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Marshmallow-roasting robot is sadly not for sale

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories teases us with the MarshMallowMatic robot for April Fools', then slams the door on our happiness.

This marshmallow is feeling the burn. Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

The lowly marshmallow has been plucked from the clutches of hot chocolate and campfires and handed over to its new robot overlord: the MarshMallowMatic from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. This modified version of an Egg-Bot kit robot uses a compacy oxy-fuel torch to toast rotating marshmallows. It can even be set to burn designs onto the surface.

A video demonstration shows the MarshMallowMatic going to town on jumbo marshmallows, emblazoning them with a zig-zag pattern and a smiley face. You start to imagine the possibilities. Perhaps you could burn a picture of a marshmallow onto a marshmallow. You could sear your Web site address onto the sweet treats and hand them out instead of business cards.

The kit has its own product page where it's listed at $495. The proper response to this is, "Take my money! I'll buy three!" However, when you add the kit to your cart, you get an April Fools' message. It's not a surprise, but it is a disappointment. Perhaps there was some concern about offering a kit with a torch that can reach 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Still, there's really nothing to stop you from ordering a regular Ostrich Egg-Bot Kit for $250 and modifying it to handle treat-scorching duties, so long as you're careful with an open flame and take all sorts of safety precautions. You wouldn't want to go to all that trouble just to end up with a robot on fire smelling like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man on the losing end of a battle.