The Magical Evolution Of The Easy-Bake Oven

You owe your greatest culinary achievements to this classic toy. Let’s look at how it’s changed since its debut in 1963.

1. 1963

The original Easy-Bake oven was made to resemble a stovetop and used an incandescent light bulb to head little concoctions.

2. 1968

Betty Crocker becomes a partner, offering a new design and Betty Crocker cake mixes.

3. 1969

The same Betty Crocker model, only in everyone’s favorite color of the era: puke green.

4. 1973

In the ’70s, the design changed to reflect a more “modern” kitchen.

5. 1976

The cakes these models made were also larger than the Crocker range-style ovens.

6. 1978

Easy-Bake’s first foray into the world of high-tech cooking came with this design, meant to resemble a microwave.

7. 1980s

In the ’80s, Easy-Bake introduced another “advanced” function — a high/low lever, hence the “Dual-Temp” name.

8. 1980s

This model came in a few different colors. Either way, this is probably the ugliest Easy-Bake design.

9. 1993

Now we’re talking. In the ’90s, the Easy-Bake Oven and Snack Center offered a world of delectable magic.

10. 2002

Remember this model that was targeted at boys? With the Queasy Bake Cookerator, you could make such culinary masterpieces such as Chocolate Crud Cake, Delicious Dirt, or Crunchy Dog Bones.

11. 2003

The Easy-Bake Real Meal Oven goes on the list of things that should have never existed. With this model, you could make savory snacks like pizza, pasta, and nachos. *Barfs in mouth, swallows it.*

12. 2006

This model, which went back to the stovetop design, was recalled after the front-loading feature began burning the tiny fingers of American children everywhere.

13. 2008

Back to the microwave version. Oh my God this is crazy looking…

14. 2011

But not as crazy as this purple thing! Where are we? In an episode of The Jetsons? It doesn’t even use a light bulb. How on earth are these kids cooking miniature pies?

15. 2013

After the recent gender controversy sparked by a New Jersey girl, Easy-Bake responded by promising to create a gender-neutral oven, which was unveiled at the New York Toy Show last month.

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