Carmen has the right strategy on this.
Remember that every time you bag a candy you get an extra 7 seconds which is fine to get to the next candy once you know the route.
What I did was to run thorugh the candies down hill so that I was already at the first bunch by the time they dispersed. The candy is always in the same spots and you will remember them after a while. They start downhill form the original pile and are staggered a bit then you sweep around and get them coming back up the hill there is a small group at the top and several leading out halfway into the field and then it's a race to the candy house. One group is close to the rocks and you can run into them so make sure you are close to the rock but far enough away to not crash into it.
My closest save is after this, the house incident and getting the bell. You would miss quite a bit of the game. I think you can do this - you are a pretty resourceful gamer - just don't panic over the time and concentrate on where the candies are.