The dumbest kitchen gadgets ever

From a pizza-cutter fork to a ride-on beer cooler scooter, a collection for the truly lazy and endlessly gullible

Published October 1, 2010 11:01AM (EDT)

Growing up, one of my best friends had an uncle who was in the infomercial business, and his home was a literal warehouse of "As Seen on TV" specials. So, to impress me with its pointlessness, a product has to be truly special. It has to seek to satisfy a need so unneeded, a laziness so lonely in its lethargy, or a hunger so base that no one has ever bothered to make something for it. It has to be for the truly, madly, deeply gullible.

And yet, inspired but a recent chance encounter with a personal collector of such things, a little bit of digging finds the food world rife with genius-level inanity, from the fork-cum-pizza-cutter to the Motorized Ice Cream Cone. Here, then, are a few of our favorites. And no, we don't own any of them. Yet.

By Francis Lam

Francis Lam is Features Editor at Gilt Taste, provides color commentary for the Cooking Channel show Food(ography), and tweets at @francis_lam.

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