SCK News

Christmas Holiday, Site Downtime & New Craft Writer

Posted on December 24, 2016 by

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With 303 posts published in 2016, I think we deserve a break! We’ll be taking a week or so off from posting, but we’ll still be active on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Look out for a fun Christmas contest on Instagram soon too…

SCK is Moving!

It won’t be a real break though as I’ll be moving SCK to new web hosting. It was always planned for the holidays but the site hasn’t been able to cope too well this month so it will be good to fix those problems. There will be some downtime as we switch over and when the domain transfers but don’t worry if the site disappears! If you get an error message or anything weird is happening, just try again the next day or check our Twitter for updates.

New Craft Writer

I hope you enjoyed the submission posts from our shortlisted craft writers – they all did an amazing job! If you missed any, here they all are.

NikkiLet’s Make Erasers Kit Review | Polymer Clay Tutorials from Creative Rachy | Popin’ Cookin’ Happy Kitchen Pizza Kit Review

Sara: Halloween DIY Decorations | DIY Tutorials by All Things Nim | Meiji DIY Apollo Chocolate Kit Review

Andi: Cute Unicorn Makes | Smile! Sanrio Characters Coloring Book Review | Popin Cookin’ Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit Review

Hayley Lyn: Horadekita Popsicle DIY Candy Kit Review | Cute Character Makes From 
PinkSugarCotton | Popin’ Cookin’ Pudding Parfait Candy Kit Review

We’ll be choosing a winner over the holidays so look out for their first staff post sometime in January.

SCK Awards

If you were wondering what was happening with the SCK Awards, we’re taking a year off as moving the site is such a big job and would disrupt the voting. We’ll do a little giveaway and vote in January so you can still share your favourites.

Big thanks to all our readers and followers too, for commenting, sharing, entering our giveaways and generally being awesome. Stay cute and we’ll see you in 2017!

Kawaii Reviews, Things To Eat

Popin’ Cookin’ Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit Review

Posted on December 23, 2016 by

Popin' Cookin' Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit

I have been very interested in trying the Popin’ Cookin’  Taiyaki & Dango kit since it was first released, so I was quite excited to review it for SCK!

Popin' Cookin' Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit

The back of the box includes the instructions in Japanese. The step-by-step photos are clear and easy enough to understand, so it’s not difficult to get by without the instructions. However, there are English instructions available online for clarification.

Popin' Cookin' Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit

The kit includes a plastic mold, 6 mixes, a pick, spoon, and a cute mini cup for your ramune drink. All you need is a cup of water and a microwave to create everything.

Popin' Cookin' Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit

The first step was to make the strawberry for the daifuku and wait 10 minutes for it to set. Then it was time to make the mochi. I followed the instructions carefully, but the mixture was so sticky that I could not knead it without a lot of it sticking to my hands. I’m not sure if that was normal, but keeping my hands wet with water solved that problem and made it much easier to form the dough. Afterwards I had the base for my daifuku and the 3 sections for the mitarashi dango.

Popin' Cookin' Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit

By the time I got to the taiyaki step I was very anxious to try everything. As with the other items in the kit, it’s just a matter of mixing water with the orange mix until the batter is completely smooth.

Popin' Cookin' Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit

The directions only give times for 500 and 600 watt microwaves, and my microwave is much higher at 1100 watts, so I was a bit concerned. I decided on 15 seconds, and it turned out perfectly fine.

Popin' Cookin' Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit

The last steps are to mix the chocolate sauce from the brown pack, the mitarashi sauce for the dango from the purple pack, and the ramune soda from the blue pack.

Popin' Cookin' Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit

By the time I got to the mitarashi sauce I felt everything was coming together nicely and I was very hopeful for the taste test!

Popin' Cookin' Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit

The taiyaki ended up a bit distorted from air bubbles, but otherwise I am very pleased with how easily everything turned out! As for taste, the taiyaki with the chocolate sauce was definitely my favorite, and I enjoyed everything except for the mitarashi dango, which tastes close to the real thing.

Popin' Cookin' Taiyaki & Dango Candy Kit

Overall, I would rate this kit a 4/5 on taste and 5/5 on fun and easiness. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new candy kit to try! You can buy it from Tofu Cute.


This is the final guest post from Andi, who is on the shortlist to become SCK’s new craft writer! Let us know if you’d like to see more posts like this.

