“ Also known to those in the industry as the infamous Disney 4-slice Waffle Maker (WM804) „
My daughter loves cooking and seeing the finished product. She already had a Dora toastie maker which I am surprised is still working as it has been used so much!
So when I seen this in Currys a few years ago I thought I would pick it up because a) it was reduced to around £8 and b) my daughter birthday was coming up and I thought this would make a wonderful surprise for her birthday morning.
When I got the box I was actually surprised by how heavy it was. I expected the machine to be quite cheaply made for the price however I have found it to be above average quality.
On looking at it, it is shiny chrome and red (unlike the black in the picture here) It has strong hinges and a hard plastic clip to hold the waffle maker closed. It has a picture of Mickey Mouse etched into the top. There is a light situated above Mickeys head that goes red when you plug it in and switch it on. When the waffle maker is at ideal temperature the light goes out.
This waffle maker came with a small instruction booklet containing 4 basic waffle recipes. As my daughter loves having pancakes for breakfast, I am used to making up batters and have always found it much easier to prepare the batter mix the night before and put it into a jug ready to pour in the the pan/waffle maker when required. The mixture is simple for even a child of 5 to make.
First we had to wipe the non-stick plates with a damp cloth. Then the waffle maker took around 5 minutes to heat on her birthday morning and we poured the batter into the 4 Mickey Mouse moulds. My daughter was a little heavy handed and we had a slight over flow but it was easily mopped up. I made sure I was the one that cleaned it up as the maker gets extremely hot.
The waffles only took around 4 minutes to cook and they were beautifully sweet and tasty. The browned on both sides and were eaten before I could sit down so I made another batch. This time I didnt fill the moulds as much so they didnt spill over but they didnt brown as well on the top. Through trial and error we have discovered you have to fill them as high as possible.
The machine cooled down quickly when switched off and before closing I would recommend wiping it over to clean both inside and out as it is much easier when to clean when it is still warm. Just use a cloth with warm, soapy water as a scourer can damage the non stick coating.
It is fairly easy to then wrap the cord around the bottom before putting it back in the box for next time.
Overall an excellent purchase and a great way to get the kids eating something different. My daughter is so inventive with toppings from plain grated cheese - to maple syrup with ice cream or homemade fruit salad.
I was staying at my friend's house and saw a really lovely Hello Kitty Waffle Maker I was sure would please my little sister, I mentioned it when I next saw her and she looked dead into my eyes and told me what a horrifying thought it is to eat Hello Kitty! So I was extremely baffled when an auntie gave us the Kenwood Disney Waffle Marker, my sister was absolutely delighted and wished to try it out right that moment.
*Quality of Product*
The waffle maker has a mickey mouse embossed in the middle of its chrome surface and hard plastic for edges and handle, the actual waffle making part comprises of 2 black non-stick hot plates with concaved mickey mouse designs; overall the product is solidly well made but the handle and outer part of the machine do become fairly hot when in use, so be careful if you plan on letting your children take charge! It comes in Red or Black (colour of the plastic parts) and could potentially make 4 Mickey Mouse shaped waffles all at once. A recipe booklet comes with the waffle maker, from which we have only tried the traditional waffle recipe which makes about 16 very yummy waffles (do half the recipe if so wished). If using the recipe provided, do absolutely allow the waffle mix to stand for a good 60 minutes before using, and fill the mickey shapes to almost their maximum capacity, or you might get a pale looking and slightly deformed mickey.
I find the waffle maker to be easy to use and clean (wait for the machine to cool down before washing!), the non-stick surface works well and cooks the waffles in roughly 3 minutes, but we think it does need a thin spray of oil when first used.
*Value for money*
The waffle maker has a retail price of £30 pounds, in terms of value for money I would think for such an inessential kitchen appliance it is too expensive, a quick look on Amazon says Andrew James Belgian Waffle Maker is now half price (£49.95to £24.95) and there are lots of cheaper options around as well, so it boils down to how often you will use it because obviously the more often the better value for money, how important it is to have mickey shaped waffles instead of standard ones, and, if a waffle maker is really something you want? (For about the same amount of money, at £27.99 you can buy a Kenwood 4 Slice Sandwich Toaster)
It does put a very big grin on my little sister's face whenever we use the machine and it does make some delicious waffles. So if pleasing children with homemade waffles is your goal, then this is most certainly useful. A last note would be the waffle maker is quite large in size so if you have only limited kitchen storage you might find this to be a waste of space for most of the days when it is not used.
