(USA TODAY) -- That childish desire to celebrate your birthday every day is evolving into a multimillion dollar industry: birthday cake-flavored everything.
Some of the nation's biggest - and smallest - product makers have figured out how to pack the familiar white cake and white frosting flavoring into everything from cookies to toothpaste to lip gloss to vodka.
At least 17 birthday-cake flavored new products have hit the market over the past handful of years vs. three the previous five years, reports research firm Datamonitor. Most have been ultra-hot sellers, with the exception of a birthday cake flavored yogurt from Yoplait that was yanked only when Yoplait's entire Splitz line was discontinued this year.
The trend isn't just being driven by kids, but by nostalgic adults who long for memories of times past, says Tom Vierhile, innovation insights director. Boomers, in particular, are enamored with birthday cake mania.
"Even as kids today act more like adults," says Vierhile, "adults seem to be the same way, tapping into their inner child."
Recent birthday cake-flavored stuff:
Ice drinks. Later
this month, Coffee Bean Tea & Leaf rolls out Birthday Cake Ice
Blended beverages. "It's like cake and icing in a cup," says Michelle
Stene, director of product development. The company revised the flavor
35 times before they nailed it, she says.
for a new, indulgent flavor, spirits maker Beam rolled out Pinnacle
Cake Vodka two years ago. Sales took off, and it's soon to expand the
line to Strawberry Shortcake, says Deb Boyda, general manager at Beam
Global Spirits & Wine. "Pinnacle lets you have your cake and drink
Cookies. To celebrate Oreo turning 100 last year,
Mondelez introduced a limited-time Birthday Cake Oreo - with the white
filling in a birthday cake flavor, says Janda Lukin, brand director for
Ice Cream. Will the birthday cake novelty work for
frozen novelties? Unilever hopes so, with the introduction this spring
of Good Humor Birthday Cake bars. "Our technology even mimics the porous
texture of cake when you bite into the bar," says Nick Soukas, director
of ice cream
Peeps. Just Born, maker of Peeps, tested
Party Cake Peeps in Walmart stores at Easter, and they were so popular
they'll go national next Easter, says spokesman Matthew J. Pye.
Protein powder. Birthday
cake is the third best-selling of 11 flavors of protein powder sold by
SDC Nutrition. "If you could eat cake and lose weight," proposes Devenee
Schumacher, director of marketing, "isn't that the best of both
Toothpaste. Novelty product maker Archie McPhee's
Cupcake Toothpaste hit the market in 2011. Spokesman David Wahl says
one dad e-mailed his kid's comments to the company: "He says it isn't
like he's brushing his teeth anymore - he's frosting them."