I’ve been trying to replicate real life cooking recipes of various objects related to anime, such as anime characters, scenery, and food in the show. As my seventh attempt, I would like to try to replicate snacks appeared in the “Dagashi Kashi” anime whose premise is a rural candy store in Japan.
“Dagashi Kashi” is a funny comedy where Hotaru Shidare, an eccentric daughter of a famous snack company, who is very passionate about Dagashi (cheap sweets and snacks), tries to convince the protagonist,Kokonotsu Shikada, to succeed the store while he doesn’t want to. The show features many different snacks and sweets actually existing in real life Japan, introducing trivia of good old merchandise one after another.
As I watched this anime describing those snacks and sweets so attractively, I decided that I wanted to replicate them. In order to know those cheap snacks and sweets, I need to replicate them first… right?
■ Signature Dagashi! We replicated the very righteous Dagashi!
The Dagashi King of all the Dagashi, featured in the first episode. Every Japanese has at least tried it once in a life time, with various flavors and only costing 10 yen each. I am replicating the “corn potage flavor” today.
Checking the label on the back of the product, I need the following ingredients:
Canned creamed corn, sugar, milk, bread crumb, salt, corn starch, paprika powder, parsley, consomme soup.
Mix them all.
After mixing them all, spread it onto a cooking sheet, put a rolled up cooking sheet on top of the spread mix as its core, and then roll it up with the sheet to form a stick like figure.
Heat up oil in a pan, and deep-fry it. Watch it well while frying it, and slowly peel the cooking sheet around where it’s cooked.
Once it’s fried enough, remove the cooking sheet in the core, and re-fry it again for a bit and ta-dah!
It got a bit burnt on the outside, but it does look like the very thing more than I expected it to. It certainly has the corn flavor too. A splendid success!
■ Next, that Dagashi Hotaru fell in love with, the signal image of that boy!
“There is someone I’m in love with”, Hotaru-san blushed. Yes, that Dagashi which had that boy image drawn on the package.
Mix potato flakes, flour, corn starch, consomme soup, salt, sugar, and water, and then add some soy sauce and paprika powder too.
It looks like some mashed potato.
Spread it out on each pieces of cooking sheet and even out the surface.
Deep-fry them slowly starting at a low temperature.
These are the finished ones. It wasn’t easy to make them all even by hand, but the texture is light and crispy! The flavor was great with potato and consomme, and it tasted almost like the real product.
There are more Dagashi appeared in the show that you can replicate at home, like the one with Kinako (soybean flour), Ramune, and so on. I’m pretty sure even the Dagashi maniac Hotaru-san hasn’t tried making them at home. Now I feel like bragging about it to her on the screen.
Anime & cooking writer, cooking expert. Writes articles on “DaVinci News”, “Anime!Anime!”, and corporate magazines, and cooks.