Lights Out for Easy-Bake Oven Isn't a Tragedy

Easy Bake OvenAll in all, I had a great childhood, but there was one big disappointment that to this day I have still never quite gotten over: I never got an Easy-Bake Oven. Birthday after Christmas for years, I asked, but was denied cooking treats by the heat of a light bulb. She won't admit it, but I believe it's because my mother didn't want me to get fat. That's another story, though.

So, as soon as I had a daughter, I started counting down the days until I could buy her one, and together we could bake up all the wonderful treats I missed out on. She's only 2, so we have a ways to go, and I was getting more than a little nervous with talk of the federal government phasing out incandescent light bulbs and the Easy-Bake Oven going to toy heaven. Would my toddler be denied just like I was?

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Fortunately, my dream has not been destroyed. While Hasbro, maker of the best toy ever, has ditched the light bulb in the newest version, it still will live on. It now uses heating technology much like a real oven. That's not quite as fun as the light bulb, but the cakes are sure to taste better; plus, now it's purple and all high-tech looking, and there's more space in which to bake.

Michelle Paolino, a vice president of global brand strategy and marketing at Hasbro, told the Associated Press: "This gave us a reason to do it completely differently. We wanted it to look more like a real appliance, not a plastic toy."

Not only that, there are new, fabulous treats to whip up beyond basic cakes -- things like a pink-and-brown "checkerboard" cake, whoopie pies, party pretzel "dippers," and cinnamon twist, oh my! It is a bit pricier than the ones of old -- about $50 -- but the value of my daughter not feeling the same void I have for all of these years is priceless, right?

The target age for the oven is 8-12, but I don't think I can wait quite that long to get one now with all these cool changes. Maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list once again this year and see what happens. Though I do worry a bit about how all those tasty treats are going to affect my diet ...

Did you have an Easy-Bake Oven growing up? What do you think of this newly designed one? Are there any toys your children want that you just won't get them?


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