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This time last year when Ciao were doing a promotion on household products I read a lot of review on a Dolphin shaped sandwich cutter from Cookingtime. The reviews were favourable for the most part so I decided to purchase on myself as I thought it would be a nice idea for my little girls sandwiches. I had some I HEART U cutters which she enjoyed but I thought this would be a nice way of varying her sandwich designs. I bought it from the Cooking time website where it is called a Let's Make Dolphin/Heart Shaped Sandwich Cutter. It cost me £3.75 which I didn't think was too bad and I also picked up some other shapes at the same time.
The cutter is made of a basic plastic and has two dolphins shapes to it. The dolphins are positioned head to tail and in the middle of the dolphins is a heart shape. I think they sort of added this to put something in the middle of the dolphins but it is a clever use of the plastic shape and then quite cute to have a heart shape too.
The cutter is simple and easy to use. You basically make a sandwich as you regularly would and then you place this cutter over the top of it and press down. The whole cutter is plastic, the ends touching the sandwich a bit thinner than the plastic at the top so it cuts into the bread whereas the top of the cutter will not press into your hands when you apply force. You do need to press down fairly firmly and make sure you only do this once otherwise the cutter will move and you end up with funny looking dolphins.
The dolphins come out well although sometimes they do look a bit funny and not necessarily like a nice fluid shape of a dolphin. There is a bit of wastage either side of the dolphin but then my little girl only eats small amount of sandwich anyway so this is perfect for her and a fun way of making her lunch.
=== The product ===
This is a plastic sandwich cutter from Kitchen Craft.
=== How to use ===
To use this simple make your sandwich or place your bread together and then press this cutter down. You will be left with crustless sandwiches that are in the shape of two dolphins with a heart shaped piece in the middle.
=== Price ===
This can be purchased from numerous stockists and mine came from Amazon for around £2.50 several months ago.
=== Overall opinion ===
I have many nieces and nephews, 9 currently infact, and because of this I often have visitors to my home on my days off work. I love this, don't get me wrong, but sometimes children can be so fussy and hard to cater for! That is the reason why I keep looks of different shaped sandwich cutters in the house. Sandwiches are always easy to make and I generally have something that any fussy child will eat in the house and thus I like to make sandwiches quite a lot!
This is an ideal sandwich cutter for children to use as it does not have sharp edges and is nice and smooth so there is no danger of little ones injuring themselves. This cuts through bread well, even two thick slices, and leaves lovely dolphin shaped sandwiches that are a hit, in particular, with my nieces. The blue is a nice colour and this means that I can even use it on the boys sandwiches if I am making a few in one go. There is a little heart in the middle too that is a cute touch, particularly if I make my husband some sandwiches with one of these.
The best thing about these sandwich cutters is that with a standard slice of bread there is not much wastage. I like to know that while I am not encouraging the children to eat crusts that they don't want to eat anyway that they are not going to waste so I usually just freeze in a bag for making breadcrumbs, however, there is minimal left over with this anyway!
These cutters are straight forward to use, wash and store and even children can use them if they want to. These help me to encourage my nieces and nephews to eat something reasonably healthy when they visit my house and I have even used these to cut some lettuce in the past for a fun twist on a salad and it was well received although not quite as good an effect.
I was pleased enough with the price as I feel that this is reasonable for a product that is going to last a while and do me with the new 'round' of new nieces and nephews.
It is officially known throughout my family that I can't help but spoil my niece. I only buy little cheap things that make her smile but I always have a little something waiting for her when we babysit. She stayed with us during the school holidays recently and was firmly told by her one lunch time that she will not eat the hard bits of sandwiches. We found this out when we tried to give her a ham sandwich and she looked at it rather oddly.
She is very cute my niece and I could see she was trying to be polite as she put her head to one side and moved the sandwich around. I asked her if she didn't like ham anymore, but she said no, and that the problem was the 'hard bits'. Fine, I thought so I went a cut them off, job done. After about half an hour she has still only managed to get through one quarter of the sandwich. (It was cut into squares) and she didn't want anymore. I knew she was hungry but I believe she just got bored of sandwiches.
** Kitchen Craft Dolphin Sandwich Cutter **
I was browsing Amazon one day, looking for something completely unrelated and came across this sandwich cutter in the shape of 2 Dolphins and a heart in the middle. I knew we were looking after my niece again in a week or thereabouts, so I decided to pop in it my basket and check out! It cost me £2.50 which was pretty cheap and I thought at the very least it will keep my niece amused.
When it arrived I was impressed by just how firm it was. It was a nice shade of sea blue to match the dolphins and there were no sharp edges. I did wonder if it would go through the bread but I had no problems. So back to my nieces ham sandwich. This time I decided to explain I had some special sandwiches for her. I pressed the cutter firmly on top of the bread and pushed it straight through. I shuffled it a little to make sure it has cut though and then easily lifted off the cutter. I had to pretty decent dolphin shapes and a nice little heart in the middle. (This was good because my niece thought she had 3 sandwiches!)
My niece was impressed and quite excited about her special sandwiches, plus she ate them all. She did take her time but I think she decided which bit of the dolphin she would eat first! She requested that her school sandwiches were made the same way so she ended up taking the sandwich cutter home with her, which shows it's a winner.
There wasn't much wastage in terms of left over bread. Just the crusts and a little outside of the shapes. But, that is what my niece wouldn't eat anyway. The cutters were easy to wash and are dishwasher safe.
Since the Dolphins have arrived I have looked to see if they have any more designs as I am thinking of putting one in my nieces stocking. There is a pretty, red, butterfly shaped cutter which is definitely on the list and a dinosaur shaped one, but that isn't really for my niece.
