Saturday, December 7, 2013

PopChef - Review

So I got this really cool thing in the mail.  I received a PopChef! YES!!! You may have seen the commercials. You can make really cool shapes with food!
**Disclosure: I received this Pop Chef free from Ideavillage Products Corp, via Fuel My Blog in order to review it. I am not paid for this post and own no stock in Ideavillage Products Corp. My review is my honest opinion of the product.**

About The Product ...
Pop Chef is the new, fast and easy way to make fabulous edible creations! The secret is its
3-in-one action – which shapes, pops, and creates stars, circles, hearts, and more without the
mess or hassle of knives or cookie cutters. With Pop Chef you can design eye popping snacks,
party platters, meals, even gifts like a pro! It’s a snack-tivity that’s even safe for kids to use.
Perfect for use on fruits, cheeses, vegetables, breads and more, Pop Chef lets you “push” and
“pop” your way through show stopping food preparations in seconds.
The 10 piece Pop Chef set is available for $10.99 at fine retailers everywhere.

My Review ...
So if you are a follower of this blog you should know that I have a daughter who is a La Cordon Blue certified Chef (Proud Momma Moment!!).  So what better gift for a chef or  ANYBODY who spends time with food preparations!  If you have seen these on the television you know that it is not just for adults. Children can use it as well.  The idea is that you PUSH, POP, and PRESTO, Lovely edible arrangements. The box even says, "Easy as 1-2-3!" The product comes with skewers so you can make fruit kabobs or put your shapes on sticks to make nice flower arrangements. This is a pretty cool way to impress your friends by making pretty horsd'oeuvres, and snacks for gatherings, parties, sleepovers, and other types of get togethers. (if you want to impress the PTA or your book club then this is for you!!).  It is a little time consuming, because you have to cut up the fruit in varying widths, and then make the shapes, (and did I mention the huge amount of wasted food...).  But it you are willing to go through all of that trouble to make some pretty shaped foods then this is definitely for you!!

This product does have it's pros and cons.
Pros - It does actually work!  It is easy to assemble. Just twist a few pieces together.  It does make really pretty shapes, and since it is all plastic it is easy for children to use. You can make the designs the width that you want just by cutting your fruit thinner or thicker.
Cons - It is NOT really EASY AS 1-2-OR 3! Matter of fact, add on 4-5 & 6 and you might be close! The push part was fine but we had a little trouble with the POP.  It did not POP right out as the picture on the box suggests, but with a little bit of coaxing and some shaking it did eventually come out! It gets very messy. There is A LOT of wasted food left over after you make the shapes.  The Pop Chef works best on softer foods such as melons, bananas (but the banana is a little more difficult to work with because if you do not line up the PopChef just right you will not get a full shape), kiwis, and sandwiches. Food such as cheese, and pineapples are much more difficult to work with. Matter of fact the PopChef did not work on the pineapples at all (the pineapple, because of the texture of the fruit, was difficult to cut), and the cheese got stuck in the tube!

 Soooo, Not so great with jello!!

GREAT with Bread !!

I enjoyed this product and it will make a very nice gift.  It can get messy but clean up is pretty easy since the pieces are plastic. So all in all I think it is a very nice product. On a scale of 1-10 I give it a solid 7!!
I am not so sure if it will put Edible Arrangements out of business, BUT if you have the time to mess around with it, you can make some pretty awesome stuff!
To buy your own POPCHEF go here ---> https://www.getpopchef.com/

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Regina

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