Hello! I decided that it was time to be brave, and finally try out one of the “difficult” looking DIY candy kits from my stash. Today I will be sharing with you the Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ Oekaki Animal Candy Land DIY Candy Kit.
Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ DIY Oekaki Animal Candy Land Kit
£1.88 – OyatsuCafe
The Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ Oekaki Animal Candy Land DIY Candy Kit was one of the first DIY candy kits I ever received, via my first ever Kawaii Box. It’s quite the special kit!
The idea behind this kit is that you take a piece of the soft, chewy candy and place it into the mould to create a shape of an animal. You can then bring your creation to life with the flavoured paints.
For some reason, I thought that this kit required a microwave. It does not. *sighs with relief* All you need is a pair of scissors and a small amount of water.
In this kit you will receive a plastic tray, a mould, two pieces of the soft candy and three sachets of the flavoured paints. Don’t worry, it isn’t actually paint. The colours of the paints are blue, pink and yellow.
The plastic mould has four shapes; a large sea lion, a small star and two small fishes. The water measuring tool that you will need is part of the mould, and has to be cut away with a pair of scissors. There is also a small “knife” to cut out, which can be used later on. The lines are easy to follow, and hopefully you will be able to cut the tools out without too much trouble.
I am sorry if these pictures are too dark, but the mould did not show up that well under my lights. I had to darken the picture so you can see the outline of the tools so you can get an idea of how to cut it out. I hope this is helpful!
Step 1! Empty the sachets of paint into the small square sections of the kit. These are at the top right. Use the water measuring tool you have hopefully managed to cut out of the mould, and use this to add water to them separately. Give them a thorough stir to create the paint. I used the tip of the knife I cut out from the mould, but you can use something else if you wish. You should make a thin paint with no lumps or bits.
The paints are flavoured; blue is ramune (a Japanese flavour, I always say it is a mixture of bubblegum and lemonade), pink is grape and yellow is lemon.
Step 2! Create three additional colours by mixing two colours together. Blue + yellow = green. Pink + yellow = orange. Blue + pink = purple. You do not need to add any more water; they just need a good stir! To my taste buds, this did not create any new flavours. The new paints just had a combination of the two flavours used to create the colours.
Step 3! Take a piece of the soft candy and squish it into the mould. Yes, squish is the word I am using! I was worried at first that the candy would be difficult to mold, but it softened quickly and fitted into the moulds easily. I decided to be brave and try the sea lion first!
Step 4! Push out your shape from the mould into the tray.
Step 5! Colour it in! I used the tip of the knife that I cut out from the mould to dab small amounts of paint on to the shape. The mould creates an outline into the candy, which stops the colours from mixing together.
My advice for the painting stage would be that less is more, and that it’s best to lightly dab the colour in. If you have some small paintbrushes knocking about, maybe give them a go. I would imagine toothpicks working well too!
From two pieces of the soft candy I made six gummies. This is actually more than I initially thought! I probably could have made lots of stars, but as I only had one of this kit I thought I should at least give everything a go. As you can see, I am about as artistic as a gibbon – let’s not talk about THAT fish…
I am not sure if the paint is supposed to dry; it did not dry on my creations. I’m glad that it didn’t dry, because it added a noticeable taste to an otherwise generically sweet piece of soft candy. The candy was enjoyable on its own; it had a soft texture similar to bubblegum. I had to resist eating it all before I had even started!
Out of the three flavours, ramune was my favourite, with grape being my least favourite. I’ve got nothing against grape; it’s just that I have eaten far too many grape flavoured sweets lately! I need to go on some sort of grape detox…
I think that this would be a great kit for kids as it’s something they can literally make, paint, and then eat. It’s very hands on, and requires some creative thinking. As an adult (although you wouldn’t think it!) I really enjoyed this kit too. I thought it was so much fun, and I would definitely buy it again. Who knows, maybe my creations will be slightly better the second time around…
Would you ever try this DIY kit? Have you tried it in the past? Were your creations as bad as mine?