This Christmas gift has been on the top of many young children's wish lists over the years. It is said that pretzel vendors in New York City gave toy makers a Kenner the idea of creating a child suitable gizmo that actually heated food in a small working oven.
The original toy first introduced to the world in 1964 was a scale model of a typical 1950s oven. Kids would fold a prepackaged cake mix with water then put the gooey doughy concoction into the oven. A small pan of dough would bake under two 100-watt light bulbs and 15 minutes later a delicious, OK maybe edible convection would be ready. Of course, this chart-topping toy is the Easy Bake Oven.
Over the years the toy has adapted to match the modern styles of the time. By the late 1960s, the toy oven took on even more decorative elements of its full-size cousin including the popular avocado green color of its surfaces. Cake mixes and other desserts became even more sophisticated as brand-name companies such as Betty Crocker began offering their services and product lines. By the 1970s the Easy Bake Oven had succumbed to the new decorative trend called Harvest Gold.
For the first time, toy ovens also featured simulated digital numbers and other modern elements. The Recipes and mixes also evolved through the 1970s and 1980s making it possible for young bakers to make a few recipes from scratch.
The Easy Bake Oven now finds a home at the National Toy Hall of Fame in New York. Since 1964 over 23 million Easy-Bake ovens and more than 140 million mixes have been sold.
Just remember if there's one under the Christmas tree at your home. adult supervision is highly recommended.