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Popin' Cookin' - step by step

On a whim, I purchased a box of Japanese do-it-yourself confectionery treats called Popin' Cookin' for Beemer and myself to enjoy for an evening's entertainment and dessert.

Mind-numbingly pink and smeared with cute graphics, the box promises such a fun time in it's title, "Tanoshii Ke~ki ya san!" or "Fun assorted cake dining"! (I think.) Anyway, we were dedicated to having a fun little time assembling the treats and, thanks to what's left of my Japanese, I was able to guide us through the instructions on the back.

The contents were wrapped in a shiny pink and white wrapper with yet more instructions and some cutout doilies on which we were to place our perfect creations. Beemer, unable to read any of the instructions, agreed to snip out the images.

The components consisted of wafers, vanilla and strawberry powder, a miniscule bag of sprinkles, a mixing... shovel, pastry bag, and a handy holding tray.

Okay, now on to the good stuff! (I hoped.) First, snip off the small cup from the corner of the tray. Then, empty the vanilla and strawberry powder into the tray, pour in one small cup of water into each side, and mix using the little shovel... thing.

Once the notably thick frosting is mixed, shovel(?) it into the respective sides of the pastry bag, twist the top, and snip off the bottom. (Yes, I'll admit that I spent entirely too long trying to cram the goo into the bag without them mixing.)

Now you can get to be all artsy and fill up the cones and whatnot with the goo. Instructions suggest going back and forth in a wavy manner, but I'll spare you the horrible pic of the bowl filled with what looked like teeth and gums. It was... not kawaii. At all. *

Anyway, there were sprinkles to be added to the mini cakes and, if you've noticed the scale of things, is impossible to do with Gigantic Fatty Hands of an American. Maybe if we had the delicate hands of a small Japanese girl, this could effortlessly be done in mere moments. We, however, required the use of tweezers to place them in reasonably pretty places. (By, 'we', I mean Beemer because I am far, far too twitchy to do this.)

After what seemed like an eternity of hand cramps and bated breath, our confectionery creations were crafted! Behold, our cakes, cones, and sundae, all presented on so much shiny plastic doilies! Even better, the box TRANSFORMS into a staging/presentation table for your works!

They look so cute, don't they? So adorably tasty!

They weren't.

See, the frosting was less Strawberry and Vanilla Frosting and more Bubble Gum Paste With Strawberry and Vanilla "Flavoring". Sure, the toppings added some to the unimpressive goo, but it was definitely not to our palate. Then again, maybe the wafers weren't all that flavorful and the cones would be better. Maybe.


We take a moment to discuss our fates. There were still the two largest pastries to finish off; determined though we were to not waste any of our efforts, this was in fact becoming harder and harder to swallow. I offered some milk to wash down the ostensible edibles, as the creamy drink might offset the taste. Given that we were as prepared as we could be, we took the final step.

Mmmm... crunchy. That's about all I could say on it.

Ultimately, we agreed that it was quite fun to create the snacks, these treats are better left to be eaten by children or adults with a die-hard sweet tooth. Would I recommend it as a great parent-child activity? Without question, assuming they can decipher the Japanese instructions. On the other hand, it does create a bit of waste for such tiny munchies, but that's an otherwise small drawback.



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Mar. 24th, 2015 04:11 am (UTC)
My experience with the Japanese food products i buy, other than miso, generate an enormous amount of packaging waste. Though candies increasingly come in edible wrappers, i'll give them that.
Mar. 24th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I must agree with you. I think this might be offset by the rather thorough disposal and recycling methods Japan has (a bin each for burnables, metals, papers, and...something else. I forget.) Maybe they expect the waste to be discretely disposed of into groups that are easier to deal with (supposedly, given that we still can't effectively deal with plastics), and the lack of these categories here in the States makes it all seem like so much rubbish.
Mar. 25th, 2015 04:38 am (UTC)
this was awesome.
Mar. 26th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We're glad you found it entertaining.
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