Christmas bells are already ringing at the Hallmark Channel. Network executives have already promised Hallmark Channel fans more holiday movies than ever for 2019. But now, the Hallmark Channel is cooking up something new for its holiday programming. Breaking from its traditional movie productions, the Hallmark Channel is looking for bakers for a brand-new cooking competition.
“Christmas Cookie Countdown” will be a five-episode competition series featuring a collection of amateur home bakers “in the most exciting yuletide cookie challenges the holiday season has ever seen,” according to the official Hallmark Channel statement.
The channel says three well-known pastry chefs (who have yet to be named) will judge the bakers’ cookies over the course of the series. And fans of Hallmark’s classic movies will enjoy seeing some of their favorite stars hosting the show on a rotating basis.
Not only does the “Christmas Cookie Countdown” winner get bragging rights as the best baker, but he or she will take home a nice holiday cash bonus of $25,000. You can buy a lot of ingredients with that kind of dough!
Think you might have what it takes to rise to the top of the Christmas cookie challenge? If you can make your way to Los Angeles for the auditions from July 29 through Aug. 4, you can try out to appear on the show.
In the description from the official casting call, the Hallmark Channel says they’re looking for “dynamic, outgoing cookie-makers from Southern California,” and that the baking challenges will be judged on “everything from visual and decorative, to taste and overall presentation.”
If your version of baking is more “Nailed It” than “Great British Baking Show,” you might not be the best candidate for this. But if you need some Christmas in July, you’re in luck. Two of Hallmark’s new Christmas movies will air this month, and if that’s still enough, you can get Little Debbie Christmas snack cakes in July now.
That’s right — these tree snack cakes are now on sale at Walmart, proving it’s never too early to start getting into the holiday spirit. The tree-shaped yellow cake comes with creme filling and is topped with white frosting, green sprinkles and a red garland of frosting.
The back of the box reads, “Ho Ho Ho! Mrs. Claus and I love to vacation beside the ocean before the big Christmas season. So, while I had a moment I wanted to send you a quick note to let you know I snuck in a little work as well. I’ve been making my list, checking it twice and so far, the good list is looking great! Keep it up! I hope you have a relaxing summertime. Hang loose!”
So head to the store and stock up! And while you enjoy munching one of those festive treats, make sure to mark your calendars — “Christmas Cookie Countdown” will air later this year on Hallmark Drama, one of the many networks part of the Hallmark Channel family.