First look: Kristin Chenoweth heads to ‘Candy Land’ in ‘magical’ board game-inspired baking show


Kristin Chenoweth never imagined she’d be hosting a cooking show.

“Anybody that knows me knows I don’t go in my kitchen,” says the Emmy- and Tony-winning actress and singer. “Kitchens actually make me nervous, so when Food Network called, I thought somebody was pranking me.”

But she immediately salivated at the idea for “Candy Land,” a baking competition inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, premiering Nov. 15 (Sundays, 9 EST/PST). Over six episodes, five teams of professional cake and sugar artists compete in “Candy Land”-inspired baking challenges, in a studio designed to replicate the game board.

Traveling through live-size versions of the Gumdrop Mountains, Lollipop Woods and Lemon Lime Springs, contestants are tasked with finding ingredients unique to each candy land. Chef judges Nacho Aguirre and Aarti Sequeira determine which teams advance, and the first to reach King Kandy’s Castle wins a $25,000 prize.

Chenoweth, 52, also stars as an animated mouse named Daisy in a remake of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” (streaming Oct. 22 on HBO Max), and plays Emma Roberts’ uninhibited aunt in Netflix rom-com “Holidate” (streaming Oct. 28). The “Wicked” actress called USA TODAY from the Vancouver set of her still-untitled Apple TV+ musical series to talk about “Candy Land” and more.