Keyboard Waffle Iron Makes Breakfast for Every Type

Why did nobody come up with this idea before: a waffle iron that makes waffles in the shape of a keyboard? Well, no matter. Now, thankfully, someone has.

Why did nobody come up with this idea before: a waffle iron that makes waffles in the shape of a keyboard? Well, no matter. Now, thankfully, someone has.

Actually, Brooklyn-based graphic artist and designer Chris Dimino first created the prototype for the Keyboard Waffle Iron while he was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Assigned to take an old item and modify it to give it a new function, he turned a vintage Smith Corona typewriter into a very cool breakfast tool. (Bing!)

Dimino's prototype was featured in a group show and got a lot of attention back in 2007, but it wasn’t until last year that he put his concept up on Kickstarter in hopes of raising the cash to manufacture the Keyboard Waffle Iron on a broad scale and make it available to the QWERTY-waffle-hungry masses. Dimino hoped to raise $50,000. Thanks to 850 keyboard-shaped-waffle-craving backers, he raised $66,685.

The Keyboard Waffle Iron is now a reality. This month, they started shipping to customers and are available online. Retailing for $85, the Keyboard Waffle Iron is made of die-cast aluminum, with Bakelite handles that are heat-resistant, and is designed for use on your gas or electric stovetop or grill. You just prep, pour, flip and eat — and voila, keyboard-shaped Belgian-style waffles that will satisfy the computer geek in all of us.

“It’s not just for breakfast. You can have waffles for lunch, waffles for dinner, a tomato mozzarella sandwich,” Dimino says in a video introducing the product. “The best part is you can be very creative, experiment with foods, and the end result is always this fun keyboard-shaped waffle.”

If you’re stumped for ideas, Dimino, who was the art director for The Late Show With David Letterman, has provided a link to a recipe book featuring 20 recipes, starting with Classic Keyboard Waffles and then veering off into more adventurous fare, like Zucchini with Candied Walnuts, Pumpkin Spice Waffles and Earl Grey Lavender — and even paleo, vegan and gluten-free options.

In other words, there’s something for every ... uh ... type.

Photo courtesy of @keyboardwaffleiron

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