In today’s post: The Christmas candy bar game is a fun, easy game that’s perfect for Christmas parties!
One of my favorite games to play at Christmas growing up was the frozen candy bar game. It’s so much fun! It involves chocolate (good), racing against your teammates to go as fast as you can (better), and possibly ending up with a lot more chocolate than your siblings (best!). It’s a quick game – it only lasts about 10 minutes – but those ten minutes will have a whole lot of laughter packed into them.
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How to play the Christmas candy bar game
For this game, you will need:
- One or more GIANT size chocolate bars (7 oz), FROZEN
- Two oven mitts
- a Santa hat
- two dice
- a fork and butter knife
- a cutting board
Everyone who is going to play should sit around a table. Unwrap the frozen candy bar and place it on a cutting board, along with the fork and knife. Put those things, along with the oven mitts and hat, in front of the youngest person playing (Player #1). Give the dice to the person on the first player’s right.
Someone says “GO” to begin the game. Player #1 must put on the hat and oven mitts and then use the fork and knife to try to cut off one square of the candy bar. At the same time, the person on her right (Player #2) is rolling the dice over and over. As soon as the dice roller gets a 7 or an 11, he yells “Switch!” and Player #1 must remove the hat and oven mitts and pass them (along with the cutting board and candy bar) to Player #2. The dice get passed to the next player on the right (Player #3).
Now Player #3 is rolling the dice, trying to get a 7 or 11, while Player #2 is sawing at the candy bar, trying to cut off a square.
The fun of the game comes from the fact that sometimes you haven’t even gotten the hat and oven mitts on before the person to your right rolls a 7 or 11 and it’s time to take them off again and pass the candy bar along.
Remember these rules:
- If you manage to cut off a square of chocolate (or a piece smaller than a square) on your turn, you can pick it up and eat it! That means your turn is over and you yell “Switch” even if the dice roller hasn’t rolled a 7 or 11.
- If you cut off a piece of chocolate that is bigger than one square you cannot pick it up. You must continue cutting until you cut off a piece that is one square or smaller.
- Tell the players they must CUT off a square. They cannot use the butter knife like an ice pick and hack the entire candy bar to pieces in one turn – that’s not fun for anyone. (The exception is when you’re playing with little kids – they can be allowed to hack at the candy bar since they probably won’t be strong enough to cut off a piece otherwise.)
Play continues until all pieces of the candy bar have been eaten.
The Christmas candy bar game tips
- If you have a large group, you’ll definitely want more than one candy bar (one bar is probably great for a group up to 5-6). Try sitting around a large table and starting two different sets of candy bars/oven mitts/etc. at either end of the circle.
- Use a solid bar of chocolate (not a giant size Kit Kat, etc.) because it’s the hardest to cut apart. Be sure it’s completely frozen before playing or the game will be too easy.
- It’s a good idea to have some extra fun size candy bars on hand to give to anyone who wasn’t able to cut off a piece after the game. That way you can assure young kids before you play that everyone will get some chocolate and they won’t get frustrated if their turns end up being too short for them to cut the candy bar.
- If you have a larger group of children of various ages, definitely set up a younger kids’ game and an older kids’ game.
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