The Easy Bake Oven Is Fun, but There Is Room for Improvement

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 by 2 Comments
The Easy Bake Oven Is Fun, but There Is Room for Improvement

I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven when I was little, so when my daughter showed interest in getting one, I was all over it.

I have to say, my childhood dreams were a little shattered once I took a look at it from an adult perspective. She still thinks it’s the most amazing thing ever.

My biggest issue with the Easy Bake Oven is the size of the treats that cost so much to make. You could pour a batch or two of the chocolate chip cookies into a bowl, top them with some milk, and have yourself a bowl of Cookie Crisp cereal.

Considering the size of the oven, that’s to be expected, but I was still really shocked when they came out and she offered me one. The mixes are expensive for what they make ($6.99 to $14.99, depending on the type of kit you want).

You do get a cookie mix and a cupcake mix with icing when you purchase the oven. Other accessories include a baking pan, cupcake pan, pan pusher, and cupcake wraps.

As long as you can plug it up and forget about it for 20 minutes, the fact that it takes so long to heat up isn’t that bad. It only takes about eight minutes to bake the desserts, and since your child won’t be able to forget about those once they’re in there, it’s good that they only take that long to cook.

This is a fun toy for kids, but if you dreamed of having one when you were a child, you may find yourself impatient with the heating time or a little frustrated because the desserts are so tiny (they’re cute, I’ll give them that!).

While older children may be able to use it without such close adult supervision, you’ll have to participate when the younger ones want to bake.

Photo credit: Hasbro

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Crystal Schwanke

Crystal lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, daughter, and big, goofy dog. She left her sales job about ten years ago to pursue freelance writing full-time and has never looked back. Her favorite topics to cover include: fashion, beauty, health, relationships, and parenting.

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  • Dana Hinders

    I picked up one last year to play with when my son wanted to cook because I always wanted one as a kid. I agree with you totally – it was very disappointing!

  • MomHomeGuide

    A friend of mine did something for her 9-year-old daughter who loves to cook that I thought was a great idea. She bought her daughter a toaster oven, which the daughter uses with the mom’s supervision in the kitchen. She has baked cookies, etc., and has even cooked a chicken quesadilla dinner! I might try letting one of my daughters (who loves to cook) use our toaster oven. I’ll just make sure I supervise her well, and have her wear an oven mitt to protect her hand, because a toaster oven can get hot! I think older kids (8 an up) could probably use a real toaster oven with supervision.