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Premiering November 19th Exclusively on discovery+ Food Network’s First Scripted Feature Candy Coated Christmas

October 13, 2021

Plus, Step Behind the Camera with The Pioneer Woman in Candy Coated Christmas: Behind The Scenes with Ree Drummond Streaming Monday, November 1st 

Meet the cast, watch how Ree makes her famous treats for Bee’s Bakery and enter for a chance to win special Candy Coated Christmas items  

Join the #CandyCoatedChristmas conversation all holiday season 

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NEW YORK – October 13, 2021 – Food Network has announced that Candy Coated Christmas, its first-ever scripted feature, will premiere on Friday, November 19 on discovery+. The title is only one highlight of Food Network’s much-anticipated annual holiday fare, which this year features more than 98 premiere hours of entertainment. Candy Coated Christmas will be available exclusively on discovery+, as part of the streaming service’s holiday content, which will include exclusive originals and a wide variety of seasonal programming from across the Discovery portfolio of brands.  

“With Candy Coated Christmas, we’ve created a unique viewing experience for the more than 100 million viewers who watch Food Network every year, including the most ardent fans of one of our biggest stars, The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond,” said Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc. “This is a movie gift for anyone who loves the holidays and has a passion for cooking, baking and spending time with family, but it’s also a respite from the daily grind. You can watch, breathe, feel and believe — even if it’s only for two hours.”

Viewers can join Ree Drummond, host of The Pioneer Woman and one of Food Network’s most popular stars, for an exclusive “making of” journey as she prepares to shoot her first acting role. From wardrobe fittings to meeting the cast and crew, and from her first scene to when the director called wrap, Ree will share many memorable moments leading up to her feature debut in the special, including sharing how some of her own recipes were used in the feature and a quick on-set candy-coated trick.  Candy Coated Christmas: Behind the Scenes with Ree Drummond, streams Monday, November 1 on discovery+. 

“I am so incredibly honored that Food Network asked me to play Bee the bakery owner in Peppermint Hollow,” said Drummond. “If I get to be in just one movie in my life, I want it to be a Christmas movie.”  

Candy Coated Christmas stars Molly McCook (Last Man Standing) as Molly Gallant, a Beverly Hills marketing executive whose carefully planned life takes an unexpected turn when she takes a business trip to the picturesque town of Peppermint Hollow. The movie also stars Aaron O’Connell (The Haves and The Have Nots) as mint entrepreneur Noah Winters, John McCook (The Bold and the Beautiful, and real-life father of Molly McCook) as Molly’s father Fred Gallant, Lee Garlington (Broken) as Kim Winters, Jae Suh Park (The Big Short) as Gracie, newcomer Landry Townsend as Dakota Winters, Lonzo Liggins as Patrick, Dia Frampton as Chloe, and Food Network’s own Ree Drummond as bakery owner Bee. Directed by Ellie Kanner (Love and Sunshine) and written by Alex Yonks and Kanner & Joey Plager, Candy Coated Christmas is produced by MarVista Entertainment in association with Go Films. The executive producers are Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew for MarVista Entertainment along with Ellie Kanner and Joey Plager.

Fans can head to Food Network and discoveryplus social platforms for a sneak peek at the set of Candy Coated Christmas with Ree and go behind the scenes in Peppermint Hollow. Plus, get to know Molly, Aaron and the cast, watch how Ree makes her famous treats for Bee’s Bakery and enter for a chance to win special Candy Coated Christmas swag. To join the conversation, use #CandyCoatedChristmas this holiday season. 

About Candy Coated Christmas

Molly Gallant was counting on seed money from her father to help launch an exciting new venture with her best friend. However, just as she and her dad are supposed to be jetting off to Hawaii for their annual Christmas trip, Molly learns that the family business is facing bankruptcy. The only way to recoup the funds she needs is to sell her late mother’s childhood home in the town of Peppermint Hollow, Washington: the “Peppermint Capital of the World.” Molly fully intends to get the house on the market and get out of the cold to sunny Hawaii by Christmas, but then she meets the current renters, Noah Winters and his family, who warmly welcome her into their home, sharing their holiday traditions with her. It begins to seem as if fate, and the weather, are conspiring to keep Molly in Peppermint Hollow, even as she begins to appreciate the value of family. And she and Noah may discover a new way to make a mint…together.

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About Marvista Entertainment

Los Angeles-based MarVista Entertainment is a leading global independent studio that produces and distributes a variety of content across the world. With a library showcasing nearly 2,500 hours of content, and with approximately 60 new movies per year added to the company’s development and distribution pipeline, MarVista has become one of the largest suppliers of movies to the worldwide marketplace. MarVista has an expansive distribution footprint spanning more than 125 global territories and is a pre-eminent programming partner to major streamers and cable networks including Netflix, Hulu, Discovery+, Tubi, Disney Networks, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, NBC Universal, OWN, Nickelodeon, BET and other Viacom Networks, as well as key international platforms.

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