100 W Bulb Banned: Lights Out for Easy Bake Oven?

Lindsay Mannering

easy bake ovenWhat's the size of a quarter, smells like burning, and is going extinct in 2011? If you guessed an Easy Bake Oven brownie, then wow, that's incredible. Excellent guess. You're right.

Starting at the beginning of next year, the law will forbid the production of the 100-watt incandescent light bulb. There are two things that come to mind when I hear that my government is wiping out high-wattage energy-inefficient light bulbs. One, my Easy Bake Oven, and two, my home surgeries.

Since my operating table isn't exactly street legal, let's focus on the Oven. How will millions (thousands?) of kids learn how to dress a burn wound and mix brownies if not for the 100 W light bulb-powered Easy Bake Oven? Without the light, there is no oven.

Or isn't there.

Remember all those good times you had with those small plastic spoons, bowls, and muffin tins? Pouring the mix into the molds and watching them bake in your very own mini-oven? Well how do you think your cookies got so plump and your brownies so burnt? The 100 W light bulb of course.

But Hasbro has found a way around the dilemma. Those toy tinkerers wouldn't let our Easy Bake Oven go extinct right along with the 100 W bulb. No! They released a statement:

We are aware that the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be available beginning in 2012. 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.

An ultimate oven?? Wow. I need to hurry up and have some kids so I can justify this purchase. I hope it's not solar-powered or something, like you have to go outside on a sunny day to bake. That would defeat the whole purpose of the Oven! We want to stay inside and eat, not play outdoors. Sheesh.

Good to know though that the Easy Bake Oven not only lives on, but thrives. I'm pretty sure if they were to add any savory dishes to their recipe packets, I would buy me an Easy Bake for my apartment. It's cheaper than a microwave! And microwaves don't come with plastic pouches of food mix, now do they?

Do you have any fond Easy Bake Oven memories?

Photo via Jim, the Photographer/Flickr

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