Thursday, December 2, 2021

Calphalon's Intellicrisp Waffle Maker Makes Breakfast Extra Delicious #HolidayGiftGuide

Our school mornings here are hectic.   I'm not only getting Scarlett and myself ready for school drop off, but Jack as well.  I don't have a lot of time to make breakfast that takes too long.  Usually I give the kids frozen pancakes, some quick cheesy eggs, cereal, or yogurt and fruit.  On the weekends when our days are more open, I have more free time to cook in the mornings.  Waffles are always a family favorite and there are so many ways to make them scrumptiously yummy. What is your favorite way to eat waffles?

Calphalon is a brand everyone recognizes for cookware/bakeware, kitchen appliances, as well as cutlery and kitchen utensils.  I can guarantee you have at least one Calphalon product in your kitchen that you use on a regular basis.

One product that Calphalon recently introduced is the Calphalon Intellicrisp Waffle Maker in Dark Stainless Steel.  If you have a beloved foodie on your Christmas shopping list, this would make the ideal present for them.  This waffle maker features a ceramic cooking surface that delivers 20% more even heat for crisp, fluffy waffles.  You'll notice a high-contrast LCD screen that displays a countdown timer for intuitive control and precise results.  The waffle maker locks for convenient, compact, vertical storage.  Choose between 5 waffle shades to match your preferred level of browning and crispiness.  The ceramic surface is 11x more durable than standard nonstick and provides easy food release and clean-up.

One thing that is fantastic about waffles is that they can be prepared in so many ways.  Whether you want chocolate waffles topped with blueberries, bacon waffles topped with warmed Maple syrup, or even just plain fluffy waffles topped with sliced strawberries, the possibilities are endless.  Be creative and come up with something delicious to delight your taste buds today.

It's been a long time since I've made waffles for my family.  Our old waffle maker kicked the bucket and we never got around to replacing it.  When I discovered Calphalon's Intellicrisp Waffle Maker, I knew it needed to have a place in my kitchen ASAP.

Once the waffle maker arrived, I started brainstorming about what kind of waffles I wanted to make for myself, Scarlett, and my husband Jay for a fun breakfast for dinner night.  Although I love plain waffles and they are classically wonderful, it's always nice to add some personality and pizazz to what you eat.  A chocolate chip and banana waffle stood out to me and I knew it was the winner.  I adore the combination of chocolate and banana slices, and I knew my sweets loving child would feel the same.  You don't really need syrup with these because they are sweet enough without it, although you can add syrup if you have a mega sweet tooth.

The waffle maker is truly beautiful and I feel fortunate to have it in my home.  The sleek, dark stainless steel is very attractive and would look wonderful on any kitchen counter.  I added a drop of vanilla in the batter for some extra flavor.  Once the batter was ready, I added in a generous amount of milk chocolate chips and poured it into the waffle maker.  You can't add too much batter though or it will spill out of the sides, so be careful.   If you want just a hint of chocolate, add less, although I am a true chocolate lover.   I'll never say no to it!

Once you're ready to delight your stomach with waffle-y goodness, the waffle maker preheats and lets you know when it's ready to cook on the large LCD display.  I selected a light setting for the waffles and eagerly awaited those beauties to be done.  The large cooking countdown timer lets you know how long is left.  The waffle takes about 2 minutes and 30 seconds to cook.  Once the waffles were done, I plated them and added fresh banana slices to the plate.  What could be more beautiful or tasty? Nothing else, I tell you! The waffles didn't stick at all to the plates and slid out easily. I didn't even have to grease the plates which is a huge help.  I love that you can make two waffles at a time which cuts the cooking time in half for a large family.

Scarlett and Jay devoured the waffles and said that they were fluffy, thick, and wonderfully cooked.  I served the waffles with some crispy turkey bacon on the side.  Who doesn't enjoy breakfast for dinner?  I have to say that the rectangular pieces of heaven were perfectly crisp on the outside and fabulously fluffy on the inside. These are not thin waffles by any means, but large and in charge!  A slice of heaven in your mouth for sure.  The chocolate and banana combination never fails to hit the spot and was a welcomed treat.  It's fantastic being able to make a restaurant quality breakfast in the comfort of your own home.

Since the waffle maker is compact, it can easily sit on a counter top or be stored in a cabinet for storage.  It has a neutral style that would fit in with any kitchen decor. 

If you're thinking of treating yourself or a loved one to a Calphalon Intellicrisp Waffle Maker this Christmas, you'll definitely be making a smart choice.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Calphalon for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

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