For behind the scenes pictures, stories and special contests, follow us on Facebook!
Subscribe:

Incandescent Bulb Ban Makes Things Not So Easy For The Easy-Bake Oven

Easy Bake Ultimate Oven (Image courtesy Hasbro)
By Andrew Liszewski

The Easy-Bake Oven will probably go down in history not for its role in enforcing gender roles in children (why was it always pink? boys like baked goods too!) but as a testament to how horribly inefficient incandescent light bulbs were. All it took was the intense heat from a single 100 watt bulb to bake up miniature cakes and cookies, but starting in 2012, in the U.S. at least, aspiring pastry chefs won’t be able to get a replacement should theirs burn out.

It’s the result of a 2007 law that requires lighting to be more energy-efficient, something incandescent bulbs were never designed to be. But the ban hasn’t put the last nail in the Easy-Bake Oven’s coffin just yet. Definitely not. In the fall of this year Hasbro will be releasing the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven which comes with a dedicated heating element instead of a light bulb. Besides being more eco-friendly, the new version of the Easy-Bake will function more like its real-life and full-size oven counterparts, expanding a tiny chef’s repertoire to include dishes like pretzels and pizzas. A fine example of turning lemons into lemonade!

[ CalorieLab - Hasbro Announces Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven After Politicians Axe 100-Watt Incandescent Bulbs ] VIA [ Treehugger ]








  • http://brandiweed.livejournal.com/ Brandi

    why was it always pink? boys like baked goods too!

    There were a few out there that were teal, but the Queasy Bake oven (currently not made) seems to have been the “boy's version”, appealing to a gross-out sensibility with gummi worms mix (and reinforcing gender roles in the rather goony way toys tend to).

  • obi1kenobi1

    They can take away my incandescent light bulbs when they give me LED bulbs 4 for a dollar. I guess it is time to start stockpiling.