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.
Popin Cookin – Colorful Ramune Land – Simple
Price: ± €5
Extra supplies: Glass, Water, Scissors, Optional: Plate to put everything on
Most of the Popin Cookin kits have English instructions, which you can find here.
With this kit you create cute candies, out of yellow, pink and blue powder, and all the colour combinations you can make out of those. There are different moulds, in my kit there was a mould with a penguin, a pineapple, a whale, a boat, a shell and a palm tree on an island. In the previous version of this kit a crumbly powder was used that needed to be pressed down very firmly before it took any shape, now you can knead the mixture yourself. This makes it easier to fill the mould, aside from hat the shapes come out of the mould a lot better in this version. I had a little extra leftover, which you could use to make even more candies. In total this kit kept me busy for about half an hour.
The kit is as easy to do, the only thing that takes some effort is filling the moulds with specific colours, but you could ‘colour’ it in really simply instead.
The final product looks cute, as long as you press down the ‘clay’ well. As you can see on the picture the candies resemble the ones on the packaging well. It takes a bit of effort to precisely add the colours into the mould, but the result is definitely worth it. You can decide for yourself which colours to use. As long as those colours are a combination of pink, blue and yellow.
The yellow candy already clearly smelled like lemon while mixing and tasted like it as well. The pink one had a distinct cherry scent to it, but tasted only a little like cherry. Blue smelled like gum and tasted like it a little as well, but mainly had a lemon flavour.
The texture of the candies is a little bit powdery, but not too dry. When you eat candies with all of the colours in them the lemon flavour is most present.
TIPS: If you want to work very precisely, only fill the mould a little bit with the right colours. That way the top of the candies is at least coloured right, after that you can fill it up all the way.
The balls of ‘clay’ dry out quickly, so don’t wait too long after mixing and kneading to use it, otherwise it might be harder to work with.
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.
If you want to reuse the mould you could shape a little piece of fondant or marzipan in it. You could also buy chewing candy, like starbursts, soften these a little by putting them in the microwave for a short period of time, and then knead these and press them into the mould. This way you can make candies, but also decorations for on a cake or something like that.
You could also put chocolate in the mould, but then the melted chocolate does have to be cooled down a bit or your mould might melt.