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Sideswipe Blade Review

I've been on a bender for the last month and wasn't able to do any blogging. I'm talking serious bender. A baked-goods bender. For some silly reason, I embarked yet again on a quest to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie---which is pretty much the same as a quest for the fountain of youth---most likely, neither exist. I'd given up on this dream years ago, but for some reason, decided to give it yet another try.

So a month later, way too many cookies tried and way too many eaten, tears shed, hopes and dreams shattered, I still haven't found The One. But, I did find something along the journey that almost makes the weight I gained worthwhile. It's the Sideswipe blade for the Kitchen Aid mixer. I bought it a few months ago, but hadn't really put it through the paces until last month. Let me just say, it is fabulous. 
The Sideswipe
The Sideswipe has these silicon wings on the side and that automatically scrape down the bowl as it turns. No more stopping the mixer, finding a spatula and scraping the bowl down every 30 seconds. This blade does it for you! It mixes batter faster and mixes it more thoroughly. It even works with cold butter. On one day of my bender, I took a break from chocolate chip cookies and made a batch of chocolate cupcakes. This beater was a wonder with the icing I whipped up for the cupcakes. No lumps. No clumps left at the bottom of the bowl. I seriously love this thing. I bought it off Amazon. There's only two minor drawbacks: 1. It was a bit pricey (nearly $30), which makes it twice the amount of the standard Kitchen Aid blade and 2. Scraping the batter off the blade is a bit  more involved since you have to scrape each blade individually.
Beater Blade

I was debating between the Sideswipe and the Beater Blade. I almost bought the Beater Blade because it was a bit less expensive and Sur La Table carried it so I could have it immediately instead of waiting for it to be delivered. I'm glad I waited. The gaps between the silicone wings of the Sideswipe make adding things like chocolate chips no biggie. I read on the Internet that the Beater Blade has issues with chips, nuts and similar hard chunky things.

If you're wondering what to buy your favorite person who owns a Kitchen Aid stand mixer---look no further. This is it! You will be the hero who saves Christmas this year!

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