All week long we’ve been giving away fantastic prizes on Kitchen Explorers.  The fun continues with today’s giveaway of an awesome West Bend Convection Toaster Oven.  I’ve been a big fan of toaster ovens ever since my husband and I were gifted one as a wedding present nearly twelve years ago.  From a practical standpoint I found it easy to use, and it took less energy compared to a regular oven to roast salmon filets or make a snack sized portions of garlic cheese bread.  After using it for ten years our poor appliance died, and it has been on my mind to replace ever since. 

One fortunate Kitchen Explorers reader will win this West Bend Convection Toaster Oven.  From reading about the features alone, I can tell you this is a much nicer appliance than the one we used to have.  I am very excited for one of you to win this!

Product details from West Bend (manufacturer): 

  • Platinum Edition Countertop Ovens feature seek design lines and stainless steel accents.
  • Cook a 12 inch frozen pizza in less time than it takes to preheat a standard oven.
  • Automatic Convection fan circulates air to promote even cooking.
  • Large interior can hold a 12″ pizza, 6 slices of bread, casseroles, and other baked goods.
  • Wire rack is reversible and has multiple level options to fit many sized pans.
  • Cook settings include Convection Bake, Broil, and Toast.
  • 60 minute timer with automatic shut-off.
  • 1380 watts
  • Exterior dimensions: 10.25″ x 15.50″ x 19″ Interior dimensions: 7.5″ x 12.75″ x 9″

To be eligible to win, leave a comment below telling us what your most favorite oven baked snack is.  The contest is open to US residents who are 18 years and older.  One entry per person. Entries must be submitted by December 15th, at 11:59 p.m. PSTWinner will be chosen by and notified by email.

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  • Miss Margy

    My favorite oven baked snack is home made pizza.

    • Stephanie Rush

      Homemade mini pizzas!

    • Frances

      My favorite snack is homemade empanadas, I use already made pie crust, you use different fillings like fruit pie filling, hash brown potatoes ham and cheese or just be creative with left -over’s. YUM!

  • Katie Hiebert


  • Kay N.

    My most favorite snack is a scone that I have made and frozen….wonderful heated up!!

  • Kathi

    I have to say pizza too!

  • Kelly Glupker

    I make a batch of cookie dough and keep it in the fridge and only bake what we plan to eat since we love our cookies fresh and warm. Once the kids are in bed I scoop out some dough and bake up a few cookies for my husband and I. It’s our favorite treat! And how awesome it would be to not have to heat up my whole oven to have it!
    Just today I posted on facebook that I was interested in purchasing one of these toaster ovens. How cool it would be if I won this one!

  • Molly

    Pecan pie!

  • E Lee

    mozzarella sticks!

  • Joanne Olson

    carmel corn

  • Suni House

    spiced chick peas

  • Karleen

    I love oven baked garlic/cheese bread.

  • Amy Kim

    Your roasted chickpeas!

  • Karly @ Three in Three

    I would have to say my newest favorite in the baked snack category is parmesan crusted zucchinis, which I made for the first time last week! They were healthy and absolutely addictively delicious!

  • Laura Hoyt


  • Susan Hummell

    My favorite oven baked snack is reheated pizza. Pizza isn’t the same if reheated in a microwave.

  • Eileen Murphy

    Cinnamon rolls !

  • Heather

    Kale chips–if I ever learn how to make them! ;)

  • 2_create

    fruit galette

  • Laurie in MN

    Pizza baby!

  • Phyllis A

    focaccia bread

  • shirley


  • Kat

    My favorite is pita with melted provolone – for some reason it’s the best combo.

  • Patricia Miller

    Egg rolls!

  • Sharon


  • atb

    we love baked pita chips

  • Janet

    Brownies and parmesan crisps.

  • Patty. Lett


  • Doreen, Houston, MN

    Pecan sticky rolls (actually, any bread/pastry item, since I am definitely a “carb-aholic!!!).

  • Christopher Sorel

    pizza rolls

  • Barb C.

    My favorite oven baked snack is carmel corn that I enjoy making with my mother and my 3 daughters!!!!

