Beyond The Kitchen Sink Kitchen Gadgets and Food News

Piece Of Cake Isn’t

Nambé Rocks Cake Plate

Eating pie and cake is dangerous sport. Somehow the expression ‘piece of cake’ evolved to mean something that was quite easy to accomplish. Considering just the amount of wedding-cake fiascos and pies-in-the-face that occur on a daily basis, this saying is something of a farce. Perhaps we let it slide because cake is so sweet and delicious. In any event, the actual serving of a piece of cake usually isn’t fraught with tension. While the Nambé Rocks Cake Plate might not be on par with any cake-related mishaps you may have experienced, its off-center base provides just enough excitement to keep things interesting. Overzealous cake-cutters may want to beware.

October 26, 2010   No Comments

Never Run Out Of Gummy Worms Again

The World's Largest Gummy Worm

Every kitchen has items that need to constantly be in stock: milk, eggs, flour, gummy. Without these essentials no kitchen is complete. It’s always best to stock up on these must-haves, but when it comes to gummy creatures, they come in packages that are woefully small. Thankfully, The World’s Largest Gummy Worm is here to rescue culinarians everywhere.

The stats:
• 128x as massive as a boring, ordinary gummy worm
• 26 inches long, or roughly one-tenth the size of the small intestine. (hint: buy more!)
• 3 pounds of gummy worm goodness
• 4,000 calories (compare, here)
• surprisingly affordable at only 28 bucks!

And of course, made in the good ol’ USA!

(Via Oh Gizmo!)

October 25, 2010   No Comments

Marshmallow Gun Puts Cocoa Thieves On The Run

Marshmallow Mforcer Semi-Automatic Pistol

What the heck good is a mini-marshmallow? Aside from putting in cocoa or perhaps as an addition to cartoon box cereal when there aren’t enough of those weird little nasty things in it, the sugary little creations are useless. Sure there are s’mores, but those go best with camping, and we’re talking about mini-marshmallows here. They do however, make great ammo.

The Marshmallow Mforcer Semi-Automatic Pistol holds fifteen of the death-dealing widow-makers treats per round, making battles over morning cereal both deadly and delicious. The pump action air gun holds enough oomph to fire off all fifteen shots in succession, so you can feel safe when dealing with any low-down dirty double-crosser trying to sneak off with your cocoa.

May 26, 2010   No Comments

Burger Surprise For The Sweet Tooth

Hamburger Roundabouts Cupcake Sleeves

You don’t always know what you’re going to get when you bite into a hamburger. Other than the fact that they can be rare, medium or well-done, burgers can be made out of many different basic ingredients, from the traditional beef, to healthier alternatives like turkey or even grains. However you like your burger, chances are it’s not as sweet as this one.

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April 16, 2010   No Comments

Carnival in your kitchen… and on your sofa… and in the carpet… and on the drapes…

Nostalgia Electrics Retro Series 50's Style Cotton Candy Machine

The carnival has packed up and is heading off into the sunset. The sounds of the midway are faint in the air. A slight breeze carries the scent of fried foods and roller coaster grease. You take a step forward, hoping to capture one last taste of the county fair and all that it has to offer. Instead, you find a sticky paper cone attached to the bottom of your sole; a piece of pink-stained detritus left over from the summer carnival.

Lucky for you, you can take that crumpled tube of paper and breath new life into it with your very own cotton candy machine. The Nostalgia Electrics Retro Series 50’s Style Cotton Candy Machine is a countertop appliance set to spin all year long. Just add sugar mixture and use the included reusable plastic cones to catch the freshly flossed cotton candy as it spins out of the machine. Now, that sticky and goopy mess that you thought you left out in the fairgrounds can finally be made at home. Lucky you.

October 12, 2009   No Comments

Diving into candy coating

Sweet Coating Maker for the KitchenAid stand mixer

Candy is made in giant tumblers that coat nuts and other small ingredients in sugar. Just put in your ingredients and turn it on. Before you know it, you have a (great big) batch of candy. While most of us do not have the luxury of installing one of these people-sized machines in our home (or the need for that much candy), we can use the stand mixer to make some candy with this simple attachment.

The Sweet Coating Maker works with the KitchenAid stand mixer and is capable of producing 30 pounds of candy-coated sweetness per hour. The stainless-steel tumbler allows you to coat fruit, nuts, or other candy pieces in sugar or even chocolate and almond paste. With about a 16-inch diameter, the attachment is considerably smaller than its industrial cousins, making sure that it won’t take up too much room when not in use—or tempt us to dive in and candy-coat ourselves.

The link above no longer works, so give this one a spin: De Buyer Sweet Coating System

July 28, 2009   6 Comments