If you were rooting for the Candy Krusher to win on ABC's The Toy Box, then don't fret because even though the sweet-treat toy didn't win, Mattel is still making it under the new name Sweet Shaper. And that means fans of this cool toy will be able to crush and mold their own candy at home.
The name may be different but the premise of the toy is the same. You insert a piece of candy, place a mold on top, and push down on a lever. When you're done, that piece of candy has now been pushed into the mold to create edible sculptures.
The Sweet Shaper comes with seven molds: unicorn, skull and crossbones, butterfly, shooting star, robot, flower, and a two-mold whistle. (And yes, you can really blow into the whistle.) You also get a bag of Wholesome Organic Fruit Chews to get you started molding right out of the box.
The instructions are easy to follow. If your candy is not in a cylinder shape, then you'll need to mold it into one with your hands. The base of the Sweet Shaper has a cylinder mold to help you out.
Then insert the candy in the chamber on the top of the machine, place your chosen mold on top so that it is evenly inside the chamber, and screw on the mold chamber cap. Then, slowly push down on the handle and watch as the candy is forced up into the mold. Raise the handle, unscrew the cap, and remove the mold. A trimming tool is included for trimming off excess candy and helping you remove the candy from the mold, if needed. (Save that excess candy for future candy shapes.)
Display your finished candy shapes as decoration on cupcakes and cakes, or just eat it as is.
This is a really cool contraption that candy-loving kids and adults will have fun playing with. It's very easy to use, which was surprising to us because the version on The Toy Box seemed to require a lot of force to push down on the lever. Not so with this version. And the molds are translucent so kids can watch the candy getting pushed up and filling the mold, which is really cool. The most tedious part might be shaping the candy into a cylinder, if you're using candy that isn't in a cylinder shape, but we really like the inclusion of the cylinder mold on the base to make it easier for kids to get the size of the cylinder just right.
The included candy tastes good, but kids can, of course, use their own favorite soft candy chews (think Tootsie Rolls or Starburst) so that they are making shaped candy in their favorite flavors.
The finished candies look really nice and would be great for displaying on cakes and cupcakes, packaging up in nice gift bags to give to friends, or just eating right away. Our whistle didn't whistle as well as we hoped, but we didn't mind. We still ate it.
The Sweet Shaper is for ages 5 and up. Adult supervision may be required for the youngest kids, but it's really not a difficult toy to use, and we think kids who like candy and who watched The Toy Box will enjoy making their own cool candy shapes to eat themselves or give as sweet gifts to friends.
This is available exclusively at Toys "R" Us.
Make sure you wash all of the parts with soap and warm water before you begin. Nothing is dishwasher-safe.
Make sure you wash your hands with soap and warm water before you begin. You're handling food that you will be consuming, after all.
The Sweet Shaper comes with a Sweet Shaper machine, eight molds, a trimming tool, and a two-ounce bag of Wholesome Organic Fruit Chews. The fruit chews are manufactured on equipment used to process peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and soy.
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