Candy Land

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Colorful sugar-driven food competition focuses on craft.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Though it's a competition, Candy Land is very craft-focused, and spends a lot of time showing people working and making artistic decisions. The competitors are all incredibly skilled bakers and confectioners

Positive Role Models

Candy Land features a diverse cast of competitors from different backgrounds who talk about how cooking has positively affected their lives.

Violence

The competitive aspect of the show is mild.

Sex
Language

Candy Land does not feature any objectionable language, though jokes are made about how certain words (like "sheet") can sound profane.

Consumerism

Candy Land is essentially a promotional vehicle for the classic Candy Land board game, and the Hasbro game is featured and referenced throughout the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Candy Land does not feature any drinking, drugs, or smoking. (But it does feature a ton of sugar!)

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Candy Land is a food competition show based on the popular board game of the same name. Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth hosts the show, which takes place on an elaborate, edible set based on the board game's candy neighborhoods. Teams of dessert chefs and candy confectioners compete in challenges inspired by different types of candy, and have to work together to create artistic desserts and treats. Craftsmanship tends to be emphasized over competition on Candy Land, and the show primarily observes the contestants working and making creative decisions about their confectionary concoctions. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydecklynn August 20, 2021

SO much hostility between the judges towards the cast

My girlfriend and I both love cooking shows and things of the like - so naturally we were hyped about watching this.

I don't even really want to empha... Continue reading
Adult Written byWestDundeePolice November 23, 2020

Candy Land is Best Show for Every One

Yes I do Candy Land.

I Like Games.
Teen, 14 years old Written byshoelace102 January 3, 2021

Decent, but boring and childish

The whole idea seemed interesting, but it got too childish with the challenges and stuff.

What's the story?

CANDY LAND is a food competition show inspired by the board game of the same name. Host Kristin Chenoweth welcomes 20 contestants to a majestic, colorful set based on the different candy neighborhoods of the game. There's Peppermint Forest, Gumdrop Mountains, Chocolate Mountain, the Lollipop Woods, and Lemon Lime Springs. Teams of bakers and confectioners compete by building large, elaborate showpieces out of candy and other ingredients they find in the colorful Candy Land universe.

Is it any good?

The contestants, judges, and host Kristin Chenoweth all seem like they're on a permanent sugar rush. And yet, for a cooking competition show, Candy Land is surprisingly mellow. The show focuses less on competition and drama than on the skills the contestants use to make their impressive creations. It's reminiscent of an even sweeter-toothed version of The Great British Baking Show -- though Candy Land also feels more like an elaborate advertisement. However, as satisfying as it is to watch the contestants work, Candy Land feels so unstructured that things like challenges and eliminations come and go without much fanfare. There are plenty of competitors that viewers don't get to know at all, and the 80-minute runtime seems endless. It would've worked better if episodes were served in quick, sweet bites.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the contestants. What are some of the reasons the contestants got into cooking? Do you have a favorite contestant? Why did they stand out?

  • What are the different techniques you see the contestants using to create their desserts? What are the different types of skills and tools they use? Did anything surprise you?

  • How do the judges talk about the contestants' work? What kind of criteria do they use to judge? What are some choices that the contestants made that the judges disagreed with? What are some choices that paid off?

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