marshmallow “Japanese candy”
I have to admit I know very little about Japanese candy other than Japanese candy blows ours away. The packaging, the cuteness, the sculpting, the art, the volume… everything. If I could devote a month of study to Japanese candy, I believe I would. And given the difficulty I had researching the basics of Japanese candy, I wish I could. That candy inspired these marshmallow “Japanese candy” treats. So yeah, they aren’t actually like the hand-crafted hard candies of Japan, but they are mini marshmallows dressed up to look like Japanese candy. Hence, mini marshmallow Japanese candy.
If you like this idea, check out these kawaii marshmallows.
These “candies” were inspired by THESE “Kyote Candies”. Apparently the artsy candies are popular in Kyoto? The site claims this to be a form of the traditional candy, dagashi, but I could find little information to suggest this style belongs to the category. You can find more information on dagashi HERE. Guess I need to visit the Dagashi museum in Osaka. My guess is this style of candy, clearly an artform, is made in cylinders and sliced, similar to sushi art.
how to make marshmallow “Japanese candy”
you will need:*
*Find the fondant in the baking aisle of the craft store or make your own marshmallow fondant. For the edible markers, while I usually use Americolor Gourmet Writers, I recommend the fine-tip FooDoodlers for these. The tips are small enough for such mini drawings. But you can use whatever you have.
what to do: Tint fondant desired colors by kneading a few drops of food coloring into a handful of fondant. Knead very well. (If fondant gets sticky from overhandling, just let sit uncovered for about 15 minutes.) Roll fondant between two pieces of wax paper about 1/8 inch thick. Cut strips 1/2 inch wide and 1 3/4 inch long (the diameter and circumference of the mini marshmallow, respectively). It helps to have a dough scraper for easy cutting, but a knife works, too. Wrap the marshmallow with fondant using a couple drops of water to seal the edges of the fondant. Draw designs on the marshmallows with edible markers.