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Splitting Gummy

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Delicious. Seriously, this candy is a lot of fun to eat and it’s got that yummy grape flavor that tastes the same no matter what Japanese candy you’re eating. Not to mention, they’re fun to play with.

美味しいです。本当に、このキャンディーは食べて楽しい。そして日本の普通のグレープ味です。楽しく遊べます。

There are similar candies to this one such as the Rips strawberry and apple licorice. The difference here is that these aren’t sour and they come individually packaged.

このキャンデイはRIPSのいちごとリンゴのリコリスに似てる。パッケージと味が違いますけど。

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The packaging itself is really nice with the purple stripes over clear plastic with white and pink accents. There’s also instructions for how to open the package the right way. The outside of the bag is appetizing enough, but I really think the individual wrappers complete this one.

このパッケージは良いと思います!紫ストライプスと、クリアのビニールと、ピンクと白も良いですね!パッケージを開けるための指示があります!パッケージは最高と思います!

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This candy is good for anyone who likes grape flavors. The texture of the candy is chewy, but not too hard, and the ridges make it fun to tear apart. I didn’t see any other flavors, but I imagine cherry would be nice.

グレープ味好きな人はこのキャンディーが好きになると思います。これは硬くないし、シコシコします。そして裂けるのが楽しいです!別の味見たことがありませんですが、チェリーもめっちゃ美味しいそう。

Candy Sushi

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Luckily this one isn’t fish flavored. Like many of the other candy projects, it’s grape! I think of all the boxes I’ve tried so far, this one is the most fun to put together. This might be because I’m a huge fan of popping boba as a frozen yogurt topping and was really excited to make the little fish eggs (ikura), but either way, it’s great!

I think I need to establish some sort of scale for different elements of candy I think are the most important. I’ll discuss that in a later post.

This particular kit was more fun for a lot of reasons. I’ll start by talking about the difficulty level. The actual making of the food parts took a bit of extra care, but the plastic parts, the tray and the sheet, really add to the experience and don’t require any difficult cutting or assembly (see burger review).

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The texture of this one… I’ll admit it was a little off-putting at first. The rice is really light and fluffy, but not in a rice way. It didn’t feel like food, but I guess that can be expected from something formed from powder and water. If you can get past that first initial texture shock, it’s actually really nice! The flavor is subtle, but noticeable and the ikura add a nice touch.

I guess my only complaint for this kit is that I wish they’d included two little gummy packets to make the seaweed wrapped type of sushi. Anyway, if you’ve got a little bit of time on your hands and appreciate the details, this kit will be fun for you!

Nerunerunerune

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I think this is the first instruction box candy sets I tried in Japan and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I watched someone try this on youtube before. The thing that had me most curious was the fluffy-looking texture of the candy on the package itself.

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You open up the packaging to find a plastic tray, little pink spoon, and three packets of powder. This is typical for these types of candies. The packaging comes with detailed instructions which are pretty easy to follow, making this a lot of fun to make!

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I’ll have to admit, I felt a little strange about the amount of powder I was going to be eating, but then I remember things like Fun Dip and it all seems okay.

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This candy got a lot more appetizing with the second powder packet as the color changed and the candy became really fluffy. It smelled really good too! Like grapes!

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The best part of it all, pouring the little crystals out and then wrapping the fluffy candy around the spoon to dip!

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I’ve seen these in two flavors, but I personally prefer the grape flavor over soda for every Japanese candy I’ve tried. If you’re into having a little fun before you eat your candy, this is the one for you!

Burger… Candy?

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Nope, nope! This is not really candy. It’s more like making an actual mini burger. Seriously, it even tastes like a burger.

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Instruction-wise, this one seemed more involved from the start. Six packets, spoon and knife, plastic cup, and a tray which needed to be cut into three pieces. As you can see, a microwave was even needed!

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I think this took a total of about 30 minutes to complete for my friends and I. As per the instructions, we started with the french fries. Those smelled like potatoes! It was kind of like the boxed mashed potato flakes, in a way.

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Next up was making the burger meat and the buns which, again smelled like meat and bread respectively, especially after we microwaved it!

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I think the most difficult part of this was cutting four patties out of that and trying to shape the cheese without making anything crumble.

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I was really excited by the bubbles in there! That came from a packet too, just that powder and some water. It tasted like cola!

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Honestly, this one is genuinely entertaining. It seriously tasted like a little burger, a crunchy little burger. The crunchiness might have been because we took some time taking pictures of it instead of eating it straight away, but still! The ketchup was good too. Just give this one a try for yourself!

Back to Blogging

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I know, I know, it’s been a while. A lot has been happening, and honestly I needed to take some time to focus on some personal things. Long story short, I ended up saving up for the trip I’d been dreaming of since I was at least 14. I went to Japan! I spent a week in Seoul, followed by almost two full months exploring different places in Japan. That being said, I am back in San Francisco figuring everything out and reflecting on my trip. Not to mention, I got to try A LOT of candy and snacks from both Korea and Japan and I’d love to share that here.

分かる、分かる、久しぶりです。最近色々なことが起こっていました。正直に、考えてみたいので時間が必要でした。お金をためて、14歳時のドリームバケーションを取りました!実は、日本に行きました!1週間ぐらい、ソールに行って、後は日本のいろいろな場所に行きました。本当に楽しかった!とにかく、今サンフランシスコにいます。たくさんの韓国と日本のキャンディーを食べてみました!!

Salted Caramel and Stickers

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I don’t know what it is, but lately I’ve been obsessed with salted caramel. Ice cream, frozen yogurt, as a topping, it’s all delicious! It’s even amazing in bubble tea.

最近私はなんとなく塩キャラメル大好きになりました。アイスクリーム、フローズンヨーグルト、トッピングって、全て美味しいと思いますよ!タピオカティに入っても大好きです。

Anyway, lately I’ve been working on a Facebook Messenger app sticker concept using my favorite Gori character. I definitely think making sticker sets is a great character study. I will probably make another with the Panda character. It would be amazing to actually see my stickers on the app!

とにかく、最近Facebook Messengerのアプリスタンプコンセプトを作りました。私の好きなゴリラのキャラクタを作りましたよ!スタンプを作るのことが良い練習と思います!パンダキャラクタのスタンプも作りたいですよ。私のスタンプが本当のアプリに見たいです!

Every Burger?

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Long time no blog, but check out this cute snack! Bourbon brand Every Burger!! These little burgers have a mild chocolate flavor and a crunchy biscuit shell. AND! They come in two flavors. I bought the original for a friend before, but I just found the black box!

久しぶりにブログ書きますが、この可愛いスナックを見てね!ブルボンのエブリバーガー!!その小さいバーガーはまろやかなチョコレート風味とサクサクビスケットがあります。そして!2つの風味があります。私は友達のためにオリジナルのエブリバーガーを買いましたけど、今ブラックボックスを拾いました!

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So what’s the difference?? I think I’ll start with the packaging. The original Every Burger is bright red and playful, with a face and cute little hands and feet. The red box just says “Every Burger” while the dark box however, says “Adult Every Burger Black Cocoa.” The “adult” burger has just “a little bit of bittersweet adult flavor.” The regular burger is milk chocolate with a chocolate biscuit, the adult burger is vanilla/white chocolate with a cocoa biscuit.

それでは、違いは何ですか?パッケージと始めましょう。オリジナルのエブリバーガーは鮮やかな赤い色です。バーガーは顔と可愛くて小さいな足と手があります。赤いボックスは「エブリバーガー」って言います。黒いボックスは「大人のエブリバーガーブラックココア」って言います。大人のバーガーは「ちょっぴり大人なほろにが」バーガーです!オリジナルのバーガーはミルクチョコレートがあて、チョコレートビスケットあります。大人のバーガーはバニラ風味のホワイトチョコレートの中があて、ココアビスケットがあります。

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To be honest, I don’t really like the taste of the regular Every Burger flavor. The “mild milk chocolate” inside is very good! I don’t like the biscuit though. The Adult Burger is perfect all around. The bittersweet cocoa biscuit is better than the crispy chocolate biscuit and the salty vanilla flavored white chocolate center is really yummy!

