Monthly Archives: February 2015

Kracie DIY Candy Kits – Doughnuts

Japanese newspaper

Japanese newspaper

Since trying out the DIY eraser kits, I really got fascinated with Japanese craft kits. They are so adorable and fun to make and as I mentioned, some kits are edible which makes things pretty interesting. I decided to explore the world of DIY candy kit Popin Cookin from Happy Kitchen by Kracie (I hope this is accurate cause it was hard to find the information for.) I’m not sure what’s in those kits so I’ll just pretend the food I’m about to make and taste is made of sunshine and puffy clouds sprinkled with rainbow coloured unicorn fart dust.

I ordered 3 kits; donuts, burgers and some sort of cake thing. I decided to start with the donuts. The little box the kits came in was also stuffed with Japanese newspaper and that got me really excited because it’s different and new to me.

DIY Donut kit

The back of the box

Inside package

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Back of the package

Inside the package

Separated

Scooped milk

Using the scoop, fill up the bottom of the container up to the mark with water. Most people use water to make those but I read that the cake type of candy kits are tastier when made with milk instead of water so I went for milk. Same measurements apply.

Vanilla dough

Add the vanilla dough pouch.

Ready to knead vanilla dough

Mix well until the sugar scraping sound has stopped.

Vanilla dough balls

Take the vanilla dough out of the container and knead it into balls.

Chocolate dough

Repeat the same steps with the chocolate dough.

Chocolate dough balls

Dough in cut out donut mold

Place the dough into the mold.

Strawberry and Vanilla icing

In the icing container, add one scoop of water or milk on each side (one side at a time) and pour a pouch of icing (vanilla or strawberry). Mix until icing powder and liquid is well blended.

Chocolate icing

Take the dough container and add one scoop of water or milk then pour the chocolate icing powder. Mix together and add the icing in the little plastic bag. Cut the ending.

Bear donut

Decorate your donuts with icing, sprinkles and little candy thingies.

Iced and sprinkled

Make weird faces while taste testing. Be somewhat impressed because you were expecting it to taste like shit.

TASTE TEST

The dough texture was that of a wet sponge and it tasted like a vanilla and chocolate chemical. The vanilla, strawberry and chocolate icing were awesome. They were all quite flavourful and the chocolate icing was more of a fudge which tasted delicious. The little brown and beige candies tasted like the dough but crunchy instead of spongy. The sprinkles tasted like the sprinkles you get at your local supermarket, nothing special. All mixed together, it wasn’t so bad, even surprisingly…good.

I give it a 6/10

Decorated donuts

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Peppermint & Cinnamon Breath Mints

“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

Peppermint and Cinnamon Breath Mints

So you snacked on some heart-shaped beef jerky, PB & J cookies and drank all the maple whiskey with your partner and now you have bad breath. You would like to be able to use your mouth for activities other than eating but feel like it’s not an option after what you just ate. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered on your date!

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and to finalize my V-day recipes, I made breath mints. My SO loves Altoids breath mints so I set out to make a similar product. I found the recipe at One Good Thing by Jillee and I loved how simple it was so I tried it! It’s fun to make and awesome to eat. Being V-day and all, I painted a heart with food colouring on a few mints.

Altoids breath mints are strong in flavour because of the oils used to add the flavour. Oils are high concentrating of the chosen herb or spice they are different than extracts because they don’t contain water or alcohol. I have cinnamon and peppermint oil but there is a wide variety of oils for different mint flavours.

Ingredients:

  • Gum paste (I’m using a ready to use gum paste)
  • Flavour oils such as peppermint oil or cinnamon oil – You do not want an extract that contains water or alcohol, the oils are a pure concentrate and stronger in taste
  • Icing sugar for dusting and on your working surface

Tools needed:

  • Straw or small cutter
  • Food colouring
  • Tin or jar to keep the mints in
  • Rolling pin
  1.  Take an egg sized amount out of the gum paste package and knead the paste on an icing sugar dusted surface until it becomes softer
  2. Add a few drops of oil until you get your desired taste – the more you add the stronger tasting the mint will be. I added 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  3. Knead paste with oil until well combined
  4. Add a few drops of food colouring until you get your desired colour – I added 2 drops of green in the peppermint and 2 drops of red in the cinnamon
  5. Knead paste with colouring until consistent in colour
  6. Roll out the paste with a rolling pin until the desired thickness is achieved
  7. Punch out holes in the rolled out paste with the straw (the paste dries out quickly so try to be quick)
  8. Let dry for 72 hours – the longer the better as they get crunchy like real mint with time

Peppermint and Cinnamon Breath Mints

The Special Mints

The Special Mints

 

Other Valentine’s Day Recipes:

Marble Cake and Maple Whiskey Chocolate Ganache

Hot & Spicy Beef Jerky

PB & J Thumbprint Cookies

 

 

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