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God Bless Ronald Howes, Inventor of the Easy Bake Oven
When I was a little girl, one of my greatest joys came from baking. I loved the smell that takes over your home when you bake, I loved creating desserts, and I loved how people kind of come together around dessert.
In the summers when my mom would take my sisters and I to North Carolina, I would shadow my Aunt Dia and watch her bake amazing cakes and confections.
I wanted to bake in the real oven like a “big girl”, but wasn’t allowed for obvious reasons as a cake-loving 6 year old. When I was about 7 or 8, my mom and Aunt Dia bought my an Easy Bake Oven. And I LOVED it. I was able to make desserts just like My Aunt.
Sure, I know it wasnt baking from scratch. (That skill came a few years later). But there was something exciting about taking those little pouches of dust, stirring it up in a bowl with water and other miscellaneous ingredients, and watching that light bulb turn that powdery goodness into an amazing (ok, amazing in the eyes of a child) chocolate cake layer or sugar cookie.
How I loved my Easy Bake Oven!
I even started to sell my baked goods to local neighborhood kids. There’s something magical about making a product that people love, and dessert is one of those universal things that make people happy.
Flash forward 25 years, I’m a bakery owner and I’m recreating said magic and joy everyday.
So I guess, in part, I owe a lot to Ronald Howes, the master inventor behind the Easy Bake Oven.
Ronald Howes passed away a week ago today.
His passing got me thinking a lot about baking, my joy of that easy bake oven, as well as the legacy he left behind. EVERYONE’S heard of an Easy Bake Oven.
A year or so ago I read a proverb that essentially asked what mark will you make on the world when you leave this earth. What will you leave behind? Will the world have been better off as a result of something you did?
I’ll be thinking about this proverb again this week.