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4 hours ago, mlp said:

I think the kids know what the challenge will be before they even come out AND have received instructions AND have recipes in front of them that we don't see.  I just don't buy that all the kids know how to make all the baked goods and have memorized all the ingredients and proportions for everything.  What sets them apart IMO is their skills wrt basics and equipment plus their chosen variations on the theme plus their use of the twist ingredient which may very well be a surprise.

I don't have a favorite so far.  I do get a kick out of the little girl with big glasses.  I think her name is Madison.  

I agree that they probably have recipes so they don't need to memorize, as we've seen some kids trying to figure out how to make bigger batches (ie. they have a recipe but need to make 3x the amount and it throws them off sometimes). I remember Duff asking a baker in a previous season "is that your recipe?", so they probably are able to bring their own recipe books. But I don't think they know the challenge ahead of time since we've seen in previous episodes a few times where the kids are trying to guess what the challenge will be based on how the set is decorated.

So far in this season, very few instances of any of the kids really setting themselves apart. Davis kind of did this week where he took the very basic challenge and tried to do more (eg. 2-layers, butter cream, gnosh coating, patterned sprinkle decoration); it feels like in previous seasons more of the kids did this kind of thing.

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On 1/9/2019 at 7:15 AM, ShelleySue said:

I have a few food allergies (peanuts is the most severe) and my kids all have various food allergies.  You would think that the people who think up the challenges would ask about food allergies and then require a food with one of those allergies.  Also, Duff seemed surprised that one of the contestants was a vegetarian.  I'm not sure of his ethnicities, but I know many people who are vegetarians for religious reasons.  I grew up kosher (no longer am -- long story) and didn't have bacon until high school.  One of co-workers is Muslim and won't eat pork. I realize in the world it is impossible to accommodate everyone, but when you start out with twelve children it shouldn't be that difficult to not require an ingredient one of the children can't even taste.

At some point eons ago I saw the application form. It may be different now, but not only do they ask people if they have any allergies, they specifically ask if they'd be willing/capable of completing a challenge that required them to use an ingredient they're allergic to. So basically: if your allergy is severe enough you can't even touch the stuff, they won't cast you, and you have to specifically agree to potentially using your allergen if cast. It's a condition of participation. 

I don't think they go out of their way to include ingredients in challenges that people are allergic to or can't eat, but it does seem that they're up front with applicants that this is part of the deal. Essentially, they're planning the challenges without regard to individual's potential restrictions.

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Oh these kids.... I thought the decorating was less than stellar but man, was I craving a brownie (and a blondie!) while watching the show haha. 

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Finally got around to watching this episode and really bummed that Gavin was sent home. He was a family favorite. I especially liked him because he was a "real" kid and didn't seem like he was acting all the time. 

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13 hours ago, AAEBoiler said:

Finally got around to watching this episode and really bummed that Gavin was sent home. He was a family favorite. I especially liked him because he was a "real" kid and didn't seem like he was acting all the time. 

A few folks here have talked about these kids coming across like they are acting. I don't agree. To me, they feel pretty natural. Maybe they are a bit more well-spoken and mature, but none of it seems anything more to me than these kids having some confidence (maybe Davis is the exception to this). Season 5 I felt like the kids were a little too excited by simply being on the show and maybe over-reacting to every little thing, and in comparison these kids are much calmer.

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My thoughts were that the two bakers who had to incorporate pumpkin into their brownies or blondies had a disadvantage. I consider myself a halfway decent baker, but I blanched at that challenge.  I think it would be difficult to balance the strong flavors of the chocolate or brown sugar/caramel with the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Glad that neither of those two kids got sent home.

I like that spunky little Jersey girl who decorated her bake with the moustache. I think her name is Jenna and she's only 9. She has been on thin ice most of the time, so I don't expect her to go far, but I like her. I also like Niyah, Paige, Meadow and the girl with the oversized glasses. Since the boys always tend to go out early (during the seasons I've watched) I haven't paid close attention. Davis obviously is heads above the other guys, but something about him bugs me. Yeah. It's like he's acting but the kid has some skilz!

