History of the Hasbro Bake Oven
For over 40 years Hasbro has been producing Easy Bake Ovens and during that time, there have been a total of 11 models. Here are some fun facts to tickle your EASY-BAKE OVEN I.Q
1963. The Easy Bake Oven was first introduced to Americans in 1963 and was the first working toy oven. It was a distinctive turquoise and handy carry 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 experienced the joy of using this oven. By its 5th birthday, the EASY-BAKE Oven had become an American household name.
1969. The first major change to the Easy Bake Oven occurred in 1969 when the Premier EASY-BAKE Oven was released. This oven had more dials, a pretend clock and even an oven hood and was a distinctive avocado green.
1970. By 1970 the Avocado green was replaced by harvest gold and the Super duper EASY-BAKE Oven. This new model was able to bake cakes up to 2x as large as the first model. To help the cooking process this model also included a fully functional 20-minute timer.
1978. In 1978 the country's favorite oven was given another design makeover and made to look more like a microwave with the use of orange, white and brown colors on the Mini-Wave Oven. There even was a fake digital clock just like a microwave.
1980s. By the 80's a dual temperature oven was released with low and high settings for precise control of your cooking. The EASY-BAKE Dual-Temp Oven once again had a minor redesign with a classic white appearance.
1993. In 1993 a pink version of the Easy Bake Oven and Snack Center included a warming tray to keep the food warm and help with the melting of the toppings.
1997. By 1997 more than 16 million EASY-BAKE Ovens had been sold across America and millions of children had grown up learning how to bake a variety of treats. By this stage the range of items to bake included; All My Love Chocolates kit made candy, Tiny Turnovers Bake Set made pastries Crème Pups Bake Set made cake sandwiches, M&M's, Kellogg's pop-tarts, Dunkin' Donuts and Oreo Cookies could all be added as mouth watering toppings.
2003. In 2003, the EASY-BAKE Oven turned 40 and kids all over America were introduced to making full meals with their EASY-BAKE Oven including French Fries, Pizza and everyone favorite Macaroni & Cheese. The EASY-BAKE had another design change going back to the Deluxe microwave style oven design.
2007. The EASY-BAKE Oven went back to the classic style with its Easy-Bake Oven and Snack Center.