Easy-Bake Oven to Lose the Light Bulb

Time marches on, and with that march toys need to change and evolve. One toy that might have changed on the outside over the years is about to get a change to its core technology. The Easy-Bake oven, which has entertained kids for years by allowing them to cook food on a light bulb is finally dropping the bulb. That’s right the inefficient heat producing 100 watt incandescent bulb is being replaced with a heating element (because as you might have heard, the bulbs will no longer be made/sold anymore).

My first reaction to this is, oh well, as long as they don’t lose the Easy-Bake, who cares how it works. But its a little sad, since the novelty of cooking things on a light bulb has been a cornerstone of humorous adult reminiscence for decades. So with that I say…

The Easy-Bake Oven is dead. Long live the Easy-Bake Oven!

Thanks to Tim for emailing me the article about this:

It’s not as Easy without the bulb [@] The Tennessean

The Easy-Bake Oven

Invented by prolific toy inventor Ronald Howes, The Easy-Bake Oven was first introduced in 1963 by Cincinatti’s Kenner Products. It was a toy targeted at young girls, that allowed any child to turn into a gourmet baker by simply mixing water with a prepackaged mix. I of course would have no patience for waiting and just ate the mix raw. Back in the early Kenner days, the easy bake oven was made to look like a real oven and it used a standard incandescent light bulb for heat. Nowadays the toy is made by Hasbro, looks more like a Microwave and has a built in heating element instead of the incandescent light bulb.

In February 2007 almost a million Easy-Bake ovens were recalled because they posed a danger to the children playing with it. I am not sure what took them so long to reach this conclusion. 1000s of children have been burning themselves for years on these things. That is how I learned that ovens are hot, that eating brownies is a lot more painful then just eating brownie mix and Salmonella is not fun. Don’t have an Easy-Bake Oven? Order yours today.