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Cocoa Critter

November 5, 2012

Rummaging through my favorite antique store, I stumbled upon these cute little critters. I just HAD to have them for something. The owner asked, “What are you using these for?” I told her I wasn’t exactly sure quite yet. She then told me that they (known as Wade Whimsies) used to come as added gifts inside English tea boxes.

And then it came to me! Since they’re already glazed and fired, they’d be perfect at the bottom of a cup! Hiding beneath a full cup, until sip by sip, the little creature appears… perfect for playing a game of peek-a-boo with the drinker!

  • After doing some research, I’ve found that gorilla glue (original version) is deemed safe for food contact. It’s used to make cutting boards, salad bowls, and is non-toxic when cured. That being said, I plan to handwash only. Please take this post as my own personal choice but in no way am I a professional (in other words, this is a disclaimer – wink wink). Wade Whimsies can be found in antique stores, ebay, and/or etsy. Espresso cups found at Target ($1.99)



  • Reply Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeno November 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Very cute idea, especially for the little guys. I love simple and inexpensive DIY crafts and this one is adorable.

  • Reply Angela November 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    You can also find new edition Wade figurines in Red Rose tea. I still collect them. I have hundreds of them – since I was little my mom and grandma would give them to me and my sister. Love this post :) i am going to do this!

  • Reply Jax Thayn November 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    GREAT IDEA!! I’ll be doing this for sure. my boys will love it.

  • Reply Leigh November 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    These are super adorable! What a cute treat to find at the bottom of your cup when drinking a hot chocolate! Is it difficult to clean?

    • Reply missy November 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Nope, just warm soapy water :)

  • Reply jaclyn @ www.lilmsadventures.blogspot.com November 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    OH wow what a cute idea!! I remember my uncle having a cute cup like this one when I was growing up!! He had a lil frog peaking out :)

  • Reply Anna @ The Guiltless Life November 6, 2012 at 12:38 am

    That’s a super cute idea for kids, I bet your son was totally tickled by the emergence of a bunny at the bottom of his cup!

  • Reply Kristin @ w/milk & sugar November 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Oh this is so cute! What a fun surprise in your cocoa :)

  • Reply Charmaine November 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Love it! What is your favorite antique store? I want to go :). Thx!

  • Reply Kimberly Reyes December 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    That is absolutely adorable!!!

  • Reply Kristen Bruce December 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Where did you find the colorful cups, too? This is a charming idea!

  • Reply Shree December 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Such a cute idea. I’m going to keep my eyes open for these figurines to stick to my kiddo’s cups. Love it!

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