Squishmallows food is the new set for the brand which started as animal-themed stuffed collectibles.
What if there was a way to snuggle with your favorite foods? We’re talking about more than curling up with a pint of ice cream after a bad day (though that’s tough to beat). There is a chance to have all the best foods and drinks close at hand all the time. And the best part is that it’s possible without dealing with the grocery store or gaining weight. All you need to do is splurge for Squishmallows food.
The term “Squishmallows” may be completely foreign unless you have kids. But we can promise you’ve seen them in the store and probably walked on by. Now is the time to hit the brakes and check out these cuddly stuffies.
However, parting with hard-earned money for a stuffed animal may not seem like a very “adult” thing to do. The good news is that even adults appreciate the soft and snuggly Squishmallows.
Below we look at what Squishmallows food is, why the line is so special, and what to know before buying. Perhaps by the end, we will have convinced you to tap into your inner child and race to the store.
THEY WERE ORIGINALLY ANIMAL-THEMED BUT NOW SQUISHMALLOWS FOOD HAS BECOME POPULAR
Originally, Squishmallows was based on animal characters. But the creator, Kellytoys, quickly realized there was an untapped market – foodies. So the company decided to take a foray into Squishmallows food- and drink-themed creations. The collection was aptly named the “Food Squad,” which rapidly found a home in the hearts of foodies and toy collectors.
According to the fan site, Squishmallows Wiki, there are well over 100 cute Squishmallows food stuffies to choose from. And just like their animal counterparts, each has a unique name and personality. Below we will take a look at just a few of the fun versions out there.
SQUISHMALLOWS FOOD COMES IN HEALTHY, AMERICAN, AND TEX-MEX FARE
The Squishmallows food selection is filled with every category of food imaginable. Choose from healthy fruit and vegetable categories. Or “splurge” with decadent treats. The world truly is your oyster (which incidentally is not available as a Squishmallow).
For the healthy-minded, consider Kachina the Kiwi, Glena the Eggplant, Wanda the Watermelon, and Leeland the Lime.
Recreate a stuffed animal version of American fare with Carl the Cheeseburger, Floyd the Fries, and Carmelita the S’more.
Or head south of the border and opt for Tex the Taco, Gideon the Guacamole, and Bernardo the Burrito.
Indulge a proverbial sweet tooth with Kiks the Birthday Cake, Dabria the Donut, and Fresa the Pastry.
But sometimes it’s hard to choose just one. Don’t worry. The Squishmallows team has you covered. A set of 5” food favorites is available online. Those with a Costco membership can pop by the local warehouse for the store’s 8” food pack.
It includes Chanel the Cinnamon Bun, Maya the Mint Ice Cream, Keina the Sushi, Sinclair the Avocado Toast, Maui the Pineapple, Bernardo the Burrito, and Lena the Watermelon.
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT DRINK OPTIONS
Though technically not part of the Squishmallows food collection, Squishmallows drinks are closely related. There are a few main drink categories to choose from. One is boba (or bubble tea).
These Squishmallows include Bernice the Boba Tea (also in the Food Squad), Cadencia the Boba Cat, Callister the Boba Cat, and Sevda the Boba.
Another option for non-bubble tea fans is milk. This category includes Amelie the Strawberry Milk and Melly the Milk.
And for the coffee lovers out there, choose from Brizla the Frappuccino, Cinda the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cat, and Delindy the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Other unique drink offerings include Marshina the Hot Cocoa, Mieko the Pina Colada, and Pommie the Apple Cider.
SQUISHMALLOWS BEGAN IN 2017 WITH EIGHT IN THE ORIGINAL LINE
The cuddly stuffies arrived on shelves in US stores in 2017. There were eight Squishmallows in the original line. Seven were Hans the Hedgehog, Piper and Puff the Penguins, Fifi the Fox, Wendy the Frog, and Hoot and Holly the owls. But the first Squishmallow ever produced was Cameron the Calico Cat.
These soft toys do double duty as stuffed animals and soft, cozy pillows. They got their start at Walgreens and were available in three sizes: 6”, 12”, and 18”.
One of the unique Squishmallows features is that they come with a pre-assigned name and personality. For example, Cameron the Calico Cat loves skateboards and fort building. He even has a birthday – on December 18.
The line was adorable and sold well. However, Squishmallows did not become a worldwide sensation right away. That all started in 2020 when Gen Z began showing off their collection on TikTok. After those videos went viral, Squishmallows started taking the world by storm.
THEY CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE OR AT RETAILERS
There are over 1,000 characters available, but finding them is a challenge. The Squishmallow website has a relatively small selection for purchase. But don’t let that fool you. Kellytoys spreads the Squishmallow love over multiple retailers. So finding Squishmallows foods or characters to add to your collection is part of the Squishmallow world all by itself.
You may hear inklings about “Squishmallow hunts.” Basically, this is just passionate collectors hitting up every store imaginable to search for new or rare characters. Some retailers you can visit during a hunt include Walmart, Walgreens, Target, CVS, Costco, and Party City. But that’s only a sampling of the over 30 online and brick-and-mortar retailers offering Squishmallows in the US. Squishmallows are also available for international purchase.
THEY COME IN DIFFERENT SIZES AND RANGE FROM $2.99 TO $59.99
The cost of Squishmallows food varies greatly depending on the size or rarity of a particular Squishmallows. While the originals were 6, 12, and 18 inches, the company has expanded the variety since then.
Now you can find 5” Squishmallows, which are particularly popular when bought as a set, and a 3.5” clip-on version. Fans can also find enormous 24” versions.
Additionally, there is a rarity scale for Squishmallows that often drastically changes the price point. But unless you are seeking one of those rare versions, expect to pay anywhere from $2.99 to $59.99. Beware of scams online that try to drive up the price of these in-demand items.