I had a chance to use the Stormtrooper Waffle Maker and I’m happy to report it works pretty well. Not great, which I’ll get into, but it certainly made competent waffles that absolutely look like a stormtrooper head.
I’m going to hit this one as a stream-of-consciousness list of thoughts as they occur to me in the moment, starting with:
1. I like the relatively small footprint of the unit, but also it only makes one waffle at a time, which is totally normal of course, but I would love a dual side by side version that makes two simultaneously. Say an imperial stormtrooper head (current) next to a First Order Stormtrooper. Anyway, the good thing about this waffle iron is that the waffles themselves are pretty good size. I made one for me and one for my wife, and along with some sliced apple and hard-boiled egg, made for a good-sized breakfast. If you’re making waffles for the whole family, you better get up pretty early… or maybe start the night before… because you are in it for the long haul.
2. Which brings me to the length of time it takes to make a waffle. Instructions say 3-4 minutes. Nah, double it. If you use a whole cup of batter, rather than 3/4, definitely double that. Even then, the inside was a little less than fully cooked. But I let one sit in there for like 12 minutes and it was nicely browned and cooked through.
3. Oh, also I had the temperature setting turned up to MAX the whole time. That dial is kinda useless. I can’t imagine having it set lower at all, ever. Unless you’re making little thin 1/4 cup waffle-ettes, little baby stormtrooper heads… stormtoddlers.
4. Speaking of controls, the indicator light that goes off when the iron is hot works great. That same green light is supposed to go off when the waffle is done. Nope. Not even close. Like I said, double it. I ignored that light while making waffles.
5. Are they really waffles? Seems to me really they’re stormtrooper head pancakes. I don’t know, what’s the difference really? Are the square divots we think of as unique to waffles the only thing separating them from pancakes? I have no idea, it seems akin to the difference between a violin and a fiddle (it’s the same instrument – the difference is in how they’re played). This is a deeply profound philosophical discussion best conducted over several glasses of fine whiskey and really has no impact on my review of your waffle iron. On that note, let us continue.
6. No batter stuck to the iron, top or bottom. This, to me, is the number one positive aspect of the waffle maker. I sprayed some Pam on beforehand, as the instructions suggested and sure enough, those would-be waffles popped right out with a silicone spatula. Excellent.
7. Cleaning it was pretty much a breeze. I wiped it down with a slightly damp paper towel. There was some hard to get oil pools around the ridges of the stormtrooper’s head and inside some nooks and crannies, but I would imagine these occurrences would be far worse in an traditional waffle iron with all those little squares. I used a q-tip to get those little daps of oil. Is that OCD?
8. The lid hinge seemed a bit loose to me. Which would make sense actually if it were designed to include a bit bulkier items like:
9. Wouldn’t it be great if this thing doubled as a panini style press? just add a lock to the lid so you can ‘close and clamp it’ (do I hear a Ronco “set and forget it” tag line being coined?) and you have yourself a sandwich press. In fact, I’m definitely going to try this at some point. I think it’ll work nicely. After all:
10. the waffle maker looks just like a george foreman grill. is this a good thing or a bad thing? hell, I don’t know… depends on your personal predilections for, or against, mr. foreman.
Overall, I’m quite content with the stormtrooper waffle maker. It makes waffles. Makes them pretty well actually. I even added some pomegranate seeds to the batter and it handled that a-okay. this weekend I might even go wild with some fresh blueberries. I think it’ll do just fine. Even though it takes longer than suggested to make the waffles and the indicator light goes off way too early, I think this waffle maker is a fine addition to anyone’s array of kitchen gadgets. I’m going to definitely hang on to this thing… I’ve never owned a waffle iron before.
p.s. I am a little surprised there isn’t a matching Darth Vader syrup dispenser.
p.p.s. I just realized the reason the waffles take so long to cook in this thing is exactly because there are no square divots. With those things on the top and bottom, the batter is spread over a larger surface, a hot surface cooking it. Without it, you’ve got what are essentially pancakes, which always take longer to cook than waffles. It’s the divots. Is that right word, divots? I don’t know. Do you guys make a death star waffle maker? i’ve seen them, but don’t know if that’s you. Regardless, I bet with the sort of grid like nature of the design, it makes waffles faster.