Play With Your Food – Candy Land Version!

Have you met Oh Sugar? Well, her real name is Angela, but even when I was hanging out with her last month in California, I still found myself calling her “Oh Sugar.” And the best part? Even in real life, she really is sweet! (And funny, witty, amazing, perfect, and I could go on and on…)

But the reason I want you to meet her now is to showcase her most incredible idea yet – a collaboration of cookie games & toys from the past! I could keep describing it, but it just makes more sense to show you a picture instead. Here ya go:

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Isn’t that ^^ amazing?! I was so honored to be one of 17 cookie decorators to participate in the “fun & games,” but I love looking at all the phenomenal work from all of my friends even MORE! :-) I want you to get a chance to take in all the details, so please visit these links to see more close-ups:

Cartoon Flip-Book by Krista, Cookies With Character
Words With Friends by Hillary, The Cookie Countess
Candy Land (by me!)
Marble Maze by Angela Oh Sugar, Oh Sugar! Events
Playing Cards & Poker Chips by Debbie, Mt. Lookout Sweets
Hungry Hungry Hippos by Andrea, Cupookie
Pin the Tail by Vicki, Sweet Tweets
Dominoes by Jeannette, Sweet Dough
Wooly Willy, also by Oh Sugar (see? She’s awesome.)
Twister by Jill, Jill FCS
Vintage Toys by Callye, SweetSugarBelle
Word Search & Crossword Puzzle by Natalie, Palestine Painted Cookie
Cootie by Kim, Kookie Kreations by Kim
Horseshoes, Pick-Up Sticks & Jacks by Anita, Sweet Hope Cookies
Paper Dolls by Liz, Arty McGoo
Scrabble by Anne, Flour Box Bakery
Monopoly by Trinette, TLC (Trinnie Loves Cookies)
Pac-Man by Samantha, Flour-De-Lis

And now, indulge me for a moment while I “play with my food” for a bit. I chose to remake the classic board game Candy Land in cookie fashion, and I had so much fun challenging myself!

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It’s been a while since I played Candy Land (my boys are now 11 & 14 years old!), and I was in for a surprise. The game & illustrations have changed a LOT over the years, especially since the version I played with in the 80′s! See?

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I decided to work with the most recent version, in the hopes that the little children in my life would recognize it more easily. That made things a bit tougher than the vintage game, but the longest part was simply making all the colors. Look how many colors were involved!

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Once the colors were ready, the decorating part was easy. Here’s the new, cookie version of Candy Land! :-)

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Isn’t it fun?! It was hard to keep my boys away, especially with all the bits of real candy spread out all over the dining room table. But please, come on a walk with me through my cookie-fied game land!

First, I made the classic logo:

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(I made the letters using the same technique for swirly cookie pops that Occasional Cookies showed us HERE. It’s so easy to do, and the results are always stellar!)

To start, pick your playing pieces. Aren’t these little guys adorbs?

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Almost immediately when you start on the path, you’ll come to the happiest little Gingerbread Tree & friends in all of Board Game Land…

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In fact, get used to these guys. They’re all over Candy Land, hiding & helping as you work your way around the game.

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Pretty soon, you’ll meet up with Mr. Mint in the Peppermint Forest. Isn’t he a trip?! I love his peppermint buttons!

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Just around the turn is Gumdrop Mountain, complete with a happy fellow named Jolly!

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But don’t fall off the path, because coming up quick is the evil Lord Licorice!

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Once you’ve escaped him, continue on the path heading towards Peanut Acres.

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There, you’ll meet up with Gramma Nutt, and she has pocketfuls of peanut treats waiting for you! :-)

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You’ll pass through Lollipop Woods, and you can make friends with Lolly.

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And *just* past her, the kind Princess Frostine awaits. (She was Queen Frostine back in my day! ;-) )

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Travel back across the land board, and be careful of the Chocolate Swamp! Don’t worry about sweet Gloppy, though – he’s as happy as can be!

