Candies are items in Mario Party 8. The player can eat Candies to help themselves or hinder the progress of opponents. Upon eating a Candy, the character will change their appearance, or receive an enhanced ability of some nature for a short time. A single player can hold up to three Candies while a two-player team can hold up to five. While free Candies can be earned by passing over Candy Areas, there is no way to determine which Candy you will get when crossing one. Candies can also be bought from Candy Shops and are worth a set amount of Coins. The player can purchase whichever Candy they wish to purchase. Candies cannot be thrown onto Red or Blue Spaces to create Character Spaces or roadblocks. The winner of the Star Battle Arena receives a year's supply of Candy.