  • Roy S.

    Sweet Potato Fries!

  • Carrie

    olive oil and parmesean cheese on naan or bread

  • Julie B

    cheesy garlic bread

  • Mary F

    I like mini pizzas or loaded tortilla chips! Yummy!

  • Barbara Castor


  • Kate M

    My favorite is baked tortilla chips with cheese!

  • Sarah

    Cinnamon buns!

  • Heather Brandt

    Roasted pumpkin seeds are my favorite snack!

  • carol

    hmm – probably cheese toast or pizza for the kids! I love that you can do small things without heating up the house with the oven and ours is old and yucky!

  • Rebecca Smith

    Homemade garlic bread!

  • dorothy

    Warmed muffins or leftover pizza, yummmm

  • Theresa Sea

    Cookies! ;)

  • Amy S.

    I love anything that comes out of my oven. It’s my most used kitchen appliance. Cookies, cakes, brownies….I love them all!

  • eric smith

    pizza, without a doubt

  • Brenda

    Cinnamon Toast

  • Loretta S

    anything to have quick

    grilled cheese, a favorite

  • Angie M.

    Love cheese toast!

  • sharon k.

    Just call me Cookie Monster! (My fav is chocolate chip)

  • Cindy

    Pizza! of course

  • Mary


  • Robin Whiting

    Jalapeno poppers!

  • Carl

    My beagle, Kirby, loves his homemade pumpkin cranberry dog biscuits. Woof!

  • Jennifer Keller

    Homemade bread or pies!

  • Sheri

    Hot pizza dip with crackers or baguette slices!

  • Alison

    I like to use my toaster oven to make mini pita pizzas… but my toaster oven is old so I could really use a new one!

  • Oni

    homemade french bread pizza

  • Amy

    i love baked crostini! yum.

  • Lisa

    cakes & toast, nothing like buttered bread toasted in an oven..a perfect baking machine!

  • Cindy F


  • Sara

    We love breadsticks or mini pizzas. But we rarely make them since I don’t have a toaster oven, and using the large oven for a snack is a special treat.

  • Jaleesa

    My favorite oven baked snack is definitely cookies!

  • doug

    We make English muffin pizzas… they rock!!

  • Alicia

    cheesy garlic bread

  • Susan

    Brussels sprouts! No kidding! With a little olive oil and sea salt… mmmmm….

  • Cristina

    Peanut butter brownies!!!

  • Veronica Rodriguez

    Sweet potato with raisins

  • Nancy

    My favorite pizza, the day after! Leftovers in a toaster oven are the best!

  • Joy

    Sliced delicata squash tossed with a little olive oil, maple syrup, salt and Spanish smoked paprika. Broiled until one side is crisp – sweet, smoky squash chips!

  • Andrea

    My favorite oven baked is definitely cookies. I love to bake and try new recipes

  • Katrina Kotowski

    I love sweet potato chips!

  • SanDee

    My favorite is potato skins with melty cheese and herbs :)

  • Glen

    My favorite snack is Pizza. Also my favorite lunch and dinner. Ok, and breakfast :-)

  • Michele

    Ever since I was little, I’ve enjoyed the simple pleasure of cheese melted on crackers straight from the oven (with just a little bit of brown on the cheese). Yum.

  • gbear

    potato skins!!

  • kym

    Our favorite baked snacks are mommy’s special cupcakes. I use a mixture of several fruits and colors and the kids go crazy over them without realizing they are actually a bit healthier than other cupcakes!!

  • Rose N.

    Almond-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates.

  • Chessa


  • Sandra

    Cheese Dreams

  • Lisa F.

    We love making chicken pot pies and french dips!

  • Charmaine Keel-Brown

    im torn between cookies and cheese sticks.

  • Susanna Aliotta

    Blueberry muffins

  • Michele Shoffner

    I love cheese sticks.

  • Rebecca Dean

    Cheese toast

  • Jenn Weir

    Thin sliced French baguette with an apple slice, brie cheese, and a drizzle of honey :) magnifique!

