Magazine article Newsweek

The Fondoodler Cheese Gun Is the Gift You Need This Year; There Is No Reason Why a Hot Glue Gun for Cheese Shouldn't Exist

Magazine article Newsweek

The Fondoodler Cheese Gun Is the Gift You Need This Year; There Is No Reason Why a Hot Glue Gun for Cheese Shouldn't Exist

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Byline: Marissa Rothkopf Bates

The Fondoodler sounds like a sex toy for circus clowns, and it promises some carnal pleasure and a few laughs.

It also promises warm, gooey cheese.

After five minutes alone with the Fondoodler, a handheld machine that is able to melt cheese at the touch of a button, I knew I'd found my kitchen gadget of the year.

Its inventors, Lucas Lappe and Avi Bajpai, came up with the idea after they used a hot glue gun and wisely wondered, Why doesn't this exist for cheese?

With the Fondoodler, I dripped melted rivulets of cheese onto anything edible--and a few things that aren't. I personalized nachos with just the right amount of cheese and attempted to write my name in Monterey Jack. Gingerbread houses are passe with the Fondoodler in my kitchen--I'd rather eat saltine huts. In addition, this gadget helped me appreciate that melted processed cheese, aside from being delicious, has properties similar to cement.

In a year dominated by technology-heavy food gadgets, the Fondoodler stands out for its simplicity. It doesn't need a Wi-Fi connection. There isn't an app. It's connected to nothing, and my Nest can't turn it on. There is a website, but even that's pretty basic.

The Fondoodler will be used about as often as most other kitchen drawer gadgets, such as the strawberry huller or cupcake corer, but your usage rate will increase if you have someone under the age of 17 in the house, who will get endless amounts of joy squeezing squiggles of gooey cheese onto crackers, tortilla chips, slices of salami and, inevitably, the dog. …

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