Wednesday, December 10, 2008

An iconic toy from my childhood.

The Easy Bake Oven may just be one of the most iconic toys from my childhood and one of the most memorable. I actually remember the first time I saw an Easy Bake Oven. My best friend got one for her birthday and I can not tell you how incredibly jealous I was, it may just be the only time I really was truly envious of one of my friends. I actually remember making my very first cake with my Easy Bake Oven, using the little pusher to push that tiny little cake pan back into the stove and how proud I felt that I actually made my very own cake. It was my very first taste of Independence, a real sense of accomplishment. I know its just a toy, and the cake mixes are so simple a monkey could do it, but to a little kid its so much more than just a simple cake mix.

Easy Bake Ovens have been around since the 1960s and really not too much has changed about them other than their external shell. The Easy Bake Oven is a pretty basic oven it actually cooks its goods with a light bulb. This makes the oven very light, portable, and easy to use even for little bakers. Actually all you do to make your little tiny cakes is to follow the directions on the cake mix which really just requires you to add some water to the mixture, throw it in the tiny cake pan, and use the pusher to push the cake into the center of the oven. It takes around 8 to 10 minutes for your cakes to finish, then you use the pusher to push the cake out the other side. They will be hot so I do recommend you give the kids something to protect their hands and table as they tend to be about as hot as a dish after being in the microwave for a few minutes.

The new Easy Bake Oven comes in a cute turquoise color which is a throwback to the very first Easy Bake Oven which sported the same color. Though much has changed since the 1960s really the oven operates much the same way the only real change is its outer shell.

The Easy Bake Oven comes with a yellow cake mix, chocolate frosting, and a sugar cookie mix. If you plan on giving an Easy Bake Oven for a Christmas present this year I highly recommend you invest in at least two or three extra packages of mixes (each package comes with two or more mixes) as the first two I can almost guarantee will be gone the first hour as its very exciting to cook your own cake that first day that kids want to bake everyone in the family their own cake. One other small detail I should mention is the fact that the Easy Bake Oven runs on a 100w light bulb which is not included with the oven (due to how fragile light bulbs are). That means you need a 100w standard light bulb, not an energy saver light bulb, so again pick one up before Christmas morning as nothing is worst than looking at your Easy Bake Oven and not being able to use it, believe me I've been there dozens of times as a kid. heh.

Overall the Easy Bake Oven has to be one of the most fun and memorable toys of my entire childhood. Its a great introduction to cooking for kids and it was really my stepping stone to cooking other things other than just Easy Bake mixes as a child, so really I can't say anything bad about it as I still think fondly of my childhood oven. The only disadvantage at all to the Easy Bake Oven, that I realize mostly now because I'm a mother, is the fact that you have to buy Easy Bake Oven mixes to use your oven. They are not expensive but it is a bit inconvenient that you have to buy refills.

The Easy Bake Oven is available at most major retailers and toy stores! You can pick up your own Easy Bake Oven at the Hasbro website.

I have two Easy Bake Oven cooking aprons to give away to two very lucky readers. Think how cool your child will be when she has her own apron too!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out the Easy Bake Oven and tell me a story about your Easy Bake Oven growing up or why you'd love to have one for your child.
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end Jan 15th at midnight!

131 Comments:

JeansandTs said...

To this day, I love to cook and bake. As a child, we were not allowed to have store toys. But when we went to my cousin's house in Cincinnati I was completely taken in by her easy bake oven. I remember she didn't even seem to like it. She had several mixes for it and I think she had to watch me like a hawk to keep me from making them all!!

reb said...

I always wanted one as a child but never had one. So, I bought my daughter one. I guess i am living through her.

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drming said...

I am unemployed and unable to purchase Christmas presents so this would help our family have a Merry Christmas and my daughter especially wants this so she can bake like her Mommy.

judybrittle said...

Easy Bake Oven memory had to be the first time I frosted my first cake and was so proud I made it all by myself. Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

Barbara said...

OH MY, I had a easy bake oven when I grew up it sure didn't look like this one. I am nearly sixty. I love that thing, making tiny muffins and cakes. I am still baking, just in a slightly bigger oven

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wigget said...

i wlai've never had one but have always wanted one, even when old enough to use a real oven! i think this would create a fun creative time for myself and the kids

wigget said...

i wlai've never had one but have always wanted one, even when old enough to use a real oven! i think this would create a fun creative time for myself and the kids

wigget said...

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VickeC said...

I didnt have one as a child but I would love it for my little grandson,he loves to cook an help me bake,an Ive been looking for him a little apron,thanks for the chance,remember most of the great chefs are men.