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I agree that the "Brownies vs Blondies" competition is pretty zzzzzzzz, but I thought at least this is something all of the kids should be able to excel at and bring some great bakes.   Well, not so much.  The sprinkles twist was actually not that bad, it was that "extra" ingredient that seemed to be the main issue.  Pumpkin was a cruel choice!   At least Duff understood that brownies are the worst thing to have to cut into an intricate shape, so he didn't seem to scoff at some of the kids mashing theirs together.  Clover-shaped brownie cakes???  Come on.

Allergy-girl's situation was totally unfortunate, but she handled it very well.  I mean they did choose those gavels by reaching into a bag or something.  I can't imagine the backlash if they would have decided to let her trade with someone else that didn't have nuts.

Canada-bowtie-boy is seriously many levels above the rest of these kids.  If he doesn't let the manufactured drama and schtick get the best of him, it's his to win.  Misha is next on the list.

I felt that several of them are ready to go home.  The mustache girl is too hyper spastic.  Nyah just seems not ready for this yet. 

Poor Gavin looked truly crushed he was sent home.  Poor kid.  

I definitely agree with the other who said it seems like the kids were extra-pumped up for the cameras this episode.  Karthik wins the prize for over-mugging this round.  Two-buns girl (still my favorite) was also quite OTT.

I have a feeling they maybe are told about all of the challenges in a vague way prior to starting the entire competition.  Like "There will be a cheesecake challenge, a brownie, challenge, etc."  But no other real details.  That way they can at least organize some recipes and practice a bit.   I find it really hard to believe that some of these kids come up with their ideas in a matter of seconds.  I have a feeling that a "brainstorming" period is edited out.   There also must be some written recipes hidden away from the camera in the stations.   I know that on the adult baking show, they sometimes showed a few of the contestants with recipe note cards.   I also have a feeling that their parents may be nearby off camera.

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21 hours ago, BigBingerBro said:

I have a feeling they maybe are told about all of the challenges in a vague way prior to starting the entire competition.  Like "There will be a cheesecake challenge, a brownie, challenge, etc."  But no other real details.  That way they can at least organize some recipes and practice a bit.   I find it really hard to believe that some of these kids come up with their ideas in a matter of seconds.  I have a feeling that a "brainstorming" period is edited out.   There also must be some written recipes hidden away from the camera in the stations.   I know that on the adult baking show, they sometimes showed a few of the contestants with recipe note cards.   I also have a feeling that their parents may be nearby off camera.

I am friends with a professional baker who says that even she does not have every basic recipe memorized, so I'd have to imagine that you are correct and the kids have notes with them. And probably the producers give them some heads-up about what to include in their notes ahead of time. As far as coming up with something in seconds, remember that these challenges are usually 2hrs of baking and we only see about 20 minutes. Also, I remember in Season 4 one of the kids (Luke?) spent much of his airtime trying to come up with ideas for his desert imposter.

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11 hours ago, NJKBCFan said:

I am friends with a professional baker who says that even she does not have every basic recipe memorized, so I'd have to imagine that you are correct and the kids have notes with them. And probably the producers give them some heads-up about what to include in their notes ahead of time. As far as coming up with something in seconds, remember that these challenges are usually 2hrs of baking and we only see about 20 minutes. Also, I remember in Season 4 one of the kids (Luke?) spent much of his airtime trying to come up with ideas for his desert imposter.

Good point about how much we see vs the actual time.  They do a great job making it seem like we're seeing everything.  

Also, I forgot to mention that when the kids do the talking heads, they are often reading.  "First I cream my butter, then add the sugar and eggs, then my dry ingredients"....

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I just LOVE the kids this season!  They are my favorite bunch of all time.  I love how they are confident without being arrogant, how they help and support each other, and though some are more dramatic than others, I don’t find any of them annoyingly OTT, even Davis, who has totally grown on me.  And Madison is just the cutest thing ever.  Sorry to lose Misha tonight, but he went out with equanimity and class.

