meet the host

Sunny Anderson

Sunny serves as a fun-loving host on The Kitchen and dishes out down-to-earth recipes on Home Made in America and Cooking for Real.

meet the judges

More from Sunny

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Honey Glazed Carrots

Sunny's Easy Maple and Lemon Pan-Roasted Carrots

Easy Grilled Pork Chops

Sunny's Easy Beef Tenderloin with Holiday Pesto

Easy BBQ Short Ribs

Sunny's Hot Ham and Cheese Wreath

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Cheesy Mushroom and Broccoli Casserole

Sunny's Easy Holiday Spiral Ham

Huevos Rancheros

Vegetarian "Southern-style" Collard Greens

Simple Sauteed Mustard Greens

Sunny's German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Pasta, Pancetta and Peas

Sweet Potatoes and Marshmallows

Sunny's Honey BBQ Oven Short Ribs

Apple Cider Chicken

Sunny's Easy White Bean and Mushroom Soup

Sunny's Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies

Crispy Baked Potato

Sunny's Cheat Sheet Mini Meatloaves with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

Butterflied Cornish Hens with Sage Butter

Chicken Flautas with Avocado Cream

Sunny's Quick Horchata Fondue

Sunny's Simple Toffee and Peanuts Matzo Bark

About the show

In the wee hours inside Hersheypark, brave confectioners navigate the eerily deserted amusement park, solving clues and riding spooky thrill rides before using classic Hershey candy to create mind-bending, chocolatey showpieces inside Hershey's largest candy store, Chocolate World. The chefs mold chocolate like champs and spin sugar into gold in an all-out, fight-or-fright competition hosted by Sunny Anderson.
Season 1, Episode 3

Mad Scientist's Lab

Three pastry chefs take over a deserted Hersheypark overnight, and host Sunny Anderson challenges them to create zany chocolate and candy concoctions inspired by a mad scientist's lab. A middle school math teacher stays focused in the kitchen by using detailed to-do lists to keep ingredients in line. A former pastry teacher runs into frustrating follies with their main alien character, but a French chocolatier stays cool, calm and collected even when faced with troubleshooting broken isomalt. With the clock ticking down, the chefs must venture back out into the night to face off in a classic amusement park game to earn their candy for a tasty treat. Whose creation will judges Ralph Attanasia, Maneet Chauhan and Hershey's Master Chocolatier Jim St. John tip their beakers to? A dream vacation in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and $10,000 are up for grabs!

Friday
Oct 22
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 1

Frightful Forest

Three pastry chefs battle it out overnight in Hersheypark's Chocolate World to create showstopping, forest-themed chocolate creations. After riding the park's tallest roller coasters, a world-renowned Danish chocolatier has a major chocolate setback, and a Colombian cake and sugar artist deals with the consequences of working with fragile Jolly Rancher isomalt. Meanwhile, a young mom with an eye for character design struggles to bring her frightful forest to life with realistic chocolate tree sculpting. Host Sunny Anderson reveals a curve ball in the candy store, forcing the artists to run back into the park to solve another Candy Clue in the middle of the night! The chefs face another frightful park attraction to earn their second Hershey candy, which inspires a creative treat. When time runs out, the three chefs face judges Ralph Attanasia and Maneet Chauhan, who critique their overall theme, chocolate work and candy manipulation. Only one will last through the night, face their frights and win the $10,000 and dream vacation in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Friday
Oct 22
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 4

Creepy-Crawly Carnival

Three pastry chefs are locked in an abandoned Hersheypark overnight to reveal who has the most-inspired take on a creepy-crawly carnival. The competitors take a spin on one of the park's most-dizzying rides, and then back in Chocolate World, a self-taught gravity-defying cake artist quickly runs into problems that force her to adjust her design on the fly. Meanwhile, an adrenaline junkie sugar artist almost loses a battle against a 33-pound slab of dark chocolate, and a sculpting enthusiast uses enough Hershey's candy to empty the whole store! With $10,000 and a dream vacation in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on the line, only one chef can truly wow host Sunny Anderson and judges Ralph Attanasia and Maneet Chauhan with their chocolate and candy mastery, interpretation of the theme and tastiness of their treats.

Tuesday
Oct 26
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 2

Scary Sci-Fi

Host Sunny Anderson locks three pastry chefs inside Hersheypark overnight to create sci-fi-inspired chocolate showpieces that impress judges Ralph Attanasia and Maneet Chauhan. An award-winning chocolatier meets his match in two strong competitors as they race through the park picking up candy and making delicious sweets. An artist who loves to create life-sized cakes struggles with her main character while a young chocolatier has a complete chocolate meltdown over a tempering technique gone terribly wrong. A mid-competition surprise leaves the chefs "mooing" for more time as they must race through the park for another Candy Clue. Finally, the judges hand out some hot compliments and cold critiques when deciding whose chocolate masterpiece is good enough to earn $10,000 and a dream vacation in Hershey, Pennsylvania!

Tuesday
Oct 26
11am | 10c
Season 1, Episode 3

Mad Scientist's Lab

Three pastry chefs take over a deserted Hersheypark overnight, and host Sunny Anderson challenges them to create zany chocolate and candy concoctions inspired by a mad scientist's lab. A middle school math teacher stays focused in the kitchen by using detailed to-do lists to keep ingredients in line. A former pastry teacher runs into frustrating follies with their main alien character, but a French chocolatier stays cool, calm and collected even when faced with troubleshooting broken isomalt. With the clock ticking down, the chefs must venture back out into the night to face off in a classic amusement park game to earn their candy for a tasty treat. Whose creation will judges Ralph Attanasia, Maneet Chauhan and Hershey's Master Chocolatier Jim St. John tip their beakers to? A dream vacation in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and $10,000 are up for grabs!

Tuesday
Oct 26
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 1

Frightful Forest

Three pastry chefs battle it out overnight in Hersheypark's Chocolate World to create showstopping, forest-themed chocolate creations. After riding the park's tallest roller coasters, a world-renowned Danish chocolatier has a major chocolate setback, and a Colombian cake and sugar artist deals with the consequences of working with fragile Jolly Rancher isomalt. Meanwhile, a young mom with an eye for character design struggles to bring her frightful forest to life with realistic chocolate tree sculpting. Host Sunny Anderson reveals a curve ball in the candy store, forcing the artists to run back into the park to solve another Candy Clue in the middle of the night! The chefs face another frightful park attraction to earn their second Hershey candy, which inspires a creative treat. When time runs out, the three chefs face judges Ralph Attanasia and Maneet Chauhan, who critique their overall theme, chocolate work and candy manipulation. Only one will last through the night, face their frights and win the $10,000 and dream vacation in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday
Oct 26
1pm | 12c