Hasbro announced it will retire the much-loved Easy-Bake Oven this year because federal law will essentially prohibit the toy’s heating element – a 100 watt incandescent bulb.
Legislation passed in 2007 launched the phase-out of traditional bulbs and established energy efficiency standards that require all new bulbs to use 25-30 percent less power than incandescents by 2012.
The oven, introduced in 1963, cooked up tiny cakes and cookies thanks to the original bulb’s energy inefficiency. About 90 percent of the energy in incandescent bulbs is emitted as heat rather than light.
But little bakers have nothing to fear: Hasbro will introduce a new oven, the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven, this fall that uses a different, non-bulb heating element. Phew.