Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp no one would eat?

Ott responded on 01/24/2012

Now THAT is a question.

I know I shouldn't but I LOVE black toast, buttered and spread with Marmite or strawberry jam. I don't do it since I was told it is potentially carcinogenic but as a kid it was a delicacy.

My five year-old daughter recently discovered the knob on our toaster and likes to turn it on full whenever she's passing. Consequently our smoke detectors get a good workout at least once a week.

Also, for toasting dark German pumpernickel bread a much stronger setting is required although I usually leave the knob where it is and just hit the 'frozen bread' button instead. This effectively doubles the toasting time and delivers the perfect base for avocado and hummus with loads of black pepper.

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