History of the Sandwich Maker

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Sandwich makers provide an easy way to quickly make a toasted sandwich. With many varieties available for purchase today, the sandwich maker can be found in use at homes and restaurants around the world.

Background

  • Invented by Charles Champion prior to 1920, the sandwich maker debuted as the Tostwich in the United States. In 1925, Champion received the official patent recognizing his invention of the sandwich maker.

Function

  • Sandwich makers press a sandwich together, seal the edges and heat the inside of the sandwich. They're typically used to make grilled cheese sandwiches and other melts. Often, sandwich makers allow users to make two sandwiches at a time.

Types

  • You can find various types of sandwich makers around the world. In Australia, the jaffle iron takes center stage, while in the United Kingdom people refer to it as a toastie maker. Electrical appliances inspired by the sandwich maker include the Panini, waffle iron and toaster oven.

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