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Sushi Candy Kit

November 1, 2014

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Guise…GUISE! This is SO AWESOME! We mentioned in our Bibimbap post how we were having our friends from Japan visiting us, and – boy – we need to have them visit us on a weekly basis, because they brought back some awesome stuff. We got some Katsu Jerky which we haven’t tried yet, some dried plum cookies, and these Sushi Candy Making Kits.

We just about flipped when we saw these things. We were about to film another WTF and we just dropped it to film this. I’m sorry if we’re too excited about this. I remember seeing them online a while ago and thinking how amazing it was, and now finally we got to try it!

Unfortunately, it was a bit more challenging than we had anticipated. It’d probably be easier if we read Japanese. Actually, it’d DEFINITELY be easier if we read Japanese, but where’s the fun in that? Being confused is a wonderful feeling! And we learned a lot from it. Namely, we learned how not to royally mess these up next time!

It’s really the water balance that’s the most challenging. I messed up at the beginning by putting in the powder first before the water, and that just destroyed my rice. Then I started filling up to the line, and that definitely stopped things from being terrible. But mixing everything is so challenging! It’s such a small little container, with a tiny little spoon, and I’m a grown ass man with big hands: I was making far too much of a mess. And not only did it show in the final product’s appearance, it also tasted worse than Martina’s. It was all grainy and mealy. Definitely, it was some of the worst candy I had in a long time, but I’m sure if I didn’t mess it up so bad it’d be great. I saw the potential in Martina’s batch.

But those little salmon roe: those were delicious! I didn’t mess up any of those, nuh uh! And they tasted like Japanese candy. Distinctly like Japanese fruity candy. I don’t know how to describe the taste. I just remember the taste from some Meiji (sp?) candy that someone sent us before. It has that taste distinctly.

Anyhow, I’ll stop being excited about this product now. We had lots of fun and I recommend you try it if you haven’t already. If you have, how did your batch go? Did you know Japanese when you did it? Did yours taste mealy as well? We also got a Takoyaki Candy ball set, but that one requires a microwave, I think. Maybe we should get a microwave and make it. Umm, I’m sure we can use the microwave for other things. Though, you know, we’ve gone almost 7 years now without a microwave and we’re doing just fine. Microwaves are overrated, but – in this case – I’m convinced to get one just for this candy. Ha!

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  1. I heard that you can get those candy making kit(a.k.a popin’ cookin’) in 남대문 if you want to

    5 years ago
  2. OMG!! Today I went to a Korean-Japanese shop in Rotterdam(Netherlands) and they had the same sushi kit there!! So with your video I’m totally going to try it out! Hope it’s as delicious as you guys said.

    5 years ago
  3. Yeah I saw people making them on Youtube and I bought some earlier this year including the sushi one. When we made them we followed rrcherrypie’s videos on youtube because they include full instructions on what to do. I made it with a friend of mine and making the eggs was our favorite part too, while the flavor of the seaweed was my favorite flavor. We’ve also done the burger, and the ice cream (texture was not good for that one and when I got it the cones had crumbled from the box getting crushed during shipping :( ). I just recently ordered some more and we did the pizza last week which tasted much better than we thought it would and I just got the doughnut and the takoyaki in the mail so we’ll be doing that today. I’m waiting for one more that is three different Japanese desserts. They’re so much fun!

    5 years ago
  4. Those looked like so much fun and amazinngg~
    Also: how can you not live without a microwave..? I don’t get it…

    5 years ago
  5. Loved the video but….

    I am so sorry! It’s pronounced Ko-Bay, like bay leaf or Bey-once. I’m sure you did it on purpose or it was a slip of the tongue but I lived in Japan for five years and I. cannot. control. myself. @[email protected]#
    Also, a lot of Japanese ‘jelly’ is made with konyaku which might account for the distinctive taste you talked about.
    Hope you’re having a great time with your friends and the Takoyaki candy balls are awesome!

    5 years ago
  6. Hi. I’m a Polish student of design and I would like to write a BA thesis about phenomenon ‘aegyo’ in Korea and ‘kawaii’ in Japan. I need many scientific sources (Your page of course too, but I need some books, websites for scientific sources) – when and how it started, why people like cute things, about influence sweet colors for the poeople, etc. I’m waiting for answer, Thank You :D

    5 years ago
    • Wow, you DO know that you’re basically asking EYK to do the whole BA thesis FOR you, right ;)? Or maybe I just misunderstood your intention, but geez :)!

      5 years ago
  7. Jbox has like sooo many of this kind of cute stuff. They take quite a while to get to the states cause they ship from Japan but it was yummy when it got here!

    5 years ago
  8. I’ve tried these! I did the set where you make a cute bento, so it looked like a little panda bear… Some of the gummies we tried to make with soju… big mistake. We were thinking it would be like jello shots, but it really just didn’t solidify at all. Nastay. The gummies that we did properly didn’t turn out too well, either. But I tried those little fish eggs from the set my friend did, and dayum they were tasty! Mine just tasted like disappointment…

    5 years ago
  9. I remember trying to make two box of this since the first one was a fail and the second still failed. I felt the frustration xD it really doe takes a long time to do it.

