Hershey Chocolate Magic Maker
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As far as the complaints I've seen here on Amazon, most of them don't seem valid from my experience:
a)We have used this at least 4 times already for a total of about 16 to 18 molds and the batteries still seem to be going strong (others said the batteries died after one use)
b) Cleaning is not a big problem. People have made a big deal over needing to use a philips head scredriver -- so get out a little screwdriver and take the plunger tube out and clean it. I find that a little HOT water cleans the molds and plunger and tube in a little under 2 minutes. Add another 30 to 45 seconds for re-assembling it and your done!
c) Who said it is unsanitary and can only be used once because it can't be cleaned??? See "B" above.
d) As far as just melting chocolate over the stove and pouring into the molds instead, ask your kids which is more fun -- Chocolate Magic wins hands down! Let them have a little fun and think they are making chocolate will ya?Read more ›
As if that is not bad enough, by the time you get to the second tray, the batteries are already dying and it takes 3.5 minutes to warm up. The third and final trays took 4 minutes. Well, I'm not exactly sure how much 4 D-cell batteries cost, but I can guarantee you that I'll not be putting any more in that machine. Why wouldn't they have just made it electric? It's not as though a child can use it without supervision anyway.
Very disappointing. We'll go back to melting on the stove.
Oh, and I'm only guessing on the durability rating. I really don't know and have no intention of finding out how many uses one can get out of this product.
I guess this worked to my advantage as I would have had to take it apart to clean it each time it was used which would have involved a screwdriver.
This item is not child friendly and is of very poor quality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used @ Christmas when we got it - stored it after cleaning - have tried to use a couple of times since then...just won't workPublished on July 5, 2011 by Johanna Lara
We've been very disappointed w/ this toy. My daughter received it as a gift and it only worked 1 time. Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Stacey
I purchased this product for my 9 year old son who loves to cook and loves chocolate. The molds are well made and the detail is easy to see in the finished product. Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Michelle Griffiths
You have to wait a long while for the chocholate to melt, but once the machine is warmed up it goes much quicker. Read morePublished on June 21, 2006
this toy is modertly fun!!!! I got it for christmas last year and the only thing that worked were the rubber molds. Read morePublished on November 25, 2005
My daughters had this toy; it has since been pitched. It was frustrating for them to operate. We found that if I melt chocolate chips in the microwave and still use the molds from... Read morePublished on November 11, 2005 by T&T's Mom
This is a good idea, but the product isn't that great. I really thought that it didn't warm up enough to really melt the chocolate. Read morePublished on December 3, 2004 by PugLover