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'Rewrapped' recap: Just the two of Utz

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “That Makes Two of Utz” | Aired May 26, 2014

Every week at the Utz factories in Pennsylvania, 900,000 pounds of pretzels are produced. On the “That Makes Two of Utz” episode of Food Network’s Rewrapped, contestants only need to make a few of the crunchy Utz pretzel rods to get through the round 1 “recreate” challenge.

The contestants, Janice, Jeremy and Rachel, struggle with taste, crunch, salt quality and even color this week as they work to make the perfect pretzel rod. Rachel, a New Jersey baker, seems to be having the most success with wet dough and piped pretzels. Judge Marc Summers even dubs her “Bill Nye” when she starts spraying her pretzel dough with sodium hydroxide, a chemical that Utz executive Molly Mancini says Utz also uses to get an iconic dark brown pretzel color.

The other two contestants are hand-rolling their dough, and Jeremy’s comes out of the oven more like soft pretzels, flopping over in his dish. Judging is extra-harsh this week, with Jeff Mauro returning and with the Utz judge giving the lowest scores in every round.

Jeremy’s pretzels taste great, but they’re too light, too long and too squishy, so he ends round 1 with 18 out of 30 possible points. Janice’s pretzels, meanwhile, have good color and great crunch, but they’re too sweet, and she only scores 16 points. Last up is Rachel, who uses wet dough to end up with great-tasting, perfectly colored pretzels that are, sadly, flat on the bottom. Nonetheless, she wins the first round with 21 points.

Going into round 2, Jeremy plans to go savory with pretzel-fried chicken, while both Rachel and Janice opt to make sweet dishes. Rachel is worried that her chocolate caramel pretzel tart won’t set properly, which everyone knows means “disaster is coming” in the TV cooking-competition world.

We’re interrupted by a commercial break, as host Joey Fatone offers up some Unwrapped-style facts that help tie Rewrapped to the original snack-food series. This week we learn that Utz goes through an astounding 6,500 pounds of salt every week, as they create what historians have named the “world’s oldest snack.”

And back to the competition, where all three contestants have wrapped up their dishes and are ready to present them to the judges. As expected, Rachel created (in her own words) a “pile of slop” that is now being called a “mud pie” instead of a “pretzel tart.” It still seems to taste good, but the judges only award her 14 out of 30 points for poor presentation.

Jeremy presents his pretzel-fried chicken to the judges, and it’s the third dish of the night to earn the “pretty darn good” descriptor from judge Marc Summers. Scores are revealed and it appears that “pretty darn good” equals 18 points.

The final contestant, Janice, presents her pretzel-cookie sandwich, which truly looks amazing. The presentation, complete with a little jar of milk and a colorful straw, is great, and the taste must be delicious, because she scores 28 out of 30 points, putting her far in the lead to take home the grand prize! It’s one of the highest scores we’ve seen on Rewrapped so far, and it earned her a year’s supply of salty, crunchy Utz pretzels.

Up next on Rewrapped, contestants will work to recreate the classic Milano cookie. Judging by the previews, it’s going to be extra-messy.

For more Rewrapped, check out our new interview with host Joey Fatone. He reveals set secrets, tells us which ‘N Sync songs would make great snack foods, and more!

Rewrapped airs on Mondays at 8/7 C on Food Network.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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