Sugar Rush Christmas

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Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media
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Holiday-themed spin on fun competitive baking show.

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Positive Messages

Teamwork makes the dream work, especially when up against deadlines or setbacks. Creativity must sometimes be balanced with time management. Passion can inspire you to work towards excellence. Helpful, constructive criticism is a gift that can increase future success.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The host and judges are generally encouraging and offer thoughtful criticism. Contestants work really hard to win, but they are not ruthless competitors. They often compliment one another's work and accept feedback with grace. Host and permanent judges appear to be White; two are men, one is a woman. Guest judges and contestants tend to represent a variety of genders and skin colors.

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One theme is Christmas cocktail-inspired cupcakes and the host asks, "Are we going to get hammered tonight?" to laughs from the other judges. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sugar Rush Christmas puts a holiday twist on the Sugar Rush reality baking competition series. Teams of bakers try to beat the clock as they create unique concoctions such as holiday cocktail-inspired cupcakes, Christmas tree-shaped confections, and Nutcracker-themed desserts, among others. As in the original series, there is a built-in reward for working fast: time left on the clock after the first two rounds gets rolled over into the last round for the contestants that get to the finals. Teams must balance efficiency with the time needed to create beautiful desserts that will impress the judges. There are tense moments as the clock ticks down; some teams hold up under the pressure, while others crumble. There are occasional references to scientific principles behind baking, and viewers do see contestants engage in critical thinking. Teamwork, determination, problem-solving, and following your passions are emphasized. While people are definitely there to win, contestants are generally kind and respectful toward one another, and judges show a mix of encouragement and critique. There is some mild, infrequent language such as "crap" or "badass." The host and permanent judges appear to be White; two are men, one is a woman, and the guest judges and contestants vary in terms of gender and race.

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What's the story?

SUGAR RUSH CHRISTMAS is a competition series in which teams compete in holiday-themed baking challenges for the chance to win a $10,000 prize. The show begins with four teams and two hours on the clock. When each team completes the first two challenges, they stop their clock, present their confection to the judges, and get to use whatever time is remaining on their next challenge, if they aren't eliminated. Two teams make it to the final round, and they get 3 additional hours added to their time to complete the challenge. Hunter March hosts, and judges include Candace Nelson, Adriano Zumbo, and a new guest host for each episode.

Is it any good?

As a holiday variant of a baking competition show that sets itself apart from a slew of similar shows with its novel timing scheme, this is a fun show for families to watch together during the holidays. Sugar Rush Christmas is likely to inspire holiday (baking) spirit. The countdown clock, the strategies the teams implement, and the regular failures and re-dos that necessitate quick problem solving bring enjoyable tension and suspense. The bakers who compete create truly remarkable confections that are often a wonder to behold. This show promotes creativity, skill, teamwork, and innovative thinking, and young bakers are likely to pick up a few tricks of the trade. Parents will appreciate that the competition is friendly and that the judges aren't mean. Don't be surprised if kids want to try their hand at a holiday cake or two after watching the series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the teams strategize in order to win the contest. How do teams balance the time crunch with making desserts the judges will love? Do their strategies ever fail? How would you try to recover from a plan gone wrong?

  • What's the appeal of reality shows like Sugar Rush Christmas? Do they inspire or teach viewers in some way? Does this one advertise anything to its audience? How confident can we be in the "reality" of reality TV?

  • Identify some instances of teamwork, determination, and other character strengths in the contestants' actions. How does teamwork impact their success or failure? 

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