N - Asia - Unique

Neru Neru Nerune "Ramune Soda"

Kracie

Taste: 3.5

Texture: 2

Novelty: 4

All scores out of 5

Do it yourself candy; it's a big trend in Japanese sweets right now. I both hate and love this idea. I love it because it can be fun to mix random bags of sweet strange things together to get a result you may or may not expect. But I hate them because I have to give these treats focus, and sometimes I’m kind of lazy. Sometimes I want a little adventure with my treat, and I have the time to focus. Sometimes I just want to pop something fun and tasty into my mouth with minimal effort.

With most of the DIY candies from Japan, you have to make something that looks like fake food. For example you may receive several powders that when combined make something that looks like sushi, hamburgers, or other popular Japanese foods. This one, after being constructed, doesn't really look like anything at all. I thought that maybe it was going for some kind of cotton candy look, but after making it there was no similarity in looks to cotton candy at all other than the bright blue colour. The strange little things that are supposed to adhere to the outside also baffled me. Judging by the package, I thought that they may have been marshmallows, but in fact they were little tiny crunchy sugar candies.

If you're feeling patient, and you want to have a little fun making your candy before you eat it, this is fine treat. I'm not really sure what it was supposed to look like, other than strange blue (with a bit of yellow) goop, covered in candies, but it tasted pretty yummy. It was fairly sweet with a slight sour aftertaste. The texture was pretty strange, as you would expect from blue goop, but it didn't bother me at all. It's a pretty fun and unique treat from a Western perspective, if you're feeling adventurous and don't want something that will really gross you out, then this could be the treat for you.