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This article was featured in the July 2009 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

A look at spray-on pancakes

Last reviewed: July 2009
Batter Blaster Organic Original Pancake & Waffle Batter
 

This article is the archived version of a report that appeared in July 2009 Consumer Reports magazine.

The claim

Batter Blaster Organic Original Pancake & Waffle Batter, in a refrigerated spray can, makes about 28 4-inch "light & fluffy pancakes" with "no mess—no cleanup!"

The check

We compared Batter Blaster's pancakes with those made from Aunt Jemima Original Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix and Hungry Jack Complete Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake and Waffle Mix. (Those two require you to add water.) Our testers also assessed the "no cleanup" claim and counted the number of pancakes produced per can.

Bottom line

This batter hit a double. The pancakes were indeed light and fluffy—and sweet and tender, with a slightly crispy outside. (Aunt Jemima and Hungry Jack pancakes were light and fluffy, too.) And mess and cleanup were minimal. But we averaged only about 19 pancakes from each of the five cans we tried. Other considerations: Per serving, Batter Blaster pancakes have fewer calories and far less sodium than Aunt Jemima and Hungry Jack, though they're not enriched with vitamins and minerals as the others are. Batter Blaster's expiration date is sooner than the date for dry mixes. And we paid 63 cents per serving for Batter Blaster compared with about 12 cents for Aunt Jemima and Hungry Jack.