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November 30th, 2005

Muffin Magic

As a person who has made muffins in the past (only from a mix, natch) I can say that making muffins is pretty easy. It takes a little time, a little cleanup, and a little bit of love.

But it’s not that much of an effort, is it? Apparently, someone thinks so. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Muffin Magic. Muffin Magic is a countertop muffin maker. That’s it. 3 muffins, no temperature control, non-stick surface (I love Teflon Blueberry Muffins!) and $30 of your hard-earned cash gone.

It’s a device that would make Alton Brown cry, and serves next-to-no purpose. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

Posted in Consumer Commentary

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday December 1, 2005 -- 6:24:58 pm
Stupid is also what I thought about those Joe Namath burger makers. But Hamilton Beach sold millions of them and people loved them.

George Foreman's grill sells millions for unforeseen reasons. For homeless people, it's the only way for them to make a hot meal, so I'm told--and for that reason, retailers couldn't keep them on the shelves. Now, they can make muffins too.

According to the product reviews, people who own them seem to rave about them--especially simply because a small unit like this won't heat up the whole kitchen in the summer when it's (supposed to be) hot outside.

I know that when it's hot I prefer to use the toaster oven or the microwave as often as possible. The oven tends to heat up the whole kitchen.

Not to mention, it's a waste of energy to heat up that big oven space even for six muffins. When I cook a lot using the oven, I think "I'm saving money by cooking at home." Then the gas bill comes and it takes that feeling away immediately.

I'll never buy one because I'm not that into muffins. I'd get a bread machine first, especially because I know Ryan loves his bread machine. Before Ryan's ping, I thought bread machines were stupid, such is the power of the Ping.

Ryan, what's your take on this here Muffin Magic? And what about those vegan Irish Potatoes?

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday December 1, 2005 -- 11:27:01 pm
Two words: fire hazard.

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