What will they think of next? I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the Mickey Mouse waffle maker on the shelf at Currys- can I really eat Mickey Mouse's head for breakfast? With my sister's birthday around the corner I thought it would be the perfect joke present for her, and at just under £5 it cost less than the organic maple syrup to go on the waffles themselves!
So, we are now the surprisingly proud owners of a red and chrome piece of Disney madness. The machine itself is quite large (30cm by 25cm) and consists of two non-stick plates, with 4 imprints of Mickey's head on to pour the batter into. The cable for the machine is 1 metre long and I would recommend that you make full use of this so as to keep it out of reach of children if they might be tempted to touch the machine whilst it's cooking. I say this because as pretty and shiny as the chrome may be, it gets very hot when it has been heated; so much so that it actually melted the plastic handle of another kitchen appliance I had left touching it.
Another aspect that is slightly questionable in terms of its suitability for children is that one of the recipes included in the leaflet contains alcohol! I realise that cooking with alcohol is very different to drinking it, but it's the principle of the matter that slightly shocked me.
However, the machine can cook tasty waffles in less than 5 minutes, although we have yet to perfect the art of getting them to brown evenly on top and bottom. I think adding a little more baking powder would ensure the top of the waffle reaches the top plate where it can be cooked as well as the bottom of the waffle is.
Overall, the novelty value of this product never ceases to make me smile. But I would be very careful if young children were using it unattended, and a traditional shaped mould might be more reliable at producing an evenly cooked waffle.
My daughter, Erin, is now 11 and turning into quite the young lady. She loves to "help" me in the kitchen when I'm making the tea, she loves setting the table and washing the dishes and trying to help me cook, although this can sometimes be more of a hindrance! But I don't like to discourage her. For her Christmas I wanted to get her something of her own for the kitchen, something we could use together but that ultimately would be her first real kitchen appliance. She has recently discovered sweet waffles, which she loves toasted and spread with butter, so I thought a waffle maker would be the perfect gift.
I had a look at quite a few different ones but most of them were multipurpose ones, making not only waffles, but doughnuts and toasted sandwiches as well, but I just wanted a plain and simple waffle maker. This was when I came across the Disney Waffle maker. I happened to notice it in Currys, where it was half price, reduced from £19.99 to £9.99. This looked great, a real working kitchen appliance but with a bit of fun about it and at a great bargain price too.
==A Bit About the Waffle Maker==
The waffle maker itself is approximately 13.5" x 10" x 4" in size. The top hinged area and the bottom handle area are both in sturdy plastic and the middle section is in a really eye-catching shiny chrome with the outline of Mickey Mouse embossed in the middle. Along with the waffle maker there was a simple to follow instruction manual, which included 4 different simple batter recipes - Traditional Waffles, Lemon Sponge Waffles, Vanilla Waffles and Cheese Waffles. The inside of the waffle maker comprises of 2 black non-stick hot plates featuring 4 Mickey Mouse head shapes with indents for his facial features. All looks great but what will the results be like?
==Making the Waffles==
We have only tried the traditional waffle recipe, which is simple and easy to make and should be left to stand for at least an hour before cooking. I have found that if Erin wants waffles for breakfast, it is best to make up the batter mix the night before and just leave it in the fridge over night ready to use in the morning, this saves a lot of time! Before your first use the plates of the waffle maker should be wiped over with a damp cloth, just to ensure they are clean. Once the mix is ready you should turn the waffle maker on. There is a little red light on the top of the chrome panel, this will light up as soon as the power is switched on and it will go out once the hot plates have reached the required temperature. The mixture should then be poured into each of the 4 Mickey Mouse faces. I found it easiest to put the batter mix into a jug for this part, we did initially try spooning the mixture from a bowl, but this was too messy and by the time we had reached the last waffle the first one was almost ready. Using a jug helps to carefully manoeuvre the mixture into each face and can also be done much quicker, we also found it much easier for Erin to do this way. Care should be taken not to spill onto the sides of the plates, although if this is done, it is very easily wiped clean when the plates have cooled. Each face should be filled as full as possible, I found that if they weren't quite full then the mixture didn't quite seem to reach the top plate when closed, producing a waffle with one brown side and one pale side. If you do manage to fill each face to capacity this seems to produce a more evenly cooked, crispier waffle. Once each face is filled as full as you can manage then the waffle maker should be closed and there is a little snap clip on the handle to hold the plates together tightly. After 3-4 minutes (the suggested cooking time) the waffles should be ready to eat!
