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7-Eleven Is Selling Realistic DIY Sushi Candy And We Tried It Out

Japan is known for its cool and unusual snacks because their use of aesthetic and flavors always grab attention. Years ago I came across a YouTube video of someone making sushi candy out of powder and water. There was no explanation, just the quiet sounds of a little plastic spatula mixing the powder together.

Now, years later on an every day trip to 7-Eleven, I came across the same cute box with illustrations of delicious sushi gracing the cover. It made me stop in my tracks. How did this 7-Eleven even consider ordering this? It doesn’t even matter, my time had finally come to give this tiny food kit a try.

The Box

This adorable little box depicted what I guess should come of this project. The instructions on the back seemed simple enough. The arrows show where to begin and where to take it. The Japanese was cryptic to me, but luckily the box directs you to Popin’ Cookin’s website where you can find instructions in English.

The Tools

When you open the little package you get an assortment of packets, a tiny plunger and spatula, and a small black rectangle of “nori.” Each of the little packets will make either rice, tuna, egg, salmon roe, or soy sauce. The little plunger is to put the perfect amount of water for each section of this bento box. The packaging itself serves as a guide for how big to make your rice ball and how long to stretch out the seaweed.

The Rice

There’s one thing strange about this kit: The box says “sugar powder cake mix,” with its online description stating it as grape flavored, though all I can smell is bubblegum. The “rice” looks and has the exact texture and stickiness of sushi rice which is a little eerie. I don’t know what to expect of the taste.

The Egg & Tuna

Next comes the egg and tuna mixes. Each of their sections have little details of swirls and lines so that the gelatinous mixtures will have the markings of egg and tuna. Since the box says to wait 3 minutes for it to form, let’s move on to what else we can get into in this box.

The Salmon Roe

Now, for what I was really fascinated by: The salmon roe. This requires a watery mix for the orange-hued liquid to be dropped into in order to form the tiny balls of “roe.”

As a side note, handling the plastic spatula was an experience within itself. When mixing the powder, the spatula makes light scratching noises against the plastic. Because the compartments are so small, you are forced to make gentle movements to avoid overflowing any of the mixtures into the wrong cell; I was put into a meditative state because of the necessary focus. The motions and sounds of mixing were entrancing and it recalled a similarity to the ASMR videos I love.

Despite my intention to be as cautious as possible I am just not coordinated enough for that kind of precision. Some of the rice powder from earlier had sprinkled into various chambers and my “roe” suffered because of it. They were less like eggs and more disfigured into comma-like shapes. It was fun to see the small eggs form as if it was a science experiment. As soon as the orange fluid comes into contact with the blue water, it rushes to arrange together without getting stuck to the others.

The Soy Sauce

I understand that soy sauce is an important part of sushi, but the visual of it in this situation made me a little uncomfortable. The brown color represented soy sauce exactly and that’s not exactly appetizing for candy, even if it doesn’t taste like it.

Stretching the seaweed was no easy feat. I wanted it to be as smooth and perfectly straight as it looked on the box. It had the texture of thick gum and the more I pressed into it, it brought out thin white lines instead of a solid and shiny black color. On the other hand, the measuring space for the rice was satisfying to use. I measured my little rice balls happily and honestly, if I didn’t have it I would have probably made them all too big.

Assembly Time!

The instructions say to split the egg and tuna in halves to make your sushi. As a tuna lover I have to say it looked so real, the color is perfect as well as the consistency. The egg was a nice color but egg isn’t usually as slimy! The seaweed wrapped around the rice well enough but I couldn’t figure out how to seal it closed without squishing all of it.

My Masterpiece

Here is my masterpiece! Okay, some angles are better than others.

Now as for the taste?

When I popped the tuna into my mouth it was the strangest sensation. The texture of the sushi was on point. It was exactly what you would expect from it, but the taste was so sweet. It wasn’t grape or cake or bubblegum, it was just sugar. The texture of the fish was perfect, and the egg a little slimy. The salmon roe had a skin that popped and released the juice into your mouth just like popping boba. It was fun, but I couldn’t bring myself to eat more than one to be honest.

The Verdict

It was a fun little project. It satisfied my tiny food obsession and I got the ASMR tingles from the mixing and squishiness of the rice. The taste, however, was awful and I probably would not recommend that you eat this. If the sushi firmly held its shape it would not have been so bad. The texture of the sushi was almost too realistic and the melt in your mouth experience I love from quality fish was not what I needed from this sugary clump.

I saw several other kits at 7-Eleven that make noodles, rice cakes, and donuts. Those are a little scary after the flavor I got from this, but honestly I’m still going to try it.

To my knowledge, this can be found only at the 7-Eleven in San Gabriel, CA on Las Tunas drive for $7.99.

