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Friday, February 25, 2011

Easy-Bake Oven Undergoing Energy-Conserving Makeover

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM

For anyone who ever baked a package of dry brownies over a 100-watt light bulb, it's a sad realization, indeed.

Next year, a federal ban on the manufacture of energy-gobbling incandescent light bulbs means an end to the Easy-Bake Oven as we've known it for almost 50 years. Hasbro, the oven's manufacturer, has released an official statement concerning the oven's future:

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.

It's just not the same.

In memorial, a few of the Easy-Bake's finest moments.

The 1960s - Piggybacking on Spirograph In the beginning selling a box with a light bulb in it just didn't have enough appeal, so Kenner had to pair the Easy-Bake Oven with the far less incandescent Spirograph. No one knows what happened to the not-included popcorn popper. Everyone who tried to use it died in house fires.

The 1970s - Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven Nine years after hitting the market, Easy-Bake joined forces with Betty Crocker to make the best generation of housewives yet.

The 1980 - Betty and Easy-Bake Go Nuclear There wasn't really any difference between the regular Easy-Bake and the Mini-Wave. Mostly because uranium rods tainted the flavor of the cakes.

The 1990s - Easy-Baking Laser Beams In the '90s, the best way to sell anything was to make a commercial that looked just like your fifth grade yearbook picture.

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