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Fascinating facts about the invention of Easy-Bake® Oven by Kenner Products in 1963.

EASY-BAKE® OVEN
AT A GLANCE:
In 1963: America's first working toy oven, was turquoise and had a carrying handle and fake stove top. It was invented by designers at Kenner Products (now a division of Hasbro). In its first year, over 500,000 lucky kids talked their parents into spending $15.95. By its fifth birthday, the EASY-BAKE Oven was a household name.
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Invention: Easy-Bake® Oven in 1963
Definition: noun / Trademark
Function: A working toy oven, giving little girls everywhere a chance to bake their very own treats.
Inventor

 

Designers at Kenner Products (now a division of Hasbro)
 
Milestones:
1963 Kenner Products intoduces its light-bulb heated working toy oven.
1968 General Mills creates miniature boxed versions of its Betty Crocker products.
1973:The EASY-BAKE Potato Chip Maker makes the scene.
1980 New EASY-BAKE Dual-Temp Oven lets you bake treats on "high" or "low."
1997 More than 16 million EASY-BAKE Ovens have been sold,
2002 More than 130 million mix sets have been used.
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RELATED INFORMATION:
Histoy of Toys   from The Great Idea Finder

ON THE BOOKSHELF:
The Easy-Bake Oven Gourmet
by David Hoffman / Paperback: 128 pages / Running Press Book Publishers (July 1, 2003)
For the first time, twenty-six world-class chefs bring their years of training to the table as they create impressive new culinary masterpieces, all prepared using the Easy-Bake Oven.

ON THE WEB:
Easy-Bake Oven Official Web Site
Located at Hasbro this site has everything you need to know about Easy-Bake including cooking receipes.
(URL: www.hasbro.com/easybake/)
Easy-Bake History
Over the past 40 years there have been 11 EASY-BAKE Oven models. Since 1963, each revision reflected the colors and oven styles of their day.
(URL: www.hasbro.com/easybake/pl/page.history/dn/default.cfm)
Easy-Bake Oven Gourmet
To celebrate Easy-Bake's 40th anniversary, NPR Morning Edition turned to the The Easy-Bake Oven Gourmet, a combination cookbook and retrospective written by David Hoffman. In addition to an amusing history of the toy, the book features recipes developed for the oven by well-known chefs.
(URL: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1534572)
History of Kenner Products
Kenner Products is formed in 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio, by the Steiner brothers, Albert, Philip and Joseph. The company is named after its original office location on Kenner Street.
(URL: www.kennertoys.com/history.html)
Baker of the Year
Hasbro, Inc. will once again kick-off the EASY-BAKE "Baker of the Year" contest. The contest, which will search America's kitchens to find the next child "Baker of the Year," will be the highlight of a yearlong celebration commemorating EASY-BAKE. Hasbro is inviting children 8 to 12 years old to submit their favorite recipe using one or more EASY-BAKE brand mixes to see who can cook up this year's sweet recipe for success. POP-UP ADS.
(URL: toyscollectibles.allinfo-about.com/news/40easybake.htm)
Just Kids Recipes
Easy Bake Oven Chocolate Cake Recipe
(URL: www.justkidsrecipes.com/kid-0022615.html)
Shuttle Mir Stories
Linenger's Letters to his Son - March 25, 1997 "Cooking metal samples in my EasyBake oven"
Least we forget that there are human being orbiting the earth. From the NASA site.
(URL: spaceflight.nasa.gov/history/shuttle-mir/history/letters/letter38.htm)

WHERE TO FIND:
Easy Bake Real Meal Oven
Toys / by Hasbro / /
ASIN: B000093HYL / SKN: 740352 / Less than $30.00
Now you can create an entire meal--from appetizer to dessert! Larger heating chamber cooks bigger portions! Heats just like a kitchen oven--no light bulb needed! Color change label lets you know when oven is preheated, and timer tells you when your dish is full cooked! Special warming compartment for toppings and snacks! Child Magazine Best Toy - 2003 and Parenting Magazine Toy of the Year - 2003

DID YOU KNOW?:

  • Over the past 40 years there have been 11 EASY-BAKE Oven models. Since 1963, each revision reflected the colors and oven styles of their day.
Easy-Bake® Oven is a Trademark of Hasbro, Inc. All rights reserved.
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