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Just a few more sweet steps, and you’ll have made it to King Kandy! He smiles as he shows you his Candy Castle in the distance. :-)

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You’ve made it! You won, battering your way past all the confectionary obstacles. Hooray! And if you find that you’ve not suffered a diabetic coma yet, skate around to the beginning & start a new game! ;-)

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Thanks for joining me & my cookies while I traveled back in time. I hope this gives you a sweet start to your week! ♥

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34 comments on “Play With Your Food – Candy Land Version!

  1. kaholly on said:

    Simply amazing, although there’s nothing simple about it!! Such talent, creativity, and inspiration to keep practicing!

  2. Janine (sugarkissed.net) on said:

    Wow! Absolutely amazing! I can’t even begin to imagine how long this took you. All of the characters are stunning and I love how you did the logo!

  3. Margaret on said:

    I really enjoyed going thru your cookie game! So fun! Congrats on such beautiful cookies! Margaret

  4. Oh my goodness…..so much work went into this. It is just truly “eye candy”…..I love the two side by side comparisons of the old board and new.

    Beatuful Nicole!!! XXOO

    • Thank you, Vicki! I really was surprised to see the massive differences, but I found it really cool to look at all the different ways Candy Land has “evolved” over the years. :-)

  5. Jill Wettstein on said:

    Once again, amazing detail and perfection! Your techniques are impeccable — sigh … Lord Licorice …

  6. Cathy Davis on said:

    Oh my! I always have to take a minute to admire your work when I see a new post alert pop up in my email. I love, love, love this Candy Land theme. It’d be so perfect for a child’s birthday! (or mine, ya know? hehe)

    • Cathy, what sweet words! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! I wish I could promise you a set for your birthday, but having made all those icings for hours, I’m kinda thinking this is a “one-time thing,” haha! ;-)

  7. Krista on said:

    What an amazing project!!! Not only is each individual cookie just really amazingly well done, but the presentation is to die for!!! I love the added real candy and sugars and of course your photography. Thank you for loosing sleep to do this!! <3

  8. These have to be some of the most amazing cookies I have ever seen!! Seriously… and I am not just saying that cause you are my friend! haha!

  9. This Candy Land project of yours was a phenomenal undertaking! You did an amazing job on everything Nicole. I’m always blown away by your attention to detail.

    • Thank you, Paula! It was a sweet project I couldn’t refuse, and I can’t WAIT for the friend I surprised with the whole set to get her cookies already! She has no clue it’s coming!

      P.S. – I need to write you a letter!

  10. The BearFoot Baker on said:

    Holy COW!!! I can’t believe you made all the candy land characters!! This is seriously awesome!!! LOVE IT and would NEVER EAT IT!! I would frame it!!! ;)

    • Thank you, Lisa! I had fun making each cookie, imagining the glee on my friend’s little girls’ faces when they receive their cookie board game this week. I can’t wait to hear their reactions! :-)

  11. Samantha on said:

    I LOVE the chocolate swamp!!!

  12. Renee - Kudos Kitchen on said:

    These are all insanely detailed and utterly incredible! You deserve some sort of award I think. A gold statue or blue ribbon. Something. All I have to say is I’m in complete awe of your talent! Kudos to you!!!

    • Oh Renee, you are too kind! I know for a fact that YOU are the ultimate artist, especially in getting such perfect details. I’m VERY flattered by your words – thank you!

  13. Glory/ Glorious Treats on said:

    Mind-blowingly awesome!!!! I can hardly imagine the time and work that went into all this!! Beautiful job!!

  14. Carrie's Creations on said:

    The detail work on these is insane! Your have much more patience than I!

  15. Cristin (Pinkie) of Cristin's Cookies on said:

    These are INCREDIBLE Nicole! Wow! You really went all out. Perfectly decorated and so very creative! Cristin

  16. Lilaloa on said:

    The scope of your project is unbelievable! Each and every cookie is incredible. I mean — Lord Licorice??!! WOW. And you made the logo and the gameboard with all the little squares….This is seriously incredible!!!

  17. Ashley on said:

    This is simply amazing!!! I used to love this game as a kid. You have incredible talent and patience :)

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