Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide – Day 19
We pride ourselves on having a well equipped kitchen with all the gadgets and gizmos you could ever need, but every once in a while even we are surprised when we find we’ve been missing something so obvious in our collection. Recently, we had a Drosselmeyer Nutcracker arrive at our door and I don’t think any of us were prepared for the impact it would have on our kitchen.
While we are always up for some almonds or cashews for a quick snack, until recently we didn’t realize how addictive fresh nuts can be. Perhaps I should clarify that our well equipped kitchen has actually held plenty of nutcrackers before – beautifully designed nutcrackers and nutcrackers that just beg you to play with them to see how they work – we’ve never had one that actually worked. While yes, they technically cracked nuts as per their definition, they either required too much effort or left such a mess that we quickly realized they lacked the elegance their design implied, and therefore they never got used.
The Drosselmeyer Nutcracker however, manages to combine form and function so well that since the day it arrived it actually has never been put away. Since my wife hates a cluttered kitchen, it is the rare gadget that either works or looks good enough to earn a spot out on our countertops, yet this nutcracker has succeeded on both fronts.
In terms of eye catching design, this thing just begs to be picked up. In fact, at a recent get together, I really think every single guest picked the Drosselmeyer Nutcracker up to check it out at one time or another. And, once the guests began testing it, a few of them joked about it ending up back at their houses. These threats of thievery stem from the fact that not only is it very sleek and interesting-looking, but it just works so well.
In terms of design, it's just about as simple of a nutcrcker as we have ever seen. The basic shape is that of a heavy-duty funnel-esque cylinder and it has a handle on one side. To use it, you simply drop in any sized nut, squeeze the handle and that’s it. The funnel shape means there is no lining up the nut in a specific spot, it just falls in as far as it will go, in whatever direction it fits. The best part is that the cylinder is closed at the bottom so as you break the nut apart all the pieces are contained within, minimizing any mess.
But, not only is it pretty and practical, it's also incredibly easy to use, too. The handle on the side is cantilevered against a bar inside the funnel that actually breaks the nut, which means you get extra strength in each squeeze through the magic of science. In fact, it is so easy that our three year old daughter has mastered it and hasn’t come across a single nut she couldn’t get into. We find her multiple times a day up at the counter cracking away with a smile on her face, and when she sees us watching she just smiles and says; “I’m good at shells.”
After seeing how much our whole family has taken to the Drosselmeyer Nutcracker and how big of a hit it was at our last party, we would highly recommend them for gifts for the hard to buy on your list. Not only are the Drosselmeyer Nutcrackers an interesting conversation pieces, they are also practical, pretty, and fun to use, which makes them one of our favorite new accessories for 2011. In fact, we have a second Drosselmeyer Nutcracker on our list this year because cracking nuts has become such a family activity that we need a second!
For more info, videos, and how to buy, please visit drosselmeyer.com
A big thank you to Drosselmeyer Nutcrackers for sending a sample to try out and for providing the giveaway to our fabulous readers. All opinions are 100% ours and no form of monetary compensation was received in exchange for this very Rave Review.