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Art

The Detail On This Artist’s Artwork On Tiny Foods Is Amazing

If you struggle to stay within the lines of a regular-sized coloring book, you’ll definitely find amazement in an artist who creates tiny drawings on tiny surfaces.

Hasan Kale is a Turkish artist who specializes in something called micro art. Putting together full-fledged paintings on objects such as grains of rice, matches, and even strands of noodles have become his beautiful niche.

It’s almost like there’s no object too small that Kale wants to conquer, and it looks like food seems to be his favorite canvas. Everyday miniscule foods such as M&Ms and pumpkin seeds flood Kale’s Instagram feed, as you can only be in awe when seeing his art come to fruition.

Check out some of his best micro food art below and peep the rest of his artwork on Instagram:

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Pistachios in Motion

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Seagulls On Farfalle Tonde

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Waves Crashing On A Banana Slice

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Hot Air Balloons On M&Ms

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Grape Seed Mosaic

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Shallot Peel Detail

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Milka Chococlate By the Sea

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Grain of Rice Under the Microscope

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Blue Skies In A Cherry Pit

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Watch Him Work On A Chestnut

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City Stained Coffee Mug

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Shark Inside Of An Egg

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Breadstick Panda

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Lighthouse On A Grain of Rice

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Bird Eating Through A Breadstick

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Sailing Through Orange Pulp

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Dark Architecture Inside In Almond

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h/t bored panda

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Hit-Or-Miss

OMG – Can We Haz? Tiny Eggs Benedict & Other Itty Bitty Comfort Food

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We’re upset for two reasons. 1) That we didn’t think of making itty bitty nomz first and 2) That we’re not friends with the tiny people who are obviously making these fantastic delights. Gosh, there’s just something about the cuteness that made even the guys here at Foodbeast go, “Awww, that’s so cute!” 

The minuscule meals come from the writers over at SpoonForkBacon and the recipes can be hunted down in their book Tiny Food Party! 

More mini bites below:

Tiny Banh Mi

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Tiny Bloody Marys

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Tiny Tacos

Tiny Tacos

Tiny Food Party!, available for $18.95 on Amazon.

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Hit-Or-Miss

This is the World’s Cutest, Tiniest Spiral Sliced Ham

Portion control is never an issue with our amazingly talented friend Jessica Hlavac . The same incredible tiny food creator who mesmerized the online community with the  World’s Tiniest Rainbow Wedding Cake is at it again, this time with a quarter-sized spiral sliced ham.

‘Ooohing’ and ‘aaaahing’ at Jessica’s work has become customary, an obvious reaction to the incredible amounts of detail she gives to her work, everything down to the shimmery glaze of the meat, the burn marks on the incredible tiny pineapple slices, and the shavings of the ham that are falling away from the core.

Oh how I wish I was an Elf, so I could look down at this tiny ham and still consider myself a giant.

*turns into Elf*

Shit. Not as cool as I had imagined.

Oh well, enjoy:

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Hit-Or-Miss

World’s Smallest Shish Kabobs

When it comes to food artwork, one of the finest artists in the game is Jessica Hlavac. Known best for her extremely miniature renditions of popular food stuffs, each creation she pumps out seems to drop our jaw a few more inches further than our last awe-struck moment. If you’re not familiar with her miniature food let me catch you up: World’s Tiniest PeepsWorld’s Tiniest PizzaWorld’s Tiniest Pancakes.

What’s she got up her sleeve this time around? Some Tiny Shish Kabobs. Arguably, the world’s tiniest, as they fit rather snug on the face of a quarter. The attention to detail is immaculate, everything from the juiciness of the vegetables to the texture and opacity of the onions are visible in these mini masterpieces.

Clay, pastels and a whole lot of artistry:

P.S.: Jessica has a 2011 Tiny Food calendar for sale, $25. An extremely dope gift for any fan of art or food.

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Sweets

The World’s Tiniest Marshmallow Peeps

In our friend’s continuous efforts to be the next Willy Wonka, Jessica Hlavac,  the tiny food queen, has put together arguably the world’s smallest marshmallow peep recreation. Excited? With Easter celebrations just around the corner, it’s fair to assume we’re going to see a good amount of these marshmallow concoctions running into the next few weeks. Peep talk aside, Jessica’s tiny food creation talent has resulted in marshmallow peeps so tiny that three of them sit across the face of a quarter of a dollar.

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Hit-Or-Miss

World’s Tiniest Pizza

After years of celebrating the biggest and nastiest foods in the game, it’s always refreshing to show off something on the other end of the spectrum. In the case of wonderful food artist Jessica Hlavac, she’s created this incredibly miniature pizza. So miniature, that a slice of fits comfortably on a quarter. A truly remarkable creation from a truly remarkable artist.