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Darn.  Misha was one of my favorites but I can't argue with the decision.  

I give Duff and Valerie credit for tasting some of those creations.  Those flattened out and squished green things one of the girls made looked absolutely disgusting.  

Davis reminds me of Matthew who was on FN Star a couple times too often.  I hasten to say looks alone, not personality.  I like Davis.  

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Ok-last night's ep-Paige? She has the almond allergy, 7 the other 2 times she had no choice. Why did she choose, of her own free will, to use almonds again??

Something is a bit hinky: almond-gate. Other than that-these kids are really taking it all in stride.  But I agree with most of them-no likey macarons. And I'm a pro baker.  I prefer macaroons myself :).

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Jaxson reminds me so much of my nephew - in looks, age, sound of voice, personality - that it kind of creeps me out but he is also my favorite. The only kid that kind of annoys me, for no reason she just does is Jenna. Macarons look so difficult and I expected a full cast melt down! 

I think this is the first season where none of the kids are overly obnoxious? 

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Last night I noticed that the kids must be given clean aprons before they present their dishes.  We were laughing because while they were baking they were all just COVERED in flour, food coloring, etc.  Karthik even had something in his hair. 

Davis was spotless, which just made it even funnier.

But Jenna dodged a bullet again.  Oh my goodness, what was that?  Misha's weren't baked, so I can't argue his departure, but yikes.  I'm not sure why they put Paige in there.  I don't she was quite at the same level of disaster that the other two were.  I feel like it's unusual to have three people called on the carpet.  

And Valarie almost backed over a kid!!!!

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I can't believe Misha went home instead of Jenna. I don't think I would have been brave enough to even put Jenna's...creation into my mouth. I can only hope they tasted good. 

 

I think in the end it's going to come down to Davis and Madison. (Madison is the little one with the glasses, right?) Meadow's pretty good too, but maybe just a baby step behind them. All the others are good kids with a lot of talent, but I don't know if they're on the same level. But a lot can change in the coming weeks! 

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On 1/22/2019 at 11:29 AM, mlp said:

I don't have a favorite so far.  I do get a kick out of the little girl with big glasses.  I think her name is Madison.  

Madison is my favorite. And I agree with those who said this group of kids is uniformly more likeable than past seasons.

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Does anyone else wish when they choose who to eliminate, they would look at everything they’ve done so far that season (like how they look at all 3 rounds on an episode of Chopped) vs just that particular day? Misha obviously had a really bad day yesterday, but I definitely feel like he’s better than most of the bakers left. 

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26 minutes ago, kcrabtree06 said:

Does anyone else wish when they choose who to eliminate, they would look at everything they’ve done so far that season (like how they look at all 3 rounds on an episode of Chopped) vs just that particular day? Misha obviously has a really bad day yesterday, but I definitely feel like he’s better than most of the bakers left. 

Yes, I definitely thought Misha should have been safe, as just last week his blondies were good enough to save half of the field of contestants!   Jenna has been in the bottom at least once before.  I was very sad that he was eliminated.  

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I agree, they should at least explain why they made their decision. Nicely of course. I was surprised that Karthik was safe, but I guess he managed to get it done in time. Or it tasted good.

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Bummed about Misha. He was my pick to win it all after the first episode. At this point, I feel like Davis is going to be this season’s Bryn or Cole, a favorite to win but eliminated in the semifinal. Agree that he’s definitely got skills. Personality-wise, he reminds me a little bit of Beverley from Season 4.

I know macarons are known to be difficult to make, but it still surprised me how much trouble a lot of the kids had with this challenge. Maybe it was because of all the pre-season hype about how good these kids were supposed to be, but after this episode I feel like they are pretty similar in skill as previous seasons. Personality-wise, I still put Season 4 ahead as no one is as adorable as Linsey or Bryn, but agree that all of these kids are very likable.

