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Candy Queen

Workplace reality full of sweet ideas and salty language.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series shows the kind of creative thinking and hard work that goes into running a business and making candy art.

Positive role models

Jackie is very professional with her clients and wants to make their candy fantasies a reality. She spends time teaching her staff on how to improve their technique.

Violence

Contains humorous references to "punching people out." Some of the clients' backstories include stories about loved ones being deployed in Iraq.

Sex

There's some minor flirting (especially with Adam), and at least one comical references to "naked Twister." Jackie is pregnant. Occasionally references are made to women's body parts.

Language

Words like "ass," "crap," and "hell" are audible. Occasional curses like "f--k" are fully bleeped. The word "bitch" is occasionally bleeped.

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for Hollywood Candy Girls. Occasionally celebs like Hank Azaria are featured. Jackie and her team carry displays in a Chevrolet SUV. Hollywood venues include the Intercontinental Hotel.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Parties sometimes include the serving of alcohol, but this is not prominently featured.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality series, which features the owner of Hollywood Candy Girls company and her staff creating fantastic creations out of sweets, is fun, but contains some strong language ("ass," "crap," "hell"; the occasional stronger curse is bleeped). It also contains some mild references to "being naked" and "punching people out" that are intended to be humorous. Hollywood venues and celebs are sometimes featured.

What's the story?

CANDY QUEEN is a reality series about a woman who built an entire business around her love of candy. Jackie Sorkin, the owner of The Hollywood Candy Girls, is dedicated to creating mind-blowing art and beautiful candy buffets to suit the sweetest palates. From creating opulent candy favors to larger-than-life sophisticated displays, Jackie uses her passion for sweets and her creative vision to go beyond her clients' expectations. After Jackie shares her ideas with viewers using animated diagrams, assistants Jessica, Briana, and Cameron help her make them a reality using massive amounts of every type of candy imaginable. Candy engineer Adam helps with things like motorized elements and lighting to enhance the edible masterpieces. It takes long hours and a lot of work, but Jackie and her team shows that no matter what the challenge, candy will always make it better.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The series showcases the work and creativity that goes into candy art and design. It also shows how someone's idea can go from a creative concept to an actual finished product. Candy decorating techniques are also explained.

The format of the show isn't particularly unique, and conversations that go beyond the creative work featured here seem a little forced. But the endless piles of treats, as well as the magical displays being created here, makes it feel (sort of) like a guilty pleasure.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about candy designers. What kind of training does one have to have to get into this kind of work? Is it hard for creators to watch people eat their creations after they've spent hours creating it? Working with candy is great, but do you think people who work with it every day ever get tired of eating it?

  • Do you think the projects Jackie and her staff work on are typical, or do you think they're a result of being on a reality show? Does anything seem staged for television? Why do you think Jackie agreed to be featured on a show like this?

  • What is the appeal of workplace reality shows? Is there a workplace that you'd like to see featured on reality TV?

TV details

Premiere date:December 5, 2011
Cast:Adam Mendes, Jackie Sorkin, Jessica Herrera
Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old March 9, 2012

Cant wait

Idk i really wanna see diz
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byJOJO2230 January 6, 2012

Good

Really inappropriate for young kids! But other than that, EXCELLENT!!!! Favorite show on the whole dang TV.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking