Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey After Dark premieres on FoodNetwork.com for Halloween

By Anthony Myers

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The first episode premieres on Monday, September 27 at 10pm ET/PT. Pic: The Hershey Company
The first episode premieres on Monday, September 27 at 10pm ET/PT. Pic: The Hershey Company

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The famed Hersheypark will be the location for a four-episode primetime series on FoodNetwork.com hosted by Sunny Anderson, who will challenge talented pastry artists to create spectacular chocolate showpieces.

As part of Food Network's biggest Halloween lineup, Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey’s After Dark will see competitors prove themselves with inspired takes on a ‘Creepy Crawly Carnival’.

After running through the park on a chilly and rainy night, the pastry artists take a spin on one of the park’s most dizzying rides. Back in Chocolate World, a self-taught and gravity-defying cake artist quickly runs into problems, forcing them to adjust the design on the fly.

Meanwhile, a 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.

Other episodes include the pastry chefs using Reese’s Pieces and Almond Joy candies to create a Scary Sci-Fi chocolate showpiece. And the competitors have their work cut out for them as they create Frightful Forest-themed chocolate displays incorporating Twizzlers Twists and York Peppermint Patties.

Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey’s After Dark combines two of my all-time passions, going to amusement parks and creating art with food​,” said Anderson. “I cannot wait to share these amazing chocolate displays with viewers, featuring some of the most talented pastry chefs on the planet​.”

The winner of each episode earns a year's supply of Hershey’s candy, a Hersheypark vacation and a cash prize. The first episode premieres on Monday, September 27 at 10pm ET/PT.


Created by Milton S Hershey 115 years ago, Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania , is a 121-acre amusement park featuring three parks in one with more than 70 rides, a full water park and zoo attracting families to the one-of-a-kind destination.

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