Batter Blaster, reviewed

Batter Blaster

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.

Batter Blaster, cooking

18 comments

  1. I don’t think I’d use this at home, but it might be useful when going camping. We make bisquick pancakes when camping, but this eliminates the need to bring a bowl and whisk to mix the batter. Just spray and cook (and eat!).

  2. It’s an idiotic product. Buy a few boxes of Bisquick, just as easy and lots cheaper!

  3. Hey don’t bash it too quickly – this would be great for camping. No bowls needed, no need to add eggs/milk/oil you normally would with a mix.

  4. Wow, I never thought a product like this could exist!

  5. After aerosol cheese I thought I had witnessed the pinnacle of food packaging.

    So wrong.

  6. I’m amazed. What will they come up with next!

  7. I’ve had friends try this, but I have no inclination to do so.

  8. Yeah, I saw this in our store as well. I said to myself…’ok, I’ll bite…’ I agree that the real bargain is making pancakes yourself for the price of convenience of pancakes in a can is quite HIGH. I made waffles and I thought the batter tasted funny. I figured that when flour sits with liquid how it swells …well these flour molecules definitely tasted like they absorbed the aerosol inside. It was also very slightly bitter. If you are going to go for convenience…get the pancake mix in the jug and mix it yourself. No mess but at least it tastes better!

  9. Thanks for the review! I have seen this lately in my grocery store but was a little skeptical of trying it due to the price–now I think I will have to pick one up =)

  10. Fun to use when the Godkids come over for breakfast and you are barely awake….

  11. I love this product! I am a college kid who hates doing dishes in my dorm bathroom sink, and this only makes the pan dirty with no extra bowls! It is also great for camping and for making pancakes into fun shapes. The waffles are great too!

  12. I’ve tried this once. I thought it was hard to make pancake-y tasting pancakes out of them. I ended up making a little bit of brown butter, and then spraying a thin cake out. That wasn’t bad.

  13. I think it’s not a bad idea, like what if you’re in a hurry and toast/cereal just won’t do? Whip out the aerosol pancakes and away you go.

  14. I tried this last year–they were awful! Tough, rubbery, no flavor. At least cheese in a can still tastes (sorta) like cheese. Blecch!

  15. i love this product for camping! it’s super easy.

  16. I don’t know about pancakes in a can. Consumer Reports did a report on these and they said that they actually weren’t that bad. Don’t know though. They look awful.

  17. For the non-chef who doesn’t keep staples in the frig or pantry and doesn’t have the inclination for clean-up, this product is great for mini pancakes with maple syrup for a quick sweet tooth fix, morning or night. Keep them small and thin and they taste like a crepe!

  18. These are wonderful!!! I’m on my third can with two more in the fridge. I think these are pretty close to IHOP pancakes and that is saying a lot for me! You really need to cook pancakes slow and let your pan heat up on a “lower than you think you need” setting for at least 3-5 minutes before you start. I burned my first round but after that we’ve been making them perfect.

    To get them a little fluffy, add your first bit of batter to the pan. When they are the size you want, stop and then wait a few seconds, add another little squirt (this bit won’t spread out) and they’ll cook up thicker! Mmmm! I squirt a bit of “fake” butter on them and use the lite Hungry Jack syrup that you microwave.

    My only gripe is that they don’t make as many as claimed on the can, but I think I make mine thicker (especially with the little trick above.) It’s okay with me, I just buy a bunch when they are on sale as they last quite a while in the fridge.

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