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If you have played the card game Spoons, then substitute Candy Canes for spoons and you are ready to play. If you have never played Spoons, here are the directions so you can play Candy Canes.
This game is best played with 6 people or less, as you need to be able to reach the Candy Canes.
To get started you will need a deck of cards, candy canes (you’ll want 1 less candy cane then people playing, so if 6 people you start with 5 candy canes), pencil and paper.
Have everyone sit around the table and place the Candy Canes in the middle of the table.
Select a dealer, have them shuffle the cards and deal out 4 cards to each player. The remaining cards are then placed face down in front of the dealer.
The goal of Candy Canes is to be the first to get 4 of a Kind in your hand. Once you have 4 of a Kind you can take a Candy Cane as unnoticeable as possible.
After the first Candy Cane is taken, any player can then grab a Candy Cane (you don’t need 4 of a Kind to grab a Candy Cane at this point) and the player who does not grab a Candy Cane is given a point or letter in the word C-A-N-D-Y.
If a player get 5 points or has all the letters in the word C-A-N-D-Y, then they are out of the game and 1 Candy Cane is removed from the middle of the table.
Last player remaining wins.
How to Play Candy Canes
Once all the players have been dealt their cards and the remaining cards are in front of the dealer, the game begins.
The dealer selects the top card from the remaining deck of cards and decides whether to:
a. Add the card to their hand and discard an unwanted card by passing it to the next player on their left.
b. Immediately pass the card on to the next player on their left.
Once a card is passed to the next player, the dealer may then pick up the next card in the deck.
The person receiving the dealers card must then decide whether they want to keep or pass the card. This continues as each player around the table begins reviewing cards. Be aware cards will be moving at a very fast pace, so you need to decide quickly if you want a card.
Note: Players can only have 4 cards in their hand so every time a card is added one must be discarded.
The last player to receive the cards, the player on the dealer’s right, will create a pile of unwanted cards then are no longer in play.
If all the cards are passed and no player gets 4 of a Kind, then the unwanted cards are shuffled by the dealer and the process begins again. Note: This rarely occurs, but it can happen.
Once someone has 4 of a Kind, they pull a Candy Cane from the middle and then others will follow. The person who doesn’t get a Candy Cane earns a point or a letter in the word C-A-N-D-Y. Once a player has 5 points or the word C-A-N-D-Y is spelled out that person is out of the game and a candy cane is removed.
Once a Round of Candy Canes is complete the candy canes are placed back in the center and the cards move to the next dealer. Play until there is a winner.