Recently I purchased a few Japanese Candy kits and I will review all of these for AVO. This is not a sponsored review and because of this I won’t mention where I bought this set, if you do an online search using the name of this kit you’ll be able to find this one in several webshops.
Meiji – Apollo – Simple
Price: ± €6
Extra supplies: Glass, Hot water, Scissors, Refrigerator
With this kit you create 7 cute mini chocolate mountains and 1 mini chocolate strawberry. If you take the waiting time for melting the chocolate and letting it set out of the equation, this set doesn’t take up a lot of your time, I estimate it took me about 5 minutes before I was done making the chocolates.
The kit is easy to make, as long as you make sure the chocolate is entirely melted you can make fun designs with very little effort. After doing this it doesn’t take long before you can enjoy the chocolates!
The final product looks pretty cute, as long as you melt the chocolate well and don’t wait too long in between so it won’t become hard while you’re still bizy.. As you can see on the pictures they resemble the chocolate mountains and strawberry on the box pretty closely. The most fun part is; you aren’t limited to certain patterns. You can make any pattern you’d like.
The chocolate tastes good, as expected from Meiji chocolate. The white chocolate doesn’t taste like white chocolate as I’d expected, but a little more like the milk filling of a liga milkbreak cookie. The milk chocolate tasted a little different from what I’m used to of Dutch milk chocolate, a little bit more of a mild flavour, and this also had a hint of coffee flavour, in my opinion. The pink chocolate already smelled very strongly when I was making the chocolate mountains, but not appalling. It didn’t have a very distinct strawberry taste, it could’ve also been raspberry or forest fruits.
The coloured little balls tasted like sugar and were pretty hard, I personally don’t like them much so I didn’t put them in the chocolates.
TIP: On the box it says that the water should be 50 degrees Celsius, while this does work it doesn’t give you a lot of time to work on your design, because the chocolate will harden again pretty quickly. If you use water that’s a little warmer the chocolate will stay in liquid form for longer.
Want to enjoy this kit again?
Clean the mould with warm water, after using it, and let it air dry. Don’t use soap when cleaning this mould.
You can reuse the mould from the set to make more chocolates, but you can also shape fondant or marzipan in it. The colours balls you could replace with, for example, sugar pearls. For this mould you’ll need about 50 grams of chocolate, which you could even colour with food colouring powders or food colouring with an oil base.