A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show teaches culinary vocabulary and techniques, the cultural and agricultural origins of food, and some related STEM concepts.
Characters demonstrate a curiosity about food and learning.
Positive Role Models
Main character Duff is a great example of someone who excels at their craft. All characters are friendly and positive (with the sometimes exception of grumpy Edgar the crab).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Duff's Happy Fun Bake Time is a kids' cooking series featuring Food Network star Duff Goldman and a crew of puppets. There's no iffy content, but the cooking tutorial focus will probably be most interesting to grade school kids and up. The show is lots of fun and has great educational elements, including segments like "Science Bites," which explain food science or showcase ingredients' cultural origins. It's great family viewing, and parent foodies won't mind watching along with their pint-sized bakers.
Is It Any Good?
Kids will eat up this entertaining show with yummy treats and whimsical puppets from The Jim Henson Company. Reality star Duff Goldman is a surprisingly great actor who seems very comfortable with the puppets' silly antics, and does an admirable job of explaining complicated baking techniques to kids. The puppets themselves are wonderful: robot Couscous helpfully melts butter with his laser eyes and is very enthusiastic about food, S'later the sloth has a chill surfer dude vibe, and the anthropomorphic kitchen appliances bring the laughs. Kids that enjoy watching cooking shows will love that this one is tailored specifically to them. There's lots of antics sprinkled throughout the recipes, making 'Happy Fun Bake Time' more than just a standard cooking show.
The show is great family viewing, and parent foodies won't mind watching along with their pint size bakers. Grown-ups will also appreciate the learning that's woven throughout the episodes (though they may be less keen on the puppets' extreme enthusiasm towards dessert food without any counter messages about a balanced diet). Many of the recipes on the show are too complicated for the show's target audience to make in real life, but part of the fun is seeing expert baker Duff create fantastical desserts. The show will inspire young (and not-so-young) bakers to get in the kitchen and make something delicious.
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