Max'is Creations

Mugs Made for Play

SLAM DUNK

Go ahead, kids—play with your food.

Max Ash, the brainchild behind MAX’IS Creations, isn’t just a kid at heart. He’s an actual kid who, at the age of eight, made his first Mug With a Hoop during art class.

When his classmates began to copy his design, Max and his parents knew the idea was a slam dunk. Originally intended for
shooting marshmallows into hot cocoa, this fan favorite brings game time fun to everything from berries and cereal to oyster crackers and soup.

With the help and encouragement of his family, Max has kept adding different sports to his mug designs. From grade school project to prototype to production in just a few years, it’s been a life lesson for Max (now 12) in business and manufacturing. This full-fledged entrepreneur happens to have dyslexia, a language-based learning disability often linked to creativity.

Congratulations to Max. His patented cross between a mug and a bowl is sure to get plenty of play with sports fans of all ages.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer

    Hi -- I'm Jennifer. Max, the inventor of this product, is at school today, but I'll be here to answer questions you have about the Mug With a Hoop. We're excited to be launching on The Grommet today, as we first started working with them in Spring 2013 at the first Product Pitch event.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/14/2014 12:11 PM

    Hi All,

    Amy from The Grommet team here. I wanted to add that I've had the joy of getting to know Max and his family over the last few years and have loved watching his product go from a prototype to ready-for-market. The team here is rooting for you today, Max!

  • Judith
    Judith
    10/14/2014 12:17 PM

    I'm curious about when you throw food into the cup -- what's the splash factor? Does the hot chocolate splash all over when you get a marshmallow in there, for example?

    Love this concept -- so creative and awesome to see from a 10 year old!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    10/14/2014 12:22 PM

    Hi Judith,

    The splash factor is minimal to non-existent. It of course depends on how high you fill the mug with liquid, and what type of food you throw into it, but we've tested it with marshmallows and hot chocolate with no splash. The majority of foods that you'd throw into the small hoop are airy and light enough that no splash would occur.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Special Guest
    10/14/2014 12:21 PM

    Max's mugs are not only a great product but they support a great cause. Max happens to be dyslexic and his patent pending idea showcases the upside of kids who learn differently. MAX'IS Creations is donating 5% of the profits from the sale of his mugs to charities that support dyslexia research and awareness.

    Feel free to ask any questions about his mugs!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Special Guest
    10/14/2014 12:23 PM

    Hi Judith, the mug is oversized so there is plenty of extra room for your hot chocolate (or soup or milk). That said, kids tossing anything can be a bit messy :). Hope this helps!

  • Cinzia
    Cinzia
    10/14/2014 12:33 PM

    @Jennifer LOVE so many things about this and Max! First off, Congratulations! Question; can you microwave say soup or hot cocoa inside safely? Or should hot items only be added after being heated? Since it's made of ceramic can this break easily? Just wondering as I have concerns that it might not take a bump too well. So many of my ceramics break so easily, with kids at the helm it makes me a bit weary. What's your experience been?

  • Judith
    Judith
    10/14/2014 12:33 PM

    @Jennifer and @Amy -- thanks for your responses. Very helpful yes! I have a child who learns differently as well -- perhaps this will inspire him! Plus, I played basketball for many years, so I'm kind of a sucker for anything b-ball related! Thanks and good luck to Max!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Special Guest
    10/14/2014 12:41 PM

    @Judith @Cinzia

    Thanks for all your kind words.

    Cinzia - yes, as parents we are very concerned about safety. Mugs are Prop-65, FDA and CPSIA compliant. They are dishwasher safe. While they passed microwave certification (which has to do with materials), we are not marketing them as microwave safe because they do get hot and we don't want anyone to burn themselves. However, there is nothing in the mug that makes them inappropriate for the microwave. Hope that helps!

  • Cinzia
    Cinzia
    10/14/2014 12:43 PM

    @Jennifer It does, thank you! One last question....anything other than "Basketball"? Not that my daughter is princess girly but, any other options?

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Special Guest
    10/14/2014 12:49 PM

    @Cinzia we have found that girls are actually a huge market for the mug! He has mugs for other sports coming out in the months ahead so stay tuned.

  • Cinzia
    Cinzia
    10/14/2014 1:20 PM

    @Jennifer Seriously, last question; can I trust that the paint is non-toxic especially when heated? I worry when things come from over-seas manufacturing that involve human consumables. I'm sure it's fine but, I'd love to hear confirmation from you. This is so cute!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Special Guest
    10/14/2014 1:24 PM

    @Cinzia Yes - CPSIA certified as such which is a very stringent U.S. safety testing process for Children's Products. And microwave approved for that purpose even though we are not marketing it as such given that they get hot. Thanks!

  • Monique
    Monique
    10/14/2014 3:25 PM

    Sorry, just not a fan of encouraging kids to play with their food.

  • Claire
    Claire
    10/14/2014 7:12 PM

    @Monique

    I agree with Monique. I think we should encourage children to grow food, not play with it.

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    10/14/2014 8:59 PM

    @Claire

    Lighten up! They are going to play with their food no matter what kind of bowl or mug you use. Appreciate the joy of a child...

  • Claire
    Claire
    10/14/2014 9:37 PM

    @Kathy

  • Claire
    Claire
    10/14/2014 9:38 PM

    @Claire

    Thank you.

  • Angie
    Angie
    10/14/2014 4:11 PM

    Cheers to you on an awesome idea! Do you have a mug for Football?

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Special Guest
    10/14/2014 4:15 PM

    @Angie Thanks for your nice words. Let's just say that an early prototype of Max's football mug came out of the kiln at school this week. No promises but it is one of the patent pending designs he is working on for release in the months ahead! For this year, though, Max recommends you buy his basketball mug. All sports fans seem to love it!

  • Ruthanne
    Ruthanne
    10/14/2014 8:50 PM

    I purchased this mug thinking my kids would love it, which they do. But I find that I love using it for my cereal! It makes me smile...and it makes me realize I don't always have to take myself so seriously. I highly recommend it for the adults in your house as well as all the kids. You just might find you need to purchase more than one!

  • Neda
    Neda
    10/14/2014 10:27 PM

    Such a cool product! love it

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