. Popcorn Maker
OK, so this isn't a sweet treat maker, but kids will love making their own popcorn with this old-timey machine from Great Northern. Not only does it look like an antique but it makes popcorn the old-fashioned, delicious way, with hot oil. And it pops right into a serving tray that you can remove when the corn stops popping.
Be sure to head to Amazon to buy, as the $35 price tag is lower than at Great Northern.
11. Waffle Cone Maker
Step aside, storebought waffle cones! This handy dandy device from Chef's Choice ($50) makes them for you. For those of us who aren't proficient at cone rolling by hand, don't worry —it comes with a cone roller for perfecto waffle cones each time.
May we suggest this might be the perfect accessory for the Cuisinart soft serve ice cream maker?
12. Mini Donut Maker
We'd be remiss if we failed to include a mini donut maker. Yet another exquisitely adorable offering from Baby Cakes, this little guy makes four mini donuts "in the blink of an eye." (Note: a blink of an eye is apparently about 4 minutes.) Get yours from Baby Cakes for only 15 bucks.