Author's Note July 2007 - Easy Bake Oven Recall:
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjunction with Hasbro has recalled the Easy Bake Oven models sold between May 2006 and July 2007. Please read the following article for detailed information about the Easy Bake Oven Recall.
This article was written before the recall.
Easy Bake Oven: History:
The Easy Bake Oven was invented in 1963 by Kenner Toys, which was subsequently taken over by Hasbro. The first Easy Bake Oven was turquoise in color and had a fake stove top. As the years passed by, lots of changes and enhancements were made to the Easy Bake Oven, which never lost it's popularity. Take a look at this fascinating Timeline of events based on the Easy Bake Oven and how it evolved over the years.
Easy Bake Oven: How It Works:
The principle of the Easy Bake Oven is relatively simple. There are no electric wires involved. The oven works solely on the heat provided by a 100 Watt light bulb, making it easy to practise cooking skills. Just follow the easy instructions on the Easy Bake Oven packet mixes, mix up your dish, and pop it into the oven. A see-through window allows your child to see what's happening inside. A short while later, slide out the dish, and it's ready to eat!
Easy Bake Oven: Recipes and Mixes:
There are ready mixes for lots of yummy dishes like cakes, mac and cheese, cookies, and more which can be cooked up in the Easy Bake Oven. The packet mixes require a little bit of water to be mixed in, and are simple for kids to handle. If you don't want to spend the money on the mixes(they are a tad expensive), simply conjure up your own recipes, or use ready made cookie dough as a quick fix.
Easy Bake Oven: Pros:
The Easy Bake Oven is a breeze to use, sturdy, easy to clean and loads of fun. Kids feel a sense of accomplishment when they do things themselves. The Easy Bake Oven helps in keeping the kids busy during the summer holidays.
Easy Bake Oven: Cons:
The Easy Bake Oven takes up some space as it is pretty bulky. Not all recipes come out good, some packet mixes taste horrible! You have to try and test out recipes to find the ones which work for you. The packet mixes are single serve, and may work out to be rather expensive.