By Rey Waters
The Do-It-Yourself candy kits made by Kracie are so clever and ridiculously awesome. They make fantastic stocking stuffers at Christmastime for children of all ages. Parents would even get a kick out of them, if I may say so myself. The kits can be a great learning activity and a reward within itself. My favorite of them all is the Popin’ Cookin Sushi kit. As the sushi ingredients are prepped, you can smell the aroma of grape, strawberry, and orange. It’s like magic! Once the various powders are mixed with water, the colors are so vibrant and produce shapes and designs that look so realistic.
Here is a guide on how to make candy sushi from the kit as directions are printed in Japanese. You can also watch the step-by-step video here!
Notes: 1) Save all packaging: box, plastic wrap, tray, etc. 2) Additional things you will need: 1-cup of water, scissors, and a clean workspace.
Step 1 – Make Sushi Rice:
Refer to Section 1 on the white tray. Using the dropper, add water into the oval section until it reaches the line. Add contents of large, blue packet. Using the spatula, stir, chop, and mix until rice is made to your satisfaction.
Step 2 & 3 – Make Tamago (Egg omelet) and Tuna:
Refer to the two, rectangular shaped sections in the center of the tray. Take note of the designs. Using the dropper, add water into both sections until it reaches the water line. Add the yellow packet to left side. Add the pink packet to the right side. Let gelatin set for a few minutes.
Step 4 – Nori (Seaweed):
Refer to the single black piece of candy. Using the size guide on the plastic wrap, stretch and press it out until it has the same dimensions. Save for later use.
Step 5 – Salmon Roe:
Refer to sections A & B of the tray. Fill ‘A’ with water until it reaches the line. Pour small, blue packet into ‘A’ and stir. Fill ‘B’ to its water line. Pour orange contents and stir until smooth. Using the dropper, suction contents of ‘B’, and then squeeze droplets into ‘A.’
Step 6 - Make Sushi!
Using the instructional guide on the box, you can now begin to form contents into Nigiri Sushi and Ikura no Gunkanmaki. If you so desire, make the soy sauce using the upper section of the tray by adding water to the appropriate line and then add the brown packet. Enjoy the gummy sushi candies!
A variety of Gracie candy kits can be found at Don Quijote stores throughout Japan. These particular ones were purchased at Don Quijote Yokosuka, except for the sushi kit, which I bought from a small gift shop called Okashi Greenport at Narita International Airport, Terminal 2, 4F. Kits are approximately 5.75in x 1.75in x 5in and can easily fit into your carry-on baggage.
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