Extra Time Candy is a type of special candy that can only be seen in timed levels. These candies look like regular candies and can have any of the six regular colours, but they are glowing (in web version only) and have +5 written on them in big letters.
Extra time candy can appear in any timed level, and in later levels can appear at the start screen. They spawn when a match subsequently results in three cascades. If the cascades are still in progress, it will come down after every four cascades.
It acts like regular candy in that it has to be matched for its effect to work. When matched, it gives the player five extra seconds, or reset the timer if it is less than 5 seconds short. For instance, if the time limit for that level is 60 seconds, and you match an extra time candy with 57 seconds left, your timer won't increase to 62 seconds, but only reset to 60.
When Sugar Crush is taking place on timed levels, any extra time candies that are left on the board when the time runs out will be converted into wrapped candies and will be set off.
In some levels extra time candies are vital.
- Extra time candies can theoretically keep a level going forever. This is hard in practice since they take more than 5 seconds to spawn on average, except in Level 252, the only timed level with 4 colours, where players can keep the level going as long as they want.
- Extra time candies make a unique sound when matched.
- There's a very rare glitch with the extra time candy on mobile. The +5 on the extra time candy turns black. The black +5 may return to normal if said candy falls down later.
- There is only once for the Extra time candies to turn into Wrapped candies in each play. If there are Extra time candies enclosed in Marmalade at the moment, they will not be transformed, even if they are released later due to further matches.
- During Sugar Crush, before Extra Time Candies are transformed, the board will handle other special candies first. If any Extra Time Candy gets caught in cascade before transformed, it will have no effect and is considered as common candy.
- Before release of Mellow Marshmallow, due to the different mechanic of cascades on mobile version, it was easier to get more extra time candies if you could pull off a long cascade. Level 252 was suitable to find this out.