This post is sponsored by Duncan Hines, in collaboration with The Motherhood.

Finding time for myself can be tough. Caring for two boys and two pups while working from home means all I really get to myself are a couple of hours, and this includes sleep. When the clock strikes 8 pm, all I want to do is tuck myself into bed.

But that’s nearly impossible these days.

Although I only get a couple of hours to myself, they are moments in between when I get to sit back and relax. Taking the time to just breathe is one of them. Another option is enjoying a snack without little hands digging into my plate.

mom breaks with duncan hines

Duncan’s Perfect Size

For me, there’s nothing more exciting than curling up with a warm cup and a good read. Thanks to the people at Duncan Hines, I’ve been able to do it more often. With the Perfect Size for 1 by Duncan Hines, there’s no wait, no mess, and no leftovers.

Each Perfect Size for 1 by Duncan Hines box comes with individually portioned pouches of cake. They’re single-serving portions, which means no leftovers or waste.

This means I can easily tip-toe my way to the kitchen, open a packet and warm up a cup of Duncan Hines Cinnamon Coffee Cake (discontinued) without having to worry about the little ones asking for some.

All you need is an 8 oz. coffee mug, water (or milk) and you’re about a minute away from indulging in a warm treat whenever you want. There are no baking bowls or pans to clean and with 18 varieties to choose from, you’ll be sure to find one for your morning, afternoon or night cravings. As a bonus, you can add more flavor to your cup with nearly any liquid — milk, juice, coffee, liquor etc. — or you can throw in some chocolate chips, nuts or fruits. The choice is yours! How perfect is that? 

Duncan Hines And The Restaurant Business

Food critics and bloggers owe their existence to the traveling businessman Duncan Hines. While on the road, he searched for the best place to have a decent meal. Finding one wasn’t easy, as most were on hidden dirt roads. With a pocket-sized notebook and pencil, Duncan was able to jot down necessary information for other travelers looking for the same thing – a good meal, comfortable seating, and decent pricing. His notes included the location and pricing of each meal (all breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals).

For Duncan, the condition of the restaurant’s kitchen and trash situation was key to determining where to dine while on the road. He then published his findings in his first edition of Adventures of Good Eating, which featured 167 restaurants throughout the US and sold for $1 each.

Today, approximately 37 of the restaurants from the first edition are still running. Duncan became a household name when his name was plastered on favorite treats such as ice cream and cake mixes.


Was there a real person named Duncan Hines?

Yes, there was a real person named Duncan Hines. Duncan Hines (1880–1959) was a genuine individual who became famous for his contributions to the food and hospitality industry. He was not a fictional character but a real person who left a significant mark on American culinary culture.

What happened to Duncan Hines?

The Duncan Hines brand was sold to Proctor and Gamble after the businessman’s death and is now owned by Conagra Brands. The company continues to make delicious cake mixes families love and have partnered with celebrities like Dolly Parton.

Duncan Hines was a traveling salesman who began rating and reviewing restaurants during his travels in the early 20th century. He published a popular restaurant guidebook titled “Adventures in Good Eating” in 1935, which provided recommendations for dining establishments across the United States. This guidebook helped people find quality places to eat while traveling and played a role in promoting food quality standards.

What is Dolly Parton doing with Duncan Hines?

Duncan Hines has partnered with Dolly Parton following the successful launch of Dolly’s cake mixes and frostings. The partnership has yielded a handful of Dolly’s favorite recipes.

If you’re looking to add a mom break or two to your day, head over to your local grocery store and pick up a Perfect Size for 1 by Duncan Hines box to indulge whenever you have about a minute to spare.

17 responses to “Mom Breaks With Duncan Hines”

  1. It’s like they are inside my head. Sometimes I want a sweet treat, but I don’t need a WHOLE cake. These are perfect for me.

    • Exactly what came to mind when I saw these. I went to our local grocery and spotted them on the shelves. There are so many flavors to choose from at less than $3, it’s WORTH IT!

  2. I saw these at the store the other day. This would be great for a special treat just for me.

  3. Oh these are such amazing convenient treats! It’s the first time I’ve seen them, but I already want to know what flavors there are.

  4. OH yes, this is perfect for me. I live alone so everytime I bake a cake, I get a piece and give the other part of the cake away.

  5. I love cakes but I don’t like making them. This sounds like a great solution to baking and the fact that they have 18 different cakes is brilliant! Cinnamon and coffee does sound like a delicious treat.

  6. What a neat idea! I love mug cakes but sometimes I don’t feel like getting all the ingredients out. This would be perfect for those days!

  7. Personalized coffee mug cakes?! What?! I need to find some of these and try it as soon as possible.

  8. I think it’s important to take a break especially when you’re managing a household full of kids! It’s crazy and stressful. This is definitely going to help. I would love to get me some Duncan Hines!

  9. I was in the grocery store the other day, and I do believe this product line caught my eye. I’m curious to see all of the 18 varieties that they have to offer.

  10. Wow, what a good ideas I love cake in a mug and i want to try this on my own. Glad that you share this

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