Dora the Explorer has been an unofficial part of our family for the past 3 years. All of this came to a grinding halt last week when I had a little “run in” with Dora. I strive to deal with conflict by addressing it instead of sweeping it under the rug. So, here goes…
Dear Dora the Explorer,
You need to remove the Dora cupcakes recipe and video from the Nick Jr. (see Noggin) website and also stop talking about them on TV.
After seeing a promo for your cupcakes on Nick Jr., my daughter bugged me for weeks. Everyday, it was: “Mommy, are we going to make the Dora cupcakes today?” I thought she would forget if I simply ignored her. She did not. I finally cracked.
Let me put it bluntly, Dora: these cupcakes were a total P.I.T.A. Your recipe says 70 minutes and that is a total crock. Admittedly, I’m a bit slower than your average professional cupcake decorator. But, c’mon, Dora. It took me more than 70 minutes to get everything prepped and mixed. Plus, this doesn’t even count the time it takes to mix, bake and cool the cupcakes.
The entire process from buying the ingredients to piping out the hair to baking the cupcakes to dying the icing the correct color to decorating the cupcakes was very stressful!
I need you to know that before this unfortunate event, you were a she-ro in our house. We were all big fans of yours.
I’m concerned that you are being misrepresented. I recommend that you contact your people at Nick Jr so that you preserve your good name and save some other poor mom from falling victim to this scam.
I hope we’ve all learned from this and can move forward.
Dora, saying goodbye is always hard and I’m sorry it had to end this way. It pains me to tell you this but my daughter has moved on to the Disney Princesses.
Susan Bowman, scarred for life