Easy-Bake Oven Inventor Ronald Howes Dies at 83


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Ronald Howes [Cincinnati Enquirer]

Ronald Howes, a lifelong inventor responsible for creating the Easy-Bake Oven (as well as defense weaponry), died last Tuesday, reported the Cincinnati Enquirer.

He created the iconic toy while he was director of research and new product development for Cincinnati-based Kenner Products in the early 1960s. Apparently he was inspired to fashion the tiny oven after visiting New York and seeing all the roast chestnut carts. Since then, about 20 million have been sold.

Thanks to Howes, many small hands have baked brownies and cakes by way of a lightbulb. And many stuffed animal tea parties have benefited greatly because of it. Do you have fond Easy-Bake Oven memories? Do you remember what your teeny creations tasted like?


Here's a photo of the original Easy-Bake Oven:


The evolution of the Easy-Bake Oven. [Photograph: contexts.org]