Get the syrup ready.

By Kaitlyn Yarborough
September 04, 2020
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When the waffle maker appears on the kitchen counter, you know it’s going to be a good morning. Because when the waffle maker’s out, things are going to happen. Special things. It’s not a running-out-of-the-house bowl of cereal type of morning, or even a run-of-the-mill scrambled egg type of morning. It’s a waffle topped with syrup and all the whipped cream kind of morning. Special. 

Whether you grew up with Saturday morning waffles or have yet to start the tradition, Amazon shoppers are here, chanting and screaming, in over 54,000 reviews that there is one waffle maker that is reason enough to stock up on butter, berries, and bacon (hey, you need a side dish!) while waiting for your new purchase to come in the mail, leaving clouds of powdered sugar in its wake. Say hello to the Dash Mini Waffle Maker

With the Mini Maker ringing it at just $9.99, it is hard to find a reason not to make the splurge, especially considering the impressive ratio of shoppers writing in rave five-star reviews: around 44,500 of the over 54,000 total. The miniature waffle maker is not too much larger than the span of your hand, and it heats up in just three minutes to make all sorts of different goodies other than classic waffles, such as paninis, hash browns, and even omelettes. Another appealing feature is the size of the actual waffle iron, which turns out perfectly petite waffles slightly larger than an Eggo. When trying to portion control or feeding young ones, one or two makes a great nosh; while a delicious stack of them makes for a special weekend smorgasbord. 

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Perhaps the most exciting option? You can choose a Mini Maker that is shaped for the season, like the heart-shaped Mini Maker for Valentine’s Day, the pumpkin-shaped one for autumn, the skull-shaped one for Halloween, and the pineapple-pressed one for all things summer. 

Looking at shoppers’ photos in the review section, you’ll see all sorts of creations, including variations of waffles that’ll make you drool—hello, cinnamon roll waffles and pepperoni pizza waffles—along with tips and tricks for how to make the most of the Dash Mini Maker. One shopper sums up the general consensus: “I had no idea what a waffle maker could do for my life...Within one day I had more waffles than I have had in a year. Now I have them all the time.” Tempting? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. 

For any wannabe wafflers out there, we suggest starting with our Classic Belgian Waffles, autumnal Sweet Potato Waffles, or pairing with one of these fried chicken recipes for authentic chicken and waffles. (Shop the Dash Mini Maker: $9.99; amazon.com)

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Now if you just throw a sheet pan of bacon into the oven and get a berry syrup going on the stovetop, you’ve got a right feast on your hands.