|The FoodLoop's bright colors are a little jarring when you're used to seeing roasts and such tied up with kitchen string. But unlike string, they're heat-resistant and reusable.|
They don't stick to foods or pans, don't splinter like toothpicks, and are easy to put on and take off without having to tie knots and use scissors. They can be tightened down small, or linked together to make a larger loop. And there's no risk of losing bits of them in whatever you've cooked.
One of the clerks told me she used one on the grill and accidentally dropped it through the grate, but it just got a little blackened on one side and didn't melt before she could fish it out with tongs. They're heat-resistant to 675 degrees F. And they're dishwasher-safe (the six-pack – or was it four? – comes with a mesh bag for washing).
My conclusion: Silly to look at, but not silly to use. I may go back and get some to try a little trussing myself.