I remember this gadget in the Philippines where it was commonly used. Some snack counters at the malls would also sell these corn dogs but they were more known as "waffle dogs" in the Philippines. It was harder to find this corn dog maker for home use here in the US but we finally saw this one and bought it at Amazon.com. It worked great. The nonstick interior makes clean up very easy. It has a waffle pattern which made a pretty good impression. The first time I made the corn dogs, I used the cornbread recipe suggested in the enclosed pamphlet. It turned out a bit on the dry side so I decided to make the batter based on the cornbread recipe I like to use. I replaced the flour with some Biscuick and reduced the cornmeal. This mix was lighter, more like pancake batter and it didn't dry out. Corn dogs appeal to many but we all know that they're usually deep fried and not so good for us. These corn dogs eliminate deep frying in oil making them less greasy and much better. I like to pan fry the hot dogs in a little olive oil to brown them slightly then let them cool and drain on papertowels while preparing the batter. These corn dogs were just the perfect weekend snacks for us.