Easy Bake Oven Redux – and where to get cheap mixes.

It’s been four years since I got Mika (now 9 1/2 yo) an Easy Bake Oven (a model which has been recalled since).  When I first got it, and for years afterwards, the kids had little interest on it.  The mixes were boring, the portions too small and it took too long to make them.  We did go through all the mixes that came with the oven, but after that we put the oven away.  Indeed, if I wasn’t so lazy I would have sent it back when they had the recall.

But I’ve come to learn that a toy that doesn’t interest a child when you get it, can really interest them years later.  A couple of days ago we went to the 99-cents only store and found a bunch of Easy Bake Oven mixes for, well, 99-cents each.  These are the full size packages, each containing about 4 mixes (each of which makes enough for one cookie-size recipe).  While 99-cents for the equivalent of 4 cookies may seem expensive, these packages usually retail for $6 to $10!  Mika saw them, wanted them so I bought a couple of packages.  She knew exactly where the Easy Bake Oven was (in the garage, I think) and somehow we managed to find the necessary tools that went with it, so she went ahead and made the brownies.  She needed a little help putting the pan inside the oven – it’s a bit tricky – but she got the hang of it and it went well.  Well, not great, because she did not put the timer so the brownie came out too dry, but well enough.  Cookies are next in the menu.

If she (or Camila) show more interest I may go back to the 99-cents store and get more mixes, at that price they can’t be beat.  But I daresay they’ll get bored with it again pretty soon.

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4 Responses to Easy Bake Oven Redux – and where to get cheap mixes.

  1. Ginger

    What $.99 store was this? Thanks so much!

    • I found them at the 99-cents only store both in Hayward and San Leandro, CA. They had the chocolate brownies, sugar cookies with pink sprinkles, chocolate chip cookies and heart sugar cookies mixes. Maybe different stores have different varieties.

  2. I went to the 99 cent store and bought 2 packet’s of red velvet cupcakes and 5 packet’s of chocolate chip cookies and 9 packet’s of brownies for a total cost of 5$ awesome right I’m so glad to we have 99 cent stores out here in California and I thank the (LORD GOD) I only live 3 block’s away from the 99 cent store.I tell you when Jasmin and Emily seen the mix they started crying tears of joy because they didn’t get to use there Easy Bake Oven for 2 months because I couldn’t find a store that sold Easy Bake Oven Mix till I seen it in the 99 cent store when I was doing some Aaron’s.

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