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My boyfriend loves his eggs in the morning and I wanted some fun things to buy him for Christmas. When I saw the Paladone Soldier Egg Cup and Toast Cutter on Amazon, I knew that I had to get it for him. At the minute, this can be found on Amazon for various prices ranging from £6-£8ish. For the price, this does make a nice little stocking filler and not just for a Christmas present. It would also do really well as a present for any occasion.
Paladone describe the product as: 'This smart guardsman holds your egg under his hat and your spoon ready for action! There's also a clever toast cutter that literally makes soldiers to dip into the egg - yummy!'
The product comes in quite a nice display box. The box is made from cardboard and has the Union Jack flag printed on it. On the front, there is a large part of the box cut out and covered with plastic which makes it possible to see the product inside. On the left hand of the box, there is a picture of a soldier already cut out of bread being dipped into an egg. I really liked the packaging to this product as it was fun and bright, making it stand out.
Inside the box you get one egg cup in the shape of a soldier, along with a black hat for it. The soldier is also holding a small red spoon. Next to this is a red plastic template with the shapes of three soldiers cut out. The egg cup looks really nice and is super cute and this was something my boyfriend really appreciated. However, the egg cup is only big enough for either small or medium eggs and you will have trouble getting a large egg to fit in it well. The black hat also sits on well before you break the egg which helps to keep it warm.
The problem with this product comes with the soldier cutter. The cutter is made out of a really cheap plastic and the bottom side is not very sharp. We like to use quite thick bread for toast and it took some work to make this cut anything out of it. However, after a few attempts, we realised that if you really put some pressure on the cutter and wiggle it around a little bit, it cuts the toast much easier. As the cutting of the toast is not great, this would be a bit of a struggle for children to do on their own, and I'm sure that is who this product is aimed at.
Even with the problems that this product has, we both love it but mainly because it is so nice looking.
My son is really quite adventurous with his food which we employ really, we are more than happy for him to try different things all the time.
For Christmas his Nanna and pops bought him this soldier and egg cup set, £6 from BHS. At first he thought it was a toy, could not quite understand what it was all about. The Box is labelled Soldier Egg set and is Black and Red in colour. Im assuming he thought it was a soldier play set.
Inside this plastic coated cardboard box, is a toast stencil/cutter and an egg cup with spoon.
The egg cup is a soldier, the base being his face, body and feet, and the lid, his proud black headpiece. The soldier is wearing red, and is holding his left hand out to hold a small red plastic spoon, which clips on with a hole and button method.
The 'stencil'/cutter is made of plastic and is red in colour, and about an inch to 2inches deep. If you look carefully you can see 3 soldiers within the stencil, the idea being that you punch through either bread or toast leaving 3 soldiers to dip in the egg.
My son thought this was fantastic the first time we did it, but we used bread. When we tried with toast, this proved a little more difficult and sadly his 3 soldiers had amputated legs as we struggled to get them out whole. This did not detract from the 'experience' though and he loved dipping these soldiers into his egg.
I will say that you will waste a fair bit of bread doing it this way, as due to the cutter there ia bit of wastage, but then i dont give him his 'dippy egg and soldiers' everyday, and it is certainly a novelty.
The spoon that comes witht the set is on the small side, but to be fair, with little hands trying to out it into an egg on his own, it is perfect really!
As i have already said, i am lucky in that my son will pretty much eat anything, but if you were struggling to get your little one to try different things, this would be a great way of introducing this fine breakfast delight.
IN summary, i think it is a very reasonably priced product and delivers what it sets out to do. The items are easily cleaned, but due to being plastic, i would be wary of sticking them through the dishwasher.
A funstart to the day! And treats for the dogs too, in the way of crusts!!