A scarf to microwave

December 24, 1992|By Kate Holschuh | Kate Holschuh,Knight-Ridder News Service

BOULDER, Colo. -- Just when you thought microwavable burritos, popcorn and Bavarian Wiener Suppers were going to end the microwave craze, a New York-based company is making scarves that you can zap.

The Phoenix Dynamics Corp. has begun marketing Warm-Upz microwavable scarves and bandannas. In 30 seconds, the garments heat to give off warmth that can last an hour, depending on how cold it is outside.

Product distributor Joel Hudesman, calling from his office in Woodmere, N.Y., says the trick is a micro-heating strip of flexible plastic cubes containing a non-toxic liquid that is activated when zapped with microwaves. Warm-Upz was developed as the winter mate to "Cool Sports," a refreezeable bandanna that keeps you cool on hot days.

Though not exactly a fashion statement -- the bandanna comes in plain white and blue only -- the scarf helps those involved in outdoor activities, for the elderly and for kids waiting for the bus on a cold morning.

Similar to wrapping a hot compress around your neck, wearing the freshly zapped bandanna is "also great for relieving tension, stress, and stiff necks," says its promoter.

Not available in stores yet, Warm-Upz scarves come in plain colors, plaids and designs and sell for $18.95 each -- plus $4.95 shipping.

Those interested can contact Phoenix Dynamics Corporation-USA, 131 Finucane Place, Woodmere, N.Y. 11598 or call (516) 374-1632.

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