Every now and then I stumble upon a company that makes me smile and reminds me that whimsy is necessary in life – and in housewares. A company called Burnt Impressions has been manufacturing specialty image and personalized toasters called Toasted Art.
This company caught my eye with the recent mention of a specialty project, the Poe Toaster, in honor of Edgar Allan Poe. Even before I lived in the Baltimore/Washington area, I was a fan of Poe’s literary work. Living in this area it is impossible to avoid the mention of Mr. Poe including a recently popular amalgam of Baltimore’s iconic National Bohemian beer and Edgar Allan Poe called Natty Poe.
This same sort of fun and whimsy seems a hallmark of Burnt Impressions. “We like having fun with things” states CEO Galen Dively, “We call it conceptual toast art.” Mr. Dively lived in Maryland for years and explains, “I grew up with the legend of the Poe Toaster. I am a big fan of Edgar Allen Poe(sic). This was a natural.” He clearly feels the legend of the Poe Toaster should be celebrated for breakfast…evermore.
While not specifically available at Amazon or other retailers, you can order the stock toaster at Amazon, then buy the Poe stand alone insert. You can also go to the Burnt Impressions website and buy one.
While looking into the company’s history, I discovered they are famous for what the company calls the #1 novelty Christmas gift on the planet, the original Jesus Toaster.
The amazing success of the Jesus Toasters has allowed the company to expand on their original business model, creating toasters as varied as smiley faces, pot leaves, political symbols and even private body parts. A fair selection of these designs can be found at Amazon, including stand alone inserts for the stock toasters.
The toasters are fairly ordinary, equipped with…
– Cancel, Frozen and Reheat Buttons
– Seven Heat Settings
– Removable Crumb Tray
– Power Cord Storage
– Cool Touch Operation
– Guarantee for 90 days from purchase
*Update: The toasters are now available in US/CAN 120V, EU 230V or UK 230V plug configurations from the Burnt Impressions website.
*Note: The specialty image generated by the insert is “printed” only on one side; the other side is regular toast.
Burnt Impressions developed an ability for customers to create toast messages as unique gifts for family and friends or for business promotions and sales.
This customization has now morphed into what the company is calling the Selfie Toaster.
You go to their website and select a few options, then upload the image(s) you want to use and Burnt Impressions will ship you the custom toaster.
Plus the Selfie toasters have interchangeable inserts allowing you to switch out your toast art for any occasion.
As of this writing, the pricing for a custom design is:
– One Toaster – $69 (additional inserts are extra, about $12)
Submit your creations here for Custom Image or Selfie Toasters
While the toaster options and choices change somewhat frequently, along with the website layout, there was once the possibility to affix an image to the outside of your toaster for an additional fee. Check with Burnt Impressions if this possibility interests you.
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