Politicians, it seems, have killed the traditional Easy-Bake Oven.
Collateral damage in the war on energy waste is none other than the classic children's toy Easy-Bake Oven, introduced in 1963 and an inductee in the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Millions of young chefs have used the toy to make tasty treats. It was made possible by the oven's heating element, a common 100-watt incandescent light bulb.
But starting next year, manufacture of such bulbs will be outlawed. It's the start of a 2007 federal law being phased in that requires light bulbs to be more energy efficient.
The practical effect will be a ban on incandescent bulbs, which do not meet the requirement.
The 100-watt bulb was so energy-inefficient, its main product wasn't light. It was heat -- enough to bake cookies and cakes.
But, youthful foodies, take heart. Hasbro has a plan:
"We are aware that the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be available beginning in 2012.
In Fall 2011, Hasbro will launch the Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven, introducing a new way to bake for the next generation of chefs."
So a bulbless version of the Easy-Bake Oven will live on.