So here's one thing about me: I really, really love collecting weird stuff. When I find a strange product, if it's within my budget, you can bet that I'll purchase it. My bedroom looks like it's stuck in between an episode of 'Hoarders' and a Ripley's Believe It Or Not.
My latest discovery is Popin' Cookin', a brand of Japanese jelly candy where they give you all the tools to make your own gummy foods - including GUMMY SUSHI???
Needless to say, once I found out I can buy a quirky DIY kit that turns gummy candy into convincing slices of raw fish, you KNOW I was game.
I bought my Popin' Cookin' kit from a Japanese supermarket near my house. Chances are, if you can find any type of Asian supermarket in your neighborhood, you should be able to find at least one Popin' Cookin' kit in the candy aisle. (For the record, the box I bought looks exactly like the one in the main photo!)
So this is all the stuff that comes in the kit. The different color gelatin packets, a mixing spatula, a water dropper, and a mini roll of 'candy' seaweed to add some eerie authenticity to this all.
(Note: I totally didn't think to take any pictures/videos of me doing the steps, so I'm pulling visuals from RRcherrypi's YouTube tutorial. You guys need to see this. It looks really weird.)
Observe the strange-but-satisfying technique of making 'just add water' candy rice.
All you really do is add white gelatin powder to a small amount of water, and suddenly all this rice-like texture appears. SCIENCE!!!
Then there's the part where you create the yellow and red 'fish' - which is equal parts gross and exciting.
I don't know how they're able to create different textures, but the gummy fish appears so mysteriously fleshy that it seems like they tapped in a little Soylent Green for good measure.
Fact: Rolling out the seaweed feels like molding a stale Tootsie Roll.
I'm not quite sure how RRcherrypi was able to pull this one off, but I did a HORRIBLE job at preparing my candy seaweed, so I ended up royally screwing up this part.
My favorite part was finally being able to build my very first sushi piece.
So basically, you split up the 'rice' into six mini balls and then use your spatula to lay the candy fish on like a real piece of sushi. This is the part where my sister's friend, Keith - aka the person who beared witness to said sushi making - was just like "WHAAAAT."
But the weirdest part (EASILY!) is when you make your own candy fish eggs.
You mix some orange gelatin then use a dropper to slowly add small dots of it to a prepared jelly water that will make sure that 'dem eggz' retain their shape. I never took a chemistry class in high school, so I'm just going to say this all probably due to witchcraft.
After some assembling, you ideally get something like this.
So this is RRcherrypi's final result, which looks a lot like it does on the front of the box. However, if you're anything like me, you're going to get sick and tired of fiddling with the seaweed and end up with something like this:
Yes, I know what you're thinking. Why does the sushi look so well? Listen. When you're 'just adding water' enough, the end product is going to look a little, uh, glistening?
I know what you're thinking - well, what did it taste like?
And the verdict is: Grape. If you like grape, this candy is for you. If you don't like grape, well, it's incredibly fun to make anyway. So if you're an easily amused nerd like myself, I heavily recommend heading out to try a Popin' Cookin' kit yourself!
Have any of you tried a Popin' Cookin' kit before? Would you actually be willing to, or does the whole thing just come off a little disturbing?
Let me know in the comments below, and for more strange products, follow my SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY collection!