Erin Cooks On-The-Go, To Buy / To Try

Cuddly Cooks from the Vermont Teddy Bear Company

Last Thursday you may have read an excited tweet from me exclaiming that I was going to see where Teddy Bears were born. Of course, as we were in Vermont at the time this could only mean one thing: a visit to the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company has been making these cuddly toys for over twenty years,  and amazingly enough every bear is carefully designed, cut, sewn, stuffed, and stitched right in Vermont. Local business for the win!

One of the first bears I saw as CK and I entered the gift shop was sporting an adorable apron and chef’s hat.

This precious teddy was accompanied by his more sophisticated chef buddy who had apparently just graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and was thrilled at the thought of giving Anthony Bourdain a run for his culinary money.

I instantly knew I had to own one of these bears. I also realized then (and now) that this was a pretty irrational desire so I place the blame firmly on some sort of vacation induced shopper’s high. So now I’m the proud owner of an apron-clad teddy bear.

It’s currently still living inside the cozy box it came in as we’re moving soon, not to mention that I have no idea where I’m going to put it. Should Teddy live in clear view of company; perhaps perched on top of a baker’s rack? Or should he be relegated to the bedroom and whatever fate befalls him at the playful hands of Watson and Dexter? To let Teddy loose or not? That is the question… Whatever the outcome you can view more images of the Teddy Bear Factory on Flickr.