** RECOMMENDATION **
This is a cheap trick to add a bit of excitement to boring sandwiches and great for fussy eaters. Even for little parties it would add a touch of delight and interest. You can get the kids involved by letting them help push the shaper through the bread and there are no sharp edges to worry about.
Also worth a mention is that it can be used for more than just sandwiches. Toast can be made into Dolphins and it can also be used as a cookie cutter.
Overall, a nice little product that was definitely a good impulse buy.
Since having my own flat, I have become a big kid when it comes to kitchen accessories and gadgets etc. I love buying weird, random things that I will probably only use once or twice. Something I came across recently was sandwich cutters in the shape of dolphins. Ok, I know these are really for children to make eating more fun but hey, if I want to eat dolphin shaped sandwiches at 25, I will. My flatmates actually think it's pretty funny.
The sandwich cutter itself is made from blue plastic and obviously in the shape of dolphins. There is one dolphin on each side with a small heart shaped hole in the middle which separates them. The edges of the cutter aren't sharp at all so in order to cut the bread, you will need to use a fair bit of force. The cutter fits nicely into a normal sized sandwich (without cutting it in half) and due to it fitting inside, it does take off the crusts which is a nice bonus for children.
The first time I used this, I got a little frustrated. At the ends of the cutter are the tails and fins of the dolphins and because of the shape, the bread is a little tricky to remove. I know these are really meant for children and because of the edges which aren't sharp, I can see kids wanting to cut their own bread. If this is the case, I think children will have a bit of difficulty getting their sandwiches out of the cutter in one piece. Unfortunately, there isn't really a way that this cutter could have been made better unless it were bigger and then it wouldn't fit in a sandwich properly.
Another good thing about this product is how easily it can be cleaned. I don't have a dishwasher so I have to hand wash everything but this is done with no trouble at all. It only takes a quick wipe around with a cloth that has been in normal washing up water and it will be lovely and clean again. I have found that not much really sticks to the plastic and if it does, like a sauce for example, it is easily removed.
Although this is technically a sandwich cutter, it can also be used for other things like cookies which is a nice bonus really. Right now, this can be found on Amazon for 1p unlike the other sandwich cutters in the range which are more expensive.
This is a simple but genius invention! Very useful for children who aren't fond of eating sandwiches and brings a lot more fun to lunchtimes and lunch boxes.
I brought the Kitchen Craft Dolphin Shaped Sandwich Cutter mainly because my daughter was starting school and wanted packed lunches, but wasn't overly keen on eating sandwiches! I've been using it for a few months now and my daughter usually eats all of her sandwiches, whereas she ate just a small bite out of each sandwich when I cut them into triangles or squares. I'm not sure why she's happy to eat dolphin shaped sandwiches and not normal shaped sandwiches - I guess it's just the novelty/different/fun/cute aspect - whatever it is, it works!
The cutter is a blue colour, is made of plastic and is easy to clean. It is a good size and leaves little waste. It takes up most of the space of an average sized slice of bread and removes the crusts which is handy for me as my daughter refuses to eat it.
It's very easy to use and cuts through medium sliced bread with ease. It also cuts through thick bread easily enough, although I usually have to turn it over and give it a little extra push to ensure it cuts all the way through. I've had no problems with sandwich fillings falling out either. It can also be used as a toast stamper and cookie cutter.
I brought the Kitchen Craft Dolphin Cutter from Amazon for just £2.50, plus free shipping. To be honest I didn't think this sandwich cutter was going to be much use, mainly due to the low price, but it's brilliant quality - very solid, tough and sharp (not sharp enough to be dangerous though).
I also like the fact that you get 3 shapes with this sandwich cutter that you don't get with the other Kitchen Craft cutters (2 dolphins and 1 heart). Other Kitchen Craft Sandwich Cutters include dinosaurs, hearts and butterflies.
I'm happy to recommend.
Some time ago, Azana wrote a review on the Dino sandwich cutter, and I fell in love with it just from the picture, and decided that I was going to buy one whether it was any good or not . Luckily, she gave it the full 5 stars, so off I trotted to Lakeland to buy myself one, only to find my local store didn't have any in stock. However, the lady working in the shop told me of another shop that sold similar products. She didn't think they had the dinosaur, but she was sure they had some dolphins .
I went to take a look, and decided I would happily give this pair of frolicking sea beasts a home!Measuring about 11x11cm, this cutter is made of fairly thin blue plastic, and is rather squarish in shape. You can clearly see the shape of the two dolphins, and the designers have even managed to cleverly work in a heart to use up some of the spare bread.
This cuts through bread easily, though I would say it works best with ordinary white or wholemeal - those slightly softer loaves with nuts and seeds in tend to fall apart. It just takes one firm push, and a little gentle prodding to get the dolpins out of the cutter, and there aren't too many fiddly thin bits. Despite going through bread well, there are no sharp edges where a child could hurt themselves.
You're left with small but perfectly formed little sandwiches, that seem to almost taste better because of the fun shape. Using a standard loaf, there is very little wastage, and of course the spare crusts can be used to feed the birds, or turned into breadcrumbs and used to thicken up sauces. The larger loaves do leave more wasted bread.
Washing this is very easy - a quick swish in hot soapy water and it's as good as new. The cutter does seem like it might be quite flimsy, but does come with a one year guarantee, which is reassuring.
You can purchase this online - the cheapest I have found is £2.50 from Amazon with free delivery, which I think is excellent value for money. I still plan on getting the dinosaur version at some point, but I'm delighted with my dolphins!