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VickeC said...

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jceko77 said...

One of my fave Christmas presents as a kid was my Easy Bake oven, and my daughter is getting one this year from Santa:) If I won, this would go to my niece for her birthday in January
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jceko77 said...

I subscribe
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Jesica said...

Wow - the new ones are CUTE! I had one when I was a kid and loved it. I made up a zillion recipes for that thing. Now I'm a Mommy, cooking real food, but my kids LOVE playing "kitchen" and would have a fabulous time playing with an EBO!

Jesica said...

I'm a subscriber :)

Shelley said...

I didn't have an easy bake oven when I was a kid :( but the girl across the street (who was spoiled rotten--you know the kind--princess pink canopy bed and got ALL of the cool barbie stuff-condo, pool, van...she must have had EVERYTHING EVER MADE that had to do with Barbie...but I digress..anyway..she had an easy bake oven...so I would go over there and we would "bake" cupcakes. Of course, as soon as we started to "bake", her horrid brother would start to bug us and then we would HAVE to share anything we made we him. HRUMPH!!

SIGH!

LOL!!

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mom2anutball said...

I got one when I was a kid, and my daughter wants one now! She loves cooking, so much so that she would rather watch the cooking channel than cartoons! I like to think I have a future award winning chef!!!

Shelly said...

I grew up in Australia and we did not have these - so I can't wait to get my daughter one!

Shelly said...

I am a subscriber

Millie said...

We were very poor growing up but I always remember my sister always wanting one.. well her birthday is Dec. 27th so this would be a great birthday gift for her :) Thank you for the chance to win :)
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Millie said...

I am a subscriber :)
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cmgnbox01 said...

I wished and wished for my very own Easybake Oven back in the day, and I finally got one for Christmas. They sure looked different back then. More like a range than a microwave oven. Thanks for the giveaway!

cmgnbox01 said...

I posted on my blog: http://wutgives.blogspot.com/2008/12/seven-dogs-and-baby-easy-bake-oven.html

jffryclough said...

there was never enough cakes to go around

Brimful Curiosities said...

I never received an Easybake Oven. My parents did think that I needed one. I remember my mom buying a microwave cake mix instead and letting me make my own cake that way. I'd love for my daughter to have a chance to have her very OWN cooking oven.

jenny said...

ok heres why i love to have a easy bake oven and thats becuse i never had one as a kid and it would be nice to have for my little ones cousent that way i can make some brownies with it and well thats my story and i'm sticking with it

mverno said...

we didn't have enough money for one but i would have loved one

valerie2350 said...

I remember that thinking it was neat that the little lightbulb made the heat to bake my little cakes.

valerie2350 said...

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BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I'd love to win one for my youngest daughter's 4th birthday in March. I NEVER had one and frankly I'm scarred. ;)

Jenna said...

I loved the Easy Bake Oven when I was little, even though I rarely got anything to turn out. I had so much fun with it!!!!

jamielz said...

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1agordon said...

My daughter has been asking for one.

Cherie J said...

I had one as a child but it burned in a house fire when I was 8 years old. Plan on getting one for my daughter. Maybe next year. Thanks for the contest!

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

Naomi said...

My mom never let me have an Easy Bake Oven because she was convinced I'd burn the house down...

kathemc said...

I got a hand-me-down EBO from my cousin -- there were only two mixes left, so I only had two shots at EBO glory.
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Sandy said...

never had one- this looks nice though

Brenda S. said...

Thank you so much for the great giveaway!
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penguin28 said...

After I received my Easy Bake for Christmas in 1976, my brother took a liking to it and I never got a chance to use it. He's a great baker now, so I guess it all worked out. I would love to give one to my son.

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JPaar61@aol.com said...

I loved my Easy bake oven. My Mom was trying to get me to learn to cook. I used to look at my younger brother and tell him, he was too young to bake. only big boys couls bake. But i also didn't like it took so long. so being a boy, i replaced the bulb with a larger watt bulb. yeah the cake got done faster, but so did the oven, i melted it completely......

Julie D said...

I never had an Easy Bake Oven and I really wanted one. My kids love to help cook, so they would enjoy this.

Julie D said...

I have your button on my blog.

Kristie said...

I think my daughter would love an easy bake oven when she is a little older, because she loves to bake with me now!

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- Marybeth I. said...

I am dating myself but I had one of the first ezbake ovens - a holly hobby one. I loved that thing. Here is a picture....

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Candice said...

