Easy-Bake Oven a victim of progress
The 100-watt light bulb that provides the heat source will no longer be sold next year. The oven is being redesigned.
How many parents will it take to change a light bulb in an Easy-Bake Oven next year?
None, since the 100-watt bulb that serves as the heating element in the classic toy won't be sold in the U.S. after Jan. 1. (Note to parents: Stock up now on the light bulbs so you won't have to spring for the new, bulb-free version of this hall of fame plaything.) Post continues after video.
The headline of one post about the demise of the Easy-Bake Oven as we know it blamed politicians for its fate. But it's really a smart move toward energy-efficient lighting. "The 100-watt bulb was so energy-inefficient, its main product wasn't light. It was heat," says Chicago Breaking Business -- enough to bake little cakes.
Some are sad to see the Easy-Bake Oven produce its last cupcake with the 100-watt bulb, the first of the incandescent bulbs to be phased out over three years. Some are sad to see the bulbs themselves pass into history. "We're all loathe to lose the incandescent bulb," Sarah Gilbert lamented at DailyFinance.
"It's the end of all light-bulb-based cooking," Stephen Colbert said. "This light-bulb ban has set off a watt riot."
But the oven will survive in a more modern form, which is fitting for a 2006 inductee into the National Toy Hall of Fame (although such notables as G.I. Joe, Jack in a Box, and Scrabble got there sooner). According to the toy oven's manufacturer:
In Fall 2011, Hasbro will launch the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven, introducing a new way to bake for the next generation of chefs. This new oven features a heating element that does not use a light bulb and offers an extensive assortment of mixes reflective of the hottest baking trends for today.
How will it compare? More than 23 million Easy-Bake Ovens have been sold since Kenner Inc. made the first one in 1963, inspired by the lights vendors used to keep pretzels and other street food warm. Every comment we've found about the taste and consistency of the baked goods it makes were less than favorable.
Hasbro, which later acquired the brand, issued a voluntary recall for a front-loading model in 2007 after 29 reports of kids getting their fingers caught in the oven's opening. Five were burned. Another recall was issued later that year after 249 more reports of stuck fingers and 77 more cases of burns. That model of the oven was retired.
Don't like the idea of the new oven with a heating element, not a bulb? Easy-Bake also has a microwave kit -- mix up the batter and slip the little pans into the microwave, just as Mom and Dad do.
I didn't have an Easy-Bake Oven as a child, but I don't recall feeling sad about that. (I've also switched to CFL bulbs and can't tell the difference anymore, if I ever did.)
Do you feel nostalgic about the old Easy-Bake Oven? Yes or no, please share your thoughts.
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I agree completely with the earlier poster....the new bulbs which can't be made in the U.S.A. because they contain MERCURY, have to come from China. More of their industrial TOXINS being sold here !!!!
Time to send some of the idiot lawmakers on a one-way "fact finding" trip TO China !
Who's side are the elected officials on anyway ?
The demise of this model signals the end of an era. The Oven wasn't about the taste of the food; it was about being able to, as a little kid, actually cook something on your own from start to finish. I have fond memories of the Easy-Bake Oven.
In a news report several months ago it was pointed out that the small twisted florescent light blubs that are replacing the traditional light blubs if improperly disposed of and allowed to break into the ground can poison 1000 gallons of water each making it undrinkable. The question is then how many old light bulbs are thrown away into the garbage and broken in land fills where the rain can wash that poison into our drinking water?
Ha! Ha! I had an EZ Bake oven until my cousin melted my Barbie in it...
On another note, isn't banning the sale and use of the incandescent bulbs a little like making the purchase of health insurance mandatory? Hmmm...
We switched to cfl's ages ago. We live in Alaska and lights tend to be on a lot during the dark months, so it helped a lot with the electric bill. We're now in the process of switching to LED. Love them! They can be so much brighter, but definitely have to do it a little at a time.
I got a Kenner Easy Bake Oven for Christmas in the mid sixties. Having four sisters, we all used it. I recall the cakes came out rubbery and, really, unfit to eat. It was a lot of fun, though. Just a toy! I have a special interest in the oven because, as a child, I was a Monza model in Kansas City and got a job to have my photo taken with the oven for the Western Auto magazine. I think my Mom still has the magazine. Brings back lots of good memories!
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