By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 9:37 am in Kids & Tweens.
Ahhh, Candy Land… One of the great joys of wandering through Powell’s Candy Store, besides the obvious, is gazing at the various Candy Land game boards adorning the walls. They’re part of the Willy Wonka-esque decor, which also includes giant beach balls, pressed tin ceilings and candy candy everywhere. Adorable. But it’s also fun to see how the Hasbro game, which debuted 50 years ago, has changed over the years. Those early versions had locations – the Molasses Swamp and Gumdrop Mountains – but no characters, no Grandma Nutt or Queen Frostine. (Wikipedia tells us that the character Plumpy got the boot in 2002, “presumably due to his obesity.” Man, that’s cold. The guy’s contract required him to live in Candy Land, surrounded by caloric temptation. That’s, like, entrapment.) And the ultimate goal was to reach “Home Sweet Home.” The Candy Castle ending only showed up in 1980.
Anyway, the point of all this is that Candy Land is coming out with a new game board, “Candy Land: Sweet Celebration Game,” with new destinations, hidden “sweet spots” and a free standing game path that comes apart and can be reconfigured to shorten or lengthen the game. Part of me thinks it sacrilegious to tinker with tradition, especially when you’re going to name one of the destinations the Chunky Chocolate Mountains. But the other new destination is Captain Kidd Cone’s ship, the SS Neapolitan. Neapolitan! What do you think? Look like fun?