Food Network announces details of ‘Candy Land,’ hosted by Kristin Chenoweth

October 13, 2020

Kristin Chenoweth (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

Food Network brings out the childhood imagination of five teams made up of professionacake and sugar artists on the new primetime competition series Candy Land, inspired by the classic Hasbro children’s game. Through six episodes, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth hosts and guides the teams through the fantastical world of Candy Land, challenging them 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. Premiering Sunday, November 15 at 9pm ET/PT, 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 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. The first team to make it to King Kandy’s Castle wins the game and earns the grand prize of $25,000. 

“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,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “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.”

“Candy Land is what the world needs right now – oh, and also sugar,” said Chenoweth. 

Host Kristin Chenoweth welcomes the players to Candy Land before presenting the teams with their first challenge to create mystical and magical creatures the likes of which have never been seen before. Each team must present their work of art to judges Nacho Aguirre and Aarti Sequeira to see which team’s time in Candy Land has come to an end. Other episodes feature 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.

Whether it is over a 100 pounds of chocolate used for Chocolate Mountain or 1,000 lollipops needed to create the Lollipop Woods, go behind the scenes to see how the breathtaking set of Candy Land comes to life in the special premiering Sunday, November 15 at 10:30pm ET/PT. Host David Bromstad (HGTV’s My Lottery Dream Home) treats viewers to an exclusive peek into the making of each land and the creative process of the minds that are undertaking this monumental challenge, along with learning the history of the iconic Hasbro game that continues to be a childhood favorite.

For more confectionary magic, don’t miss expert baker Dan Langan in the exclusive web series Inspired by Candy Land where Dan creates sensational sweets and cakes that draw inspiration from the classic children’s game. The companion series available on premieres the week of November 9 with new episodes rolling out weekly.

For more information on Candy Land, viewers can go to to access insider videos with Kristin and the judges, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the set. Plus, join in on the conversation throughout the season using #CandyLand.

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Sanrio Loves Sugarfina candy collection launches

September 14, 2017

The following is a press release from Sanrio:

It doesn’t get much sweeter than this: Sugarfina, the luxury candy boutique for grown-ups, and Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for beloved pop icon Hello Kitty, have partnered to create Sanrio Loves Sugarfina – an adorable collection of Candy Bento Boxes® and Candy Cubes® inspired by Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends.

At the heart of the collaboration is Hello Kitty, the beloved pop icon with a global multi- generational fanbase. Sugarfina has created two new candies that celebrate her iconic style: a delicious strawberry-flavored gummy in the shape of her signature bow and a supercute Hello Kitty gummy in the shape of her face and flavored like her favorite food, her mama’s apple pie. Both candies are included in a limited-edition bow-shaped Candy Bento Box®.

The collection also features Sanrio character favorites including Keroppi, Gudetama, My Melody, Chococat and Badtz-Maru, with candies paired to their unique personalities, such as Mischievous Chocolate Pops – milk chocolate filled with popping candy – for the mischievous Badtz-Maru and Lazy Gummy Eggs for Gudetama, the lazy egg who can’t be bothered to do much of anything.

Rounding out the collection is Sugarfina’s first-ever Pop-Up Candy Bento Box®, a uniquely- designed magnetic box that opens to reveal an adorable pop-up diorama featuring the Sanrio characters. Open the pull-out drawer and fill the box with your favorite Sanrio character Candy Cubes®. The reusable box makes the perfect travel case or pencil box once the candies are gone.

“I grew up with the Sanrio characters as a little girl and love them even more today,” said Sugarfina co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Rosie O’Neill. “There’s something so irresistibly cute about Hello Kitty and her friends and this collaboration is a childhood dream come true.”

“Our Sugarfina collaboration captures the essence of Sanrio’s small gift, big smile philosophy,” said Jill Koch, Sr. Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing at Sanrio, Inc. “Sugarfina is known for their delicious candies in a high-quality, giftable presentation. Pairing our supercute characters with their gourmet sweets and signature packaging details will bring smiles to fans of all ages.”

