Crisis Averted: Easy-Bake Oven Redesigned To Eliminate Incandescent Heatball

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It was the question on everybody's mind when George Bush banned the incandescent light bulb with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007: Whither the Easy-Bake Oven? This almond-coloured classic was every girl's favourite toy, and at its heart was a 100 watt incandescent bulb, AKA the heatball, the perfect little 97% efficient heater that wastes only 3% of its energy as visible light.

But as so often happens, in the face of scarcity or adversity, American ingenuity comes to the fore and voila, a new Easy-Bake is born.

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Hasbro

Hasbro, which bought out genius toymaker (I loved their girder and panel building set) Kenner, says in a statement:

We are aware that the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be available beginning in 2012. In Fall 2011, Hasbro will launch the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven, introducing a new way to bake for the next generation of chefs. This new oven features a heating element that does not use a light bulb and offers an extensive assortment of mixes reflective of the hottest baking trends for today.

I must confess I preferred the midcentury modern look of the original, and note that the controversial rebound effect has reared its ugly head; now that they do not have to waste energy making useless light, they have made the oven bigger. I wonder what the wattage is now.

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Crisis Averted: Easy-Bake Oven Redesigned To Eliminate Incandescent Heatball
It was the question on everybody's mind when George Bush banned the incandescent light bulb with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007: Whither the Easy-Bake Oven? This almond-coloured classic was every girl's

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