Friday, March 5, 2010

Memories of Easy-Bake Oven

I was not fortunate to have an Easy Bake Oven but my friend, Lori Love, down the street and around the corner did! My sister and I would go over to her house and in the basement family room we would create our delicious baked goodies- while watching Alfred Hitchcock movies!?!?

hummm...maybe that is why I love cooking today and love mysteries and SciFi- ya think??
This past week, Ronald Howes Sr, the inventor of the Easy Bake Oven went to the great inventor's paradise in the sky...
Children sometimes asked the inventor
of the Easy-Bake Oven if he was Santa Claus.

Millions of young girls – and some boys – baked their first cookies, cupcakes and brownies in the Easy Bake Oven because of him.
For over forty years the Easy Bake Oven has delighted young boys and girls with creation of their own baked goods. The Easy Bake Oven has created many memories for years on end. It has been proven time and time again that the Easy Bake oven is where creative ideas are "baked". The Easy Bake Oven made its debut at the Toy Fair in 1964. Kenner is the toy company that produces the vintage and new Easy Bake Ovens. Kenner management was truly surprised to see that there were more than 500,000 Easy Bake Ovens that were sold at the Toy fair. In 1964, the now vintage toy ovens were selling at a rate of approximately $16.00 each.

The fascination of the Easy Bake Oven is that it truly is so kid friendly. There are many recipes that can be created with the oven. A simple light bulb is used to cook the tasty concoctions. Pans, a sliding stick used to guide the pans into and out of the oven, is all that is truly needed to create a delicious masterpiece.
Children love to cook with the Easy Bake Ovens, as it is an easy way for them to learn how to bake. Parents appreciate the ovens, because they teach children how to cook, but safely. Many mixes are included with the Easy Bake Oven sets, which currently include donuts, and a cookie pizza. Vintage Easy Bake Ovens came with such tasty treats as birthday cake set, potato chip maker, and taffy machine.

In addition to his creation of the Easy-Bake Oven, Howes also was involved in the creation of or refinement to a number of other Kenner Toy products, including Spirograph, Give-a-Show Projector, and Close-and-Play Record Player.
After bringing children years and years of great fun, Mr. Howes died on February 16, 2010 at the age of 83 and that is a great legacy to leave behind!

Recipes
Easy-Bake History
More on Mr. Howes

comic from the 60's


and the Easy Bake Oven lives on today!

Classic Easy Bake Oven

2 comments:

  1. What great memories this brought back!! It was a wonderful time of Barbie and her boyfriend Ken, of Superman and Tarzan comics (my grandma's personal favorite!) and of course Easy Bake Oven. I can remember having a toy that molded plastic and you could make little soft plastic cars with wheels, little wiggly worms and even create your own monsters! Can't remember the name of it but it was the hit of the neighborhood!!

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  2. Christmas back in 1970! Brings back so many great memories of a simpler time; Kool-Aid & Freshie drink mix, Marbles, Jacks, Slinky, jumping rope and the Romper Room show. The idea that I could bake my own cake with icing too was so much fun! If I could find this model again, I would have it on my kitchen counter as a display. Part of a magical childhood :o)

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