NaBloPoMo: CandyLand or Chutes and Ladders?

I am participating in the NaBloPoMo challenge for May. It should be a fun one. It is titled: Play.

Todays topic is: Pick your poison: Candy Land or Chutes-and-Ladders and why?

I have said it twice now. I do not like board games. I think they are a waste of several hours of one’s life and if you can’t find anything better to do, don’t do anything at all. That is a saying that my mom used to tell me.

But in the spirit of good sportsmanship, if I had to choose and it was a life or death decision, I guess I would have to pick CandyLand.

But did you know, The 1950s polio scare produced parental panic—swimming pools emptied, parks cleared out, civic events were deserted. People stayed away from crowds. And parents kept kids indoors. Kawash says frightened parents seeking to prevent their children’s exposure may have seized upon the game as an indoor alternative to the dangers lurking outside.


There’s more:  The initial packaging images are reminiscent of the iconic Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, where children were abandoned in the forest. During the polio epidemic, with lengthy hospitalizations, children often found themselves similarly separated from parents.  However, the CandyLand forest is neither dark nor scary. The game helped to ameliorate the parent-child separation, transforming the experience of the polio ward “into a sugar-laced holiday.”

I know, I know. This post was supposed to be about play. Not scaring little kids and their over-protective parents of 2012, a full 62 years since this polio thing.

So lets get down to it and play an “adult version” of CandyLand, shall we?

How to Play the Drinking Game CandyLand

This game puts an adult twist on the childhood favorite CandyLand. This drinking game blends the thrills of a board game with the excitement of a drinking game. Learn how to play the drinking game CandyLand by following these steps.

Things You’ll Need

2 to 4 Players

Alcoholic beverages

CandyLand game


1. The game is played the traditional way, but the colors on the card have an additional command. The player picks a card, moves his person and does the drinking rule for that card.

2. Card Drinking Rules: Red = Make or break a rule Blue = All guys drink Purple = All girls drink Yellow = Player takes a drink Green = Make a rhyme Orange = Categories Doubles = Take two drinks and do that card color Cheats = Waterfall The People = Down your drink The Black Dots = Pass out three drinks

3. The winner of the game makes everyone down their remaining drinks all at once.

Tips & Warnings

Please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive

I don’t know about you but the drinking version sure has to be more fun than sitting around the house watching the Lifetime channel or the struggling Oprah network, OWN.


Robert Forto is mushin’ down a dream in the wilds of Alaska. He and is wife are raising two teenagers at Forto’s Fort.

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