How is your week going? To be honest, I’m definitely excited that the weekend is close at hand because this has been a crazy one, editing pictures and planning everything for next week’s blogging series edition: catweek (eep! spoiler alert) – and we are exhausted with anticipation, we really hope you like what’s in store.
Today though we have a very relaxing recipe post that shows how we (almost) failed making our own japanese gummy candy. I’m already laughing at myself for considering this post as a recipe, please don’t take me too seriously.
A few months back (spring to be precise) our friends Marcel & Silvia went to Japan and brought us a very funny souvenir: the popin cookin’ box to make your own sushi-shaped gummies. We love candies and sushi so they were spot on with their present.
I know this has already travelled around the blogosphere, but for those not familiar with this type of candy toy, popin cookin’ is a box that contains several colored powder that in contact with water forms a gel. The fun is that the plastic box has built-in shapes that allow you to reproduce three famous sushi treats: ikura, tuna and tamago nigiri.
We quickly decided to create first our favorites, while Dani would attempt his beloved ikura nigiri I would go first for, what seem the easiest, the tuna nigiri. Oh, well as usually things doesn’t go as imagined.
Although the back of the box may look confusing for people like me who are only able to slightly read some hiragana (understanding almost nothing once I’ve figured the words out) the instructions are as easy as can be:
- Construct first the rice that will work for everything else, then make the toppings.
- For rice, tamago or tuna the steps are always the same: pour water until the craved line, then pour the powder that belongs to that space and either stir like crazy (rice) or let it sit for a couple of minutes (the other two).
Dani had to look up the english instructions to follow slightly different steps for his ikura nigiri. The salmon eggs spherification was made using the baster, once the orange liquid touched the clear solution it was converted into a sphere. I think making the ikura is much more fun than the rest; Dani scored this time!
And what about the taste? Well, I found it to be too strong gummy flavour for my taste, but Dani who is more into that type of candy (I’m a liquorice girl) found them yummy enough. Oh, and if you don’t have friends travelling to Japan but have realized that candy making is maybe your thing you can order it from Candysan!
Have you ever played with these japanese kits? I’m sure you’ll be able to do a better work than us!