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Mini marshmallow Japanese-inspired 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.

These "candies" were inspired by THESE, called "Kyoto Candy." 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. (If anyone has any more insight, please feel free to send it to me or correct me.) In the interim, check out the wealth of candies available at Asian Food Grocer. And find tons of pictures of Japanese candy on flickr HERE. My guess is this style of candy, clearly an artform, is made in cylinders and sliced, similar to sushi art. But that's just a guess.

*Find the fondant in the baking aisle of the craft store or make your own. 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.

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  • How to make a marshmallow. Japanese Marshmallow Candy - Step 1
    Step 1

    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.

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quinn <3
quinn <3 · 11 projects
these are cute!! too bad i hate marshmallows and fondant:| lol
The Mad Hattress
The Mad Hattress · 5 projects
OK, thanks! I can't wait!
Meaghan M.
Meaghan M. · 7 projects
Thanks! I have a big post on edible markers, including where to find them: http://www.thedecoratedcookieblog.com/2011/06/how-to-draw-on-food-ending-confusion.html
The Mad Hattress
The Mad Hattress · 5 projects
NO WAY!! Soo cute!! Now where do you find edible markers??
Detrimental Travesty
Detrimental Travesty · Sacramento, California, US · 10 projects
my fondant recipe is pretty good, easy, and very tasty
Panda-Goes-Rawr · 5 projects
@ Elle That's a great idea! I will make these for Christmas and put them in a Kawaii tin Happy
Elle V.
Elle V. · Sacramento, California, US
For candies like these you really should use something fruit flavored like Air Heads, Flavored Tootsie Rolls or even taffy.
I'm a Japanese candy aficionda. I've seriously tasted it all.
Louise Louisa
Louise Louisa · 3 projects
Why has no-one commented on this yet? They're so freaking adorable! They remind me of some erasers I used to have which looked like citrus fruits, although I'm sure these are infinitely more tasty...

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