This is the second part of our candy reviews – read the first part here.
Those crazy Japanese DIY candy kits always look so fun, but do they really work, and are they actually nice to eat too? I roped in my family to try a couple out with me.
Let’s start with the Horadekita DIY Candy Apple Kit, which lets you make what we call toffee apples in the UK, except these ones are candy pieces on a stick that you dip in red syrup and sprinkles.
It’s really easy to use – you just empty each pouch into the plastic tray and then get dipping! There’s only one cocktail stick in each pack so we had to take it in turns, but we all found it pretty hilarious to watch each other trying to get a good lot of sticky syrup and pack on the sprinkles. As you might expect, they taste very sweet and the ‘apple’ is bubblegum flavour. They do look quite realistic but it’s a shame the apples aren’t more round. This is a fun kit though, and does exactly what it says.
Our second kit was Popin’ Cookin’ Neri Candy Land which is basically a pack of edible plasticine. You can mould it into any shape you like and then eat it! Inside the box are 5 coloured blocks of candy that can be mixed to make more colours, plus sprinkles, mini rolling pin and a plastic tray with shaped moulds and patterns.
So here’s what we made! Nicolette made the adorable snowman and the ice cream cone and I made the weird roll cake and Angel Bunny (it was late and I had a cold, cut me some slack). It proved to be a bit harder than expected as the candy is quite sticky so difficult to roll out and shape. Let’s have a closer look at that snowman.
So cute! I was especially impressed with the striped scarf. We didn’t have the heart to eat any of our creations, which kind of defeated the whole point of the kit, but we nibbled on some leftover bits and it was just like bubblegum.
We had a lot of fun with this kit and if you’re crafty and have more patience than us you can make some super cute things. Check out this video by KawaiixCandy for kawaii rainbows, donuts and more.
Fancy trying some of these yourself?
Check out the Japan Candy Box and Freedom Japanese Market subscription boxes for a surprise selection of candy and kits. You can also buy individual DIY kits from Tofu Cute, Blippo, JList, JapanCentre and more.
Candy kits were provided for review by Japan Candy Box and Freedom Japanese Market but these are our honest opinions and photos. Thanks to Nicolette for all the action photos.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.