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Unwrapped

Specials

  • Food Network
  • 30 mins
  • 6 hours, 30 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, News

Ever wondered where the tiny marshmallows in your breakfast cereal came from? Have we got a show for you! Each week, Unwrapped uncovers behind-the-scenes details on classic American food, from peanut butter and chocolate syrup to French fries and bubblegum. Join host Marc Summers as he explores the test kitchens and the secrets behind lunch box treats, soda pop, movie candy, and more. Unwrapped--the show for everyone who's ever worn a pair of wax lips. Specials run times are 60 minutes.

44 episodes

Candy Unwrapped: Valentine's Day has all the sweet secrets. The newest installment in our Candy Unwrapped series, this fills us in on the most delicious traditions of Valentine's day.

Special 4 Candy Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Go inside the world of America's great love-candy. From mom & pop shops to the giants known as Hershey and M&M/Mars, find out how our favorites are made. This edition of the special will feature footage from the Annual Confectioner show in Chicago.

Special 5 Champagne Uncorked

  • no air date — 30 mins

Our special will take us from the Champagne region of France, to a bar in Chicago that boasts the largest selection of champagne anywhere, to vineyards in California that produce their own remarkable sparkling wine.

Special 7 Snacks Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Unwrap the secrets of the world of snacking. From Hostess Twinkies to Krispy Kreme doughnuts, with stops at Wise Cheez Doodles, Moon Pies, beef jerky, fruit pies, and a visit to the headquarters of Frito Lay.

Special 8 Holidays Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Join host Marc Summers to find out why candy canes are crooked; how to make a picture-perfect whipped cream "dollop"; what food company created the image of Santa Claus, and what it's like to answer phones at the Butterball Hotline at holiday time?

Special 9 Spuds Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Featuring Potato of the Month Club; flakes to sticks, ice cream to vodka & even spud fudge; what makes Mr. Potato Head so collectible; meet a potato artist; the mysteries behind Bonzai potatoes; a dozen different ways a restaurant trims their taters.

Special 10 Icons Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

From the Pillsbury Doughboy, Toucan Sam, the Hamburglar and the Jolly Green Giant, we'll unwrap the colorful characters used to sell some of our favorite treats. We'll watch how these ideas are marketed, and even discover what those old character give-aways are worth to collectors.

Special 11 Summer Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Marc Summers explores America's favorite summertime treats. Go behind-the-scenes of the frozen treats that cool us down, and the wacky grills and hot sauces that heat us up. Plus, discover how some summertime classics have become collectibles.

The biggest cookie factory? America's first drive-thru joint? The top selling candy bar? The world's largest potato chip? If you want to see the biggest, oldest, or the first -- tune it to this special record-breaking edition of Unwrapped.

Take a trip back in time and pig out on all those fun foods your mother told you not to eat too much of. And for an extra treat, some play time with your favorite food toys -- EZ Bake Ovens, the Snoopy Sno Cone machine, Incredible Edibles! It's a very sweet trip down memory lane.

From cranberry sauce to Jell-O mold and stuffing mix, the trip these thanksgiving favorites take to get to your table is a fascinating one. We'll uncover the secrets behind these holiday staples -- more candied yams with mini marshmallows, anyone?

Special 15 Desserts Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Explore the sweet ending to every meal in this one-hour special presentation on desserts. Find out why chocolate chip cookies are so irresistible and how to indulge your sweet tooth without inviting the calories. Tantalize your taste buds with the newest trend in dessert pizzas and revisit the classics like cheesecake, rice pudding, and retro diner favorites.

Marc Summers creeps behind the scenes of spooky but sweet snacks. From gruesome gummis to scary suckers, to was fangs and traditional treats. Plus, watch as marshmallow Peeps transform into bats and ghosts.

Ever wonder how those Mickey Mouse ice creams are made? What it takes to cater a fairy tale wedding at Cinderella's castle? Come along as Marc Summers takes you behind-the-scenes to one of the most loved places on earth.

Marc Summers takes an insidelook at the business of creating, buying and selling Food Memorabilia. From Aunt Jemima to Campbell's, to how Coke collectibles and kids' value-meal toys are developed, and hit up a photo session with Poppin' Fresh.

Join host Marc Summers as he explores treats for the most romantic day of the year. See how chocolate is molded into hearts, mixed with champagne, slathered over strawberries and boxed up into the classic Whitman's Sampler, and more.

