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Play-Doh’s penis-shaped playset ruined Christmas for these parents

It's only the tip of the debacle.


Greg Seals

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 30, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 9:15 pm CDT

If you gifted your precious angel with Play-Doh’s Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset this Christmas, you may have given your kid an unexpected lesson in human anatomy. The $20.00 bakery set, which allows kids to turn colored dough into miniature decorative cakes, includes an icing extruder that looks a lot like a NSFW sex toy.

As you could expect, parents not ready to field questions from their youngsters about how colored dough shooting out of the dong-shaped dispenser could lead to a bun in mommy’s oven are furious and have taken to Play-Doh’s Facebook page to voice their outrage. Parents across the country, claiming that the dil-doh-esque dispenser “completely ruined” Christmas have posted pictures of the part, only to have them quickly deleted by whoever manages social media for the Hasbro-owned company

But try as you might, you just can’t keep a good scandal down. Screenshots of the Facebook postings quickly began cropping up on Twitter.

Apparently the issue isn’t a new one. One purchaser of the Play-Doh cake set took to her blog back in late November, writing a post entitled “The Time I Gave My Friend’s 2-Year-Old a Penis-Shaped Toy.” According to a report from Tulsa Channel 8 News in November, the company has previously been made aware of what the part resembled and have made plans to replace it with something less anatomically correct. A Hasbro representative told the station:

We have heard some consumer feedback about the extruder tool in the Play-Doh Cake Mountain play set and are in the process of updating all future Play-Doh products with a different tool.

But it seems that Hasbro didn’t update their play sets soon enough. Let’s just hope this doesn’t cause any deep-seeded psychosexual associations for kids and cake.  

H/T OhNoTheyDidn’t | Photo via Jessica Fiess-Hill/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Dec 30, 2014, 4:02 pm CST