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After trying my hand at making the Japanese Popin’ Cookin’ gummy candies, I was curious to try one of their dough-based kits. Below is the result of my attempt to master the donut kit that I bought from Amazon. Armed with the knowledge gained from watching YouTube tutorials along with a box of Japanese instructions, I gave it a try. Here’s how it went...
The small box included the following:
- A plastic tray with two molds, three mixing trays, and a measuring cup.
- Two packets of dough (vanilla and chocolate)
- Three packets of frosting (strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate)
- A bag for the chocolate frosting
- A packet of sprinkles
- A packet of cookie crumbles
- A tiny mixing spoon
You also need a cup of cold water to mix your dough and frostings, as well as a pair of scissors.
Step 1: Making Dough
I set out my materials, and my assistant and I got to work.
- First, we had to cut the tray into four pieces. There are lines on the box and on the tray indicating where to cut. You are basically separating the tray into small mixing bowls. The section for the molds stays together, along with the two sections for mixing the frosting. The large mixing tray is cut into its own piece. The small measuring cup is separated from the other pieces as well.
- We got to work mixing the vanilla dough first. It took five cups of water from the included measuring cup, though I realized afterward that the ditch in the bottom of the tray indicates how much water to use.
- We poured in our yellow sugar packet and began to mix it with the water using the mixing spoon. This spoon was more like a shovel. We mixed until the dough clumped together into a ball.
- The dough was spongy as we rolled them into two smaller balls and set them aside. We then repeated this step with the chocolate mix.
Note: There are two chocolate packets. The chocolate dough packet will be the same size as the yellow dough packet.
Step 2: Mixing the Frosting
My kit came with a red and blue packet for frosting.
- While my assistant worked on the dough, I poured the mixes into the two smaller trays, added one measuring cup full of water, and mixed them together with toothpicks, creating strawberry and vanilla frosting, which were honestly pretty tasteless.
- Next, I took the same tray we had used to mix the mold, filled the bottom with water, and added the chocolate frosting packet to the mix. It turned into a thin, watery frosting that I then spooned into the frosting bag.
- Then, I snipped off one corner of the bag to make a nice tip for the frosting bag so that the frosting would come out nice and slow while I decorated my donuts.
Step 3: Molding the Donuts
- Taking each of the balls we made, we pressed them into the two molds provided. It took a lot of pressing and smoothing with the little spoon, but they fit easily into each mold. Taking them out of the molds were a little tricky.
- There were two different shapes: one the classic, round, donut shape and the other was a more flowery shape. The second shape was much easier to get out without the donut breaking apart, but once they were out of the mold, it was easy to piece them back together, and the dough was as spongy as ever.
- We made one of each mold with both flavors of dough, creating a total of four donuts.
Step 4: Decorating
Now that everything was mixed and molded, it was time to decorate.
- There were a few small pieces of dough yet so those were rolled into three tiny balls: one chocolate and two vanilla, and we used them to make the bear face seen on the front of the box on one of our donuts.
- Next, we began to spoon the icing into various shapes onto each donut. It was actually easier than frosting cookies or cake. The icing stayed where we put it, and we applied it in little lines and drops.
- Once the tops of the donuts were covered in frosting, we then shook the bag of sprinkles onto them along with the crunchy crumble pieces. As neat as we were with the frosting step, the final touches created a messy look on the otherwise cute little donuts.
Step 5: Eating
Now was the time to sample our creations. That’s where the disappointment set in. As spongy as I said they were handling the dough, that’s the consistency they were in our mouths. The donuts were cold, soggy, and tasteless. Even the frosting did nothing to give the donuts flavor. I finished whatever my assistant wouldn’t eat, but I wouldn’t call it an enjoyable snack.
A Fun but Tasteless Project
In the end, I found that this particular kit was a cute product that was fun and easy to make, but wasn't very good to eat. I wouldn’t recommend this kit as a tasty, do-it-yourself snack. Maybe the dough could be fried or heated before they are decorated in order to help them taste like a real donut, but to make them as instructed creates a very strange and tasteless product.
Which Popin’ Cookin’ kits have you tried? How did they taste? Leave your answers in the comments below!