Review: Heart De Sand Pan Sandwich Shaper

by Wendy Copley on October 18, 2011

Preschooler Bento #155

Over the past few weeks I’ve been playing around a bit with a new toy, the Heart De Sand Pan Sandwich Shaper.While my kids and I love the adorable heart-shaped sandwiches this shaper makes, there are a few things about it that I definitely do not love so I thought I’d take the time to do a review.

Let’s start with an overview of how this tool works.

Heart De Sand Pan Sandwich Shaper

The tool consists of two plastic pieces, a lid and a base. These are pretty durable and hefty and they’ve held up well when I’ve run them through the dishwasher.

Heart De Sand Pan Sandwich Shaper

To make the sandwiches, you’ll need two pieces of bread and some sort of filling. I’ve been using Trader Joe’s Fiber 100% Whole Wheat bread. It’s soft enough to work for the sandwiches, but hippie enough to satisfy me as a mom. Start by putting one of the slices of bread into the base of the shaper.

Heart De Sand Pan Sandwich Shaper

Then, put the lid on and press down enough to mark the sandwich shapes on the bread. This will show you where to put the sandwich fillings.

Heart De Sand Pan Sandwich Shaper

Next spread the filling into the center of the sandwiches. I’m using white bean dip here, but I’ve also used peanut butter and jelly. I’ve tried lunch meat and cheese too, but I’ve found that softer fillings work much better. When I took these photos, I was making a bunch of these sandwiches in assembly-line fashion so I’m squeezing the dip on using a ziplock bag with the corner cut off to speed the process up. If I were only making one batch of sandwiches, I would have just spread the filling on with a knife.

Heart De Sand Pan Sandwich Shaper

Once you’ve got the fillings on the bread, put the second slice of bread on top of the first one.

Heart De Sand Pan Sandwich Shaper

Then press down as hard as you possibly can with the lid of the shaper.

Heart De Sand Pan Sandwich Shaper

When you take off the lid, the sandwiches will be sealed and cut.

Heart De Sand Pan Sandwich Shaper

And in addition to five teeny, tiny, extremely cute sandwiches there will be a crap-load of bread left over. I’m guessing about half the bread I used is sitting there as scraps. Now, I can usually find a way to use scraps — either by tucking them under the shapes I cut out when I put them into the bento box, putting them inside a sandwich or by eating them along with another meal — but this is a lot of awkwardly-shaped bread to use up. So far I’ve been sticking them in a bag in the freezer to grind up into breadcrumbs the next time I make meatloaf or meatballs or something but there is enough leftover here that it makes me reluctant to use this shaper.

Next let’s talk about the price, which is $22.00. I purchased this sandwich cutter with a credit I received as a affiliate so in a sense, it was “free” for me. Since I had the credit and there wasn’t much else I wanted to spend it on, I didn’t mind the cost, but if I were paying cash there’s no way I would have spent that much money on this tool. It’s fun and all, but I could get a heck of a lot of other bento goodies for the same amount of money.

So do I recommend this product? It depends. I really, really like the sandwiches it makes and Augie, who’s not usually that keen on bread, eats them up every time. On the other hand, the waste and the price are both pretty high. I guess I come down as neutral on this product.

Disclosure: As I mentioned, I bought this sandwich shaper with affiliate revenue earned by readers making JBox purchases via the links on this site. If you purchase something using the links in this post, I will receive more affiliate revenue and the cycle will continue.

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  • Jen

    I love your bento pictures! I have been looking through the gallery. I like how you use the light and dark sides of the baked tofu. I want to try that myself. I am interested in bento and would like to start making them. I made a new blog to post my pictures. Thank you for all the ideas and tips here! These sandwich shapes are so cute. I will have to check out that site if you can earn credits for free things! 

  • Amy

    What a fun cutter! Thanks for sharing!

  • I agree with you about being neutral on this; the adorableness of the sandwiches balances the waste of the bread. However… in addition to bread crumbs, one could potentially use the leftover bread to make bread pudding or that breakfast dish of eggs/cheese/bread. If your family liked any of those items, then perhaps the adorableness of the sandwiches would win!

  • Oh yes! Great ideas! I love bread pudding and that breakfast dish is yummy too. What is that anyway? A fritatta?

  • sara

    lots of breakfast stratas call for bread pieces

  • Stratas! Yes, that’s it!

  • Munchma

    very cute french toast, also.

  • Beverly

    Looks like fun, but I agree with you about the waste factor. The only thing that tempts me (besides the cuteness of the sandwiches!) is that it could entice my 2-yr-old, Derek, to eat sandwiches. My 4-yr-old gobbles them up, but Derek tosses them to the dog. 🙁 Still, $22 is a lot to pay for this! Maybe I’ll put it on my Xmas wish list for someone to get me as a stocking stuffer. 🙂

  • Thanks for this review. I actually found a similar style sandwich shaper on Bento &Co for one bigger sized sandwich.  ilike the idea of “sealing” the fillings inside

  • Heather

    You can also use the leftover bread for croutons 🙂 

  • Tanaka Sayuri

    Personally, I figure the extra bread can be good for making panko.
    As well, like you said, you can cut strips out of the extra and add a bit of fillings between it to much – placing it under the original shapes.~

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  • mattheks

    Are you willing to share your white bean dip recipe?

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