As a kid, waffles were a special breakfast prepared by dad. (For some reason, the waffle iron fell under dad’s domain) We got a waffle iron early in our marriage which didn’t work very well and, eventually, we dumped it into a rummage sale. We remained waffle-less for many years – excepting frozen waffles which are, quite frankly, not the same! Several years ago, we got a new waffle iron – I can’t remember the brand name, but it was the round kind that you filled and flipped – just like at the Holiday Inn free breakfast. We used it for less than a year before one side decided to stop working. And cooking just one side of a waffle was…inadequate for a satisfactory waffle experience. We tucked the machine up in the attic with the intention of one day taking it to an appliance repair shop. Which we never did.
A couple of weeks ago, we were at Macy’s, bolstering the economy, and wandered through the “home” department. There is always a sale at Macy’s and that day was no exception. We looked at several waffle irons – including an even cheaper version of our “attic” waffle iron. And then we saw this one – the Calphalon No Peek Waffle Iron. It was a thing of beauty – sleek brushed chrome, a nice, twisty knob with lights and it was hefty.
Also, it was on sale. It was about $100 on sale, but we also had a gift card for $60 or so burning a hole in our pocket so we decided to give it a shot. When we got it home and unpacked it, it was disconcerting to find that it didn’t need to be “seasoned” or that the plates were not removable for cleaning. In fact, using any kind of oil or spray on the surface of the plates was highly discouraged. This is counter-intuitive because the main failure of waffle-making is having it stick to the waffle plates. Nifty features that I liked from the outset included the ability to lock the lid down and store it upright like a book and having a place on the bottom to wind and store the electrical cord. Storing it upright took a little more room than my old Better Homes and Garden Cookbook – which is wonderful in my “one-butt” kitchen.
We test drove the waffle iron the very next morning using a basic waffle recipe from one of my cookbooks. We wiped the plates down with a damp paper towel, preheated the iron until it played a delightful chime, loaded it up according to product instructions and made sure the setting was on “medium.” We waited again for the chime – not too long! – and opened it to find a perfectly baked, golden brown waffle that did not stick to the plates! Success! We learned that it should be closed immediately after removing the waffle so it can reheat for the next one – it was not specified in the instructions, so this was a trial and error moment. It doesn’t take long for it to reheat, so this is not a toe-tapping time waster. When we were finished making the waffles, we let it cool and wiped it down again, but there was very little residue to clean off. It is truly non-stick! We used a mix today for chocolate chip waffles to double-test the non-stick attributes and, again, very little to clean up and perfect waffles!
I highly recommend the Calphalon No Peek Waffle Iron – let’s give it 5 stars!
Disclaimer: I did not receive money, product or any other compensation for this review. I just really, really liked the product!