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Candy Land (1955), also subtitled A Sweet Little Game for Sweet Little Folks, is the second version of the popular board game series. It was preceded by the original 1949 version, and followed by the 1962 version.

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The early revisions to Candy Land are not particularly radical. Milton Bradley did produce an updated version with new art every few years, but the core remains almost completely identical to the 1949 original. It is notable that the 1955 version is the first new edition published after Candy Land had become a massive success, so the subtle changes reflect a different understanding of their market. It is less geared towards children in polio wards and more geared towards mass audiences.

This board feels noticeably more colorful and vibrant than its predecessor. The children feel a little less flat and more alive with the artist's use of chiaroscuro. The locations remain mostly the same with some minor spelling differences, "Ginger Bread Plum Tree" is now "Gingerbread Plum Tree" and "Lolli Pop Woods" is now "Lollypop Woods." It is a more inhabited little world with bluebirds twittering around the board and flowers under the Candy Hearts. The Gingerbread Plum Tree more closely resembles the body of the Gingerbread Man on the box cover. It also visibly contains no longer plums but some type of little snack cakes in its branches. Perhaps fruit is no longer deemed an exciting enough dessert.

The greatest change in this version is the ending destination. The plain little log cabin labeled as "Home" in the original has now been converted to a full-blown candy house labeled "Home Sweet Home." This is of course more enticing for the average child, who might not view returning home from an adventure with the same enthusiasm as a polio patient.

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  • This edition uses largely the same cover art as the 1949 original but with other design elements placed differently.
  • The original version of the game used wooden pawns as player tokens. This is the first edition to use small colored plastic Gingerbread Men, which would go on to become a staple of the series.

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