Sugar High review – putting the candy to the test

July 31, 2020
Daniel Hart 5
Netflix, TV Reviews


Maybe watch it in passing or don’t. It won’t make a difference.



Maybe watch it in passing or don’t. It won’t make a difference.

Netflix reality show Sugar High came out on the platform on July 31, 2020. 

I haven’t heard of Sugar Rush before but apparently this short 40-minute competition Sugar High is some kind of extension of that reality show. I’m not entirely sure what the point is in releasing one 40-minute competition and palming it off as a Netflix film but we are where we are. It just seems like a strange spin-off — almost like they were going to do a reality show but then decided to not complete it at the end. Maybe world events paused it.

Anyway, Sugar High is a series pitting sweet enthusiasts against each other to make the best candy in the most innovative and artistic way. These sweet connoisseurs do things with sugar that I’ve never seen before and I was uniquely impressed by what was delivered. Of course, because it’s a reality competition, contestants are eliminated for not being sweet enough.

Like any show like this that revolves around cooking, the format is regularly the same. What makes a cooking show is how they spice up the format to try and make it extra-special. However, Sugar High is very standard, showing no originality in its format at all and the only positive is watching that sweet candy get produced for the judges. Netflix is producing a lot of cooking shows at present, coupled with cooking-travel documentaries and Sugar High easily stays at the bottom of the pile.

Maybe watch it in passing or don’t. It won’t make a difference. Sugar High was just created for the sake of it. Stick to Sugar Rush, at least the release makes sense. This is 40 minutes of your time that you can keep.

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5 thoughts on “Sugar High review – putting the candy to the test

  • August 2, 2020 at 2:16 am

    I liked Sugar High, but thought it was a full season when I saw it in the latest releases stream, today. I wonder if the reason for just one episode is due to the pandemic and lockdowns? Anyway, this reminded me of the competition shows that used to be on Food Network about 10 or so years ago. They had a variety of them and they were specials more than regular series. Sugar work is beautiful and the process is interesting to watch. While I wouldn’t say this is a must watch, i would say this is worth the time and worth far more than 2 stars, for those that like Sugar Rush, Zumbo’s Just Desserts and the other competition shows on Netflix.

    Just some food for thought, if you’re going to review something, especially something like this, it’s best to watch the source material (in this case, Sugar Rush) to get a better idea of this one, before writing a review that, quite frankly, sounds like you were forced to write, vs something you actually wanted to write.

  • August 5, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    I like Sugar High- Would LOVE to see more of this type of work on TV. It’s a fun peak into the world of confections and how technically challenging it is. The creations were spectacular. If this show continues, I will definitely watch. Cool new stuff to obsess over as I binge watch.

  • August 5, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Super into it. Bummed there was only 1 episode? Weird way to roll out such a cool new idea. Would love to see more. Loved the father son team. Totally bawling.

  • August 5, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Happy to see some new talent in this world of pastry & baking. It is such a difficult science and execution is really tough. These contestants were pretty incredible in episode 1. I like these judges. Diversity has finally been featured which is nice too. Seeing a panel where women and people of color shine made me happy. Good show. I wish I knew when more would air. Anybody know??

    • August 21, 2020 at 5:09 am

      Loved it. Would like to see more of it as it was pure art & definitely worth the time if you are a Sugar Rush or Zumbo follower.
      It’s rewarding to see such talented participants and challenging tasks.
      Waiting for more shows that follow this format, maybe with a twist or two to continue captivating the audience!

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