Join host Marc Summers as he looks at the sweet and creamy facts about ice cream. From inventing a flavor at Ben and Jerry's Headquarters in Burlington, Vermont, to the exotic flavors of India at Bombay Ice Cream in San Francisco.

Join Marc Summers as he unwraps the secrets of the world of snacking, American style. From Hostess Twinkies to Krispy Kreme doughnuts, with stops at Wise Cheez Doodles, popcorn, Moon Pies, Beef Jerky, Fruit Pies, and more.

Special 23 Easter Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Marc Summers is checking out marshmallow bunnies and the laying of malted eggs. Find out the secrets behind dying Easter eggs both by hand and by machine. Plus, check out the making of a chocolate bunny, and meet an artist specializing in Peeps.

Special 24 Munchies Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Host Marc Summers takes a bite out of Munchies. Find out the history of 7-11 and learn how Cheez-its get cooked up. Get a taste of Pork Rinds, Cheese Straws, tortilla chips, Pace Salsa, Buffalo wings, Pringles, and twisted pretzels. All this and more as we unwrap the magic behind our favorite munchies.

Special 25 Weddings Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Visit one of the oldest wedding cake creators in the country, learn the history behind the cake toppers and discover a chocolatier who specializes in sweet decorations. Check out some sweets like Jordan Almonds, Cinnamon Hearts and Champagne truffles. All this and more as host Marc Summers unwraps the delectible bliss behind weddings.

Special 26 Summery Sweets Unwrapped

  • 2005-07-02T22:00:00-03:00 — 30 mins

Join Marc Summers for a search for the Sweets of Summer Go behind the scenes at the Amusement Park Convention, take a dip with Candied Apples, and see how they make the swirl in giant lollipops. Then get your fill of frozen dairy delights. Finally cool off with a taste of Italian Ice, Frozen Lemonade, and the original Icee.

Host Marc Summers digs into Deep Fried Treats. Find out the secrets behind frozen French fries, corn dogs, fritos, and funnel cakes. Then get the history behind Kentucky Fried Chicken and Krispy Kreme. Visit Jive Turkey, and the Chip Shop. Get the story behind Cape Cod Potato Chips, Churros, and Cheetos. All this and more!

Special 28 BBQ Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Join us as Unwrapped explores gourmet goods and gadgets to make your BBQ season sizzle. From sauces to smoke rings, this one-hour special travels the country to uncover some of the secrets of the BBQ world.

Special 29 Kiddie Cravings Unwrapped

  • 2005-08-27T22:00:00-03:00 — 30 mins

Marc Summers explores his inner child with a look at Kiddie Cravings. Visit a cereal icon museum, see how Kool Aid is created, and learn how Spagettios, tater tots, and cracker jacks are made. Then check out the secrets behind cooking up animal crackers and gummi bears. All this and more on Kiddie Cravings Unwrapped

Special 30 Sweet Stuff Unwrapped

  • 2005-09-19T22:00:00-03:00 — 30 mins

Its a sweet tooth alert on this full hour of Sweet Stuff Unwrapped. Visit Dylan's Candy Bar in NYC, then hit the factory to see how Candy Buttons, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and the Sky Bar are made. Next, get chewing with the inventor of Big time gum machines and the Charms Blow Pop. All this and more!

Visit Harry and David, Swiss Colony and Martinelli's sparkling cider for a look at how they prepare for the holidays. See how Candy Cane trees, ribbon candy, and Yule logs are made. Join in a fruitcake toss, and see how popcorn is prepared for pails and in a kettle. Warm up with a visit to the Campbell Chicken Soup factory, and a restaurant serving up only grilled cheese.

Special 32 Cookies Unwrapped

  • no air date — 30 mins

Join host Marc Summers for a full hour of cookies. Find out how animal crackers, sugar cookies and ginger snaps are made. Get a bite out of a spicy cookie called sparks, a jelly filled Pepperidge farm treat. Then see how cookies are combined into ice cream and candy. Plus, take a look at how the world's largest cookie is created and discover how chocolate chips and fortune cookies come together

Get your map out and join host Marc Summers for a full hour of "On the Road" treats. Head east for the birth of the buffalo wing, the rivalry of the cheese steak and the taste of key lime in Key West. Then visit a Maryland Crab cake bonanza and get a sip of a Boston cream cocktail. Head to the Midwest for deep dish pie, a cheese castle and a castle made of corn. Plus, see how 7-11 was started, bite into a chocolate map, lick a salt palace and visit Pinky's hot dogs in Los Angeles.

