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Eight great waffle irons to whip your breakfast into shapes

Oh, waffles. Is there anything better? We can all agree that waffles are the best of the breakfast foods, yet these savory circles and squares can get monotonous. And if you’re trying to feed kids early in the morning, it can be hard to get them excited about eating waffles for the third morning in a row.

Unless they’re shaped like Darth Vader.

Related: Eat a keyboard-shaped waffle with this $60 maker

Waffles may be limited to the shape of your iron, but the shape of your iron isn’t limited to circles and squares. The appliances on this list will give you waffles in the shape of everything from elephants and fish to ominous galactic superweapons. If your breakfast routine is growing stale, these should sweeten up your life.

Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker ($40)

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You might think Disney makes its fortune with movies like The Avengers and Pirates of The Carribean, but the real money is in waffle makers. There are several available featuring Disney characters –like Olaf, the snowman from Frozen — but our favorite is the this Death Star Waffle Maker from Pangea Brands. Not only is it fun to bite into a delicious circle of utter destruction, but the Death Star is waffle shaped, making it suitable for kids and nerdy adults.

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Animal Shape Waffle Maker ($16)

Animal Shape Waffle Maker

If you’re looking for something a little more generic than a branded, Disney-licensed product, the Brentwood Animal Shape waffle maker is a perfect choice. Just pour your batter into this waffle maker, and in a few minutes, you’ll have an elephant-, giraffe-, or rabbit-shaped breakfast. The iron sacrifices a bit of surface space in order to fit the animal molds, so it might not be ideal for cooking an adult-sized breakfast — unless you plan on baking a whole herd.

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Happy Sales Taiyaki Pan ($24)

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Are you a fan of cute animal shapes and Japanese cuisine? You can make simple, fish-shaped waffles with this appliance, as well as a unique treat called taiyaki. This fish-shaped cake is made with regular waffle batter, but it also gets stuffed with some sort of filling. Traditional taiyaki is made with a bean paste, but you can make yours with cheese, chocolate, sausage, and a host of other fillings.

Unlike most of the other waffle makers on this list, however, the Happy Sales Taiyaki Pan is not electric. Make sure you have a stove or another heat source before you get too excited about making homemade taiyaki.

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The Keyboard Waffle Iron ($70)

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The Keyboard Waffle Iron is the wafflest, non-waffle shaped waffle iron on this list. While the main draw of this “wireless” appliance may be its ode to geekdom, this die-cast aluminum model is a well-made iron that cooks as good as it looks. The heat-resistant, bakelite handles make it easy to use on the kitchen stove or the backyard grill, and its large size makes it perfect for hungry adults.

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The Keyboard Waffle Iron

Presto Belgian Waffle Bowl Maker ($25)

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The Presto Belgian Waffle Bowl Maker opens up a whole new world of breakfast possibilities. This unique kitchen gadget makes thick, 4-inch waffle bowls that can be filled with anything from scrambled eggs and fruit to yogurt and hashbrowns. Plus it works just like a regular waffle iron and doesn’t require any special batter or utensils.

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Holstein Housewares Waffle Stick Maker ($35)

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The Holstein Housewares Waffle Stick Maker is another utensil that puts a spin on traditional breakfast waffles, transforming the plate-size staple into delectable finger foods. This iron is perfect for making a quick-and-easy breakfast for the kids, or something for yourself when you don’t have time to sit and eat. You can also use the waffle sticks as the centerpiece of a savory dessert by dipping them in chocolate or honey.

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CucinaPro Bubble Waffle Maker ($45)

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A waffle is still a waffle, whether it’s shaped like Darth Vader, a keyboard, or an elephant. If you want a little more variety in your morning breakfast, check out the CucinaPro Bubble Waffle Maker. This little gadget brings a popular Hong Kong dish into your kitchen. It works just like a normal waffle iron, but it makes something a little different — a hexagon-shaped waffle with unique, airy bubbles. These can be torn off and eaten individually, the sheet can be rolled up for a monstrous breakfast burrito, or you can eat it like your standard waffle.

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The Texas Waffle Maker ($53)

The Texas Waffle Maker

If you want a waffle iron that looks like your home state, well, you might be out of luck. We were hard pressed to find state-shaped waffle irons for most of the United States — but not the great state of Texas. The Lone Star state is proud of itself, America, and its waffles. While this kitchen device may be perfect for those with a heavy dose of both American and southern pride, caveat emptor — let the buyer beware. This waffle maker was made in Taiwan.

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