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12 hours ago, luvapickle said:

Ok-last night's ep-Paige? She has the almond allergy, 7 the other 2 times she had no choice. Why did she choose, of her own free will, to use almonds again??

Macarons are normally made with almond flour so she was going to be almonded no matter what in this challenge.

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I was also totally bummed about Misha. I thought he was a shoe-in for at least final three. OMG, Jenna's were disgusting looking! But Val and Duff really REALLY seemed to like the taste, and not cooked should be the worst sin always. Poor Misha.

I've ragged on Paige's mugging before, but this time those tears were real. But every kid had some kind of meltdown/problem. My sister and I were yelling at Karthik -- that's really egg whites 101 -- even a teeny tiny speck of yolk will prevent the whites from whipping. Wonder if that was Jenna's problem, too, but they didn't get it on camera? Because her batter was so runny. And she said they sometimes turned out o.k. when she had batter like that???

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Bummed about Misha.  I kept telling the TV to put those dang macarons in the oven!  

Duff expressed exactly how I feel almost every week... "I would sooooo win the Kids Baking Championship".  I love his sense of humor!  Of course these kids don't bake as well adults and I know my commentary needs to soften a bit because they are kids and are just starting their baking journey.

However, when your cookie calls for whites to be at stiff peaks, there is a reason for it.  If your egg "whites" aren't fluffing up, you really need to start again.  I was annoyed at Karthic and Jenna both because they kept on with ingredients that we're never going to work.  

Underbaking is an issue.  These shows want the contestants to use good time management and it is a good skill to master but I think bad usage of time is less an issue these kids than continuing a recipe when you've failed the first step.  In general they can take their sweet time making macarons but if they don't whip the whites the right way, they'll never make a decent macaron.  Hence, I feel Jenna should've gone home.  Not to mention she's been in the bottom before.

Madison is adorable.  Enough said.

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In the grand scheme of the show, most of these macarons were trainwrecks, so this is probably nitpicky, but I was annoyed at how many of them made vanilla shells and relied on buttercream/whatever filling for more interesting flavors AND I was double annoyed at how many of them referred to theirs as "regular" flavored and then clarified that meant vanilla. I know, they're small children, but they're small children who supposedly bake. "Vanilla" <> "regular". On the one hand, vanilla is a flavor, but on the other, by referring to it as "regular" they're basically admitting they did a totally boring macaron.

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^that's why I was glad that they acknowledged the one kid who took a chance by using Lavender? He at least tried something different. I was glad that they put him through right away.

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So, we're bummed that my daughter's friend's little brother (I think I have that punctuation right) Misha was eliminated in the last episode. Now that Misha's gone I'm all "Team Madison" ... which probably means she's gone next week.

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8 minutes ago, AAEBoiler said:

So, we're bummed that my daughter's friend's little brother (I think I have that punctuation right) Misha was eliminated in the last episode. Now that Misha's gone I'm all "Team Madison" ... which probably means she's gone next week.

Darn! Even more bummed now! Did you ever get to talk with him about his experience on the show? Would love to hear about it, particularly with regards to some of the questions being asked here about things like did they have recipes, did they know about the challenges beforehand and how much did the producers coach them?

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1 hour ago, NJKBCFan said:

Did you ever get to talk with him about his experience on the show?

No, I have not run into him since all of this began.

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On January 29, 2019 at 8:18 AM, luvapickle said:

Ok-last night's ep-Paige? She has the almond allergy, 7 the other 2 times she had no choice. Why did she choose, of her own free will, to use almonds again??

Something is a bit hinky: almond-gate. Other than that-these kids are really taking it all in stride.  But I agree with most of them-no likey macarons. And I'm a pro baker.  I prefer macaroons myself :).

 

On January 29, 2019 at 8:43 PM, theatremouse said:

Macarons are normally made with almond flour so she was going to be almonded no matter what in this challenge.