We used to buy the easy bake mixes but cook them in the big oven b/c we didn't have an Easy Bake. It only takes like 2 minutes in a real oven but I was always afraid I was going to get hurt.
I would love to watch my kids make their own baked goods in the Easy Bake oven!

onlycancan at hotmail dot com

stampedwithgrace said...

my daughter wants to be a chef, so this would be fun for her!

stampedwithgrace said...

your button's on my blog :)

Sarah S said...

I always wanted one of these as a child, but never had one. I would love to have one for my little boy because he is fascinated with cooking/baking!

Sarah S said...

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Kari said...

I never had one growing up!! It was something I really wanted but one of the few things I never got. Im sure my daughter (and son) would love this.

Kari said...

Im also a subscriber!

~*Just Plain Momma*~ said...

i always wanted one of these as a kid but sadly i never receieved one as a kid and now my daughters want one ad i can't afford it...lilhottemomma@yahoo.com

Debbie Criss said...

I have always loved to cook even when I was little. I always wanted a Easy bake oven. I had 6 other brothers and sisters stair step below me, so Christmas wasn't much about buying. Although my kids are teenagers and the older ones are all moved out, I would love to win for my granddaughter. Please enter me, thank you

rosannepm said...

I still remember the look on my dad's face when I broght him the little cake I made and that was over 40 years ago. Loveto do this now iwth my grandchild. rosans4@comcast.net

rosannepm said...

I'm a subscriber
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DOODLEGIRL said...

I remember cooking mini hotdogs in our easy bake oven for a "carnival" we were having in our backyard

Kelly said...

I never had an easy bake oven. So my only story is of me wishing I had one :(

Danielle said...

I have such fond memories of my easy bake oven...Just of my mom and I making cakes or cookies and me being able to decorate them all by myself. It was so much fun...and I want my son to have fun baking too.
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Danielle said...

Im a subscriber as well... :)

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oona. said...

I never had an Easy Bake Oven as a child, and always wanted one so much! Santa is bringing my daughter one for Christmas and oh! she'd love to have an apron to go with it. So fun!
Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

Andreah @ Life's A Hoot said...

I loved my Easy Bake oven growing up and I would love my children to have one to experience the fun of it too!

Andreah @ Life's A Hoot said...

I have your button on my sidebar.
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Jayme said...

i use to love my easy bake oven and my most favorite item to bake was the chocolate brownies in the little round baking dish!

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3boyzmom said...

OK, you know the one toy that you always wanted growing up but you never got it? Well for me it was the Easy Bake Oven!! My mom didn't want to get it because she thought I would burn something I guess? I have only boys, no daughters, so I still haven't gotten one. But if I win, I'm keeping it, I can still use it with my 2 younger boys to bake stuff!!

3boyzmom said...

I'm a subscriber!!

RE said...

A few years back my son had a holiday Christmas exchange and they had him listed as a girl! He ended up getting an easy bake oven, and he absolutely loved it! My brother, nephew and son all made brownies that night, it was hilarious! I'd love to win this for him so he could make goodies with his baby sister!

RE said...

I'm a subscriber!

Jennifer said...

I absolutely loved my easybake oven! It's one of the few toys I actually remember well! I loved making the little cakes and they were actually good! I would make them for my mom and sister ALL the time! I know my kids would love one too!

jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com

Misty said...

i didnt have a easy bake oven as a child, and i think this is something i would love to share with my daughter.
mommy2skie@yahoo.com

Misty said...

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Misty said...

got your button.
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collyn23 said...

me and my mom used to cook all the time using this even my nieces and nephew we would bake stuff and make a bake sale fun times

collyn23 said...

im a subscriber

Tammy Marshall said...

I was never able to get this as a child, and yet always wanted one. I would love to be able to get one for my daughter. Merry Christmas.


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Karen said...

Great Prize. My daughter would LOVE this.

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tsslug said...

My niece has been asking 4 one.
God bless everyone during the holidays.

Ginny said...

I always wanted an easy bake oven. My mom always felt bad I didnt' have one, so she bought one for my 14th or 15th christmas when they came out again that year. It was pretty funny :)

I bought one for my daughter super young because I couldn't wait for her to have one. LOve this new design!

Ginny said...

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Think about it said...

I never had one :( My parents wouldn't buy me one, or couldn't afford it.. either way i would like to give my little girl one!

Cindy said...

I never had an Easy Bake oven. I was too old when they first came out and then I had only boys (and now only grandsons). But I have a little grand-niece that would love it!

Cindy said...

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Sarah said...

I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven but never got one as a child. Would love to be able to enjoy it with my daughter now!

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Misty said...

following you.
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Misty said...

blogged it:
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Jody said...

