Long before major culinary retailers began shrinking their grown-up sized cooking utensils to fit into lil hands, the Easy-Bake Oven gave tots a taste of kitchen magic. First introduced in 1963, the turquoise oven had a fake stove top and used two 100-watt lightbulbs to bake pre-made mixes and food.
Over the years, the oven evolved with the changing views toward kitchen design. In the late 60s avocado green made its debut, moving into harvest gold in the 70s and black in the 80s. In all, there have been 11 different oven designs including a microwave-esque machine and the "stainless steel" and mint green one ($25) available today. With more than 23 million units sold over the past 46 years, the Easy-Bake Oven is a right of passage in many homes where child chefs whip up macaroni and cheese, french fries, cookies and cakes.
Did an Easy-Bake Oven make its way into your home? If so, which color?