実は、オリジナルのエブリバーガーの風味があんまり好きじゃありません。「まろやかなミルクチョコレート」の中は本当に美味しいですけど、そのビスケットが好きじゃありません。大人のバーガーは完璧です!私はほろにがここあビスケットのほうがサクサクチョコレートビスケットより好きです。そして塩バニラ風味のホワイトチョコレートが超美味しいです!

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Honestly, the original Every Burgers are really cute! Look at them! If I was reviewing these solely on appearance, I would definitely vote for the original.

本当に、オリジナルのエブリバーガーはすごく可愛いですね!見てね!外見だけについて話していましたら、オリジナルが好きになりますよ!

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If you like crispy, cute, and chocolate-y snacks, you should definitely give these a try! Then let me know, which one is your favorite?

サクサクのビスケット、可愛いチョコレート味スナックが好きですか?このブルボンエブリバーガーを食べてください!好きなバーガー教えてください!!

Cafca?!

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A couple of days ago, I wrote about the Fujiya brand Milky candy, and because I loved it so much, I decided to try another one! This time, I tried Lotte brand cafca candies. It kind of has a milky coffee flavor. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed at first. Because this flavor is milk pudding, I expected some kind of caramel center. Instead, it is a really light and fluffy, soft candy. This makes sense because the marketing is all based on some this soft/fluffy idea.

最近、不二家ミルキーキャンディを書きました。そして、不二家ミルキー大好きですので、別のミルキー味スイーツ食べたかったですよ!今度、Lotteカフカ食べました。少しミルキーコーヒー味ですね。実は、ちょっと失望しました。この味はミルクプリンですので、キャラメルの中見たかったです。でも、このキャンデイはすごくフカフカします!

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When I turned the package around, I was surprised to see this little character on the back. At first, it looked like mashed potatoes or ice cream. It is kind of creepy, but that makes it cute! As it turns out, that character is the mascot, cafca-kun! There is a url to the lotte brand cafca website.

パックに小さいキャラクターを見て、びっくりしました!始めは、マッシュポテトそれともアイスクリームに見えました。少しいおかしいけど、これは彼を可愛いにしますね!実は、そのキャラクターはカフカのマスコット、カフカくんです!lotteのウェブサイトを見てください。Cafca-kun

I went to the website on the back, and in my opinion, the website is more fun than the candy!!

キャンディ以上にウェブサイトが好きですよ。

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This is a screenshot from the cafca website. Again, it is… a little creepy, but cute somehow! It is a lot of fun! There is a little bio about cafca-kun, where you learn that his dream is world peace and that he enjoys calmness and relaxing. That can be seen in the short movie!

そのイメージはカフカのウェブサイトのスクリーンショットです。もう一度、少しおかしいけど、可愛いそうですね!めっちゃ楽しい!カフカくんのプロファイーる見えます。彼の夢は世界平和、そして彼の趣味はのんびりです。映画に見ます
Cafca Wrapper

Here is what the cafca candy wrapper looks like. As you can see, it’s not the same as the packaging. I think the colors of this wrapper match the feeling of the candy itself. In the cafca video, you will hear the phrase “fuka fuka” (“foo-ka foo-ka”). That same sound can be heard when slowly pronouncing the candy name aloud. In Japanese, cafca is written as “カフカ” or “kafuka.” Try saying “ka-foo-ka” out loud. Did you hear it? This phrase, “fuka fuka,” is actually a Japanese onomatopoeia for something that is soft and fluffy. I think the harsh red of the packaging is bright and loud. This doesn’t match the soft and fluffy calmness of cafca-kun, nor the candy itself. Honestly, the colors of the wrapper are better for this. Overall, I had a lot of fun trying this candy and looking at the website. I would like to try the other flavor as well! If you like milky, coffee candies, this candy is for you!

