It is very difficult to get the batter to be the right consistency in order to make it shaped like an actual donut. Its fun and neat to watch it come out but overall it doesn’t really make donuts that look like donuts.
I was well aware that i wasn’t purchasing a mini-donut machine that would compete with the $3000 machines at the fairs, what i was looking for was a functional toy of sorts that could make some edible treats and i could entertain the grand kids, and with that i was satisfied. I found the key to making the machine function properly was the proper batter consistency. If the batter is mixed too thin, the machine makes blobs (mini-funnel cakes)and if the batter is too thick, the machine won’t drop a ring of dough consistently. After figuring out the right consistency, we were off and running, the trick i found was to add the milk last in small amounts until you can manually drop a ring by holding the dough dispenser in your hand over the mixing bowl and once you are satisfied, install the dispenser into the machine. All this sounds like a lot of work but it was entertaining for the kids and they enjoyed the treats and excitement of helping make the donuts. Basically i knew what i was purchasing and it was what i had expected for the money. The only draw back i could find was it was too slow, and the kids got excited waiting for the next donut to drop. When i made some donuts for adults one time i would manually press the dispenser to dispense dough so i had a string of donuts flowing through the machine continuously but i used a wood chopstick to flip the donuts because the machine has only two trays that cycle though the oil for cooking. Some suggestions: (1) proper dough consistency,consistency,consistency (2)use a wood chopstick to correct mis-placed donuts and to flip ones that didn’t flip over(3)place paper toweling in the catch tray to absorb excess oil from the donuts (4) mix a half batch of dough each time, unless you are feeding a army and have all day to spend. Bottom line i was satisfied and got what i expected for the money and it was worth the fun factor.
Did what was expected but it was 110 volts. The idea is better than the actual. Here are the specifications for the Nostalgia MDF200 Automatic Mini Donut Factory:
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- Makes up to 30 donuts per batch
- Dough dispensing mechanism creates the perfect sized mini donut
- Stainless steel spatulas turn and delivers donuts to the dispensing chute
- Includes drip tray to change oil after each use
- Safety guard lids keeps hands away from hot oil
- Automatic dough dispenser creates perfect orbital donuts
- Conveyor pulls donut dough through heated oil
- Flipping mechanism automatically flips donut for even cooking
- Easy-view window to watch donuts cook
- Finished donuts are dispensed from the donut slide into a convenient bin
- Includes measuring cup, doughnut bin and magnetic safety power cord
- Easy to clean drainage pan
- BPA free
The kids had a blast and tasty hot donuts.
I cannot tell you how much fun this is. Not only does it make tasty little donuts, the kids have a ball using it, and its a lot of family fun. Very easy to use and its small and compact, easy to store.
Reviews from purchasers :
- You get what you pay for
- the right consistency in order to make it shaped like an actual donut
- Great gift for children if used with supervision.
Unit was well packed and works so well, this is perfect for our grand kids at summer party’s. They will love these mini donuts i know we do great product.
Fun product, but recipe makes too many donuts and takes forever.
The donut maker performed as advertised. Makes tasty perfect little donuts. The quality of the machine was the quality expected of an item like this made 40 years ago.
Missing few parts but worked great. Just can’t seem find right recipe.