I have always liked the giant microbes collection of plushies, which consists of soft and cuddly versions of various microorganisms. Most are cute versions of decidedly un-cute diseases – chicken pox, mad cow, the flu, etc. – but there is one that, as a baker, immediately caught my interest. The yeast plushie is an adorably blown-up version of the yeast used in bread and beer making. It’s so cute and so appropriate, that I would be willing to clear a space in my kitchen so that I could keep it near my other bread-baking supplies.
I also have a soft spot for the flesh eating bacteria, largely because of the little knife and fork embroidered on his stomach (though you probably have to have a sense of humor to enjoy him). In the event anyone you know is a health inspector, you might want to consider picking up an e. coli or salmonella plushie, as well.