Summer?s the perfect time to kick back, relax and eat! From frozen custard to picnics with panache, we?re gobbling up all of summer?s best snacks.

Special 35 Holiday Treats Unwrapped

  • 2006-11-28T00:00:00-02:00 — 30 mins

Tis the season as we join host Marc Summers for a full hour of Holiday Treats Unwrapped. Visit the Swiss Colony as they prep for their busiest time, see how a snow globe becomes an edible sweet, and check out a company building gingerbread houses. Stop by a restaurant celebrating turkey day every day, and discover one bird that gets a presidential pardon. Then discover the secrets behind honey-baked ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Christmas cookies and Reddi Whip. Plus, see how Mrs. Smith's is making pumpkin pies, and get a sip of a soda celebrating the holidays.

The network famous for "unwrapping" the secrets of America?s favorite snack foods turns the cameras on itself! In this one-hour special Marc Summers does what he does best, and "unwraps" the Food Network. Marc takes viewers behind-the-scenes on hit series like Everyday Italian, Unwrapped and Emeril Live, revealing what it really takes to put these shows on the air. A visit with the Food Network Kitchens and their executive chefs reveals the constant challenge of keeping eye-popping food a constant on the ever-growing network.

Special 37 Food Network Unwrapped 2

  • 2007-03-19T22:00:00-03:00 — 30 mins

What surprise can bring Paula Deen's kitchen to a standstill? How do Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Alton Brown prepare for the crazy days on Iron Chef America? What unusual items inspire Sandra Lee's colorful and creative ideas for Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee? And what little touch of home makes Tyler Florence love his Ultimate set so much? These secrets and many more are revealed when Marc Summers goes "backstage" at Paula Deen's Savannah Georgia home, to the sets of Tyler Florence and Sandra Lee, and the ultimate place of mystery - Iron Chef's Kitchen Stadium. All of your behind-the-scenes questions are answered when Marc visits some of Food Network's biggest stars!

Special 38 Halloween Sweets Unwrapped

  • 2007-10-20T23:00:00-02:00 — 30 mins

Don't be scared, because host Marc Summers is going door to door searching for frighteningly fun Halloween sweets.

Special 39 Holiday Favorites

  • 2009-12-05T00:00:00-02:00 — 30 mins

Happy Holidays - It's the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you like to indulge in delicious holiday treats. Host Marc Summers will discover once and for all what is in Grandma's Fruitcake and why it enjoys such a special reputation. We'll see how Spanglers makes millions of candy canes every day while still producing some parts by hand. Of course we don't neglect the main dish-Glazed Honey Hams are sweetened and torched in a process you have to see to believe. Also, what's the story behind "gelt," those chocolate coins encased in bright foil? In an hour special, we'll deck the halls with everything from Korbel champagne to Sara Lee pumpkin pie, from peanut brittle to amazing gingerbread houses.

Special 40 Fried Favorites

  • 2010-05-15T22:00:00-03:00 — 30 mins

From french fries to corn dogs, potato skins to appetizers, Unwrapped celebrates America's deep feelings for all things deep-fried! We'll see how McDonalds creates their famous french fries, from potato field to crispy side dish. Schwan's puts their mini-corndogs through an acrobatic dance to coat the much-loved snacks. TGIF brings their potato skins into potato chip form, and Cheesecake Factory turns mac & cheese into a fried ball of joy. All this and much more (how does deep-fried pizza sound!) on a special hour-long, batter-dipped, sizzling edition of Unwrapped.

Special 41 Turkey and Trimmings

  • 2010-11-14T00:00:00-02:00 — 30 mins

A cornucopia of Thanksgiving favorites, all stuffed into one special Unwrapped! What's on our holiday table? The secrets to sides like Pepperidge Farm's stuffing and Ocean Spray cranberry sauce. If you can't decide between turkey or duck or chicken, "turduchen" stuffs them all into one big bird! The Jolly Green Giant's veggies are favorites but did you know the big guy wasn't always green and he wasn't always a giant? Also we visit Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts to see what really was (and wasn't) on the first Thanksgiving table. And save room for dessert-we've got Marie Callender's pies and Reddi-wip. All this plus muffins and mashers and much much more on a special hour-long "Turkey & Trimmings" edition of Unwrapped.

