Batter Blaster is a product that I really wanted to lampoon when it first came out. It is pancake batter that comes in a spray can, just liked canned whipped cream. It’s organic and promises to produce light and fluffy pancakes with with “no mess – no cleanup!” I like to make pancakes from scratch and thought that the product was a little unnecessary, but after seeing it get a good review in Consumer Reports this month (July 2009), I had to give it a try for myself.
The pancake/waffle batter comes out of the can looking a lot like thick whipped cream, thanks to the pastry-type nozzle on top of the can. The batter soon spreads out into an even pancake and bakes up to be very slightly crisp on the top and bottom and nice and light. They’re not bad, and have a tangy taste that is similar to sourdough. That said, it’s not easy to get pancakes that are “fluffy” with this can. The less batter you use (the can says to make 4-inch pancakes), the thinner the pancakes are. The more batter you use, the fluffier they are, although they achieve only a moderate thickness at best. Although the pancakes are pretty good, I think that this would make better waffles, where the crisp outer layer and light, tender interior would be close to the ideal texture for a waffle.
The store near me sells this for about $6 a can and you can get about 8 servings per can. It’s much cheaper to make your own or simply buy a Bisquick-type of mix, but the pancakes aren’t bad and I can see that a can of Batter Blaster would make a great gift (along with a frying pan) for a kid headed off to college or moving out into his/her first apartment.