Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ Fun Sushi Chef DIY Candy Kit12 April, 2011 by Chad
You’ve probably seen videos of this Japanese Sushi Candy on YouTube. It’s hard to miss as long as you’ve got at least one link happy friend on Facebook or Twitter. We got our hands on a box and decided to see if we could make some candy sushi ourselves.
This particular DIY Sushi Candy cost 225 yen ($3.40) a pack. All of the ingredients and tools needed to make the candy are available out of the box while the instructions and recipe for the sushi candy are provided on the box itself.
It seems the videos make it look easy. For we ended up spending one hour just to make the few measly pieces shown here.
Our own Sushi Candy “Making Of” video:
For those that would prefer, here is the same thing in photos.
What you see is what you get. The ingredients are exactly enough to make what is shown on the box.
Inside the box were sachets of the powdered ingredients as well as a single mold tray to hold all of the created candy.
The white powder clumps when mixed with water to become the “rice”. It smells like the pellets you get from those Japanese “shokugan” candy toys.
The yellow and red sachets of colored powder become the egg and tuna. Except instead of clumping, the powder becomes gummy-like when mixed with water.
Two more packets of powder are mixed into the last empty sections of the tray. The first becomes a light blue solution in water and the second a reddish liquid. When the red liquid is mixed with the blue (through the use of the included dropper) it forms a round jelly ball instantly.
Next we just need to split up the created candy in the tray and mix them up. The white lumpy candy is molded into the sushi’s rice, while the ingredients are placed carefully on top.
The Gunkanmaki warship roll requires more effort though. A chunk of black taffy is included in the pack and you have to stretch and flatten it out into the seaweed to wrap the roll. After that, it’s just a matter of putting the roe balls on top.
Honestly, we weren’t too keen on eating the candy after messing around with this DIY kit. We weren’t reluctant because of the effort needed but rather kind of disgusted at the thought of eating it. Not quite sure what the germ to candy ratio was on these tiny little molded balls. It must take quite a few tries to make them as neatly as in the other video.
If you need to know, it tasted just like it looked. Balls of clumpy sugar and watery jelly. If I were to judge this product just on the result, it was probably more effort than it was worth. Real sushi takes less trouble than this! But in this case the fun comes from playing around with your food.
Stay tuned as we continue to try out the other silly DIY candy products over the next couple of weeks.
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