Making Japanese Gummy Candy Using a Kit
Sometimes to fall asleep, I’ll watch videos on YouTube where people make Japanese candy. The Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ kits are the most popular type to appear in these sleep videos. They include crinkly packaging, pre-measured plastic containers, and packets of powder that is mixed with water to create a sugar or dough, depending on the type of food that you are making. Their kits allow you to make gummies, donuts, sushi, cakes, and more. These candies look like a lot of fun to make, but I’ve always wondered if they are as easy to make as they appear, and do they taste any good? There was only one way to find out. So, I purchased a Popin’ Cookin’ gummy kit from Amazon and tried my hand at it. Here’s how it all went down.
The packaging is smaller than it looks in the videos. The packet fits easily around two hands. That surprised me, though it didn’t need to be any bigger. This kit came with three colorful sugar packets in pink, yellow, and blue, one larger, white sugar packet, a plastic container, a water dropper, and a set of molds with a small fork for mixing. The only materials you need to provide are a pair of scissors (for snipping open the packets and cutting the molds from their plastic holder) and a cup of cold tap water.
Mixing the Sugars
First, my assistant and I filled the four holes on the side of the tray with water. Then, we ripped open the packages of colored sugar and poured them into three of the holes and mixed them with the tiny, plastic fork provided with the kit. Be careful not to overfill the holes with water since they could spill over each other when mixing and accidently mix your colors together. That was something I caught just in time. The sugar packets smelled like Kool-Aid mix, but once they were poured into the water, the smell went away.
Taking the eye dropper, we squirted each of the primary colors into the smaller holes designated for mixing new colors. Then, we mixed various combinations of colors to create new colors. The packaging gives you formulas for mixing specific colors, such as green, purple, and orange. We just winged it given that there are plenty of holes available for experimenting with various colors.
Pouring the Molds
Next, we opened the large, white sugar packet and poured it into its large, designated space. We were provided with four molds: a whale, a dolphin, a sailboat, and a music note.
First, we inserted the dolphin mold into the white sugar. Be sure that the sugar is smoothed out and even. It makes the mold come out better. Using the eyedropper, we squirted different colors into the mold until it was completely saturated with juice. Make sure you turn the tray around so that you can catch the sugar on the side of the mold that you can’t see.
After a few seconds, we lifted the mold out of the sugar, and it stuck together in a multi-colored gel. It took just a few pokes with the plastic fork before the finished gummy dropped out of the mold and was formed into the perfect shape of the dolphin.
After the success of our first gummy, we got to work making more. In the videos I’d seen, it seemed that you could get about 10 gummies out of each kit. I was determined to do the same. The first few gummies came out as easy as the first. Then, the mound of sugar started to get lower, and we were squeezing too much juice onto them. The sugar would get over-saturated, and then it would stick to the bottom of the tray instead of to the mold. So, we’d have to scrape it off of the tray where it would fall apart before it got to the paper towel where we were storing our finished products. It’s important to keep the mound of sugar high and not to over-saturate the mold with juice. There should be a lot of juice left over once you have used up all of the sugar in the tray.
Like I said, each gummy took only a few seconds to firm up into the shape that we were making. The gummies themselves were spongy and grainy, like a Sour Patch Kid without the sourness. In fact, they did not have an overwhelming flavor, and all of the colors tasted the same. The juice could only bleed through about halfway through the gummy. So, the bottom side was tasteless. We did get about 10 gummies out of the kit, but only five of them were in good shape. Some fell apart. Some were slimy, but the ones that we made at the beginning were pretty good.
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The Popin’ Cookin’ kits make a nice gift for an artsy kid or a cute party favor for birthday guests. They only cost a few dollars, are not very messy or complicated, and they are fun to make. They don’t taste amazing, and you don’t get that much from them, but if you want to spend 20 minutes doing something creative, Japanese candy is a unique and satisfying option.
Have you ever tried a Japanese candy kit? If so, share your experiences below. If not, which kit would you like to try?