Oh, Barack, Not The Easy-Bake Oven, Too!

What I find interesting here is that the gist of this article concerning  the design change of the Easy-Bake Oven, a children’s toy, is that the new “efficient” fluorescent lamps light bulbs do not emit enough heat to bake the treats.  While that may be true, I think the bigger, more important issue here is that the new progressive light bulbs contain mercury, an extremely toxic substance which is banned in children’s toys.  I have to believe THAT is the most pertinent reason for the change, but yet there is no mention of this in the article.

I also have to comment on the fact that this thing heats up to 375 degrees!  Are you kidding me?????

I bet people will start installing them as real appliances in their homes.  You know, kinda like a space saver.

From ABC News

Hasbro’s classic 50-year-old Easy-Bake oven is losing its light bulb in its 11th re-design. The new, bigger, sleeker purple Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven costs $49.99, up from $29.99, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

The oven, recommended for children ages 8 and up with required parental supervision, now heats cookies and cakes like a traditional oven, according to the Associated Press.

Hasbro, based in Pawtucket, R.I., says the temperature in the new model can reach about 375 degrees while the exterior is warm when touched.

First launched in 1963, the Easy-Bake oven formerly relied on a 100-watt light bulb to bake goodies. As efficient LED lamps and fluorescent lamps push aside traditional incandescent light bulbs, Hasbro decided to makeover the classic toy.

“This gave us a reason to do it completely differently,” Michelle Paolino, Hasbro’s vice president of global brand strategy and marketing, told the Associated Press.  “We wanted it to look more like a real appliance, not a plastic toy.”

Read more at ABC News

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