When I talk about gadgets, one question that always comes up is whether this is something you need to have in your kitchen. The followup question is whether there's some other tool that will do the job. I'm sure someone is about to ask those questions about this Puzzle Bites Sandwich Cutter ($3.99) from Mom Invented.
Let's get it out in the open: No one needs a device to cut their sandwich into puzzle-shaped pieces. No one.
But it's cute. If you've got kids, this is an easy and innocent way to make food a little more fun without resorting to creating sculptures from pancakes or carving vegetables into cartoon characters. This is something you can do if you have no artistic skills. It takes a second to cut the sandwich and you're done.
There are also cutters that will cut the sandwich on the diagonal, in four triangles, or in a heart-shape. They all remove the crust from the bread, if it's a standard-sized loaf. I thought the puzzle shape was the most interesting, and something that would be annoying to do with a knife. The other shapes might be useful if you need to cut a lot of sandwiches quickly and you wanted all the pieces exactly the same.
Although I'm not as rabid about unitaskers as some people are, I've got two words for you: cookie cutter. Think how cool it would be to cut puzzle pieces from different doughs and piece them together to make one big puzzle cookie. That's what I'll be doing when cookie season arrives.
About the author: Resident yeast whisperer and bread baking columnist Donna Currie also has a serious gadget habit. When her father-in-law heard about this column, he upgraded the nickname for her kitchen from "gadget world" to "gadget heaven." You can find her on her blog, Cookistry or follow her on Twitter at @dbcurrie.
Disclaimer: Testing samples were provided to Serious Eats.