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Throwback deal: These nostalgic kitchen gadgets start at $20

There is going to be a lot more carnival food in your future.
There is going to be a lot more carnival food in your future.

Milkshakes and hot dogs — that’s the menu of our childhoods. Simple ingredients, simple tastes. Now, thanks to Amazon’s sale on Nostalgia appliances, you can give the gift of yesteryear at a discount. The retail giant is offering up some of the quirkiest ways to make your favorite childhood meals and treats, starting at just $20.

Shake it up with this milkshake-maker that'll turn your kitchen into a soda shoppe.

$28 at Amazon

When you think of nostalgia foods, milkshakes are #1 on your hit parade. And now you can make these frothy delights at home thanks to one sassy retro number. Two speeds let you customize the thickness — can you get it through the straw??? — and it comes with a durable 16-ounce stainless steel mixing cup.

"Best gift for teens" wrote this soda jerk (pardon the phrasing). "I bought this for my 15-year-old twins for Christmas. I have to say I succeeded in finding a reasonably-priced gift that they actually love! How rare is that? I believe that it has been used every day since it was given. Thankful for the mom win."

This hard-working station includes Coffee Maker, Non-Stick Griddle, and 4-Slice Toaster Oven. Breakfast is served!

$80 at Amazon

Sometimes big appetites don't exactly match the amount of available counter space. That's what makes this 3-in-1 Breakfast Station perfect. It has everything you need to make a great breakfast — or breakfast for dinner — without sacrificing much-needed space. Plus its retro design will definitely make it a conversation piece. Also available in red and yellow.

"This is a complete little stove," reported one short-order cook. "While you're baking down below, you're grilling on top and brewing yourself a fresh pot of coffee, all in one little really awesome cooking stove. Bakes, grills and brews coffee all at one time in one little stove. When everyone first sees it they are totally amazed and want one!!! Hey, they come in different colors too so you can pick your own.!! It is so cool!!!"

This Coca Cola hot dog toaster has two slots specially designed for hot dogs and two for buns. It also comes with a pair of tiny tongs for easy serving.

$30 at Amazon

If hot dogs are your thing, this toaster can cook your frankfurter and warm your bun at the same time. With a retro diner design and the original Coca-Cola logo, this toaster has two specialized slots for hot dogs, brats or sausages plus two for the buns. It also comes with a little set of tongs to serve your dogs. So far, it’s raked in more than 3,000 five-star ratings and shoppers love it for its simplicity. And as a gift, shoppers say you can expect it to be a hit.

“Originally bought with the intention to be a white elephant gift,” reported a rave reviewer. “It was such a hit that I ended up buying three more for Christmas. Everyone who received it as a present was honestly so excited!”

This old-fashioned ice cream maker churns out about four quarts of soft-serve ice cream or froyo.

$50 at Amazon

This old-fashioned ice cream maker only looks like the hand-crank set from your salad days. This one has a motor to churn out about four quarts of ice cream at a time.

"I absolutely love the look of this ice cream maker," shared a happy shopper. "It reminds me of the old fashion ice cream maker my grandma used to have. When I was a kid she would always have me sit on top while my dad cranked and churned the ice cream. LOL! Thankfully, with this one you get all the charm but none of the effort that the old-fashioned one required. This makes some of the best ice cream that I’ve had in years. It came out very smooth, creamy and delicious."

This three-tier chocolate fountain can hold about 24 ounces of chocolate, but you can use it for other sauces like nacho cheese or ranch dressing.

$38 at Amazon

If you have a chocolate lover on your gift list, this three-tier fountain will make every day a party.

"Every person in the party loved it and tried it," reported a happy entertainer. "There were a few kids in the party, and we got this keeping them in mind, but it became a hot spot for adults as well. We had to add more chocolate to it in between due to the demand and it ran for around three hrs without any issue."

Just about every kid in America dreams of falling into a cloud of candy at some point in their childhood. Not only is this little machine fun to use, it can stretch any of your favorite hard candy into cotton-like threads.

"My kids and I got this for a block party," wrote a rave reviewer. "We ended up making so much cotton candy with this. Even made jolly rancher cotton candy!! Sky is the limit! Just allow yourself to play around with it and in no time, you’ll be a cotton candy wizard!"

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.