A 'Candy Land' Competition Show Is Coming to Food Network

Kristin Chenoweth will host the board game-inspired series featuring five teams of professional cake and sugar artists trying to impress a panel of judges with their candy creations.

Candy Land series on Food Network with host Kristin Chenoweth
Photo: Courtesy of Food Network

Have you ever wished the board game Candy Land was a TV show? Whether kid-at-heart you thinks that’s the greatest plan ever or skeptical adult you thinks Hollywood has run out of ideas, the classic Hasbro board game is about to become its own competition series on Food Network.

Debuting on Sunday, November 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT—aka way past kid you’s bedtime—the six-episode series will thankfully be more about cooking up sugary treats and not so much about drawing cards from a deck. Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth will act as host, challenging five teams of professional cake and sugar artists “to create heavenly confectionary showpieces, all the while being thrown curveballs every step of the way by Lord Licorice that puts the teams’ skills to the ultimate test,” according to Food Network.

“Each episode features the teams stepping into one of the eye-popping lands come to life, including giant candy canes in the Peppermint Forest, life-size gumdrops at the Gumdrop Mountains, a real life gingerbread house at Chocolate Mountain, enormous and luscious lollipops in the Lollipop Woods, and lemons growing right off the vines in the Lemon Lime Springs,” the network continues. “The players must forage for flavors and unique ingredients within each land to use for their sugar masterpieces before presenting to judges Nacho Aguirre and Aarti Sequeira who determine which teams advance down the board game path based on creativity, technical execution, and how well the candies of the land were incorporated.”

Needless to say, the whole thing is a bit more involved than the actual Candy Land—and based on actual skill, unlike the board game which was entirely determined by how mom shuffled the deck. Plus, with the TV show the first team to make it to King Kandy's Castle a $25,000 grand prize.

“For almost three-quarters of a century and with over 50 million games sold, Candy Land is one of the most beloved childhood memories for generations of families everywhere, and we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Hasbro to bring viewers on this immersive journey with such an iconic property,” Courtney White, president of Food Network, said in the announcement. “And with Kristin Chenoweth's charismatic presence, she is the perfect guide in capturing the imagination of audiences, making the world of Candy Land truly come alive.”

As for individual episodes, Food Network says things kick off with a “challenge to create mystical and magical creatures the likes of which have never been seen before.” From there, the remaining five shows feature things like “the teams designing inventive and edible means of transportation for the citizens of Candy Land, creating beautiful upgrades for the town squares within each land, and a final challenge with the last teams standing thinking outside the box to deliver a one-of-a-kind gift that will need to impress King Kandy.”

Meanwhile, if you can’t get enough Candy Land and are already wondering if six episodes will satiate your sweet tooth, good news: Food Network has lined up plenty of bonus content. Immediately after the first episode, the channel will air a David Bromstad-hosted behind-the-scenes special showing all the effort that went into recreating the different Candy Lands in real life.

And if you want streaming content, you know FoodNetwork.com has you covered. Arriving on November 9 is a web series called Inspired by Candy Land where baker Dan Langan “creates sensational sweets and cakes that draw inspiration from the classic children's game.”

Frankly, it sounds like I could easily spend more time watching the Candy Land television show than I ever spent playing the actual game. Because let’s be honest, without any actual candy, Candy Land was never all it was cracked up to be.

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