Does It Work: Chop Magic

DIW: Chop Magic

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Next time you're trying to make dinner quickly, the chop magic might be able to help you out.

It claims it's the fastest and easiest way to slice and dice.

"You're going to love the way and it can chop, mince, slice and dice in seconds," claims the commercial.

It seems great, but for these Perryville ladies, the Chop Magic seems too good to be true.

"It's not going to work very well," said Angela Francis.

"I'm a little skeptical", said Rose LaRose.

"I'm hoping it's made with quality materials, I see a lot of plastic, and to me plastic generally means over time it could break," said Kathy Bohnert.

Each of these women have their own way to cook.

Angela Francis uses pampered chef products to prepare food.

"I cook a lot, every day, three meals a day," said Francis.

Rose LaRose is used to working with professional equipment since she works in the dietary department of a nursing home.

Kathy Bohnert uses chef knives to chop, and you might call Rose Hotop an expert after raising 13 children and cooking for them every day.

They each have hopes for the chop magic, but aren't holding their breath.

"With salsa you might have four or five different vegetables that you want to chop up real fast, so it would be awesome if it could help with production," said Francis.

"I'm hoping it works, I'm hoping it can help with potatoes maybe, that kind of thing because of my hands," said LaRose.

"I'm hoping it slices things and doesn't smash things," said Bohnert.

First, Angela Francis read through the directions.

"Cut into quarters and remove core, what? I'm sorry, it's already asking me to cut into quarters and remove core, place cut side down, so we're already cutting," said Francis.

We assembled the chop magic by aligning the arrows on the side, and were ready to go.

Francis cut off the ends and put the zucchini on the blade.

"Pick that up, place both hands on the container, push down, press quickly, firmly once. Oh, woah, okay. I think it's going to do better than I thought. That was cooler than I expected it to be, that was a a lot cooler, look," said Francis.

The skeptic seemed to change her mind.

"I'm actually impressed," said Francis. "Although I don't really slice my cucumbers this way."

Rose LaRose stepped up to the chopper to try with potatoes.

"Oh well that did work pretty good," said LaRose.

LaRose tried it again, this one was a little more difficult to push down.

"It takes a little bit of a push," said LaRose.

Next up, Kathy Bohnert tested with a pear.

This one much more of a struggle, Bohnert even had to put the chop magic on the floor

She got it to work, but said she doesn't think she wants to do her slicing and dicing on the floor.

Compared to other slicing tools she's used, she said she does like the structure.

"I like that it has a container to catch everything that you're doing," said Bohnert.

Rose Hotop cored a tomato, and was ready to slice it up.

"Just press that down, anywhere, I might have a similar problem, but with the tomatoes, yup, just kind of put your hands on and press it down," said Hotop.

While the tomato slices were a little messier, Hotop said they would be good for stew tomatoes.

The chop magic comes with two blades, one larger and one smaller. We tried a tomato on the smaller one, but it just smashed it.

The directions say this blade is better for smaller items like garlic or strawberries.

So what do the ladies think?

"I like it, I'd buy one," said Francis.

"It's workable, it seems to me like it does do the job of chopping," said Hotop.

"For some fruits and vegetables it was great, for some it wasn't," said LaRose.

The ladies say they wish there were more blades with more chopping shape options.

Collectively, they gave the Chop Magic 3.5 stars.

We found the chop magic at Walgreens for $20.

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