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International Housewares Show 2012 – Part 2

Yesterday I highlighted all of the cool celebrities I saw and told you all about their presentations at the Housewares Show in Chicago this past weekend.  Today, I’m going to tell you about the companies and products.  This can be just as cool depending on who you are.  Warning – it’s a long one as well so grab that cup of coffee, glass of wine or a cold beer and enjoy!

The Housewares Show is where companies come to display their products and introduce new ones.  Buyers, retailers and media from all over the world come to these booths to pick out what will be on their shelves this next year.  A consistent theme that I saw throughout the booths was eco-friendly products, color, as well as water bottles and travel coffee mugs.  I tell you, if I was a buyer and was told to pick the best water bottle or travel coffee mug that was out there to put in a store – I would have had thousands – yes thousands of choices.  I didn’t take any photos of them because I would have had a hard time picking just one to showcase.  And if the products were made in the USA, it was one of the first things the sales people pointed out to you or it was proudly displayed in their booths.  Go USA!

I’m starting out with every chef/baker’s dream.  A kitchen full of KitchenAid products.  I had no idea KitchenAid mixers came in so many colors.  These photos do not do the display justice.  My favorite is the Candy Apple Red in the bottom left photo on the bottom row.  She’s so pretty!  I have the basic black version that I’m truly happy with but oh, if a candy apple red mixer would just happen to come into my kitchen, my black one would be gone faster than you can say KitchenAid. 


Since I already have a mixer, I was drawn more to the Food Processors.  See this one below.  She’s new and I want her sitting in my kitchen come salsa making time.  I don’t have a food processor and so many recipes call for one to make your life easier.  Well, I’m ready for the easy.  This version is brand spankin’ new.  It’s a 13-cup capacity with a smaller 9-cup (I think) insert.  Can you see the lever under the clear container?  That lever will move your blade up and down to change the blade height all by itself without having to change blades.  Cool, huh!  And, it has a Pulse, High and Low setting.  I was told that was what the people wanted and so that is what the people got.  Now that I’ve wiped the drool off of my face – we’ll move on. 

Sticking with kitchen appliances, I stopped by the Bunn booth.  Now neither my hubby nor I drink coffee but I stopped by anyway because my main man used to work for them.  See that coffee brewer (yes, coffee brewer, not coffee maker) 3rd from the right, he helped design that baby. 


They have a new product coming out this summer that is for the serious coffee drinker.  You can take one kind of coffee grounds and make up your own recipes by setting the 2 knobs to different settings.  Pretty cool even for a non-coffee drinker.

Back to Cake Pops from yesterday.  Ironically, I see the Queen of Cake Pops just after I stopped at the BabyCakes Booth.  They had some really neat examples.  Love the kids!


And sticking with the baking and decorating part of the show, I love the idea of Welcome Home’s line of oven safe paper bakeware.  They have such great patterns and offer so many different sizes.  What an awesome way to take your favorite breads or cakes someplace. 


N.Y. Cake had some cool stuff too.  I’ve used fondant as decorations on cakes and cupcakes before but some of their gadgets would make it even easier.  Besides cutting out the design, they also leave impressions on your fondant making it look more real and saving you the time and effort of putting them in yourself. 


Can you tell I had a good time?

For those looking for organization and gadgets to make your life easier – these may be for you.  Click Clack storage containers.  I need something to organize my pantry.  I don’t dare share a photo of what a mess it is.  I’m thinking a cool storage system is in my future.  See – I told you I wanted everything!

For my spices – I want this.  Want, want, want.  I sound like my kids.  The Spice Stack.  I can’t tell you how many times my spices have fallen on me when I open my cupboard door.  Thinkin’ this may be the solution.  Also – look at their slogan on their brochure page – Stop Looking, Keep Cooking.  The nice people in the booth and I got a kick out of it.  It’s almost my blog name.

