Candy Introductions

Type of strategy: Energizers and State ChangersOpeners & Get to Know You

Intended Audience: StudentsTeachers

Learning styles: EN: Extraversion and IntuitionES: Extraversion and Sensing

Getting to know you icebreaker, a way to learn new facts about each other in an easy way.


Participants select various pieces of candy from a bag, and each candy variety is associated with a fact about themselves which they will introduce to the others.

Candy Introductions can work with any group size. The icebreaker works best when the group size is limited to around 10, so if you have more than 10, divide the larger group and run the icebreaker within the smaller sized groups. Groups of 3-5 help the acitivity not take too long. This icebreaker works best indoors, and is well suited for classrooms or meeting rooms.

Materials required

  • Candy with about five different variations (color or candy type), and an optional chalkboard/whiteboard.

Setup for Candy Introductions

Purchase several variety packs of candy, enough for each person to be able to have at least five pieces. They can be any candy type, but not too many choices (limit it to around five or six different - gummy bears, life savers, gum drops, skittles, m&m's, or any other candy that already has a variety of colors).

Instructions for How to Play

Tell each participant to choose anywhere from 1 to 5 pieces of anything that they want. Instruct them not to eat it yet, though. After they have chosen their candy, you will tell them what each candy type/color represents.

Suggested meanings for colors:

  • Red – Favorite hobbies
  • Green – Favorite place on earth 
  • Blue – Favorite memory
  • Yellow – Dream job
  • Orange – Wildcard (tell us anything about yourself!)

Each person takes turns introducing himself or herself, beginning with their name and then saying one fact for each candy type that they have. Option for those who do not want to talk to much, they can choose one or two things to share about themself. This easy introduction game should go relatively quickly (assuming they weren’t greedy and that they didn’t take too many pieces of candy!)



Submitted by: Annetta Evans