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Candy Themed Slots

Posted by THEPOGG on Jun 07, 2019

The Fat of the Land

June is National Candy Month and what better way to slate that sugar craving than tucking into the sweet and sticky past of our current obesity epidemic? Sorry…

As if that wasn’t raining enough on your candy parade let’s not forget that sugar doesn’t just make us fat, it also has links to cancer, dementia, heart disease and diabetes and can be found in a whole host of preservative laden foods and snacks that many of us consume with daily consistency. Again, sorry…

It is hard to think of another crop that devours as much land as sugar does and offers a few benefits to our species. Sugar is the world’s third most valuable crop after cereals and rice, taking up over 26 million hectares of land across the planet. That is a land mass larger in size than the whole of the UK, by a couple of million hectares. I’m stopping apologising now.

The History of Sugar

This obsession with sugar is a relatively new one in the grand scheme of things. Before we learned how to refine sugar into delicious little granules of purest sweet we had to either rely on poxy fruit for a hit of the good stuff or we’d have to risk our hides and brave the horror of the beehive.

Sugarcane originated in South East Asia and was most likely used as a cheap means to feed livestock. The first evidence that we have of refined sugarcane dates back to India, roughly 2500 years ago. From there the technique spread to China, through the Middle East and finally entered the Mediterranean in the 13th century. However, its production was still difficult, making sugar rare, expensive and difficult for most people to get a hold of.

The founding fathers of mass sugarcane production are the Portuguese, who set up the first plantation in Madeira before looking west to their colonies in Brazil. The conditions were perfect for sugarcane production and with a slave-based economy already established on those distant shores they set the template for an industry that, along with cotton and tobacco would go on to define the economic growth of the newly established Americas.

There is a fascinating comparison to be made between the production of tobacco and refined sugar. Both are industries that have ancient origins but relied on the exploitation of slave labour in the new world to create two of the 20th and 21st centuries’ most significant exports. Both have generated billions in revenue and made a few people extremely rich and both have caused enormous problems to the health of those who have habitually consumed them.

That money train flew into town at the start of the Industrial Revolution. This new mass-refining process meant that by the turn of the 20th century candy and chocolate were commodities that everyone could afford. Prior to this only the middle classes could afford candy and prior to the Industrial Revolution it was only the aristocracy who could.

The history of the candy industry as we know it today can be traced back to 1847, to the Fry’s Factory in Bristol and the invention of the Fry’s Chocolate Cream. Mass production of the candy bar began in 1866 and from this point on candy was well on its way to becoming a global business.

The richest candy company in the world today is most likely Mars, although Mondelez, a subsidiary of Kraft who now own Cadbury, Milka and Toblerone, are giving the American giants a good run for their money. The family who own Mars are consistently named in the Forbes rich list, finding themselves surrounded by the owners of oil companies, tech billionaires and steel magnates. This is in no small part down the success of their most popular candy bar, the mighty Snickers that sold more than any other chocolate bar in 2018.

In 2013, sugar crops made up 6.2% of world’s agricultural yield and 9.4% of its total monetary value. Global production of sugarcane in 2016 was 1.9 billion tonnes, with Brazil producing 41% of the world total. The average worldwide yield of sugarcane crops in 2016 was 70.6 tonnes per hectare.

Sugar Tax and Beyond

Obviously, if we’re wanting to point our chubby fingers at a culprit for the current rise in obesity rates across the world we shouldn’t just be blaming sugar. We also have to blame a reliance on cheap fatty foods and an increasingly sedentary existence. The results of these lifestyle choices mean that in the US in 2015/16 nearly 40% of Americans were considered obese. In the UK it is predicted that by 2020 roughly one third of the population will be obese, whilst outside of the US and the UK, the world’s hotspots for obesity appear to lie in the many of the Polynesian and Caribbean Islands, with a few of the mega rich oil states in the Middle East also sitting high on the scales.

Last year, in an attempt to quell the onslaught of the obesity epidemic the UK government took the need for self-control and disciple out of the public’s hands, hitting them where it really hurts by introducing a sugar tax. The target for this was not the candy-bar, but soft drinks. As of April last year consumers needed to spend an additional 18p or 24p per litre extra depending on how much extra sugar has been added to the drink. Instead of asking customers to pay more for their products some soft drinks companies changed their recipes by reducing the amount of sugar that each can or bottle contained, to a level that ensured they were not hit as hard by the tax.

By November last year, just half a year on from the implementation of the tax and over 154 million pounds had been raked in by the UK government, a figure that is roughly 100 million less than had been originally anticipated.

The UK are by no means trail-blazers with another 13 countries around the world and a number of US states, including Philadelphia also implementing a sugar tax on soft drinks. This is clearly a response to what is becoming a growing problem throughout the world, or at least those parts of the world where refined sugar is readably and cheaply available.

I appreciate that I probably haven’t looked at International Candy Month in the light that it was intended. Instead of celebrating every sweet, from the chocolate bar, to boiled sweet and the gummy bear, I have lamented the cost of easy access refined sugar. There was a whole host of candied joy for me to write about: From the sour ones to the soft ones. From the crunchy to the colourful ones. Sticks of rock to strawberry laces. Jelly Babies to jelly beans. Flavours from nature that have been turned up to 11 thanks to the almighty power of the sugar cube and flavours that we have invented ourselves that have become part of our taste profile.

