The instructions clearly show Powder 1 being added to the water, but since I had already dumped the powder into the tray so I could take a picture, I added the water to the powder, which caused a silty layer of Powder 1 to remain stubbornly undissolved at the bottom, no matter how assiduously I stirred with the Magical Gummy Wand. For some reason, I thought tilting the tray a bit might help, but all it did was dump some of the water-powder mixture into Powder 2, creating a disturbing bright pink crater which immediately began to coagulate into a gelled mess. I covered it with more Powder 2 and tried to pretend like it didn't exist.
Anjali eventually gets the gummy pods to successfully propagate on her plastic wand, but it sounds like the candy takes some practice to master.
You can read fun Japanese candy reviews every Friday on Anjali's blog, Giant Jeans Parlor.
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