To celebrate the sweetest collaboration of the year, Sugarfina and Neiman Marcus will host launch events across the country where fans can meet Hello Kitty and Sugarfina founder Rosie O’Neill, sample sweet treats and be the first to shop the new Sanrio Loves Sugarfina candy collection. The events will take place in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Dallas, New York, Oakbrook, Honolulu and Vancouver. Visit for event details.

The entire collection will be available in-store and online Monday, September 18th. The first 25 people in line at Sugarfina boutiques will receive a free Sanrio character cube of their choice.

Product Quick Facts:
– Hello Kitty Red Bow Candy Bento Box® – includes Hello Kitty Mama’s Apple Pie Gummies and Hello Kitty Strawberry Bow Gummies ($20.00)
– Sanrio Collection 3pc Pop-up Candy Bento Box® – includes your choice of 3 Sanrio character Candy Cubes® ($30.00)
– Hello Kitty Mama’s Apple Pie Gummies, Small Candy Cube® ($8.00)
– Hello Kitty Strawberry Bow Gummies, Small Candy Cube® ($8.00)
– Keroppi Donut Pond Jelly Beans, Small Candy Cube® ($8.00)
– Gudetama Lazy Gummy Eggs, Small Candy Cube® ($8.00)
– My Melody Sweet Chocolate Pearls, Small Candy Cube® ($8.00)
– Chococat Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Small Candy Cube® ($8.00)
– Badtz-Maru Mischievous Chocolate Pops, Small Candy Cube® ($8.00)

About Sugarfina
Sweethearts Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick have dreamed of opening a luxury candy boutique ever since their third date, a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. They fell in love over the unique and delicious candies they tasted while traveling and were inspired to bring a new concept in gourmet candy to the United States. Named one of the world’s most beautiful candy shops by Architectural Digest, Sugarfina opened November 2013 in Beverly Hills and now includes 24 boutiques and 15 Nordstrom shop-in-shops in North America in major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Vancouver. Before Sugarfina, Rosie and Josh had every kid’s dream job – Rosie was Director of Marketing for Barbie, and Josh was the co-founder and President of Pandemic Studios, a major video game developer. To learn more about Sugarfina, visit or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @sugarfina.

About Sanrio
Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, who recently celebrated her 40th Anniversary. Home to many endearing characters including Chococat® My Melody®, Badtz-Maru® and Keroppi®, Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique products and experiences. Today, more than 50,000 Hello Kitty-branded items are available in over 130 countries and upwards of 15,000 U.S. retail locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 35 Sanrio boutiques. For more information please visit and

7-Eleven debuts its first candy-bar topped donut

May 9, 2017

7-Eleven TWIX topped donut
7-Eleven TWIX topped donut (Photo courtesy of 7-Eleven, Inc.)

The following is a press release from 7-Eleven:

7-Eleven, Inc. is introducing its first fresh donut topped with chocolate bar pieces, and the world’s largest convenience retailer selected one of America’s top 10-selling chocolate candies for the honor – TWIX® Caramel Cookie Bars.

The Caramel Bar Made with TWIX Donut is a yeast-raised rectangle bar topped with caramel icing, drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with chopped TWIX pieces.

Made by Mars Chocolate North America, a single pack of TWIX Caramel Cookie Bars comes with two crunchy cookie bars covered with smooth caramel and enrobed in creamy chocolate. Not only is the new donut topped with chopped pieces of TWIX, it was created to replicate the candy’s caramel-chocolate deliciousness.

“People want to have fun with their food, especially treats,” said Terrell Smith, 7-Eleven fresh bakery category manager. “Premium and specialty donuts are becoming an all-day impulse item that our customers are purchasing when they crave something sweet. With our Caramel Bar Made with TWIX donuts, they get two treats in one, a delicious donut topped with one of our best-selling candy bars.”

Specialty donuts continue to be a hot bakery trend, with fun or unexpected flavors and sweet, savory and surprising toppings and fillings. Previous exotic donuts offered at 7-Eleven stores have included a pink sprinkle version of the one featured prominently on The Simpsons television show and, for the 50th birthday of its iconic frozen drink, wild cherry and blue raspberry Slurpee donuts.

Like all fresh bakery items, the Caramel Bar Made with TWIX Donut is made fresh and delivered daily to 7-Eleven stores. Suggested retail price for the limited-time premium donut is $1.69 at participating stores.

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