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TWO New Searches! Brand Castle is looking for innovations to build gingerbread houses AND innovative electric or battery-operated baking appliances!

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Brand Castle is the leader in interactive baking kits for children and adults. Their product can be found nationwide in food, drug, mass and specialty stores. They are focused on bringing food products to market that are interactive, fun and, most importantly, taste great!

The Brand Castle team has tapped the Edison Nation Community to provide ideas for the following TWO searches: 1) Innovations that will add excitement to baking and Gingerbread house building and 2) Electric or battery-operated baking appliances. Ideas submitted to either search can cover a wide array of price points.

Hungry? Inspired? Both? Good! Here are some details to keep in mind:

For the Gingerbread House search...

  • Think about the Gingerbread house kits you can get during the holidays: what can YOU do to make them better and even more exciting?
  • Innovations can include packaging, molds, tools, utilities and more.
  • Your ideas can range from small plastic pieces included within kits to baking tools and gadgets.
  • Ideas can be submitted as a kit or an individual tool to improve the process. 

For the electric and battery-operated baking appliances...

  • Think about innovations in the cooking space both past and present.
  • Examples: snow cone makers, cake pop makers, 3D printed food solutions and more.

Submit here:

https://www.edisonnation.com/live_product_searches/BC544

https://www.edisonnation.com/live_product_searches/BC545

Happy Inventing!

Elizabeth Crouch
Sylvain Cardinal
Derrick James
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dljinnovations's Avatargold

Cool.  Fire up those neurons folks.

Kathy Day
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chicagoinventor's Avatarg8_badge

Interesting, not often we get a food challenge. This should be fun.

Kathy Day
Derrick James
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Already have a few ideas...

Kathy Day
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Hey guys!

Just got a great question through support on the Gingerbread Search and wanted to share it with the group...

Pieces of the gingerbread houses do not all need to be edible. In their existing kits, Brand Castle does provide non-edible pieces such as:

  • Character figures
  • LED lights
  • Sound modules
  • Background images

Best of luck!

Kathy Day
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I have an idea brewing, i'm hoping it will be a good one! :)

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allig's Avatarg8_badge

Trying to come up with something on this, and I realized I've never actually built a gingerbread house.  I'm more sad about that than a lack of ideas.  What have I done with my life???

David Pope
Mary Gorman
Derrick James
Elizabeth Crouch
Kathy Day
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Thx for the chuckle Alli!!!

Derrick James
Alli G
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dljinnovations's Avatargold

Made me smile Alli. That was a good one.

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Got to be careful Alli...In my thirties, I began building gingerbread houses for extra Christmas money. I got hooked and eventually ended up making ten a year for a decade. All types from cabins to Victorians...I was known for doing interiors, down to the last detail..Of course between kids and work, long nights came into play and a short working period (November). When I moved from the NW to Florida, I made a few, but didn't like working w/ gingerbread in the humidity.

When I saw this search and realize I have tools I made for myself back then that still aren't out there to my knowledge. I also remember ideas on tools I would have liked to have had. I began drooling like an alcoholic trapped in a liqueur store.

When I told my husband, "Ha, I search I know about, he muttered, "Oh my God! and stomped away... 

I got tingles remembering the rush of a house completed. He only remembers icing on everything, including the ceiling...Me crying on the floor when I tried moving a finished castle too soon, slated for an office party, to make room for another and the walls fell like Jericho...Eventually, I promised him to never make another...

 Brand Castle sounds like a safe and fun alternative for a novice gingerbread house venture. But remember Alli, I warned you, their products could be like a gateway drug...Soooo addicting!! Ahhh!........... 

   

Saletta .
Kim L
Alli G
Elizabeth Crouch
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Tannis,

Your husband sounds like mine, ever so happy when I mention that I have a new idea!  He knows that that means more work for him!  Ha!

Can't wait to hear about your big G8 in this search!!!

I think I have an idea myself!  *Bing!*

Michelle Sartori
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A husband that helps you with your ideas? You are already a winner, Elisabeth. Don't get me wrong, my husband is wonderful, but when it comes to inventing, he couldn't give a hoot...I'll need to tip toe around to enter this one...

Keep those Bings a coming...

Aubrey Avila
Elizabeth Crouch
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A husband that helps, yes, relunctantly, yes!

Aubrey Avila
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This sounds like my dream search! Tannis you may have a huge advantage on this one. Those houses sound amazing.  Most goodies I cook for searches my husband can't eat because my prototypes are never food grade. He sees no personal advantage to my inventing.  "Just cause the house smells like cookies, doesn't mean there's cookies in the cookie jar."

Best wishes to everyone entering this search!

Derrick James
Elizabeth Crouch
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Tannis, this search certainly sounds like it's in your wheelhouse.  See if you can knock one out of the park on this one.  All the best with whatever you come up with.

Michelle Sartori
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I wish my house smelled like cookies all the time...

Elizabeth Crouch
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Michelle Sartori
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Amazing Tannis! I've never met a compulsive gingerbread house builder. Not a bad obsession at all. I bet you have some good ideas to pitch.

I wish all the best with this one, and hope to come up with something to submit.

Thanks EN

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Hello all!

I have a great idea for the electric and battery-operated appliances ... how much detail is needed when discussing the mechanical side?  Do you have to provide drawings of every element dealing with the motor, etc.?

Thanks

Stacey

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Hi Stacey! We do not require you to provide drawings of each element. What we ask is that your description is clear and shows how the idea is unique from everything currently out on the market. The evaluation team should be able to have a clear understanding on how the product works and functions.

Best of luck!

Elizabeth Crouch
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Happy Monday EN!

