Thaw Out Some Frozen Iced Coffee Concentrate

Sure, you associate the brand Old Orchard with frozen fruit juices. It makes sense, what with the word “Orchard” right in its name. You know what else is a berry that grows on a plant, though? Coffee. [More]

Sure, We Need A Smartphone-Enhanced Piggy Bank

Sure, We Need A Smartphone-Enhanced Piggy Bank

Smartphones have changed modern life, from our inability to disconnect from our jobs to making commutes more fun to making it possible to order items online from inside a store. There are some applications of smart technology, though, that are just plain stupid. Like the Porkfolio, an Internet-enabled piggy bank. [More]

Make Everyone Smile With Instant Camera Cheese Slicer

Make Everyone Smile With Instant Camera Cheese Slicer

Sure, you could get a cheese slicer with a metal handle. You could slice your cheese with a knife. Or you could make the phrase “say cheese” literal with a novelty cheese slicer shaped like an instant camera. [More]

Now On Shelves: Cookie Dough And “Marshmallow Crispy” Flavored Oreos

Now On Shelves: Cookie Dough And “Marshmallow Crispy” Flavored Oreos

The proliferation of Oreo flavors is, depending on your point of view, either a global nightmare or a an exciting new source of awesomeness and variety. We’ve made it our mission to bring you the latest novelty Oreo flavor news, even when those flavors don’t make a whole lot of sense. Like the limited-edition Marshmallow Crispy flavor. [More]

For Only $150, Turn Your iPhone Into A Rolling Robot

For Only $150, Turn Your iPhone Into A Rolling Robot

We’re not saying that the Romo device that turns your iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c into a marauding robot on tiny tank treads is a bad idea, but we’re not sure that it’s a good idea, either. What we do know is that it costs $150, it comes from Brookstone, and it’s meant to be a trainable, adorable remote stand-in for a real pet or a substitute for interaction with your family members. [More]

Open Your Own Sprinkles Cupcakes Shop In Your Kid’s Playroom

Open Your Own Sprinkles Cupcakes Shop In Your Kid’s Playroom

Sprinkles claims to be the world’s first cupcake bakery, and it certainly was ahead of the trend, opening up in 2005 in Beverly Hills. Since then, they’ve been at the forefront of cupcake-deployment technology, launching the concepts of “cupcake truck” and “cupcake ATM.” Now, they’re extending their brand to children with a tiny toy version of their shops. [More]

Maple-Hating Philistine Condemns Pancake Plate

Maple-Hating Philistine Condemns Pancake Plate

We spill a lot of pixels writing about junk food and fast food here at Consumerist, but back in real life, we prefer much more wholesome fare. Like apples, or homemade blueberry pancakes drenched in grade B maple syrup. Sugary? Sure. Worth every sticky calorie? Yes. And yet, there’s a more efficient way to shovel syrup into our mouths, and someone condemned it. [More]

Create Your Own Hideous Jack O’Lantern Pizza Abominations At Home Thanks To Papa Murphy’s

Create Your Own Hideous Jack O’Lantern Pizza Abominations At Home Thanks To Papa Murphy’s

Papa Murphy’s is a chain where you pick up your pizza, then take it home and bake it yourself. If this seems like it is beside the point of getting takeout pizza, well, maybe it is. In the case of their jack o’lantern pizza, though, it might be secretly brilliant, since it puts responsibility for screwing up the pepperoni happy face squarely on the pizza-baking consumer. [More]

You’ll Have To Go To Japan To Get Avocado and Cheese Doritos

You’ll Have To Go To Japan To Get Avocado and Cheese Doritos

Our site mission is to bring you the very latest in cutting-edge snack technology, and also some incidental consumer news. As part of that mission, we’re sharing the wonderful news that avocado and cheese Doritos are now officially a thing…that you can only buy in Japan. [More]

Pecan Pie Pringles Appear In Stores, We’re Not Sure Why

Pecan Pie Pringles Appear In Stores, We’re Not Sure Why

Last year, Pringles brought us a weird trio of holiday potato chip flavors: pumpkin pie, peppermint white chocolate, and cinnamon and sugar. Now the “dessert Pringle” theme continues, with another pie-flavored chip offering: pecan. [More]

Perhaps You Need A Monotasking Pretzel Maker

Perhaps You Need A Monotasking Pretzel Maker

Modern life poses many problems, but we didn’t think that “it’s too hard to make soft pretzels” was one of them. Following in the footsteps of small countertop appliances that make the baking of cupcakes, dog treats, and tiny pies significantly simpler but also significantly stupider, now you can buy a countertop soft pretzel maker that promises to simplify the process. Why? [More]

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Corn Poop Soap Just Might Be The Gift You Need

“Can vary slightly in size, shape and color – just like real ones!” says the promotional copy for Corn Poop Soap, a product that is exactly what it sounds like. It’s soap shaped like a turd full of corn kernels, a picture of which we will not put on the front page of this site, because ew. [More]

Spreadable Beer Is A Thing, Someone Invented It For Some Reason

Spreadable Beer Is A Thing, Someone Invented It For Some Reason

Sure, you can drink beer. If you encase it in dough, you can even deep-fry it. Until now, though, we’ve been unable to spread beer on other foods, having to content ourselves with delicious but non-alcoholic substances like butter or Nutella. No longer. [More]

Consumer Reports Tests Fancy Cooling Towels: They Don’t Work

Consumer Reports Tests Fancy Cooling Towels: They Don’t Work

A cooling towel seems like a great idea, especially if you plan to do any hard work or heavy exercise outdoors in the humid summer months. You just moisten the towel, wring it out, and then snap it a few times to “activate” its seemingly magical cooling properties. The problem, our colleagues over at Consumer Reports found out, is that these magical properties aren’t so magical.  [More]

Robotic Parakeets Are Low-Maintenance Pets, But Kind Of Creepy

Robotic Parakeets Are Low-Maintenance Pets, But Kind Of Creepy

There are lots of living situations where you aren’t allowed to have a pet, and a robotic or stuffed critter would make nice company. Out of all the pets to have in robot form, though, we’re not sure that we would have chosen a parakeet. Yet direct marketers Telebrands are selling Perfect Polly, a robo-keet, to the world. [More]

Does The World Really Need An Adult-Sized Big Wheel?

Does The World Really Need An Adult-Sized Big Wheel?

The adult-sized tricycle, that makes sense to us. Not everyone who wants to pedal around using their own power has a good sense of balance. What doesn’t make sense to us is this adult-sized Big Wheel, intended for people who want to recapture their childhoods and weigh up to 275 pounds. [More]

This Anti-Theft Coffee Mug Makes No Sense

This Anti-Theft Coffee Mug Makes No Sense

[Editor’s note]: A few Consumerist readers have written in to enlighten us as to the correct way to utilize this mug’s plug, and it changes everything. [More]

Kochblume Spill Stopper Sort Of Keeps Some Pots From Spilling Over

Kochblume Spill Stopper Sort Of Keeps Some Pots From Spilling Over

As a somewhat absent-minded person, I’m always glad to see when products hit the market that are helpful to people like me. How about a special lid that prevents pots from boiling over, for when you put some pasta in the boiling water and then wander off? Sounds like a great idea. Too bad it isn’t. [More]