Neru Neru Nerune! Cute, colourful, fun and a little bit childish; it’s got everything a Japanese DIY candy kit needs. This one is a mysterious ‘Secret Soda’ flavour, with three super awesome flavours to make (by which they mean you make two then mix them into a third).
Here’s everything you need to make delicious whipped candy;
- Mixing tray with detachable water scoop
- Plastic spoons to mix and eat-one for each flavour
- Two red packets to make the first flavour
- Two yellow packets to make the second flavour
- Blue packet with sprinkles for decoration
This is definitely up there with the easier DIY candy kits from Kracie, nice and simple.
The instructions can be found on the back of the pack. They are in Japanese, but they are easy to work out from the pictures and the labeling on the packets. If you’re really not sure, search the candy kit on Youtube and someone will have done a video of it. That way you can double check that you’ve interpreted the pictures correctly before you start 🙂
Little corner piece snapped off, packets grouped together, we’re all ready to go!
First, fill your little triangle scoop with water and pour into one of the bowl sections…
(don’t knock it over like I did ¬_¬)
Add your first pack of powder, marked ‘1’…
Then the second, marked with a number 2.
Admire your pretty little sugar pile (was that step in the instructions? I did it anyway) then grab your plastic spoon and get stirring!
The colours were really cool, with blue, dark pink and a couple of shades of purple all combining to make the uniform pink the candy is supposed to be. Strange and magical!
After a good stir the powder completely transforms to a soft, pillowy foam. Be sure to scrape your spoon all around the bottom and sides of the bowl to get all the powder.
Repeat the previous steps with the second set of packets et voila, you’re pretty much done!
Just as a side note, I’m pretty sure the instructions call for adding one packet to the water, stirring until the powder dissolves, then adding the second packet and stirring again. I realised this after I dumped both packets in the water at once. It didn’t do it any harm though, it still worked 🙂
In case you’re wondering, the yellow one didn’t do the magical colour change swirling that the pink one did. It was rather boringly yellow all the way through.
As a finishing touch, snip open your blue packet and add sprinkles to taste!
The sprinkles are awesome, they’re more like little coloured chips of sugar cube than the sprinkles we would add to cakes or ice cream here in the UK. However, just like sugar cubes, they do melt…so add a few, eat some then add some more to preserve their crunchy texture. Don’t worry about them running out, there’s absolutely loads in the packet. We ended up not using them all.
Pretty cute, right? As candy kits go there’s not much making involved, but that’s okay. It’s still fun watching some inedible looking powders turn to candy before your eyes.
Neru Neru Nerune is super child friendly compared to most candy kits, since all you really have to do is stir. It’s even more magical for them to watch their efforts create colourful candy. And hey, it only takes a few minutes to do…so it’s not hard to find time to do it with them 🙂
So…what were the mystery flavours?
Well, we’re not totally sure! It’s remarkably hard to identify a flavour when all you have to go on is the colour. They were both quite fizzy too, especially the pink one, so with the fizz and the sweet crunchy sprinkles it was quite the guessing game.
In the end, we figured the pink one was peach and the yellow one was banana. Well, peach soda and banana soda to be exact. Whether we were right or not is another matter, but that’s what we tasted! As for the third flavour from mixing them? No idea. None at all. ‘Mystery flavour’ 😉
Better still, the flavours were really REALLY tasty! A DIY candy kit that actually tastes good is a real novelty. Any we’ve tried have tasted of artificial and cheap flavourings, the fun is more in actually making it than eating it. The fizzy, foamy, whipped candy this produces really is a delight to eat.
It’s also a novelty to spend more time eating the candy than making the candy, it took the three of us ages to polish this lot off. It may not look like a lot of candy but trust me, it feels like it. I think it kept expanding and refilling the tray every time we scooped some out!
I’ll definitely be buying the other Neru Neru Nerune flavours. I’m interested to see if the texture is less foamy in the non soda flavours, and if all the flavours are as good.
Overall, I’d give this DIY candy kit a 10/10 for being both fun and easy to do and, better yet, actually producing a really tasty candy to eat. They’re inexpensive when you compare the price to just how much candy you get out of it. Cheap, tasty and fun; I’ll definitely be stocking up on these as treats to make with my son 🙂