  • Heather

    Cinnamon Rolls! :)

  • JessicaW

    mozzarella bites!

  • Debbie

    Favorite? Pizza. The one I don’t feel guilty chowing on? Kale chips.

  • Jennifer

    butternut squash fries!

  • Julie

    Sliced french loaf topped with a cream cheese and scallion blend, ham, and cheddar. Out of the oven, place a snow pea. Enjoy!

  • Amy HH

    I don’t have a favorite, that would be too difficult. We love fruit crisps (I make them with a nut topping rather than oatmeal). Cookies are a staple in the house (my 5 year old’s latest creation: walnuts, craisins, raisins, oatmeal, and chocolate chips in a chocolate cookie). Chocolate caramel bars are way up there too.

  • Kenna Wioght

    Nachos, babyyyyyyy!!!!!!!

  • Paloma

    Parmesan crisps

  • Janelle

    Brownies..homemade or out of a box, I love them all!

  • Ginette Bracke

    Pizza bagels!

  • Mara

    English muffin pizzas!

  • Elizabeth H

    My favorite is sweet potato fries

  • Jen

    apple crisp…..yummmmmmy :-)

  • Chelsea K

    Cookies!!! :)

  • Ashley B

    I love making garlic bread and veggie pizza!

  • celeste

    My favorite baked item is home made croutons. they just always taste way better than the store bought ones.

  • Jenny

    English muffin pizzas!

  • Mary C.

    I love to make quesadillas in the oven!

  • Jessica

    Kale chips!

  • Stacy


  • EileenQ

    Toasted pita chips or baked corn chips!

  • Dianne Wilkie

    toasted cheese and tomatoe open face sandwiches

  • Sarah

    Nachos, mmmmm, delish!

  • Heather Katsoulis

    We love to make healthy mini pizzas. Fun nutrition for the whole family. :)

  • KelTN

    Cheese toast!

  • Paula S.

    Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  • elena


  • Cincy Woods

    Homemade chocolate chip cookies!

  • Michelle McMahon

    Fresh Chocolate Chip Cookies from pre made refrigerated dough… Tall glass of milk…… Yum!

  • Michelle McMahon

    Chicken nuggets

  • Katya

    mini pizzas!

  • Kristine

    Toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches!

  • Doug

    I love to make cookies.

  • Jennifer B.

    The kids favorite snack is tortino’s pizza rolls.

  • Antoinette

    Mini pizzas so each person can put on the toppings they love!!!

  • Mom24@4evermom

    fresh baked chocolate chip cookies

  • Nicole W

    Baking means love, especially making my grandma’s cinnamon rolls!

  • Praveena

    I love to bake wholegrain vegetable pizza for my son.

  • Heather

    Gotta love the homemade pizza!

  • Katherine

    Choc. Chip cookies

  • Amy H

    gonna go with pizza!! :)

  • Angel Gurule

    lemon pepper chicken breasts.

  • Marianne

    Home made mozzarella sticks dipped in home made marinara are my favorite!

  • Theresa A

    Toaster Oven Jeno Pizza Rolls are the best!

  • Beth Young

    Oh I would SO love this I wore my last one out when that’s all I had to bake with for about a year!! Everything you can make in a big oven can be made in one of these! Our favorite I think tho would be home made cinnamon rolls!!

  • JoAnn

    A toaster oven saves energy when you are baking something small like 1 baked potato.

  • Monica

    Currently, my favorite oven baked snack is kale chips!!

  • Terri Boos

    We take left over fajitia shells, drizzle olive oil on them & sprinkle with parmesean cheese. Heat in toaster oven & you have yummy crispy chips for dip!

  • LeeAnn P.

    I love egg rolls and pizza!

  • marla

    Kale chips, yum!

  • Matt Ferrell

    Pizza! :)

  • Pam

    Love pizza rolls

  • Aimee Porter

    Definitely brownies!

  • Jacque Herron

    It would have to be Crostini. I have several toppings, but my fave is Brie and Sherried Mushrooms.

