Kate was surfing around on Amazon looking for an Easy Bake Oven for our niece in Alabama. I'm 45, so obviously I had one of the first iterations of the cooking-with-a-light-bulb contraption. Harvest Gold, baby. Goodness knows it was so easy to burn yourself that it would never make it to market as is today. From 1972:

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Today the Oven looks more like a microwave, with none of the hair-raising prospects of scorching your digits. Kids are too soft today, there's nothing like a good old sizzle burn while "cooking"! :) Actually, one of the newer models lived up to or perhaps exceeded the danger level. The 2007 Oven was recalled following partial finger amputation. Yum.

You can see a history of the different models here.

How many of you out there had a version of the EBO?

Below the fold, one of the classic sexist commercials of all time. While looking for the classic Easy Bake ad on YouTube, I came across this horror emblazoned in my memory. I remember seeing this as a youngster and thinking even at that time it was ridiculous.

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