I've been very vocal about this because I have a food allergy.  I was positive Food Network was doing Paige a disservice by forcing her to use almonds.   I couldn't believe they had a macaron challenge because it uses almond flour. Unlike the other two times (marzipan and almonds being her ingredient) she didn't say anything about macarons.   I was literally screaming at the tv.  But then Paige VOLUNTARILY CHOSE almonds.  I just shook my head in disbelief.  I give up.  Even if she was already almonded (my word of the day Theatremouse), you'd think that she'd choose some part of her challenge that she could at least taste.  I know that when I bake I like to taste things to make sure the combinations are proportions are good.

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On 1/31/2019 at 9:02 AM, NJKBCFan said:

Did you ever get to talk with him about his experience on the show? Would love to hear about it, particularly with regards to some of the questions being asked here about things like did they have recipes, did they know about the challenges beforehand and how much did the producers coach them?

I don't think we're ever going to get an answers to these questions. Contestants are under strict orders not to reveal anything about the procedures, timing and production of the show. A contestant from the adult Baking Championship show mentioned she wasn't allowed to share that kind of information.

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20 hours ago, ShelleySue said:

 

I've been very vocal about this because I have a food allergy.  I was positive Food Network was doing Paige a disservice by forcing her to use almonds.   I couldn't believe they had a macaron challenge because it uses almond flour. Unlike the other two times (marzipan and almonds being her ingredient) she didn't say anything about macarons.   I was literally screaming at the tv.  But then Paige VOLUNTARILY CHOSE almonds.  I just shook my head in disbelief.  I give up.  Even if she was already almonded (my word of the day Theatremouse), you'd think that she'd choose some part of her challenge that she could at least taste.  I know that when I bake I like to taste things to make sure the combinations are proportions are good.

It would have been interesting if she ever tried using ground white chocolate instead of almond flour for the macarons. It's a great sub for the high fat content.

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Macaron Madness!!  Immediately after watching, I was ready to snark pretty hard on some of the disasters in this episode, but I thought better of the situation.  I mean they are kids and macarons are super tricky.  On one hand they could have provided more time so that some of the kids could have started over without time restraints, but then it probably would have been TOO  perfect.   I was amazed how many of the kids just plowed tight along (some through tears) and managed to get something on their plates.    I wonder if the production staff gave them a pep talk and told them to just produce something no matter what happens.  Had I been in their place I would have ran off the set and demanded my parents take me home immediately!!

I am furious that Misha was sent home.  Yes, what he presented was raw and sloppy, but he was historically not this bad.  The curly brunette girl is consistently all over the place.  She should have been sent home last week.

It looks like next weeks team opposites cake challenge is going to produce some better bakes!

 

Oh and what's up with not letting the winner drive the golf cart??   Why not let them take it for a spin around the set??

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Oh no he didn't!!  Jaxon, you don't ever raise your finger to someone's face and shush them!  Yay for Madison for winning the challenge after he basically dictated what she'd do.  Also, kudos to Madison for keeping her cool and working with what she had.  Best reply ever to the judges when she told them why she had the land theme.  

The fire and ice cake was nicely done too.  Good job ladies!   

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Finally Jenna is gone.  Weeks overdue.  I thought her decorating skills were terrible  — IMO her cupcakes early on looked like they had piles of poop on them!   And I think she should’ve gone last week for her macarons as well. Karthik and Jaxon did not behave well as young men trying to dominate and man-splain (or as Karthik incorrectly said man-splait!), but Meadow and Madison handled it so coolly like little pros.  Love both of those two.  Madison is like a clever and adorable, dry-witted, older woman in a small body and Meadow is just lovely with a darling personality, poise and humor.  I loved Paige calming down Davis (and I’m not a Paige fan) and her partnership with Nyah was wonderful.  Duff and Valerie are the best host duo on Food Network, I think.

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I really like Madison but in this case I am glad Jaxson "made" her take the peanut butter(even if she doesn't like it)....that peanut butter made her great chocolate cake even greater! I was a little surprised that she didn't grab it right away but I guess her personal dislike won over. Yes, those boys were a little over the top but in this case, it worked out great!

