Thursday, 6 March 2014

Pop Chef - Push, Pop & Eat!


Pop Chef, Bento Box, food platter

Now that the baker me is back, me and Abby can do some baking together again! She loves cutting out cookies, though she only get to do it when we are baking cut out cookies, and since we haven't baked for a while, she didn't get the chance to play. Now that Character has launched a new product called Pop Chef, she doesn't have to wait until cookies baking day anymore for the food cutting fun!


Pop Chef, Bento Box, food platter

Pop Chef (Suitable for 5+; rrp £9.99) is a food shape cutting tool consisting of an air pump, connector and 6 cutters: heart, star, circle, butterfly, flower and a sun. The box also comes with a pack of 20 wooden skewers and a poking device, which I only noticed now. Oops.


Pop Chef, Bento Box, food platter

Pop Chef, Bento Box, food platter

Pop Chef, Bento Box, food platter

Pop Chef is fairly easy to use. Simply click a shape attachment onto the connector and pump, and you can start cutting any food! There are the super easy to cut ones like fruits, as they are really juicy and more solid. I had no problem cutting a sliced-into-half strawberry (they are big yes!), and it's really just push and pop!




I had a bit more problem with the bread though as they are dry and soft. The cutting was fine (pressing the sandwich down a bit helps) but it took a few squeezes on the pump to pop the cut sandwich out. Now if I have noticed that poking device then, I would have used it on the butterfly sandwich instead of the blunt end of the skewer, making it look like it's been, well, poked at.

Another problem I had with my big fingers was to detach the cutters. I think it's because it is easier to detach the connector from the pump than the cutter from the connector, so when I twist the cutter off, the connector came loose from the pump instead. It might be easier if there is more gripping on the connector.


Pop Chef, Bento Box, food platter
Just noticed a bee was missing his wings, hubby called it a cockroach...
Pop Chef, Bento Box, food platter

This time I didn't get Abby involved, although I know she'd love it, as I was preparing them a surprise breakfast! I was inspired by a restaurant tasting event in Hong Kong, where they scattered their canapes along a long buffet table and turned the whole table into an edible picture! It was a shame that we lacked the colourful ingredients, like flower petals and colourful fruits, but they ate everything from the slab, including the ketchup and icing decoration of course!

The kids were really impressed and didn't know where to start! Can you imagine if I expand this and spread it onto the whole table for a party? I can get Abby and her friends involved into making them too, all we need is 2 to 3 Pop Chefs. Since they are only £9.99 each, it'd be well invested! It'll also be an addition to our Bento Box tools, and Abby can cut her food up the way she loves without frightening me with mess.



Look at all the suggestions on the back of the box, I'm so gonna make that watermelon fruit basket for BBQ day this Summer. Abby is eyeing on the fruit skewers in a vase too! These will be super easy to make as the fruits are really easy to cut and pop!


Pop Chef, Bento Box, food platter

So what do we do with the left overs after a fun food cutting time? Well, me and hubby had the above for our breakfast while the kids had theirs well presented. He wasn't impressed at all but we don't want to waste food now do we?


Disclosure: We were sent the above for review purpose; all opinions are honest and our own