Mother’s Day… The Meatball Baker Way!

Davison Baking InventionsWith Mother’s Day approaching this weekend, many of us may still be trying to find the perfect way to show mom all of the appreciation she deserves.

Well, blogger Toni Spilsbury is offering a Davison-designed solution for moms who love to cook on her blog, “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Making Dinner.  Saving Time.  Saving Money.”

The “Mothers Who Love to Cook Gift Guide” post features our client (mother and grandmother!) Jean’s idea, the Meatball Baker!

Spilsbury calls her gift list, which features several innovative cooking items, the “best of the web for that special mom” and says that she “personally hand-picked each of [the] fabulous items as something [she] would love to receive.”

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Specifically, Spilsbury says the Meatball Baker is a “brilliant baking pan [that] produces beautiful meatballs.”

She even mentions Jean’s innovative thinking when she says, “This product was invented by a mom who got tired of having her meatballs fall apart.”

Also making Spilsbury’s list were other big-name kitchen brands like Le Crueset, Pyrex and Cuisinart.

Davison InventorJean’s Meatball Baker was licensed by Chicago Metallic and currently sells there for $21.99.

So, if you’re still trying to decide how to pamper your mom this Mother’s Day, consider doing it the Davison-designed way!  

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The Twisted History of the Pretzel

Whether salted or unsalted, crunchy or soft, there is one common characteristic that all pretzels share: their distinctive knotted shape. On April 26, we celebrate National Pretzel Day, so what better time to look back on the origin of the tasty pretzel? The pretzel has a rather “twisted” history, as there are several accounts regarding its original invention.

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The most widespread story is that the first pretzels were invented by a monk in 610 A.D. During the season of Lent in northern Italy, the monk is said to have been baking unleavened bread, when he thought of a way to reward children for memorizing prayers. He twisted the dough, so it resembled arms crossed in prayer and named his creation “pretiola,” which means “little reward” in Latin.  Other sources say that something similar occurred, but in a monastery in southern France. 

There are also theories that the pretzel originated in Germany by a desperate baker, who would only be acquitted from a jail sentence if he could make a small cake, through which the sun could shine three times. It is said that he created the “bretzel,” which was adapted in English as the “pretzel.” Despite dissent about the pretzel’s conception, we do know more about the first hard pretzels.

In the 17th century, a Pennsylvania baker accidentally overbaked his batch of pretzels. He tasted the hard pretzel and Food Innovationdiscovered that he had made a rather delicious mistake. Nearly 200 years later, the first pretzel bakery, the Sturgis Pretzel House, opened in Lititz, Pennsylvania, in 1861.

It wasn’t until 1935, however, that the Reading Pretzel Machinery Company introduced the automated pretzel machine. This machine automatically twisted pretzels, so bakers no longer had to make them by hand. Once factories were able to mass produce pretzels, they became a popular twisted treat worldwide. 

Southeastern Pennsylvania is still the heart of pretzel production in America today and the state of Pennsylvania produces 80% of the country’s pretzels.  In 2003, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell instituted April 26th as National Pretzel Day to recognize the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and industry, as it is the birthplace of the world’s first hard pretzel.

So, whether you prefer your pretzel soft or crunchy, with cream cheese, mustard or another dipping sauce, today, enjoy it with little extra thanks to all those inventors who helped to make it so twistedly delicious!  Happy National Pretzel Day!

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“D-liciously D-lightful” Valentine’s Day Treats

As all of you lovers out there are aware, today is Valentine’s Day, a time to express our love to our “sweeties,” “honies” or whatever your preferred pet name for your lover is!

Now, we know you can do this in a number of ways… chocolates, flowers, jewelry, etc. But, why not show your Valentine you care with some holiday-themed Davison designs?

Fill up the heart-shaped Silicone Cookie Bowl with your sweet’s favorite sweets!

This great baking tool, designed for Xtraordinary Home Products, allows you to bake “D-licious” cookies and fill them with fruit, pudding, ice cream or anything your little heart desires!

If those treats don’t have your Valentine swooning, how about baking up something in the Sweetheart Silicone Dessert Pan?

