Playing with food is a no-no in our house but having fun with it while bonding in the kitchen is a definite yes for us. Sandwiches and fruit slices need not be the plain old square or triangle shaped snacks to nibble on. Moms and kids can transform their usual snacks into fun and colorful creations with the help of cookie cutters, molders and other bento tools. One child friendly set of tools that can pop some fun in your kitchen bonding activity is the Pop Chef shape cutters.
The Pop Chef is a 10 piece kit that includes 1 bulb for popping food out of the shaper, 6 shape cutters for creating fun snacks, 25 bamboo skewers for making food bouquets, and 1 recipe book for some culinary ideas. Parents may have to guide their kids at the start when attaching the cutters to the bulb. Once the cutters are attached already, the kids can press the cutters into their food and pop it out of the cutter by squeezing the bulb.
The cutters are made from plastic food grade materials so you don’t have to worry about accidental cuts. Since it is made of plastic there is a limit on the thickness and type of food that you can cut with it. We got through the cheese sandwich easily but had some difficulty cutting the ham sandwich. We also had to slice the apples into 1 inch thick slabs first so we can easily cut through it.
The bulb was supposed to help you pop out the food from the cutters but most of the time we had to use the skewers to pop them out. Maybe we just need to practice on it or discover the technique in popping the food. I would use my old cookie cutters and molders if it was just me preparing the snacks because that would be more efficient.
Even with its shortcomings, the Pop Chef still makes a fun tool when bonding with little kids. Attaching the bulb into the cutter can make them feel like a grown-up fiddling with tools. They don’t even mind if the food gets stuck on the cutter, they still like to squeeze the bulb and just poke the food with the skewers to get them out.