I am fairly new to Edison and know absolutely nothing about baking/building gingerbread houses - so I figured this would be the perfect challenge to jump in head first and wing it...such a rookie....

Best of luck to you all. Cheers!

Elizabeth Crouch
Chip
Kathy Day
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Ahhhhhh... a cookie rookie. Good luck Brian!

Saletta .
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Chip
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Love your attitude Brian!

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Thanks guys! I must admit it was a lot of fun creating a write-up/crude drawing during my lunch break for this search. What concepts or ideas can make creating gingerbread more enjoyable for all age groups? That's kind of where I started, but ended with some good ol' fun novelty ideas that may only catch a small audience. So much for staying on point. Ops. Still had fun!

Jose Rey
Elizabeth Crouch
Derrick James
Mary Gorman
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betzy's Avatarg8_badge

Hey William,

Got  a woop here, too!

LOL!

Jose Rey
Michelle Sartori
Derrick James
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chicagoinventor's Avatarg8_badge

Struggling to come up with an idea that's marketable for this one.

Looks like this search was tailor made for Tannis and Elizabeth, good luck ladies.

Derrick James
Mary Gorman
Jose Rey
Elizabeth Crouch
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Just submitted one idea to the Gingerbread Search.  Good luck everybody.

Derrick James
Saletta .
Mary Gorman
Elizabeth Crouch
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wittyinventor's Avatargold

Hey y'alll!

Got 3 in!  Good luck everyone!

Elizabeth Crouch
Mary Gorman
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Submitted very early on, but got a G4 today -how's everyone doing??

Derrick James
Saletta .
Joe Kurtenbach
Mary Gorman
Elizabeth Crouch
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G3 for me!  Woop!

Best to all those who've entered!

Saletta .
Joe Kurtenbach
Mary Gorman
CK Leming
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Hey guys, 

So....

We were discussing the search with the team at Brand Castle and decided that nobody should be laboring (pun intended) over a hot stove baking on the holiday weekend, so we have extended the window ONE week so that everyone can enjoy their holiday and bake up more ideas.

Can't wait to see what you come up with and Happy Inventing!

David Pope
Derrick James
Saletta .
Elizabeth Crouch
CK Leming
Adam W.
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wittyinventor's Avatargold

Thx Michelle!

Just submitted a 4th one. One is a G4.  Good luck!

Derrick James
Adam W.
Mary Gorman
Elizabeth Crouch
CK Leming
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Wow Saletta!  That's great!  Good luck to everyone in.

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Ok, I'm back in the game! I've made huge improvements to a concept I first entered in a live Everyday Edisons search in 2008, in Washington DC (remember way back then?). Eight years and more than 50 prototypes later, and the current version looks nothing like the first one. I hope it resonates with the folks at Brand Castle! I also hope that some of my old friends from EN are still here and active in the forums. FinallyI want to say 'good luck' to everyone in this search! Good luck everyone! 

Carrie C
Adam W.
Michelle Sartori
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Hi Rafael! Welcome back! Best of luck in the Brand Castle searches!!!

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Hey Kim!  Thx!!!

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bippityboom's Avatargold

Hi Michelle,

I submitted an idea to the Brand Castle search last week and it is still at G1.  Any reason why it would not move in all this time - even to G2?

Thanks

Stacey

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Hi Michelle! Thank you for the warm welcome! Friendly forum peeps make the nail-biting waiting period much more enjoyable!Just like the great EN Team people I remember. 

Mary Gorman
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Hi Stacey!

Sometimes some ideas take longer than others to move through the process. Your idea is active and you should see movement in the next few days.

Best of luck!

Elizabeth Crouch
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I'm in with one!

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Hi Michelle,

I had a quick question. For the baking appliance submission, does it have to be strictly baking or can it be something like the chocolate pen? 

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Hi Laura,

They've asked for baking, but if it is loosely related, i.e. using a chocolate pen to decorate cookies, that would be considered as well. 

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Cool! Thanks :)

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Hey everyone! Any movement today?

Elizabeth Crouch
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vitaminguy's Avatargold

Ooh! I just had a silly idea ... I think I'll submit it!

Derrick James
Elizabeth Crouch
Michelle Sartori
Adam W.
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Ok, done! I submitted the wacky idea! Two submissions for this one! Hopefully that doubles my chances.

Carrie C
Adam W.
Derrick James
Elizabeth Crouch
Michelle Sartori
CK Leming
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Just got an idea in before the deadline! This is a fun search. Good luck everyone!

Saletta .
CK Leming
Adam W.
Michelle Sartori
Derrick James
Elizabeth Crouch
Rafael Avila
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I chuckled when I first saw this search pop up thinking to myself, "There's no way I'm going to come up with anything for this one!"  Believable since I've never made or eaten a gingerbread house.  But instead of totally counting myself out before knowing anything about this stuff I watched some overly frustrated people attempt to build gingerbread houses on YouTube.  Nothing sparked from either video until late last night with only a couple hours before the deadline.  Got one in!  Good luck everyone, stay green!

Saletta .
Rafael Avila
Derrick James
CK Leming
Carrie C
Elizabeth Crouch
Michelle Sartori
Milan Dubravka
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Oh noooo! My silly idea just went R4!  Well, at least I still have my serous idea still in the game!  Good luck everyone!

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Woo hoo! G4 on my serious idea sumission!!! Anyone else with good news? Let's celebrate!!! ... for now at least. :)

Carrie C
CK Leming
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stuff is moving, I'm at G5 with my gingerbread idea.  Anybody else?

Saletta .
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Congrats, Rafael & Jose!  Just got home & saw that one of my ideas passed G5.  One more at G3.  Good luck & everyone stay green!

Jose Rey
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