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For nearly five decades, aspiring chefs have baked tasty treats with a single light bulb, thanks to the Easy Bake Oven. But next year, the oven’s heat source, a common 100 watt incandescent bulb, will be outlawed. The change is part of a 2007 law requiring all lighting to be more energy efficient. It’s sad to see the classic toy retire, but when a light bulb produces more heat than light like the Easy Bake Oven’s does, it’s pretty obvious that it’s majorly wasteful.

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But fear not, future foodies, the Easy Bake Oven is not gone forever. Hasbro, which inherited the Easy-Bake Oven when it acquired original manufacturer Kenner Products Co. in 1991, announced that it will unveil the more energy-efficient Easy Bake Ultimate Oven this fall. The toy oven will have a larger baking chamber and use a heating method similar to those used in conventional ovens.

While the new oven will no doubt produce enough heat to bake goodies, many, like Chicago Chef Gale Gand, lament the loss of the traditional Easy Bake Oven. “It’s about the light bulb,” Gand told the Daily Herald. “It was the idea that you could cook with a light bulb.”

In an official statement, Hasbro said that the new oven will “offer an extensive assortment of mixes reflective of the hottest baking trends for today.” Do you think that includes vegan brownies?

Via Earth 911