Slow cookers, or crock-pots as they are commonly known, were originally patented in 1940 as a “bean simmer pot” and the first “Simmer Crock” hit the market in 1950 with limited success. In the 1970s, Crock-Pot became an unlikely symbol of the women’s liberation movement as more women took control of their own destiny by working outside the home. It was a way for women to earn a living and still take care of their families. It was proof that the Modern Day Woman could, indeed, do it all.
Crock-pots haven’t changed much since their inception and why should they? They are the epitome of simplicity. Just throw something in there, turn it on and leave it to its own devices. Now, there have been a few minor improvements, such as larger sizes and timers but in general, they are the same as the originals shown above. Some things never change:
- Manual high, low and warm setting
- Removable Stoneware insert for easy serving and cleaning
- Aluminum housing
- Non-skid rubber feet for stability
- Cool-touch handles
- Glass lid
- ETL Certified and UL listed.
But guess what has changed?!?! Crock-pot Designs. There’s now a crock-pot design to match your favorite cartoon character, nerdist tendencies and inner superhero.
So buckle up and let’s go on a ride. The fun starts here!
In A Galaxy Far, Far Away
This film franchise has ended but rest assured that Stars Wars will live on in our hearts and our minds…and on Disney+. After being rejected by two major studios, Star Wars: A New Hope was finally granted the go-ahead by 29th Century Fox. What was to be a low-budget, standalone film morphed into a saga that has continued for over 40 years.
Oddly enough, that means that the Star Wars franchise has been around since the 70s…just like Crock-Pot. Coincidence? I think not.
Baby Star Wars
Just For Fun
Who doesn’t love Mickey? He turned 90 years old just a couple of years ago so I think it’s safe to assume that we all grew up with him in our lives!
Mickey made his 1928 debut in the short film Steamboat Willie, one of Disney’s first sound cartoons. The new Disney mascot was created in secret to replace Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, the Disney mascot that was co-owned by Disney and Universal Studios.
New Age Cartoons
Pixar was the brainchild of Disney executive John Lasseter. He pitched the idea of using computer animation for producing movies but Disney’s reaction was not what he expected: They fired him.
He teamed up with George Lucas, and later Steve Jobs, to create Pixar Studios. Despite an Academy Award nomination and some success in advertising, the company struggled. It wasn’t until their 1988 Academy win for “Tin Toy” that things started to look up. Turns out Disney wanted in after all. And the rest, as they say, is history.
What’s that? Who’s Jack-Jack? Just ask a Millennial. Or a Post-Millennial. I’m sure they’ll think it’s charming that you don’t know.
These character powerhouses were dreamed up by Illumination Entertainment and Nickelodeon, respectively. Although they don’t have the big-name connections of some of the others, they deserve respect in their own right.
The Minions is the highest-grossing non-Disney film of all time and SpongeBob SquarePants has a television history spanning over 12 years (so far). They have certainly earned a spot in the Crock-Pot Hall of Fame!
Comic book superheroes have been around since the 1930s. The first was Mandrake the Magician in 1934 but it didn’t take long for him to be overshadowed by The Phantom (1936), Superman (1938) and Batman (1939). Frankly, I’m not surprised. Mandrake’s superpower was his ability to “make people believe anything, simply by gesturing hypnotically”. Since he was, apparently, unable to make anyone believe he was the top superhero, he definitely deserved to go.
Like Crock-Pot, superheroes haven’t changed much since they showed up on the scene some 80-plus years ago. Why mess with a good thing?
Let’s get cooking with the Earth’s mightiest superheroes!
2-quart size for appetizers, dips, sauces
Well, That Was Fun!
Well, there you have it, all the fun I could muster up all in one place. Which one are you going to get?
And, in case you’re wondering, I owned the Flame Red and Avocado Green Crock-Pots, circa 1971. Because I really am that old.
All my best,