Time to Get Popin' Cookin'!
Popin’ Cookin’ is all about having fun while making your very own wild and colorful creations out of yummy Japanese candy! This popular Japanese DIY candy kit series from Kracie gives kids and the kids-at-heart the opportunity to form their very own miniature versions of popular dishes using sweets. All they need is a Popin’ Cookin’ kit, a dab of creativity, and lots of imagination!
Are you ready to learn more about the sweet and creative world of Popin’ Cookin'? Get ready because we’re about to head on a fun and edible adventure.
- Japanese name: ポッピンクッキン (Poppinkukkin)
- Type of candy: Educational sweets
- Number of kits in the line: More than 20
- Sister product: Nerunerunerune
- Fun fact: Popin' Cookin' kits are enhanced with calcium to help kids grow!
WHAT IS POPIN’ COOKIN’?
Imagine miniature sushi platters, burgers, ice cream trays, and all sorts of yummy goodies. Now imagine that they're made out of candy! That’s what Popin’ Cookin’ is all about. It’s a series of Japanese do-it-yourself candy kits that bring the most fantastical dishes to life in a fun-sized form, all bursting with delightful flavors and colors. From mini pizzas to sushi, burgers to cakes - if you can name it, Popin' Cookin' has it!
IS POPIN’ COOKIN’ EDIBLE?
Why, it absolutely is! You can eat the things you make out of all of the different Popin’ Cookin’ kits from Kracie. Not only are you crafting adorable miniature versions of your favorite foods, but you are also preparing yourself a tasty treat to enjoy once the crafting fun is done. Made with edible ingredients, they are as safe to consume as they are delightful to craft and eat. You can even share them with your friends if you want to.
WHO CREATED POPIN’ COOKIN’?
Popin' Cookin’ was made in 2005 by the Japanese company Kracie. Starting out as a Japanese cotton trading company in 1887, Kracie got into cosmetics in 1934 and then expanded to the food industry in 1964. That’s when the magic began to bubble!
A few years after exploring food, Kracie launched its very first Japanese DIY candy kit called Pukopon in 1979. Then after that, in 1983 the company came up with another popular Japanese DIY candy kit called Nerunerunerune. Now you know that Kracie really is an expert at DIY candy! They’ve been making it for years!
WHAT COUNTRY IS POPIN’ COOKIN’ FROM?
Well, if it isn’t clear enough, Popin’ Cookin’ kits come from Japan. This shouldn’t come as a surprise! Popin’ Cookin’ is cute, quirky, and extremely imaginative. Of course, it would come from the country responsible for all things anime and all things kawaii! We wouldn’t blame you for wondering though. Popin’ Cookin’ is loved everywhere around the world, not just in Japan.
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS INSIDE POPIN COOKIN’?
When you get a Popin' Cookin' DIY candy kit you don’t really have to worry about ingredients that much. They come with everything you need to craft your mini masterpieces. First are the powdered candy sachets in different colors and flavors that you need to form your sweet creations. Second, the kits have all the basic utensils that you need from molds and trays and spoons and droppers.
The best part about Popin’ Cookin’ kits from Kracie is that they’re made with quality ingredients. They’re primarily made with things like seaweed, calcium, corn syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, and gelatin. Add some natural and artificial food colorings and that’s about everything that makes up the edible parts of these unique and wildly creative Japanese candy kits.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE POPIN’ COOKIN’?
You don’t have to worry, Popin’ Cookin’ creations aren’t all that hard to make. They may seem a bit complicated, but if you follow the instructions, then you’re bound to make gorgeous and absolutely delicious candy treats that look like burgers, sushi, ice cream and what have you. Each Popin’ Cookin’ kit comes with its own set of instructions! If they seem too confusing you can also check out instructional videos online.
HOW MANY POPIN’ COOKIN’ CANDY KITS ARE THERE?
The fun never ends with Popin’ Cookin’! There are about 20 different kits in the brand. They range from tanoshii cake kits (the very first Popin’ Cookin kits to come out in 2005), tanoshii bento, tanoshii hamburger, tanoshii ramen, and more. You can learn all about them in our Complete List of Popin' Cookin' Kits.
In September 2023, Kracie decided to add a new kind of kit to the Popin’ Cookin’ brand called the Popin’ Cookin' Chocolatier! It lets kids make five different fancy chocolate treats out of candy. That includes chocolates like chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse, raw chocolate style, caramel cream chocolate, and heart chocolate!
POPIN’ COOKIN’ GOES INTERNATIONAL!
Popin’ Cookin’ is loved everywhere, even outside of Japan! Because of its popularity among children (and don’t forget the kids at heart), Kracie decided to make a US version of the Popin’ Cookin’ candy kits! Like the original Japanese DIY candy kits, these boxes are colorful, creative, and especially yummy. The biggest difference between the two is that the US version has its instructions and most parts of its box written in English.
MORE DIY FUN FROM KRACIE
The fun doesn’t stop at the Popin’ Cookin’ kit. That’s right! Kracie also has its own website where DIY candy fans can download content for free. Not only are there research sheets, but there are also downloadable paper craft kits, foldable cook hats, and even virtual background wallpapers that can help add to your Popin’ Cookin’ experience.
POPIN’ COOKIN’ ARRANGE CHALLENGE!
Did you know that there are some Popin’ Cookin’ fans that take their creativity to the next level? These inventive fans have created the Popin’ Cookin’ arrange! It’s a neat little challenge where they use Popin’ Cookin’ DIY candy kits and create their very own unique original version that’s different from the ones in the box. Some great examples are Popin’ Cookin’ osechi (New Year’s food) creations, omu rice, and natto gohan.
WHERE CAN I ORDER MY OWN POPIN’ COOKIN’?
While Popin’ Cookin’ might be a product of the creativity of Japan, you don’t really need to buy an airplane ticket just to snag your own Popin’ Cookin’ candy kit from Kracie. We have a huge selection in our Popin’ Cookin’ collection at Japan Candy Store! Just take your pick, make the order, and wait for the kit to arrive on your doorstep. Easy-peasy, light and breezy!
So there you have it! That’s everything you need to know about the colorful, delicious, and wildly imaginative world of Popin’ Cookin’ DIY candy kits. They're a whole lot of fun and their super yummy too!
Did you learn a lot about Popin' Cookin' today? Which Popin’ Cookin’ candy kit would you like to try with your friends? Don’t be shy, let us know in the comment section below! If you want to learn more aobut the different kits Popin' Cookin' has to offer, you can also check out our blog, the Complete List of Popin' Cookin' kits.