I haven’t mentioned the sweet shop. Those towering shelves with the glass or plastic tubs. The sound of the confectionery hitting the metal scales, the swoosh as they settle into their paper world. I haven’t mentioned the smells, the colours and first time you experienced them. The look on your child’s face when they have that first piece of chocolate.

We all have our disagreements, things we can’t agree on but surely we’re all agreed that chocolate tastes amazing? If you find someone telling you that they don’t like chocolate then they’re either lying to you, craving martyrdom for not being as weak as the rest of us, or they just don’t know how to enjoy themselves. It is within the universally accepted love of chocolate that we can find those differences: Mars or Snickers; Dairy Milk or Galaxy; Roses or Quality Street.

There’s no point in any of us denying that we don’t like candy in some form, be it cheap supermarket knock offs or fancy overpriced artisanal fair. We all love the magic that the cane or beat kept hidden for thousands of years, and yes, plenty of us love it too much.

I made comparisons between the sugar and tobacco industries earlier on but unlike tobacco, the world would not be a better place without candy. Those little sprinklings of joy, whatever shape, flavour or texture you like them to be, are precious moments that we should savour. As long as they remain just a sprinkle and not a dousing then we can continue to call candy a joy.


It has been a long time since I have been able to find 10 slots games that fit one particular theme. This is a task that is likely to become increasingly difficult as I hoover up theme after theme, week after week. But I knew as soon as I saw that this was International Candy Month that the time for a 10 game list was well and truly back on the cards.

Candy makes for the perfect companion to a slots game for a number of reasons: Number 1 being that candy is colourful and that slots games are normally much better if they are too. Number 2: Candy is fun and fun (along with whole pile of cash) should be the making of a good slots game. 3: Candy makes for perfect, simple looking symbols.

Of the 10 games that make up this list I would say that only one of them stretches the brief, with 7 of the games containing the word “Candy”, “Sweet” or “Sugar” in the title of the game.

As usual, only games that scored 7 or more have made it onto the list, which will be in no particular order.

Candy Dreams

Candy Dreams is a Microgaming game that is set on reels that vary in size, from 3 to 5 reels. There are 720 different ways that you can win and there is a lot of colour on the go. The symbols are different types of candy, with Lolly Pops triggering your Free Spins. The whole thing is set on Planet Candy, which is also a symbol that will trigger the game’s bonus for you. The best thing about this game is the house edge, which is just over 3% and way below the average that we have grown to expect.

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Sweet Bonanza

This Pragmatic Play game matches any other candy themed game for being bright and colourful. Sweet Bonanza is all about combinations instead of paylines and you get cascading wins each time you do. Add to this some multipliers and free spins and you have another fun and colourful candy themed slots game.

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Sugar Pop

If the first two games on our list weren’t pink enough for you then do not fear, BetSoft’s Sugar Pop will scald your eyes with the sheer pinkness of it all. Chocolates, lollypops, jawbreakers, peanut butter cups and much much more sweet confectionery await you inside the cotton candy forest. Also, the house edge is less than 3, no scrap that, less than 2.5%. This is some seriously cheap candy.

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Fairytale Legends: Hansel and Gretel

Not only did we rate this game 10 out of 10 on its release but we claimed it as our favourite ever Hansel and Gretel game. Net Entertainment’s Fairytale Legends: Hansel and Gretel looks incredible has some amazing features and most importantly is a lesson in what might happen to you if you eat too many sweets.

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Sweet Alchemy

Play ‘n Go have been clever with this one. When it was released there was only one thing people loved more than candy and that was wizards. So what did those smart folks at Play ‘n Go do? They only joined the two together. Sweets and wizards. Tooth decay and magic. Pointy hats and, well… more sweets I guess. A brilliant looking game, filled with fun bonus features.

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Sugar Parade

I would have liked being a fly on the wall at MicroGaming Towers the day that this little beauty was pitched. “Sweets that are People! Let’s do this!” And so they did. The sweets in question are a pretty weird looking bunch, to the extend that here are few of them that I can’t quite figure out. Free Spins, multipliers, decent house edge and good looking game. Go on, indulge yourself.

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White Rabbit

This stunning game, filled with features and brilliant animations got a stellar 9 out of 10 from us back when it was released by Big Time Gaming. The Mad Hatter has all the candy you could hope for in what is a truly delightful and engaging slots game.

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The Hansel & Gretel: Treasure Trail

And we’re not about to stop the fairytales there. Another Hansel and Gretel game could not be ignored and is, if I am not mistaken the 1 and only 2 By 2 Gaming game on any of our lists. The game looks great and all the features make proper use of the theme that they have been given to play with. Don’t forget that gingerbread house…

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So Much Candy

Released quite a few years ago now, this Microgaming game scored an impressive 8 out of 10 from us and is still looking very good all this time later. It is bright, colourful and comes with enough features to keep you entertained.

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Sugar Trail

Last on our list is Sugar Trail. This Quickspin game impressed enough to scored a cracking 9 out of 10 and looking at it now it has not aged badly at all. Bright colours, free spins, re-spins, a bonus and more than one type of wild symbol. Go on then. The perfect way to end our top 10 Candy themed games.

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