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Candy Is the New Chemistry Set

Posted by Sunday on Jan 2, 2011 at 8:06 am

There’s no introduction to this other than to say: who doesn’t want to make homemade candy sushi, even if it tastes like a stick of bubblegum puked grape Kool-Aid all over?  No one I want to be friends with.

My niece was given this sushi candy kit around Christmas and was kind enough to want to share it with me.  And I’m grateful, because this was one of the weirdest experiences of my life.

First and foremost: it should be noted that there is no English on the box whatsoever, and that didn’t even slow us down.  No one can ever say the Japanese can’t communicate well.

The whole instruction list looks terrifying, but it took us maybe 10 seconds to figure it all out.  Words!  No longer needed!  All those SATs you took as a teenager?  Worthless.

Basically, the entire kit is merely a mixing-bowl/form/measuring tool and a pile of chemical packets.  NUTRITIOUS.

First we mixed the “rice” which was the grossest thing in the whole kit.  A big packet of white powder, when mixed with water became a curdy, springy, oddly dry gelatin that smelled so strongly of artificial grape that I had olfactory hallucinations of it for hours afterward.

It gets formed into four pieces of “rice”.  Again: the texture was like nothing else I’ve ever encountered.  The whole kit was worth it just to feel this stuff.

Let’s cut to the money shot: you make these fish eggs from scratch.  Molecular gastronomy!  For reals! And it worked like a charm.  My niece was utterly and completely beguiled, as were three adults standing around with their mouths hanging open.

The other sushi was more straight-forward: quick jelling compounds formed “tuna” and “tamago” (egg).  The last piece was a pile of chopped “tuna” and “tomago,” which was then topped with sprinkles that tasted like a Double Bubble factory exploded.  Also, they fizzed.

And how did they taste?  Let’s just say your niece will be the only person who can actually swallow it.  The textures and the single-note of grape will quickly turn to a plug in your throat.

They make a variety of kits, including Spaghetti and Pizza, and a variety of Cake Shop options (the link is just one of three I found online).  I’m sure there are even more kits, but you’ll have to explore the interwebs yourself.

Also: they are marketed as “intellectual candy” which I love – candy is bad for you and this stuff is sort of uniquely gross, but at the same time, it’s kind of true.  A tiny bit.  A smidge.  It’s not really educational, but it’s better than just eating some candy, so there’s that.   There’s real science and chemistry here, and it takes patience and attention to make it.  My niece is pretty good at concentrating and doing crafts, and she had a blast.  I am less good at concentrating and also had a blast.

January 2nd, 2011 | Food Rant

7 Responses to Candy Is the New Chemistry Set

  1. Melody says:

    Spherification.
    COOLEST. THING. EVER.

  2. liz says:

    you only get four pieces of candy out of it? but holy moly that sushi looks real!

  3. Clint says:

    That is really cool. Did the eggs form in a different bowl or something?

  4. Su-Lin says:

    Oh my goodness, I want to have a play. But I too do not really want to eat it!

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