I have been a big fan of ThermoWorks’ ThermaPens for a long, long time. It’s something I bought my dad probably 20 years or so ago as an Xmas gift, and it was his fave, geeky go-to tool (he used to carry it to the beach to measure air and water temp!). It’s been in my kitchen for nearly as long.
Alas, the problem with the ThermaPen is that, at $96, it’s pretty pricy for the average home cook. Problem solved! TW has gotten tired of losing out the home cook market to competitors, as they’ve come out with a much more reasonably priced — and fun — ThermoPop.
As you can see, it’s available in lots of colors. What you can’t see from the image is that the temperature display rotates so it’s easily viewable no matter how you are using it (works for lefties!). It’s also fast: readings are within the final degree in only 5 to 6 seconds. And for a limited time, TW is selling them at $24 (will be $29; some colors available at Amazon).
The timing is good for me, as I’ve realized that the ThermaPen I currently have is one of their precision ones rather than their fast read ones. So I’ve ordered a ThermaPop. If it isn’t what I’m expecting, I’ll report back here. But I fully expect it to rock!