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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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