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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Candy Land is a food competition show based on the popular board game of the same name. Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth hosts the show, which takes place on an elaborate, edible set based on the board game's candy neighborhoods. Teams of dessert chefs and candy confectioners compete in challenges inspired by different types of candy, and have to work together to create artistic desserts and treats. Craftsmanship tends to be emphasized over competition on Candy Land, and the show primarily observes the contestants working and making creative decisions about their confectionary concoctions.
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What's the story?
CANDY LAND is a food competition show inspired by the board game of the same name. Host Kristin Chenoweth welcomes 20 contestants to a majestic, colorful set based on the different candy neighborhoods of the game. There's Peppermint Forest, Gumdrop Mountains, Chocolate Mountain, the Lollipop Woods, and Lemon Lime Springs. Teams of bakers and confectioners compete by building large, elaborate showpieces out of candy and other ingredients they find in the colorful Candy Land universe.
Is it any good?
The contestants, judges, and host Kristin Chenoweth all seem like they're on a permanent sugar rush. And yet, for a cooking competition show, Candy Land is surprisingly mellow. The show focuses less on competition and drama than on the skills the contestants use to make their impressive creations. It's reminiscent of an even sweeter-toothed version of The Great British Baking Show -- though Candy Land also feels more like an elaborate advertisement. However, as satisfying as it is to watch the contestants work, Candy Land feels so unstructured that things like challenges and eliminations come and go without much fanfare. There are plenty of competitors that viewers don't get to know at all, and the 80-minute runtime seems endless. It would've worked better if episodes were served in quick, sweet bites.
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Families can talk about the contestants. What are some of the reasons the contestants got into cooking? Do you have a favorite contestant? Why did they stand out?
What are the different techniques you see the contestants using to create their desserts? What are the different types of skills and tools they use? Did anything surprise you?
How do the judges talk about the contestants' work? What kind of criteria do they use to judge? What are some choices that the contestants made that the judges disagreed with? What are some choices that paid off?
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