As promised, here is another candy video back to back. Lin and Mei are joined by their new helper and candy expert, Marion, creating a design we picked from YouTube comments. The most popular suggested design in YouTube comments was a dog 🐕, so we decided on an Akita dog, which is a Japanese large mountain dog breed similar to the husky.
The Japanese Akita is typically orange in colour, unlike the American Akita which has mixed coats in different colours. This breed became popular online because of Faithful Hachikō. From Wikipedia:
“In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. Ueno would commute daily to work, and Hachikō would leave the house to greet him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued the daily routine until May 1925, when Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, while he was giving a lecture, and died without ever returning to the train station in which Hachikō would wait. Each day, for the next nine years, nine months and fifteen days, Hachikō awaited Ueno’s return, appearing precisely when the train was due at the station. Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. Initial reactions from the people, especially from those working at the station, were not necessarily friendly. However, after the first appearance of the article about him in Asahi Shimbun on October 4, 1932, people started to bring Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.” – Wikipedia
Candylabs uses an old-fashion, old world process of making candy. They use no machines (beyond a stove to boil sugars) and make the candy by hand. Their candy is made with simple ingredients and comes in a huge variety of flavours — we recently tried Pina Colada, for example. The flavour of this dog candy is tangerine, which is a mini-sized citric fruit like an orange. It takes us the entire day to film the process and Lin is very tired by the end of it as the huge piece of candy is very heavy.