After waiting for several months for a piece for Molly's Easy Bake Oven to prevent little fingers from getting stuck (and possibly burned) we had a few neighbor kids over to bake the chocolate cookie mix that came along with the piece. Obviously fairly unfamiliar with the portion size that you get from Easy Bake ovens, they were a bit surprised when their cookies came out the size of quarters. Still, it didn't stop them from inhaling them.
So right after that, we were saddened to hear that over a million Easy Bake Ovens, including our model, were being recalled. Apparently too few people had responded to the initial recall and over 200 kids had gotten their fingers stuck in the oven, several resulting in 2nd and 3rd degree burns and even an amputation. We immediately called the Easy Bake hotline and as sad as Molly was about returning the oven, she was happy to hear that she'd be receiving a $32 credit good for anything her heart desires from Hasbro.
Luckily we still have Sean's Queasy Bake Oven (Hasbro's attempt to sell Easy Bake Ovens to boys) from a few years ago.
Apparently one of the main reasons behind the recall is that the Easy Bake (as it says on the box) is really intended for kids over the age of 8. However, I think most kids that age are far more interested in cooking real food with you in a real kitchen. Here are some fun tips for cooking with kids from one of our favorite sites Kids Off the Couch (go and sign up for their newsletter today.) Another great resource is the Young Chefs Academy. Our friend Andrea recently opened her own franchise in Mill Creek, WA, so if you live in the area and have kids we encourage you to check it out.