  • Bonnie Cormier

    My fav oven-baked snack….cookies!!!! :)

  • Theresa

    garlic bread

  • Ellen Wexler

    I love chesse melted on toast, open face, with slices of tomato.

  • Cat

    YUM! Toasted sour dough with goat cheese…topped with a sprinkle of hot pepper oil!

  • Caroline

    My FAVORITE oven baked snack is Cinnamon Rolls!! I would LOVE to win West Bend Convection Toaster Oven so I can bake yummy cinnamon rolls and cookies without making my house super hot! My oven heats up my whole house :(

  • Magi


  • barbi


  • Annette H

    Oh, I love garlic bread. Yummy!

  • Tracy

    Big soft pretzels

  • LuLu

    We love to cook with our toaster oven and are in need of a new one! Some of our regular toaster oven favorites are bagels, veggie corn dogs, and mini pizzas on English muffins so everyone can customize their own toppings!

  • LisaL

    Love any type of melts!

  • Erin Zackey

    pb and honey on toast! we’d use this item ALL THE TIME, so keeping fingers crossed!

  • Sue Peterson

    I love doing pita tostadas – so good…

  • Judith

    Cinnamon toast and pita pocket pizza’s.

  • rose

    homemade chimichongas

  • Heather Williams

    Cinnamon rolls or toast :-). Yummmmm!

  • Leanne

    Cinnamon rolls

  • Jazmin

    Garlic cheese bread is our favorite. It goes with every dinner.

  • Dee

    Either kale chips or homemade pita/tortilla chips

  • Jill

    Homemade granola and trail mix. My four-year-old loves to help me mix the ingredients together and loves it when I throw in some chopped dark chocolate.

  • Dawn M

    Pizza or cinnamon toast

  • Denise L

    Homemade pizza!

  • Becki H

    Baked and breaded cheese sticks, chopped into bites.

  • Katie

    homemade pizza – a weekly favorite in our house

  • Darcee Johnson

    We love to make quesadillas and homemade tortilla chips in the oven or toaster oven. Crispy with little to no oil!

  • Catherine

    Bacon biscuits!

  • Beth

    Definitely homemade pizza.

  • Meghan

    I love homemade potato chips

  • Desire Montano

    I like making mini pies both sweet and savory!

  • Kristen M.

    My childhood memories are of using the toaster oven to make tuna melts. We don’t currently have a toaster oven but that’s what I would make along with provolone cheese melted over bagels.

  • Laura

    Sweet Potato Fries

  • Katie

    Coffee cake!

  • Jen LF

    Healthy = kale chips
    Indulgent = the old standby, chocolate chip cookies

  • Jennifer Collins

    I love cookies..

  • Wanda Warren

    I love to bake anything, but a pizza late night is the best.

  • Rona

    Garlic bread!

  • David

    Frescetta 4-cheese pizza with a little Italian dressing on the crust.

  • Rebecca M

    My new favorite oven baked snack is pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!!

  • Rebecca Poulson

    It’s a toss up between pizza and cookies.

  • Tara H

    We love garlic breadsticks!

  • Melinda S.

    Toasted rice cake with almond butter, cinnamon and honey!

  • Laura Jacobson

    Gluten Free Taco Pizza!



  • amy

    Ginger Snap Cookies!-Thanks!

  • sara

    apple turnovers

  • rachel c.

    parmesan cheese crisps

  • ada


  • chris

    Banana Bread

  • marin

    homemade mini pizzas

  • peg s.

    baked chicken nuggets

  • Steve B

    Grilled cheese sandwiches.

  • Edna

    Bacon wrapped scallops.

  • ky t

    cranberry scones

  • conner

    mini quiche

  • kevin p

    toasted pumpkin seeds with sea salt

  • perry m.

    mozarella cheese sticks

  • mace l


  • qhuinn

    chicken strips with melted cheese

  • Keith

    Chicken wings.

  • syl r.

    homemade pizza with extra cheese

  • Ming Chen Lu

    Pecan pie and pizza !

  • Lisa

    My all time favorite is homemade maple granola. Yum!