There are lots of great sweetie and chocolate based games that work well for all ages. In our experience it’s worth interspersing edible games with a few traditional and active party games so that the entire party isn’t spent scoffing sweets! Here are a few of our favourite edible games:
After 8 Race
Each player is given an after 8, or square of chocolate if you’d rather, and they place it on their forehead and try to get it into their mouths without using their hands. The fastest to succeed wins, but the real fun is watching everyone wiggle their eyebrows and cheeks trying to get the chocolate down their faces!
Line up two teams, with each person facing their ‘opposite number’. Hand each person a strawberry bootlace and get the first person in each line to put one end in their mouth and try to eat it as fast as possible without using their hands. As soon as the first person in the team has got their whole bootlace into their mouth, they sit down and the next player starts. The first team to all be sitting down wins.
Give everyone a cup and a straw, cover a table with Smarties and on ‘GO’ everyone tries to get as many Smarties into their cup as possible by lifting them off the table and into their cup using suction through the straw alone. It’s worth giving a demo and letting everyone have a try before you start so they know what they’re doing. Also, for anyone under the age of 6, you’ll really have to check that they understand they need to suck the straw, otherwise you end up with a lot of slobber on the table and not many Smarties in the cups!
This is a great team game in which each team is given a tape measure and a bag of Maltesers. The aim is to roll a Malteser the longest distance down the tape into someone’s mouth. It may require team members to support the tape to prevent the Maltese rolling off.
One of my favourite games of all time, that is best for smaller numbers, so if you have more than 10 people, I’d suggest splitting into two groups. Everyone sits in a circle around a chopping board with a large bar of chocolate, a knife and fork and two dice on it. In the circle is also a hat, scarf and pair of gloves. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and as soon as someone gets a double 6, they put the hat, scarf and gloves on and start eating the chocolate with the knife and fork. Crucially you can only eat one square at a time, so need to cut it up neatly. As soon as the next player gets a double six, they grab the hat, scarf, gloves and cutlery and get cracking on the chocolate. If you want to speed things up a bit, just use one die and change player every time a 6 is rolled.
Chocolate and Sweet Making
Prepare the truffle base well before the party as follows:
- Break up 300g of dark chocolate into a bowl.
- Put 300ml of double cream into a pan along with 50g of butter and gently heat until the butter is melted and the liquid is almost simmering.
- Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir until all is melted together and smooth.
- Leave this to set for a few hours in the fridge, it’ll be a bit like thick Nutella.
- At the party, give each child a spoon and plate and lay out bowls with truffle toppings in them, cocoa powder, popping candy, sprinkles, chopped white chocolate and anything else you like the sound of.
- It will be quite messy, but let each child scoop a spoon of the truffle mix to roll into a ball and then roll in whichever covering they like.
- Give each child a small box to put their masterpieces in to take home.
2. Lickable wallpaper
Give each child a piece of edible rice paper and a small clean paintbrush.
Premix small pots of water, icing sugar, food colouring and any flavours you like (peppermint, vanilla, orange etc.) It wants to be a fairly thick, smooth paste.
To make their lickable wallpaper, the children can paint whatever they like on the ricepaper.
If you’re feeling adventurous, melt down different flavour boiled sweets to be painted onto the paper too.
3. Life-size gingerbread house
This is a totally brilliant thing to do, but is quite an undertaking! I have done it a few times and really enjoyed it, but you’ve got to be up for a challenge!
Head to a DIY store or big garden centre and buy 5 large wooden trellis panels and a load of cable ties.
Saw one of the panels in half across the short width.
Use cable ties to create a basic house shape and cut out a few windows and a door.
Here’s the hard part, carefully measure the square spaces in the trellis and back enough squares of gingerbread to fill all the spaces. It’ll be A LOT, usually around 150!
Mix up a lot of royal icing and put it all into piping bags.
At the party, let the children loose on the house, using icing as their cement and gingerbread as their tiles.
Once fully tiled, use lots of candy canes and bright sweets to decorate the most enormous gingerbread house.
4. Peppermint creams
I would prepare the mixture before the party. You’ll need:
- 250g icing sugar
- 1 egg white
- 4-5 drops of peppermint essence
- A few drops of green food colouring
Sieve the sugar into a bowl, add the peppermint and a little egg white and mix thoroughly.
Keep adding egg white until you have a nice smooth dough, and add the food colouring.
At the party, split the mixture so that everyone has a ping pong ball size piece.
Sprinkle the table with icing sugar and get the children to roll their ball into a sausage shape.
Hand out children’s knives and they can chop the sausage into small discs and put them in a bag to take home with them.