Now that the gears of the industrialised food industry have completely ground to a halt, people are having to get creative if they want to enjoy their favourite snacks. The deluge of replica KFC recipes and bread baking tips is proof positive that closed restaurants are no obstacle to tasty treats.
However, if you too want to enjoy your favourite foodie indulgences, but have the cooking capability of a drunk toddler, there are more hands-off alternatives available.
The latest in a long line of probably pointless but undeniably awesome cooking gadgets, astute internet shoppers have identified the only machine that a doughnut-lover could need to survive lockdown. Made by kitchenware specialist “Nostalgia” and currently listed on Amazon, the “Automatic Mini Donut Factory” is the ideal treat for anyone who misses both sweet pastries and the oblique factory feel of modern capitalism. In other words, a win-win.
Check out our recipe for Glazed Chocolate Donuts:
According to the product description, the Mini Donut Factory is an all-in-one answer to closed Krispy Kreme and Dunkin stores up and down the country. As is explained in the bio, the machine “Makes up to 30 donuts per batch,” and features:
“Dough dispensing mechanism creates the perfect sized mini donut; Stainless steel spatulas turn and delivers donuts to the dispensing chute; Includes drip tray to change oil after each use; Safety guard lids keeps hands away from hot oil; Automatic dough dispenser creates perfect orbital donuts; Conveyor pulls donut dough through heated oil; Flipping mechanism automatically flips donut for even cooking; Easy-view window to watch donuts cook; Finished donuts are dispensed from the donut slide into a convenient bin; Includes measuring cup, doughnut bin and magnetic safety power cord; (and) Easy to clean drainage pan.”
Despite, or perhaps because of, the promises pledged by the packaging, reaction to the Mini Donut Factory has been fairly mixed. Although 30% of customers have awarded the product a perfect five stars out of five, 29% left fairly angry single star eviscerations of the machine. Still, surely even a one-star doughnut is preferable to months of pastry-free lockdown.