Easy Bake Oven: The Joy Of Cooking With A Light Bulb

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Pachaging for a 1960s Easy Bake Oven. Source: Flickr

In 1963, the light-bulb-powered Easy Bake Oven by Kenner arrived in stores, a thrilling development for young girls. The gender roles were set in stone, and the cultural guidance in those days was clear: You will grow up, get married, have children, and cook wonderful meals for your hard-working husband and 2.5 children. A miniature oven that cooked edible food was in these times as appealing for girls as a toolbox with real power tools would have been for boys. This was real cooking, this was grown-up real life stuff. Though its aesthetics would change with the times, this phenomenally popular product would survive with the same essential mechanism for 40 years.