これはカフカのラッパーです。パッケとラッパーは違っていますね?ラッパーの色はカフカくんののんびりスタイル気持ちありますね。(英語で”フカフカ”って意味が説明します)。とにかく、パッケの赤い色は派手すぎます。カフカくんとカフカキャンディはフカフカけど。このキャンディとウェブサイトは本当に楽しい!別の味も食べたいですよ!ミルキーコーヒーキャンディが好きですか?このキャンディ食べてね!

Milky Sweets

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Milky Sweets

I seriously love this candy! I saw it at the store the other day and I really wanted to try it. Maybe it was the pink packaging? Anyway, this candy is so good! It’s chewy, like caramel, with a delicious creamy center. Click the above image to go to the Fujiya Milky website!

このスイーツ本当に大好きですよ!先日店に見て、すごく食べたかったですよ。たぶんパッケージ好きになりましたか?とにかく、このキャンディはとても美味しい!キャラメルってシコシコして、美味しいクリーミーの中があります。不二家ミルキーのウェブサイトを見たかったら、そのイメージクリックしてください。

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The little girl on the package is so cute! She is the Fujiya brand mascot, Peko-chan! I think the rest of the design could be updated though. I think I’ll make that my next side project! I will try a little redesign for this package. Be on the lookout!

パッケに女の子はめっちゃ可愛いですね!彼女は不二家ブランドのマスコットで、ペコちゃんです!でもパッケのデザインは少しチェンジしたいですよ。次のプロジェクトはパッケのデザインチェンジですよ!後で見せますよ!

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If you like milky flavors, you should buy this candy!

ミルキー味が好きであれば、このスイーツ食べてね!

Super Candy

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I have had Super Lemon candy before, but recently my good friend told me about Super Soda! While I was at the store looking for it, I also came across the Umeboshi (dried plum) flavor. Needless to say, I bought all three!

スーパーレモンキャンディ食べたことありますが、最近私の友達からスーパーソーダを聞いた!店でスーパーソーダを探して、スーパー梅干の味も見ましたよ!言うまでもない、全てを買いました!

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 I’ll start off with Super Lemon. This is by far one of my favorite candies. The packaging is so cool! When I saw this package, I really wanted it. The lemon taste reminds me of lemon juice! The first time I tried it, I was so surprised! It is actually sour. Honestly, I love the illustration style of these candies. On the back of each pack, there is a cool comic which pays homage to the Roy Lichtenstein style.

スーパーレモンと始まります。これは私の好きなキャンディですよ。パッケージングはとてもすごいです!このパッケを見て、本当に食べたかったですよ。レモン味はレモンジュースのような味と思います。始めの食べました時、本当にびっくりでした。本当にすっぱいです!実は、このキャンディのイラストレーションが大好き!パックに、コミックがあります。ロイリキテンシュタインのスタイルのコミックが良いね。

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So, I gave Super Soda a try. It is great! The sourness of it reminded me first of the typical blue raspberry candy. However, as the outside powder dissolves, the taste reminds me of soda. Suddenly, two little holes open up and out comes this popping powder! It really is like, “Oh! Soda!” The lemon flavor does not have popping powder.

では、スーパーソーダを食べました。良いです!この味はブルーラスベリーのような味と思いました。でも、ソーダテイストパウダーの後、ソーダ味始まりました!突然に、しゅわしゅわパウダーは来ます!本当に “Oh! Soda!”気持ちありますね。レモン味はしゅわしゅわパウダーがありません。

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The dried plum flavor is also good. It is a little… salty? It is similar to Super Lemon because it also does not have any popping powder. It is kind of sour as well!

梅干味も良いです。これは少し・・・塩辛いです。この味もしゅわしゅわパウダーがいません。そして、梅干味も少しすっぱい!

If you have not had this candy before, you should buy it, if not for the taste, for the cute packaging!

このキャンディ食べたことなかったら、すぐに買ってね!味が好きじゃなかったら、パッケージングは超可愛いですね!