Andi lives in the US and her favourite crafts are needle felting, clay craft, coloring, paper crafting, and making plushes. You can follow her crafty makes on Instagram at @pixiaa.

Christmas Crafts, Free Downloads, Things To Make

Last Minute Cute Christmas Crafts

Posted on December 22, 2016 by

If you still need some Christmas cards, gifts or decorations, or are just at loose end now the holidays have started, check out these cute craft projects you can be making in minutes.

noodoll

Noodoll have lots of free printables on their blog including crackers, colour in cards and ornaments. I want a bunny cracker!

Paper Kawaii has a fun video to help you fold these cool origami Christmas trees. They’d make great ornaments or table decorations.

fantastictoys

If you’ve got some time on your hands, everyone will be in awe if you make one of these Sweet Treats Gingerbread Trains by Fantastic Toys – look at the cotton candy smoke! There are loads more festive printables in their Etsy shop for just a few pounds each.

jinjerup

These cute gift bags by Jinjerup can be personalised for your friends and family and are perfect for homemade treats. I love the reindeer but there are lots of characters to choose from and you can get 4 for the price of 3!

Forgotten to get a gift for someone special? Draw So Cute has you covered with these sweet DIY illustrated gift cards that you can personalise to give the recipient hugs, treats or other favours to cash in from you in the future.

Kawaii Reviews, Things To Eat

Meiji DIY Apollo Chocolate Kit Review

Posted on December 21, 2016 by

Meiji Strawberry Apollo DIY Chocolate Kit

Today I’m sharing my experience with Meiji’s DIY Apollo Chocolate Kit. I was excited to try it out, especially because the candy looks so cute.

Meiji Strawberry Apollo DIY Chocolate Kit

The kit includes three tubes with different chocolate flavors: normal, white, and strawberry. It also contains a mold and little stirrer.

Meiji Strawberry Apollo DIY Chocolate Kit

Before you start, put the chocolate tubes in hot water. You need the paste to be as soft as possible for the best results. The chocolate cools up quickly so I put it back in the water after using it every time. Just make sure to have the opening facing up.

Meiji Strawberry Apollo DIY Chocolate Kit

I thought the stirrer was mostly for mixing the flavors or pushing the candy beads, and it wasn’t until halfway through that I realized it was useful to spread the chocolate evenly in the molds. I wish I had noticed it earlier as my results would have turned out better. So, use the stirrer to fill any empty spots you notice through the transparent mold.

Meiji Strawberry Apollo DIY Chocolate Kit

Layering flavors is a lot of fun, but be careful because the chocolate gets hard quick. Make sure you’re getting it to look how you want as you’re layering it, before it gets hard.

Meiji Strawberry Apollo DIY Chocolate Kit

Something else you should know early on: there’s more candy balls than it seems! So, get as creative as you want with the candy. I even used some of it to spell an “S” in the bottom of one.

Meiji Strawberry Apollo DIY Chocolate Kit

Once you finish layering chocolate and adding beads, let it harden. Even though it hardens quickly, I put it in the fridge for 30 minutes, just in case.

Meiji Strawberry Apollo DIY Chocolate Kit

From the results, you can tell that I had a clumsy start, but I think the candy still turned out super cute. I was sad to eat it afterwards, because it was so pretty, but it tasted so good that it didn’t last long!

Meiji Strawberry Apollo DIY Chocolate Kit

This kit is available from Tofu Cute. I hope you can use these tips to learn from my experience and create perfectly cute candy when you try them out.


This is the final guest post from Sara, who is on the shortlist to become SCK’s new craft writer! Let us know if you’d like to see more posts like this.

Sara is Costarican, currently living in the USA, and her favourite crafts are drawing, painting, photography and scrapbooking. She also blogs about beauty, nail art and design at Daily Lovejuice.

Giveaways

Hey Chickadee & Chebeto Giveaway Winners

Posted on December 21, 2016 by

Time to pick the winners of both our giveaways. Are you excited?

First up, the winner of the Hey Chickadee Christmas prize pack is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Katrina B who’s got a Pusheen wallet at the top of her wishlist!

hey chickadee

And the winner of of a handmade plush toy from Chebeto is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Kimberly G who picked the bat as her favourite character.

chebeto

Check your inboxes for how to claim your prize, or email us at giveaways@supercutekawaii.com

If you weren’t lucky this time, we’ll have more giveaways next year. Check back in a few hours for a DIY candy kit review too.