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Time to have a side of FUN with your food. Here are some of the COOLEST kitchen toys, tools, and gadgetry worth trying... 
Magic Bullet Platinum Pro

This premium version of the original mini-blender is 40% stronger than its predecessor, making it SUPER-POWERFUL. It can pulverize everything from ice to Fiber One cereal. Seriously, this is worth the investment. If ours can stand up to all the crushing and grinding we put it through at the HG HQ, it'll work fine in your kitchen! Plus, it comes with a SLEW of fun and useful accessories: tall and short cups, shakers, steamers, and even a full-sized blender attachment for making big blended batches! GO, MAGIC BULLET PLATINUM PRO, GO!!!

 

Prepara Herb-Savor

Doesn't it seem like fresh herbs always go bad SECONDS after you put them into your fridge? This cool little container is built to extend the life of your dainty greens so they'll last as long as possible. Put the stems in the stem holes and water in the water compartment, snap it all together, and store it conveniently in the door of your fridge. It's super-easy. (Don't believe us? Watch the little video here.) As big enthusiasts of fresh basil (it makes practically everything taste better), we're super-psyched about this. P.S. It also works on ASPARAGUS.

 

Animal House Kitchen Gadgets

Not only are these some of the cutest and most fun kitchen tools around, but they're also reasonably priced and available at Target. Fantastic! And if by some chance there isn't a Target near you (we hear ya, Vermont!), or your local store doesn't carry your favorite li'l creature-shaped utensil, you can just order them online through Target's website. Because we should ALL be able to own a porcupine-shaped scrubber. (FYI: Even though the site says several varieties are only sold online, we've seen a bunch of those on the shelves at Target.)

 

Norpro Grip-EZ Aqua Scoop

Here's an idea: Instead of wrestling with your hard-as-a-rock ice cream or putting it in the microwave to soften it up (both of which happen here a LOT), shell out a few bucks for one of these. Just pour warm water into the handle, and the scoop should slide through your frozen dessert like (low-fat) butter. Then you can just EAT your ice cream instead of arm-wrestling with it. P.S. Check out all the cute colors it comes in!

 

KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Digital Timer

This is the actual timer we use every day in the HG kitchen (given to us by our buddy Debbie). We love that it is portable and pink, can be set for many hours (great for slow-cooker recipes!), and is very loud (there's NO ignoring this timer!). We also love that 10% of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Now THAT is money well spent.

 

Bodybugg Calorie Management System

We can't lie -- this one's an investment. But it is WORTH IT. Allow us to elaborate... If you want to know exactly how many calories you should be eating, knowing how many you're burning can be invaluable. This upper-arm-worn contraption tracks how many calories you burn each day AND allows you to track and compare online how many calories you're taking in. Its space-age sensors boast over 90% accuracy. This is a REALLY good tool for anyone who needs a little help with weight-loss and/or weight-management. We're pretty obsessed with these here at the HG HQ!

 


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