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Fun and filled with pictures of cute gummies Gummy Fun by Hisako Ogita is a recipe book on making homemade gummy candy. Tools, basic ingredients and methods are explained in the first few pages as well as information on gummy candy sprinkled throughout. However, Gummy Fun also offers some challenges both perhaps expected and unexpected for cooks. Each recipe is laid out quite precisely employing a kitchen scale to measure ingredients. With this attention to detail and the author’s background it is strange that the she recommends the cook “test out various kinds” of gelatin “until you get the knack of working with them.” She is quite correct that different manufactures can yield different results with the same amount of gelatin. However, if a person knows the bloom strength of the gelatin used, employing a little math makes it very simple to correctly know how much is needed each time. There is also no final volume given for each recipe. The recipes I tried seemed to yield about 90ml each time. Which depending on the method employed to form the gummies isn’t a large amount. Though, as the book says homemade gummies should be consumed within 72 hours, unlike their store bought counterparts. So doubling a recipe or making a few different flavors might be preferable, especially if there are more than two people being served. Another difficulty may come in acquiring some ingredients. There are roughly 30 recipes in total plus variations as well as ideas for garnishing. With Gummy Fun originally being published in Japan, it is natural that there are several distinctively Japanese recipes in both flavor and ingredients. But, there is an entire chapter of recipes using sheet gelatin and agar as well as over half the chapter on tea and coffee flavored gummies. So you better have access to an Asian grocer or specialty cooking shop if you want to try such recipes. I quite liked the maccha flavored gummies, although my family’s favorite recipe so far is one using humble canned fruit. Frankly with a little practice you can experiment and be inspired a lot beyond this cookbook of chewy treats. In the end if you’re willing to extend a little effort to create homemade gummies you (and those lucky enough to taste them) will be well rewarded by trying Gummy Fun.