Are you as lazy as I am when it comes to cleaning your floors?  If you are – I think we both need this – an automatic floor cleaner.  Yup – I’m that lazy.  It looked like it was working but the floor it was cleaning is not nearly as dirty as mine. 


Eco-friendly was a huge theme and Sodastream had a large area devoted to their product and educational information.  This fine lady is making samples.  Their whole product revolves around making your own carbonated drink and taking it in a reusable bottle.


Their display below caught your attention.  The average family of 4 (if you don’t recycle at all) puts 10,657 bottles and cans into a landfill in 5 years.  That’s A LOT!  Recycle people, recycle!


Which brings me to the next cool product.  The EcoSmart Serving Bowl and the Cutting Board are both made out of recycled products.  The serving bowl is partially made out of flax husks and the cutting board is partially composed of plastic containers and juice pouches.  Pretty cool!


My last eco-friendly product is the Lunchskins.  I love this idea.  Instead of using plastic bags to pack your lunches, snacks, etc. in, use the Lunchskins reusabale snack and sandwich bags.  They come in cool designs, are dishwasher safe and are made in the USA.  Sometimes I use plastic containers but they don’t fit as well into my kids’ lunch boxes as plastic bags.  Can’t wait to try out the one I was given.


Kid’s stuff was a hot ticket – so many cool products, so little time.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have these placemats at the table while you are getting dinner ready?  Give your kids some crayons and let them entertain themselves.


Or how about these Constructive Utensils? Neato!


I know – you want to know about kitchen tools.  Well, I saw a few…. Just kidding, they were everywhere.  Color is in and the brighter the better!  Space saving items were everywhere which is awesome and the quality seems to be improving.  I have Squish products below.


And Zing utensils with very cool colors!


Here’s something for all of you wine drinkers.  Now, I don’t have this problem too often because I drink my wine fast enough, but, just in case you don’t guzzle your’s, here is a wine glass koozie – The Woozie

They come in really neat designs and if you drink too much, you’ll start to read them a little blurry.  Really – the photos below are in focus, you must have been drinkin’ too much already!  The owners of this company were just a delight to talk to.  They are from North Carolina and were just the sweetest couple. 


We are heading into the home stretch here.  I’m almost done.  I couldn’t stop without sharing some of the fun products and displays I saw.

See these inflatable chairs?  Wouldn’t they be cool in a dorm room?

And a pretty Christmas display.  There were a lot of those as well.

I’m not sure what these mannequins were doing the night before (maybe using their Woozies) but the pail on the head makes you wonder.


Mona – this one is for you.  My cousin Mona lives in the big city and as soon as I saw this display I thought of her.  Mona – you’d look so darn cool in NYC with one of these.  Which color do you want?  Actually, I thought of a few more of my cousins when I saw the mannequins but I won’t name names here. 

And the last star sighting – Mr. Clean!

I hope you enjoyed reading about the Housewares Show.  It’s some fun stuff but there is a lot of work that goes into getting those products on the shelf at your stores. 

I’m leaving you with this quote from a display in Duff’s booth – I think it’s dead on!

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5 Responses to “International Housewares Show 2012 – Part 2”

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    Sue W. — March 15, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Wonderful review, Kendra! I shared it on Facebook. It’s the least I could do for the Mr. Clean shot. ;p

    • Kendra replied: — March 15th, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

      Glad you liked him and thanks for sharing it on Facebook! 🙂

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    Daria — March 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Great photos and thanks for making the posts longer so I could feel like I was there. My Kitchen Aid mixer is 50 years old! white and I love it. It’s a good thing I don’t have my eye on any particular color because I’m sure mine will never die and I use it often! IN fact I recently bought a Kitchen Aid blender and wonder if that too will turn into a family heirloom :o)

    • Kendra replied: — March 15th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

      KitchenAids are the best!!!

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    Kari — March 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I’d like to turn my Sunbeam in for a KitchenAid someday…