The results were wonderful! Although the waffles only take between 3-4 minutes to cook, this seemed like and eternity to us! The waffles we first made I didn't quite fill the faces to capacity so were brown and crispy on one side and quite soft on the other side, but still tasted wonderful. Once we had mastered the filling of each face to capacity we were then producing evenly browned crispy on the outside and soft on the inside waffles. Most of these waffles were eaten immediately after leaving the hot plates, with my whole family standing patiently waiting for the next batch to be ready; they were then snapped up and spread with butter. Oh they tasted wonderful with melted butter dripping down our fingers. Butter wasn't enough for my son though; he got out the ice cream, blueberries and maple syrup and made a small feast from his. Almost all of the waffles were eaten immediately after cooking but there were a couple left, which were eaten a couple of hours later, they were still very tasty but had lost there crispiness and had a more chewy texture. After use once cool the hot plates are very easily wiped clean.
Was this a good buy? In a word yes. It was simple and easy to use producing great tasting (and fattening!) waffles. Erin was able to help make the waffles herself, although I wouldn't leave her to do it on her own. I liked how quickly the waffles cooked and how easily the waffle maker was cleaned after use. I liked the look of the waffle maker with the shiny chrome plate, although I did feel it got quite hot during the cooking process, not too hot for me to touch but perhaps could be hot enough to burn little hands, but as with all kitchen appliances, care should always be taken during use. Overall I would definitely recommend this product as a fun and tasty addition to anyone's kitchen. My only wish would be that someone can now come up with a low calorie, low fat recipe for waffles!
Many thanks for reading.
What a great idea when making this.
Make lunch with a difference, mickey mouse waffles.
The children will want more.
Makes 4 mickey's at once.
It comes with a recipe book as well which is really handy to have around. But if your not adventrous the simple waffle recipe is perfect, and it takes around 7 minutes to put mixture together and pop into waffle maker, wait and done.
I find the only fault with this is it could have done with having ethier more mickey spaces or the 4 mickeys should have been bigger.
Its a good novelty in the kitchen, gives out a bit of fun on the worktop.
At £29.99 its a great buy, money well spent, now the children eat with a smile.
It comes in 2 different colours depending on where you buy it from.
Red and silver or Black and silver. Both have Mickey's picture engraved into the silver lid.
Has a lid fastner, but doesnt tell you when ready, you have to stay with it.
I make waffles and fun mickey toasties as well. When I say toasties, I do use the waffle maker for toasties and these are really good too.
Cleaning the product is excellent, just wipe and your clean. It is non stick so this does help the cleaning stay low.
The wire and plug are not to long, so if you want to keep this on the worktop then there is no wires hanging around.
I received my Disney Waffle maker for my birthday last December, i loved it.
Priced at £29.99 from Argos this is an ideal gift for any Disney fan like myself. While on holiday at Disney world they did Mickey mouse waffles for breakfast which myself and children loved, when they brought this waffle maker on the market it was a must have for me, along with the other mickey mouse appliances.
The Waffle maker is by Kenwood and makes 4 mickey mouse shaped waffles. The maker comes with recipes and a quick guide. I only make the basic waffles which are very simple to make. You simply just pore the mixture into the shapes up to the level mark and close the lid, in 5 minutes approx they are cooked and ready to eat. The waffles come out easy using a wooden spatula.
The best bit is then cleaning, all you need to do is give a quick wipe over and its clean, because of the none stick surface everything comes off easily. This is one of the best appliances i have when it comes to cleaning.
This item is very big and will take up space when storing but i think its worth the money, my children love it. Trying to find a more healthy recipe now i am doing slimming world. Oh and also mine is red instead of black with i like better.
Short name: Kenwood Disney