    5 years ago
  10. If you guys or anyone else want to try any other kits, I think you can find them pretty cheap on amazon :D

    5 years ago
  11. Hey guys, so I have been following your videos for a couple years now and when i saw you were trying this I was so excited!!! So I am from Ecuador but did an exchange year in the States. I was friends with korean and thai girl and we decided to make kimbap so we went to an asian store, which are way cooler than in Ecuador and cheaper too!, and when we were about to check out I saw that box and was extremely excited because I saw some videos couple of months before that where this person play/used with all this awesome japanese candy, including the sushi candy; I buy it right away and made it a couple weeks after that. I do not know any japanese at all!!! but in order to not fail I went to the youtube video to get a little guidance but not much cause there is no talk in the video and I think is by a japanese person. But anyway I made it and I think my results were okay, not as good as martina’s but okay for a first try. It was so fun to do though and I wish I was in the States again so I can buy it and make it more and more times

    5 years ago
  12. When I was in Japan I didn’t get to try many “weird” snacks. I REGRET EVERYTHING XD I really liked the “murusaki imo” (purple sweet potato ?) drink from Maccas. It was so popular it was almost always sold out! So wish we had it in Australia, yum yum! :”)

    5 years ago
  13. In hi tech South Korea is it seen as kind of odd to not have a microwave?

    5 years ago
  14. I tried some of the other kits and I love making them they are so amazing. I made some and posted some on youtube. THESE ARE AWSOME!!!

    5 years ago
  15. There were english instructions for the sushi candy kit online but what’s the fun in that? http://shop.whiterabbitjapan.com/blogs/news/14633929-popin-cookin-diy-sushi-kit-english-instructions

    5 years ago
  16. OMG how awesome is this! If I knew it existed I would have done it when I lived in Japan!

    5 years ago
  17. If you get a microwave, people can send you microwave popcorn. And how can that be a bad thing?

    5 years ago
  18. This looks like so much fun!
    I must track some down and hopefully discover that my calling in life is to be a jelly sushi chef!

    5 years ago
  19. For this who are confused as to what is going on (like me, totally me!) There is an awesome tutorial on youtube entitled Candy Sushi Kit by Kracie Popin’ Cookin’

    It shows how to do everything and you can see what is going on :)

    Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpMhn_ufLVM

    5 years ago
  20. Haha, when you said “Ottoro” in the beginning I immediately thought of Ouran High School Host club ^^

    5 years ago
  21. This was FABULOUS. I definitely need to pick some of that up if I ever go to Japan.

    5 years ago
  22. That looks like so much fun. I have a feeling I can find it at this Japanese supermarket I visit from time to time:) Will you have the Cheater McCheaterson index again :)

    5 years ago
  23. I WANNA TRY….:'( My inner child is coming forth.

    5 years ago
  24. i’ve made this before!! there are a few shops which sell these online in the UK but i got mine from a sweet shop in the city centre!! heehee!!
    i bought it after getting addicted to watching the videos by RRCherrypie who makes a lot of these and more!

    i personally wasn’t a fan of the toppings…but i loved the seaweed and rice part!!!

    5 years ago
  25. Rhett and Link got some sushi candy from a fan and they were more confused than you. I’ve wanted to try it ever since!

    5 years ago
  26. I want to try this SOOOOO bad!!

    5 years ago
  27. I made couple of these types of kits when I lived in Japan. I also made the sushi one and the fish egg making was the coolest thing ever! :D As for the taste… all these types of candy making kits taste horrible. X_x Also my room always smelled sweet for a long time when making these and that wasn’t a nice sweet smell… ;A; This sushi one is supposed to taste like grape btw.
    As for making these… I just looked at the pictures and read the names of the bags but never read the instructions. Still survived! :D

    5 years ago
  28. I’ve made this one too! Really, they are easy to find when you search for Japanese DIY candy. I could name at least 4 websites that sell them. (though I’m not sure if I should promote those here :P )

    I thought they were more fun to make than to eat. Even more when they look like actual sushi and all you taste is artificial grape.

    I also made a bento box one.. and I really messed that one up even though it had a video tutorial. Anddd there was a volcano one, you made this plastic cone and placed on top of a layer of sugar and then poured in some mixture with sugar and it erupted this hot pink bubblegum liquid. It was soooooo awesome!
    Wouldn’t recommend eating too much of it because it’ll cause a sugar induced coma.
    (as would any of these candies really..)

    5 years ago
  29. I wish they have this in Seoul! Will be visiting soon! :-)

    5 years ago
  30. I had this to and it tastes disgusting >< But it was fun making it

    5 years ago
  31. This was the coolest thing ever! I want one!!! And I think we all knew who would be the biggest Cheater McCheaterson here ;P Great video guise!

    5 years ago
  32. OMG this is soo cute >,< also you can find these online :) just search on Japanese sites

    5 years ago