Special 42 Game Day Goodies

  • 2011-01-23T00:00:00-02:00 — 30 mins

Whether you're in the stands, tailgating from the parking lot, or cheering from the couch, these are the snacks that sports fans love! We're scoring with big league treats like Frito's Scoops-did you know one small bag contains more than five ears of corn! Hormel uses an 80-foot cooking tower that breaks through the factory roof to make their world-famous chili. And we'll see how Big's Sunflower Seeds sends 25,000 pounds of seeds through the sorter every hour! Hot dogs and buns, cotton candy and peanuts-no matter which team you're rooting for, these Game Day Goodies are winners!

Special 43 Comfy Cozy

  • 2011-02-26T23:00:00-03:00 — 30 mins

If there's a chill in air or you just need that comforting pick-me-up, we have the feel-good foods for you. We'll warm your insides with mashed potatoes, southern biscuits, and the best potpies. How much do we like Lay's Potato Chips? Frito-Lay goes through 12 tons of potatoes every hour just to make them! Or if you want a cool favorite-how about chocolate and peanut butter ice cream made as only Haagen Dazs can, at the rate of half a million cups a day. Who makes the best cinnamon rolls this side of Gramma--some think they come from a small but tasty bakery in New York City. It's everything we love to warm up our insides and brighten our spirits on a special hour-long "Comfy Cozy" Unwrapped special!

Special 44 Easter Basket

  • 2011-04-16T22:00:00-03:00 — 30 mins

We're hoppin' down the bunny trail celebrating the sweet and savory favorites from the Easter holiday! We start with Palmer's Chocolate Bunnies-did you know that three-quarters of us start by biting off the ears? We also love our bunnies in the form of pasta by Annie's Homegrown, and Bunny Tracks Ice Cream by (who else?) Blue Bunny. Of course our "Easter Basket" wouldn't be complete without Peeps-but now the marshmallow favorites have been dipped in another beloved confection! Plus, we'll see how Easter hams get their special flavor, see one of the country's top egg decorators, and sample Easter cakes both large and small. Marc Summers hosts a special hour-long celebration of our favorite Spring holiday-"Easter Basket" Unwrapped.

Special 45 All-American Eats

  • 2011-05-28T22:00:00-03:00 — 30 mins

Coca Cola. Girl Scout Cookies. Twinkies. There are some foods that are just part of the American experience-on a special one-hour Unwrapped, we explore these "All-American Eats." For the first time, Coca Cola opens its doors to our cameras to reveal the secrets of America's #1 soft drink. With 500 million Twinkies coming off the line each year, we'll answer the question-how do they get that filling into those tiny cakes? If you grew up with Nestle Drumsticks, you might want to hear the new way they're making 'em even more tasty! Plus, we'll get all red, white and blue over Hungry Jack, Starbucks, Little Debbie and Jack Daniels! Marc Summers hosts "All-American Eats" on Unwrapped.

Special 46 Super Summer Snacks

  • no air date — 30 mins

When the summer sun heats up the beach or the pool, Super Summer Snacks are there to refresh. From ice cream to Kool-Aid, host Marc Summers cools us off with warm weather favorites. What would you do for a Klondike bar? The Klondike folks freeze 20,000 pounds of chocolate a day to make their ice cream bars! We all love A&W Root Beer, but you might be surprised by the unusual way the company cleans the bottles. We'll see the secrets behind Wendy's Frosty -- it's been the same drink for 40 years, since when Dave Thomas sold the first one for 35 cents. From cole slaw to tortilla chips, grilled steaks to the Coleman cooler, we'll learn the secrets behind America's favorite summer foods -- Super Summer Snacks on Unwrapped.

Special 47 Holiday Helpings

  • no air date — 30 mins

When there are stockings on the mantel and eggnog in your cup, it must be the holiday season. Marc Summers hosts Holiday Helpings, an Unwrapped special, celebrating the best treats from this festive time of the year. Dove Chocolate Discoveries brings a holiday party into your home, and the special guest is chocolate! Do you know the difference between yams and sweet potatoes? The folks at Bruce's know the surprising distinction. We'll find out why the ugliest pumpkins make the best pie and what gives gingerbread its dark color (hint: it's not the ginger). From sparkling wine to vanilla to Sara Lee Cheesecake, it's our naughty and nice seasonal favorites: Holiday Helpings on Unwrapped.

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