9 Egg-Cellent Products to Make Breakfast More Fun

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iStock/CatLane

Eggs are a breakfast staple for many, but sometimes the hit of protein can get a bit boring. Mix up your egg cooking routine by adding these fun items to your kitchen.

1. Egg Separators; $3 to $13


ZEROYOYO, Amazon

The world of novelty egg separators is surprisingly extensive. From farm animals to plants, you have your choice of charming, silicone suction cups. Regardless of design, they all work the same way: Crack an egg into a bowl and use the separator to suction out the yolk. Decide between a fish, frog, chicken, or cactus.

2. Hard-Boiled Egg Molds; $4

Colorful egg molds
SQDeal, Amazon

Freshly boiled eggs are pretty flexible and easy to mold into fun shapes. People have long been turning hard-boiled eggs into hearts with the help of a pencil, rubber band, and paper, but now we have molds to make the process a lot easier. This collection of plastic molds let you transform boring eggs into fun shapes and animals. To get started, peel a hard-boiled egg and stick it in the mold. Next, firmly close the mold and let it shape the egg. The molds also work for shaping sticky rice, making for some pretty impressive bento boxes. This set comes with six molds: a star, heart, car, bunny, bear, and fish.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Fried Egg Molds; $8 to $15

Eggs and bacon in a pan in the shape of a cat's face
Fred & Friends, Amazon

Not interested in boiled eggs? You can also make your fried eggs in the shape of an animal. These silicone molds from Fred & Friends are shaped like everything from an owl to a skull, all with big yolk eyes. They take a little bit of skill and patience to get right, but once you figure it out, you're rewarded with a picture-perfect breakfast. We like the cat mold, but you can also get it in the shape of a dogrobot, skull, owl, or frog.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Breakfast Sandwich Maker; $50

Making a breakfast sandwich at home might seem like a great money-saving idea, but after seeing all the dirty dishes it creates, you might end up right back at your local deli. Now you can make two breakfast sandwiches in five minutes using just once elaborate device. The lowest ring holds the bottom piece of bread (English muffin, bagel, biscuit, etc) along with toppings like any meats, cheeses, or vegetables. The middle ring holds the all-important egg. Finally, there's a space for the top piece of bread to complete the sandwich. Everything gets cooked at once, so the entire sandwich is ready to go. For speedy cleanup, the rings are machine-washable.

Buy it: Hammacher Schlemmer (or get a similar model from Hamilton Beach for $40 on Amazon)

5. Master Pan; $45

A pan with separate sections for sausage, bacon, eggs, and more
Master Pan, Amazon

Another must-have for anyone who loves food but hates excessive dishes, this handy pan can tackle sausages, eggs, bacon, pancakes, and more all at once. The segmented pan also has even heat distribution and is oven- and dishwasher-safe, so it's both multi-functional and easy to clean.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Zanmini Egg Cracker; $25

A woman uses a Zanmini egg cracker above a bowl
Zanmini, Amazon

Cracking eggs can be a pain, especially if you find yourself frequently fishing out bits of shell from the bowl. This invention aims to take the trouble out of egg cracking with a special handle—now you can crack and separate eggs with the push of a button! It has a little lever that pushes on the top of the egg and two holsters that pull the shell halves apart, letting the egg fall into the bowl or pan. There's also the option to add a small strainer underneath to catch yolks if you want to separate your eggs. At first glance, this hare-brained device looks too "As Seen on TV" to really work, but after watching a couple of videos of other people trying it out, we're completely sold.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Rollie Egg Cooker; $23

An egg sandwich
Rollie, Amazon

If you enjoy foods on sticks and think eggs could use a bit of a fairground spin, then this device is just what you need in the kitchen. With the push of a button, the automatic cooker transforms raw eggs into … egg tubes. Simply crack two eggs into the cylindrical device and wait. Once your egg tube is ready, it'll slowly emerge from the top of the appliance. Stab it with a stick, and bam! You've got breakfast to go.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Deviled Egg Filler; $11

A hand using the Joie deviled egg maker
MSC International, > Amazon

Get restaurant-quality deviled eggs with this easy plunger. The deviled filling can be made entirely using this one device—mash the yolks, blend in any mustard, mayonnaise, and spices, and gently press the top of the tube to create beautiful yellow swirls atop each egg.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Egg: Recipes by Blanche Vaughan; $8

The cover of 'Egg: Recipes' by Blanche Vaughan
Harper Design, Amazon

OK, so you have a wishlist of amazing egg devices, but what are you going to make? That's where this attractive and helpful cookbook comes in. Egg: Recipes by Blanche Vaughan comes with 90 recipes dedicated to the versatile ingredient. The book even has a die-cut cover of an egg cross-section, so even if you don't use it often, it'll look great on your coffee table.

Buy it: Amazon

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A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability as of June 2019.

Golden Girls Prayer Candles Are a Great Way to Say 'Thank You for Being a Friend'

Amazon
Amazon

Golden Girls fans have a new piece of kitschy memorabilia to add to their collections. These prayer candles, featuring all four of the leading ladies, make the perfect gift for devoted followers of the show.

The set comes with four candles depicting each of the Girls: Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia. Standing 8 inches tall, they come with enough wax to burn for 100 hours. The pack of four is available for a total price of $60 on Amazon.

Shopping for the Golden Girls fan in your life should be easy this holiday season. If pop culture prayer candles aren't their thing, you could buy them Golden Girls Monopoly, socks, or even Funko Pops inspired by the beloved sitcom. And if they'd appreciate something even more offbeat, this Halloween-themed "Golden Ghouls" shirt should do the trick.

