pancakes: the next generation

14 Feb

Batter Blaster: Ready..Aim..Pancake

While shopping at Pusateri’s in Yorkville, I came across an interesting new product: spray-on pancake batter entitled Batter Blaster. Is it an idea that should have been aborted in the first trimester, or the result of a stroke of genius? There was only one way to find out. The hefty price tag of $6.99 for 23 four-inch pancakes made me hesitant, but the seductive persuasion of the saleswoman made me buy. In terms of convenience, Batter Blaster definitely excels. You can go from zero to pancake with the help of a pan, a heat source, and enough hand-eye coordination to force the batter into a pancake-like shape. “No cleanup required” True dat…almost: you still need to wash the pan.

Is it healthy? The can displays the USDA Organic logo, so the product aims to be. But really, it’s pancakes, so who cares? How does it taste, is the more important question. In terms of texture, the pancakes are slightly chewy and doughy with a hint of coarser-grain flour than what you’d normally expect. Sweetness is not a main component of the pancakes’ taste, and saltiness is subtle, yet noticeable. If you think about it, you can notice something resembling molasses or brown sugar. And, if you’re high, you can definitely smell the oak barrel in which the pancakes fermented. The verdict? The Batter Blaster is neat, and sometimes necessary, but ultimately not worth the price.

The final solution to the pancake problem?


2 Responses to “pancakes: the next generation”

  1. Andriy Nazar February 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm #


    I don’t like the references to abortions. Unless what you’re alluding to is the use of still-borns as a main ingredient in the Banana Blaster, or whatever

  2. d February 15, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    no food review is complete without an abortion reference (e.g., the mcribs tasted ‘just off the coathanger’ fresh). fab review!

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