I'm not a big fan of infomercials, or even the "as seen on tv" commercials. But, I do tend to watch the commercials that sell kitchen items. There have actually been several items that I wish I could get, but didn't. One is that Xpress Ready-Set-Go Cooker. As I am surfin' through the channels and see that infomercial, I have to stop on it and watch for a bit. I really wanted one, but then I read several reviews and found that it isn't all it's cracked up to be.
I also like to watch the Slap Chopper commercial. More for the commercial than the product itself. I was at Walmart the other day and the girl at the checkout counter told me not to waste my money on one. She had bought one and it didn't work well at all.
I have to admit that I have bought a few As-seen-on-tv items. I have a Snuggie and I love it. It was a birthday gift. I have the can toppers that turn a soda can into a bottle. I like them too, but they are hard to get on and off.
Most recently, I bought the Perfect Brownie Pan Set. My husband and I had seen the commercial a few weeks ago and wondered if it was a good as it looked. Then, the lady who writes the recipe column in my local newspaper said she bought the set and really liked it. So, when I was at Walmart over the weekend, I saw they had it and I bought it. It was a little pricey at $19.95, but if it worked, I knew I would use it often and get my money's worth out of it. [Addendum 3/14/10, I saw a flyer from Big Lots yesterday that had this set for $7.00. If you have a Big Lots store close by, check there first before buying the pan elsewhere.}
I had already planned on making cornbread that night for supper and knew the commercial mentioned making cornbread in it. I am happy to report that the cornbread came out perfect. I didn't have to bake it as long as I would a normal pan of cornbread either. Of course, there was one thing I didn't like. The sectioned areas produce very small portions. A bit or two and it's gone, but I can live with that and the smaller portions are a great size for freezing.. The pan is smaller than it looks, but you should still use a recipe that calls for a 9 x 11 inch pan. I haven't tried brownies yet, I'm still on my diet. However, I do have a recipe for low fat chocolate scones that I'm hoping to try this weekend. I'll report later who they turn out.
I would recommend to anyone to buy this set. It works great. Have you purchased something from an infomercial or a product from tv? If so, leave me a comment and tell me about it.