I never had an Easy Bake Oven as a child but my daughter received one for Christmas. She's 4 so it's a "together" project for us. I help and explain while letting her do as much as she can herself. It's a wonderful toy for my "I wanna help in the kitchen" daughter.

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MaggieM said...

Although I never had an Easy Bake Oven as a child, I had girlfriends who did, but they would never let me use it. But now, my granddaughters have one and I love to help and watch them bake those little cakes. Now all they need is the apron!

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Anonymous said...

barabaszmelissa@yahoo.com

always played with this as a child. now my niece has one and makes me cakes all the time.

please pick me.



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christin said...

i never had one of these, but i know my daughter would love it! she is always helping in the kitchen so an apron would be awesome:) thanks!
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nancy said...

I loved baking the little mini cakes and brownies growing up, glad the easy bake oven made a comeback!

Jen said...

I would love this for my niece.

Sara said...

I had one growing up, and I loved making the little chocolate cakes. It was an awesome endeavor, even if the cake baked by the heat of a light bulb inside. I would love to share that experience with my niece.

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Kaycee said...

I actually never had one- I was a huge tomboy. But my lil is not and she would LOVE this. Her daddy is a big cook. Thanks!

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bison61 said...

I had an easy bake oven and my poor Dad ate everything I baked!

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Heather said...

This was a toy me and my sis used all the time with my mom's help, I would like to be able to so the same with my kids.

Pretty Momma said...

Ohhh I loved my EBO! I think the best part was that I co uld make sweet treats and didn't have to share with my siblings! LOL

Carrie
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Tammy said...

When I was a little girl, I learned that you shouldn't us a 100 watt light bulb. I learned too late though.

klp1965 said...

i would love this for my niece she always watches her mother cook and it would be great if she could try herself :)

klp1965 said...

im a subscriber :)

Veronica said...

Oh my goodness, i had one of these when I was little and they were awesome!! Thanks for a great giveaway :)

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I never got one, my friends had one. I was able to bake for real but for some reason I still wanted the easy bake!

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Carolyn said...

I always wanted one, but my mother died when I was a child and my father was so concerned that we would burn ourselves on the light bulb.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Carolyn said...

I am a subscriber!

Lisa C said...

I loved mine when I was little, I think my niece would enjoy one as well.

Lisa C said...

Im a subscriber.

K. Cleaver said...

I don't want to win this, but I have to comment anyway.

I bought my kids an easybake oven for Christmas and it is one of their junkiest toys yet. The timer is fake, the clock is fake, the door doesn't open and you can't see the food baking by looking through the front.

Not only that, but the mixes are expensive and the on-line recipes we've tried tasted nasty. They either don't cook all the way through or they turn out rubbery.

It's so much easier (and cheaper) to spend a little time in the kitchen with them and make real food.

I'm sorry I wasted money buying this.

Jinxy and Me said...

I had the Avocado green one as a kid. I loved it!!! Does the color give away my age???

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Lori said...

My daughter would love this oven. It'd be great to have one of these because when I was little I think I made one cake one time with it before I polished off like three packs of cake mix and my parents took it away from me.

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jennifer57 said...

LOL...i remember having one as a kid and remember getting quite frustrated because those little pans didn't make much cake and it would take forever to make enough for yourself and siblings :)

susan said...

my mom would love the little cakes I would make, this is great!

angieplays said...

I remember baking in my easy bake oven with my grandma when I was very young. It is a very fond memory.

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Maja said...

I would love to win it for my niece. I never had this oven growing up.

Maja said...

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purango said...

I would love to win one for my granddaughter so she could make some memories for her children. garrettsambo@aol.com

Leah said...

Believe it or not, my sister and I never had an Easy Bake Oven when we were growing up. Wild, eh?

Of course, I so can't wait to gift one to my ds who loves to help us cook! : )))

Thanks so much for this give~away! : )))

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Leah said...

I also subscribe! : )))

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lee said...

I loved my Easy Bake oven as a child and I think my daughter would have just as much fun with one!

Susanne said...

I didn't have one when I was growing up but always wanted one. I love to bake as does my daughter, so this would be fun to do together!

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I had one when I was little!
It was green & looked like an oven that you would slide the try in one side & push it out the other!
We would put toostie rolls & marsh mellows on the tray with a gram cracker.
It was so fun!
I think it's funny now that it looks like a mirowave!
Guess a really EASY BAKE now!

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I subscribe!

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masonsgranny59 said...

our cakes burnt and we still ate it .my 2 sisters and i had fun with the oven we had.

Donna said...

I loved to bake with my easy bake oven.

Donna said...

I am a subscriber

lilyk said...

I had always wanted an Easy Bake Oven but never got one so I would love to win this great prize!

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