I'm seriously considering the notion of an octodog maker thingie for my mother for Christmas. For the past few years, we've been rewrapping a Chia Head to pass back and forth between the holidays, but it's been lost. *dramatic sigh* And not much competes with a Chia Head, but the Octodog comes close.
apparently, small kids often choke on chunks of hotdog, ergo the idea of cutting them up laterally, so it's not as big a chunk of meat that they might harm themselves with. Apparently, they're a huge hit with kids. And also apparently, they're really really gross with cheesedogs.
Ewww, with cheesedogs. In fact, cheesedogs are pretty ewwww all by themselves.
Okay, I totally get why you might feed an octodog to kids. In fact, I suspect I will shortly be feeding an octodog to MY kids. What I don't get (aside from the weird-gadget-to-freak-people-out factor) is why on earth I should pay $16.95 PLUS shipping for a gadget which does what I could do with a paring knife in about 11 seconds. I'm not THAT uncoordinated.
My mom used to put a slice of baloney on a plate and carve it into pumpkin-heads, smileys, sunshine, or gods know what all else to get me to eat, well, anything. I am quite sure she would have made me an octodog, since I would occasionally eat hot dogs.
I should not be getting all childhood-sentimental about Cthulhu-shaped food, but oh well. Nobody said I had a normal childhood.