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Duff's Happy Fun Bake Time

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Pastry chef and fun puppet crew teach baking skills to kids.

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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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