About five months ago, I dove into the history of microwave cooking and how Sears cashed in on the emerging household technology by offering eleven dishes with the Merry Mushrooms decal. Check it out if you'd like. At the time, I hadn't seen proof that these existed.
Low and behold, back in April 2021 someone posted on The Real Merry Mushroom Collector's Facebook page that they had found the muffin pan and baking ring (Bundt pan) for a steal. How lucky! Then, THIS was listed on eBay in mid-May 2021.
Merry Mushrooms were the brainchild of Jack Buchanan, the Sears Housewares Buyer in the 1970s. In 2013, Jack published a LifeBio booklet, Sears, A True Fairy Tale, about the creation, rise, fall, and rediscovery of Merry Mushrooms. Copies of the booklet are often available on eBay, usually listed as "Sears Merry Mushroom Storybook" and sold by Jack's son, John.
In 2014, Jack himself presented his story at what appears to a LifeBio program at a local library. He was accompanied by some Merry Mushrooms canisters and miniatures. Jack is in now his nineties and still loves talking about Merry Mushrooms!
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