Consumers Get a Taste for Dessert-Shaped Products
What is your favorite dessert? Is it cake? Crème caramel? Chocolate? Ice cream, maybe? Kids and grown-ups alike derive great pleasure from eating their favorite sweets. Knickknacks and daily necessities that tap into the power of desserts to make people happy are becoming increasingly popular. These products cannot be eaten, of course, but so closely do they resemble sweets in shape, color, and texture that you are almost tempted to gobble them up. Many of them even smell delicious!
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Cakes Topped with Preserved Flowers
Erasers are another popular item featuring dessert motifs. Iwako, a Japanese eraser company, makes over 200 kinds of erasers shaped exactly like cakes, crème caramel, donuts, and Japanese-style sweets. The most popular eraser in the firm's lineup is shaped like strawberry shortcake. These items are so realistic that quite a few children choose not to use their erasers, instead treasuring them as collectibles.
Desserts are now a big hit as fashion motifs, too. Cupcake and ice cream print t-shirts and bags with candy designs are a hit with the fashion conscious, and donuts, cookies, and ice cream are inspiring cute nail art. Decoden, shiny accessories for decorating your mobile phone, are appearing in shapes like chocolates, cookies, and ice cream. Sweets certainly have the power to fascinate all generations! (August, 2008)
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