Great, all I need in my house is a button when I my sweet tooth starts buzzing. Amazon's Dash Buttons refill empty boxes of laundry detergent, coffee and razor blades along with empty tubes of toothpaste. I was intrigued though when I found a secret dash button for sweets.
The Surprise Sweets Dash Button is a dieter's worst nightmare. A simple press of a button will order a grab bag of gourmet treats. It's never been easier (or tempting) to consume a few thousand calories.
I ordered the Sweet Treats Dash Button after finding it hidden among the hundreds of others in Amazon's dash department. It's by invitation only so I requested a button a few months ago. It arrived last week to my sweaty palms. I immediately connected it to my Prime account and pressed the button. It was my first dash purchase.
I did not know what I was going to get in my box. Amazon told me in the description that it might be chocolate, popcorn or soft candies and that it would be gourmet from confectioners carefully selected by Amazon.
A couple of days later my doorbell rang and there was a box labeled "Sweet Treats". I rushed to the door then rushed to a kitchen door where we keep the scissors. Not only did I crave something sweet, I was equally excited just to see what they'd chosen for me.
There were 4 items in my surprise box. A gourmet rice cake that resembled a fancy Rice Krispies Treat, a bag of gourmet caramel popcorn, a bag of toffee candies and another bag of soft nut candies. Yes, they were all delicious.
The Surprise Sweets order was $18 so it's a bit too expensive for me to make frequent presses of the button and I'm putting the button outside the reach of my kids (and my wife). It's easy to get carried away.
If you happen to live in an area with Amazon 2 hour delivery, it's understandable that I might one night be tempted to press the button when I start my afternoon/evening coffee pot.
Again, if you want one of these surprise sweets dash buttons you must request an invitation until Amazon releases it to all of its customers.
if you want one for yourself, here's the link.
I'm already a big fan of Amazon's Alexa products. I have an Echo Tap and Echo Dot that I use to play music, get weather forecasts and turn on lights in my office. If you haven't tried Alexa but have wondered whether it's something you'd use, take a look at the new(ish) Amazon Wand. This device can be mounted to a refrigerator or pantry door with a hook and magnet. When you run out of something rather than write it down on a shopping list, just wave the Wand and it'll add it to a list you can take to the store on your smartphone.
|WE'VE GOT SKILLS | Add the WRCB Alexa Skill to your Echo, Tap or Dot|
There are a couple of different ways to use the Amazon Wand. There's a button (of course) that listens when you press it and speak. When I ran out of olive oil the other day I pressed the button and said "add olive oil to my shopping list". Almost instantly I saw 'olive oil' get added to my list that I have tied to a ToDoist app. I found it to be very handy and kept me from looking around for a pen and paper. I was also able to send my wife our shopping list when she called from the store to ask 'what do we need?'.
The Amazon Wand is even easier to use if you do your grocery shopping through Amazon. By pressing the button and waving it over an empty container's barcode, the item is automatically placed in your Amazon shopping cart. If you have Amazon Prime 2 hour delivery you'll have the replacement item on your doorstep in the time it would take you to drive to the store a purchase it yourself.
Since Alexa is built in you can also ask for the forecast, news, recipes or ask to make a reservation at a nearby restaurant.
The Amazon Dash Wand is a good entry into the Alexa space. It sells for $20, less than half the price of the Echo Dot.
Amazon already changed how we shop and with these new devices it's made it easier than ever to refill the fridge or satisfy a craving. If you're concerned whether someone could make a purchase without permission (like young children), the devices can be set up where it needs a special code to place the order. Amazon also offers returns if an item is ordered by accident using dash buttons and devices.
SPORTS FANS | Add the WRCB Sports Alexa Skill to your Echo, Tap or Dot