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This Hamilton Beach blender creates smoothies made to travel (pictures)

For just $40, the new Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender may not be fast, but it sure makes smoothies designed for portability.

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Bring lots of parts to the party

This blender comes with lots of ways to mix things up, including two travel jars and a grinding cup.

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Small but very capable

The Stay or Go uses a small but conventionally-shaped 32-ounce mixing jar.

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Grind or go

You can grind food in either travel jars or grinding cup.

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Blend, then hit the road

Pile smoothie ingredients into the travel jar, blend, then go.

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Tops made for slurping

These mouth-shaped openings make for quick smoothie slurping.

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Tiny blades, weak motor

Sadly, the blade assembly is small and driven by a weak motor.

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Simple controls

The simple controls let you pulse or blend continuously.

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Batter failure

It didn't manage to mix pancake batter completely.

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Tough time with cheddar

Shredding a whole 8-ounce block of cheddar didn't work out too well.

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Whip it good

Yes, this blender created some tasty whipped cream.

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Almond crunch

Sorry but almond flour, not butter, is what you can create.

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The pesto problem

If you're willing to help mix or chop before blending, making pesto is possible.

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