Joining the original Dessert Bar Pan, which was designed for our client, Joseph, the heart-shaped Sweetheart pan allows you to cook up “D-lightful” treats that no Valentine can deny!

And, if you don’t have a Valentine to spoil this year, that’s just more “D-licious” treats for you! Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

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Surprise-Filled Cupcakes? YES, Please!

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We’ve got D-licious news about some Davison-designed bakeware that has landed on new store shelves! 

Chicago Metallic’s Cupcake Surprise Pan can be found on the shelves, in the catalog and on the website of Sur La Table!  If you’re not familiar with the store, it boasts of selling ”quality tools that set the standard for excellence in the industry.”

Without a doubt, the Cupcake Surprise Pan fits that bill!

George DavisonThe pan, which allows you to bake sweet treats with a surprise-filled center, has already been available at Bed Bath & Beyond, on QVC, at and at other stores.  Now, we can add Sur La Table to our ever-growing list of over 1,000 retailers that carry Davison designs!  

So, how do you use this D-lightful pan?  Simply place your favorite filling on the center spike of each cupcake mold,  fill with batter and bake!

And, oh, so many tasty options!  Fill the pan with cherries, coconut, chocolate, peanut butter, pineapple, cookie dough, strawberries… just about anything! 

Baking InventionsWhile you’re enjoying your “secret snack,” thank Mr. Davison and his team for all that deliciousness.  The Surprise Pan, which is sure to satisfy any sweet craving, is just another example of a successful Davison-designed product that is showing the power of teamwork! 

Congratulations to everyone who had a hand in helping create this success-filled Surprise Pan and to everyone who helped launch the product to new store shelves!

 A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.  This corporate product was invented and licensed by Davison for its own benefit.

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Have a “D-liciously Filled” Heart (and Pumpkin)!

With the latest Davison-designed bakeware, your cup can runneth over, literally!

Check out these awesome, new Silicone Cookie Bowls being designed for Xtraordinary Home Products: 

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Currently being produced in festive pumpkin and heart shapes, the cookie bowls can be filled with fruit, pudding, ice cream… just about anything delicious!

According to our Vice President of Licensing, the bowls are just the latest Davison client product that is turning into an entire line!

“The cookie bowls started with the original round version and [are] now taking a similar path as the Silicone Dessert Bar Pan, by branching off into holiday themes.  Look for the product to air on QVC in the first quarter of 2012,” said our Vice President of Licensing.

We can’t wait to see what delicious shapes we can fill up and devour next!  Congratulations to everyone who has worked on this D-licious designs!

The client has not made a net profit on this product. A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit. 

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Bird is the New Word for Davison-Designed Bakeware!

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Just in time for the holiday season, bird is the word for the latest spin-off of a Davison-designed cooking item.  The Silicone Dessert Bar Pan is now talkin’ turkey!

davison productsAt an industry trade show in July, XHP President Scott Nicholson predicted the Silicone Dessert Bar Pan would have a “great line-up for the future.”  That prediction included a certain silicone bake pan shaped like a turkey and… that prediction is now coming true!

Originally, our client, Joseph, came to us with an idea for a brownie pan that would allow soft, chewy edges on every brownie.  Working with Joseph, our design team created the Silicone Dessert Bar Pan, which quickly became a runaway success, selling on QVC and in stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Kitchen Collection.

According to our Vice President of Licensing, the Turkey Cakelette Pan with Stencil is the latest spin-off of the popular Davison-designed product.

“It’s another item [for] our client, Joseph, and continues his success story of how one product can change the game,” said the Vice President of Licensing.

baking productsFollowing the initial success of Joseph’s Silicone Dessert Bar Pan, holiday and Disney-themed pans quickly followed.

Perched with a bird’s-eye-view from store shelves this fall, the silicone Turkey Cakelette Pan with Stencil provides a fun, new way to personalize holiday treats for family and friends.

Currently, the Turkey Cakelette Pan with Stencil is available at, Sur La Table and at Chicago Metallic online.

A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

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