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12 Quirky Books for Imaginative Kids

Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster

Though childhood classics like A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are never truly go out of style, each year brings a new cache of funny and fantastical books that will feed the expanding imaginations of young readers everywhere. From a self-conscious sewer monster who wants to make friends to a gluttonous dinosaur who gobbled up Christmas, this guide has the perfect quirky story for every kind of kid on your holiday gift list.

1. Rumple Buttercup // Matthew Gray Gubler ($9)

This whimsical tale about a self-conscious sewer monster is written and illustrated by Criminal Minds star, and king of quirk, Matthew Gray Gubler. While cute characters and a simple message about embracing your individuality make it a great gift for very young kids, its absurdist humor makes it a laugh-out-loud read for older kids and adults, too.

Buy it: Amazon

2. President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath // Mac Barnett ($8)

president taft is stuck in the bath
Candlewick/Amazon

Mac Barnett’s good-natured retelling of William Howard Taft’s infamous (though unconfirmed) bathtub blunder teaches children two things. One, history is far from a tedious list of names, dates, laws, and battles. And two, even the most stately world leaders have embarrassing moments.

Buy it: Amazon

3. It’s Only Stanley // Jon Agee ($15)

it's only stanley book
Dial Books/Amazon

When strange noises wake the Wimbledon family at night, they assume their dog Stanley is cleaning or fixing something; in reality, Stanley is transforming their house into a rocket ship that will carry them to an alien-inhabited planet. Fans of The Secret Life of Pets and Phineas and Ferb’s Perry the Platypus will love this rhyming read-aloud (and surely wonder what their own pet is up to when they’re not around).

Buy it: Amazon

4. Frankie Sparks and the Big Sled Challenge // Megan Frazer Blakemore ($6)

frankie sparks and the big sled challenge
Aladdin/Amazon

Third-grade inventor Frankie Sparks is back for the third book in her STEM-inspired series, and this time, she’s about to learn that the hardest part about creating a competition-winning sled is less about sled-building and more about team-building. Great for elementary school kids who love to create anything—be it art or architecture—as well as anyone who’s ever had to work on a group project.

Buy it: Amazon

5. The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! // Mo Willems ($10)

the pigeon has to go to school
Hyperion Books/Amazon

Mo Willems’s original pigeon book was Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, a thoroughly riotous, award-winning tale about a pigeon trying to convince readers to let it drive the bus when the bus driver asked them not to. In the latest story, the headstrong pigeon pivots to something it very much does not want to do—go to school. It sends a message about the value of doing things you don’t want to do, but, most importantly, it’s also really funny.

Buy it: Amazon

6. The Glass Town Game // Catherynne M. Valente ($11)

the glass town game
Simon & Schuster/Amazon

Catherynne M. Valente spins a riveting fictional tale from the true story of Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell Brontë’s childhood in a Yorkshire parsonage, where they passed the time dreaming up an intricate fantasy land populated with toy soldiers. In Valente’s novel, the fantasy land comes to life, complete with whale-sized flies, Champagne flutes that play music, and fire-breathing porcelain roosters, and the siblings must use all their wit and imagination to figure out how to get home. It’s a little like Alice in Wonderland meets The Chronicles of Narnia, and perfect for fans of both.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Lambslide // Ann Patchett ($13)

lambslide
HarperCollins/Amazon

The internationally bestselling author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth is just as clever when it comes to writing for kids. In Lambslide, a group of lambs mistakenly hear lambslide instead of landslide and begin a farm-wide campaign for an actual slide for lambs. With quaint illustrations, endearing characters, and an engaging plot, this is the type of book that ends up in the family for generations.

Buy it: Amazon

8. The Book With No Pictures // B.J. Novak ($9)

The Office alum B.J. Novak turns storytime into a full-fledged comedic performance with The Book With No Pictures, a book filled with nonsense words and phrases like blork and blaggity blaggity, which the reader has to read aloud. For parents, it’s a blueprint for embracing their silly side. For kids, it’s a chance to see their parents not seem so parental.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Spencer’s New Pet // Jessie Sima ($14)

spencer's new pet
Simon & Schuster/Amazon

The author of Not Quite Narwhal returns with another adorable story, this time about a boy who must avoid sharp objects in order to protect his balloon-animal pet dog. The mostly black-and-white illustrations (except for the dog, which is red) give Spencer’s New Pet a refreshingly old-fashioned feel, and the tale itself is sweet, evenly paced, and timeless.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Serafina and the Black Cloak // Robert Beatty ($8)

serafina and the black cloak
Disney-Hyperion/Amazon

When children begin disappearing from the Biltmore Estate, Serafina, who secretly lives in the basement, knows the culprit is a mysterious man in a black cloak who prowls the corridors at night. This novel has everything a quality middle-grade fantasy needs, including secret passageways, a forbidden forest, unknown magic, and a scrappy heroine. And the chills and thrills don’t stop at the end—it’s the first in a series of four (so far).

Buy it: Amazon

11. The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas // Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter ($18)

the dinosaur that pooped christmas
Aladdin/Amazon

This jolly, strange story about a ravenous pet dinosaur who gobbles up all of Christmas is hilarious enough on its own—and perhaps even more so when you consider that it was written by British punk rockers Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter from the band McFly.

Buy it: Amazon

12. This Is a Taco! // Andrew Cangelose ($16)

this is a taco
Lion Forge/Amazon

A high-spirited, unique squirrel named Taco provides color commentary on regular squirrel facts in This Is a Taco!, a book that is much more than a factual guide to squirrels. In it, Taco embellishes, acts out, and sometimes completely changes the facts to be truer to his personal experience as a squirrel, which involves being opinionated and eating lots of tacos.

Buy it: Amazon

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