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Easy-Bake Ovens: The Tool of Little Bakers in Training

  • Mar 21, 2016

Many of today’s great bakers (and not-so-great bakers) may have gotten their start using the ever-popular toy known as the Easy-Bake Oven. After over half a century, this iconic item is still going strong, though the manufacturer replaced the original incandescent light bulbs in favor of a built-in heating element. But the cake and frosting mix packets, slide-through baking pans and utensils haven’t changed much since the early days.

When Kenner first introduced the toy in 1963, the hope was that children would relish baking on their own—and at their own workstations, no less. And they did! In fact, the Easy-Bake Oven has been named to Time Magazine’s “All-TIME 100 Greatest Toys” list and is part of the National Toy Hall of Fame. This perennial favorite even made an appearance on the favorite sitcom, Seinfeld, in an episode when Jerry’s latest girlfriend has an Easy-Bake Oven as part of her heirloom toy collection. Elaine lights up with childlike glee at the idea of playing with the girlfriend’s Easy-Bake Oven and its accompanying 30-year-old batter.

Perhaps our innate desire to bake is a testament to the toy’s staying power. But baking with your kids is a practice that not enough of us engage in. Kids are more likely to “bake” using a cooking app, but that’s a far cry from cracking literal eggs, beating, mixing, measuring and making glorious messes. Fortunately, Welcome Home Brands makes it easier than ever to keep messes to a minimum if that’s your desire.

So start creating baking masterpieces with your kids today—Easy-Bake Oven optional.

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