11 hours ago, ChitChat said:

Best reply ever to the judges when she told them why she had the land theme.  

I had to laugh when she told the truth!!

Now for what I thought was a big miss....Big and Little. Why didn't Davis made a large cake and then have Jenna make a teeny cake and place it on top? Of course, then Jenna's poor decorating might have taken away from the large cake but I think Davis with all of  his talent could have over-come that. I really didn't see Big and Little the way they decorated.

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Not a fan of Jaxson after seeing him repeatedly steamroll Madison. He was pretty condescending... and that little grin on his face when he was talking down to her...so irritating. Grrrr!

 

Karthik didn't win any points with his behavior 1either. But he seemed to be playing more to the cameras.

 

Loved Paige and Nyah together!! Great teamwork!!

 

Davis is one wacky dude. His faces are cracking me up. His OTT expressions during the 2nd confessional with Jenna were wild. He may be consuming too much sugar. Heh! But, I think it's genuine; just him marching to a different beat. 😊

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I wasn't sorry to see Jenna leave.  I like all the kids who are left.  Madison cracks me up.  I love her.  Nyah is a beautiful child and just delightful.  Of the boys, my favorite is Karthik.  Davis is wound so tight that I wonder if his parents put a lot of pressure on him to excel at everything or if that's just his nature.

I enjoy listening to these kids talk.  They all use grammatically correct English and they all sound intelligent.  They give me hope.

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Finally, Jenna is gone. She's not a bad kid, but was definitely way behind the others in terms of skill. I still think she should have been the one to go home last week. With her gone, I don't see a really clear choice as to who's going to be next to be eliminated. Nyah or Karthik, maybe. (Again, great kids, but they've had some little missteps before.)

 

In the end, I think it's going to come down to Davis and Madison. My prediction is one of the following scenarios happens - 1) Madison doesn't do anything "wrong", but she doesn't take big enough risks, and that's what loses the championship for her, or 2) high-strung Davis finally explodes and screws up massively near the end of the competition. 

 

I loved the look of the fire and ice cake, but I was seriously questioning the combination of mint and lemon. I guess it does work!

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As Nyah said, lemon and mint is a combination you often see in cough drops, and if she'd used more mint flavor, it might not have been as successful.

But really, boys?  Jaxon and Karthik both lose in the woke department.  I wanted to slap both of them.

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And suddenly, I don't like any of the boys! Jackson and Karthik were bullies, and Davis was pretty rude (tho at least it appeared that he tried to be polite). Madison is now my favorite, as she handled it with maturity. Glad she won it!

Paige and Nyah definitely deserved the team win. They really nailed the challenge. And I loved how well they got along, including saying everything in unison! Very cute, and a great counterbalance to the rudeness seen in the boy-girl teams.

Jenna - yeah, time to go. I feel bad for her because I bet she is a much better baker than she was able to show in this show. Similar to Soleil in Season 4. Maybe something about being from New Jersey? lol

I think this was the first week where I really enjoyed the challenge. Gave them room for creativity, both with flavor and decorating, some nice techniques. Great job, bakers!

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It really was time for Jenna to go, probably even past time.  

Madison won for best deadpan line of the week.

Davis always looks like somebody just gave him a wedgie every time they call his name.   I did have to laugh at Paige when she called him on his being shocked.   

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I finally figured it out: Davis is a mini/young Matthew Grunwald(FNS)-but sweet:). They both always seem like they're on a sugar high. Love Madison-agree she seems like an adult in a little one's body.  I have one issue: Duff says the sun was not smooth like the real sun(although in the recap he says it's not spherical). Um, technically the sun has millions of fiery explosions of gases occurring on it's surface. That sun was actually more accurate than most people draw, form.

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Jaxon certainly came across as a little twerp this episode. I agree that Karthick was playing it up a bit but he doesn't get a pass from me, either. Jaxon can go home anytime. 

