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Is the Goodie Gusher better than a piñata?

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This time of the year is birthday season for my entire family of five. All our birthdays happen pretty much in the first quarter of the year. Recently, we threw my now four-year-old a birthday party at home. It was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-themed again.

We live in Wisconsin, so when you’re a kid with your birthday deadset in the middle of winter, you’re limited to indoor birthday activities. My children always wanted to do the piñata game at home, but with the hitting of the piñata, there’s really no room in our house for it.

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So you can imagine my delight when I came upon the Goodie Gusher!

What is the Goodie Gusher?

The Goodie Gusher is advertised as a “safe, fun, and reusable piñata” by its makers. It comes with 30 keys. Once you fill it with candy, you insert the 30 keys into the slots. It can hold up to 5 pounds of candy and party favors. It can be hung up for use.

Currently, it comes in six theme/character designs. I went with Space Monsters since I felt the design was neutral enough to be used over and over again.

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Instead of kids taking turns hitting the piñata, kids take turns pulling out a key. When someone pulls the magic key, all the treats are dispensed from the bottom.

How is it different than a traditional piñata?

Piñatas can come in any shape or form. The Goodie Gusher is a standard tower-like shape. Instead of hitting a piñata, kids pull out keys to dispense the candy. The Goodie Gusher is refillable and can be used inside or outside.

What I loved about The Goodie Gusher

I definitely loved the safety aspect. How many times have we instructed kids to stand back while someone takes a turn at a regular piñata? I’ve seen kids take a few hits in the hopes of grabbing the most candy. There’s no bat hitting with the Goodie Gusher.

I also loved being able to hold the activity inside our house with minimal space required. We didn’t need all this room to hit the piñata.

What I didn’t love about the Goodie Gusher

I’m not a huge fan of the shape. I felt it was a little small and couldn’t hold as much candy as I would have liked. When the magic key was pulled, my husband had to give it a proper shake for all the candy to come out.

Since the Goodie Gusher is supposed to be refillable/reusable, I don’t know how sturdy the cardboard body is going to hold up. I think going with plastic throughout would have been a better idea.

Who is the ideal person for the Goodie Gusher?

The Goodie Gusher is perfect for families who want an alternative to a traditional piñata, who have limited space, want something safer, and/or want to save money in the long run, since it’s reusable.

Where can you buy the Goodie Gusher and How much does it cost?

You can buy the Goodie Gusher on their website or through other retailers such as Party City, Walmart, or JCPenney. The price ranges from $19.99 – $24.99. I purchased mine on Amazon for $19.99 and with prime shipping received it in two days.

Final Thoughts

As a parent and consumer, I love discovering new kid-focused products that aim to solve existing concerns. This item was quite exciting and all the kids at my son’s birthday party loved it. It’s such a new fun concept, and I can see why it was the 2016 National Parenting Product Award (NAPPA) Winner.

I look forward to using it again at my daughter’s birthday party as birthday season continues. 🙂

What about you? Did I pique your interest? Have you tried the Goodie Gusher? Whatever it is, let me know in the comments!

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  1. Sue says

    This was a “safer” candy game to play then the traditional pinata. The kids were intrigued with which key was the secret key. It was fun watching them take turns pulling them out.