We’ve seen some undoubtedly strange things come across our desks- gadgets of every shape and size and style, and plenty of odd books, movies, and more bad CDs than we can possible list. There have been sodas that taste like turkey, and kitchen scales with attached iPod docks. But one of the weirder things that we’ve seen recently isn’t actually all that bizarre when you’re using it. It’s mostly a question: “who thought of this concept”.
We’re referring to the BergHOFF Sheriff Duck children’s line of pots and cookware. The pots are real and decent- stainless steel, with handles that protect you from the heat. But design is everything, and these handles are shaped like duck… feet? They’re orange, and cute, and atop each pan is what looks like a rubber duckie. These have little stars on them, indicating a sheriff’s badge, and… well, we feel like we’re missing part of the joke.
Gag gift? Not so fast. Apparently, parents like them to encourage the young ones in the kitchen- now you, too, can put child labor to use over the stove. We’re skeptical of the safety of this, but heard from some parents that Mom and Dad could use them to prepare food and then show junior the pots and pans to make it look more fun. Maybe we’re getting old, but still: ducks? Sheriffs? On our pots and pans? We tried out the covered casserole- yep, really- but they have a 6-piece and even 12-piece line. The apron and the chef’s hat we can certainly get behind. But even though these pans were OK- fairly lightweight, dishwasher safe- we felt silly even with a couple of children around.