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I finally figured it out: Davis is a mini/young Matthew Grunwald(FNS)-but sweet:).

I said the same thing last week.  He does remind me of Matthew although just looks and expressions, not personality (thank heavens).

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The only boy I noticed as rude was Jaxon. Him and Madison clearly don't get along as it is. Putting them in a team together wasn't a good idea. I did like that Madison ended up doing a better job as the boy was so arrogate and controlling toward her. But she ended up with the best chocolate & peanut butter the best combo ever.  I know he is just a kid, so hopefully he will grow up eventually.   As for Davis and Karthik, I don't recall them being rude to their partner or anyone else. Davis was to busy being nervous or maybe a perfectionist, but he never took it out on Jenna from what I saw. And Karthik, had that one comment (which I missed the beginning of), maybe that was rude.

 

Anyhow, I am glad that Jenna went home (nothing against her personally) but she doesn't have the skills the other kids have.

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This episode made me both laugh and cry. Loved watching Madison's arc of getting "steamrolled" by Jaxon, then speaking her mind and letting her frustration show more and more until she actually won in the end! Good for her. (On the one hand, I guess he kind of helped her win by suggesting that peanut butter would be a good complement for her chocolate cake and the peanut butter cream cheese frosting she put together does sound like heaven; on the other hand, let her figure out her own shit, bro! I'm sure she would have rocked a chocolate-chocolate chip cake too.)

Karthik seemed to alternate between being overbearing and mansplain-y to acting like a hyperactive little brother, with all the annoying questions. Meadow held her composure better than I would have!

So frustrating to watch guys keep dominating girls though. Generation after generation. Uggggghh. And boooooooo to Jaxon not even smiling or offering a "good job" when his partner won the challenge. I hope that was editing for drama, but given how much they like to show these kids high fiving and jumping up and down and helping each other out, I'm going to say that editing was not at fault this time.

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1 hour ago, Iseut said:

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So frustrating to watch guys keep dominating girls though. Generation after generation. Uggggghh. And boooooooo to Jaxon not even smiling or offering a "good job" when his partner won the challenge. I hope that was editing for drama, but given how much they like to show these kids high fiving and jumping up and down and helping each other out, I'm going to say that editing was not at fault this time.

Right?!  It’s like it’s in boys DNA. You would think that this behavior would be quashed by moms but maybe they are the oldest or have no sisters. 

I noticed that Jaxon didn’t congratulate Madison but also had this unpleasant/angry look on his face with Duff and Valerie were complimenting Madison. 

Madison is my favorite. She is just so droll, sarcastic and deadpan. She is so tiny I forget she is 11 or 12. 

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18 minutes ago, Aliconehead said:

Madison is my favorite. She is just so droll, sarcastic and deadpan.

She says it with that little half smile, but you know inside she's probably screaming "a pox on you!"  Maybe one day we'll see her as a professional baker and a blogger.  Don't you know she could bring the snark!   

Meadow and Paige have sweet personalities too.  Paige mentioned in her first intro that she has juvenile arthritis.  I hate to see anybody with a chronic illness, and especially one so young.  She seems to enjoy baking, and she's been fun to watch.  I was glad that the fire and ice cake won for nailing the theme, but I was also happy to see Madison win for best tasting cake.  I do wish she would've added something to the top of her cake though.  Maybe a little beach umbrella, or palm tree, or something along those lines, but overall I think she and Jaxon did a great job too.  I would happily taste any of those cakes.  ;)

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34 minutes ago, Aliconehead said:

Right?!  It’s like it’s in boys DNA. You would think that this behavior would be quashed by moms but maybe they are the oldest or have no sisters. 

I noticed that Jaxon didn’t congratulate Madison but also had this unpleasant/angry look on his face with Duff and Valerie were complimenting Madison. 

Madison is my favorite. She is just so droll, sarcastic and deadpan. She is so tiny I forget she is 11 or 12. 

The boys from the previous seasons were not like this.

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