No, not "candy coating", but maybe just as fun. The makers of Pocky, Glico, have made a game app called Glicode that let's kids start coding by arranging the real-life cookies into various patterns and snapping a picture of the arrangement to translate it into in-game commands. The game itself is brightly colored and cute, and the cookies are ready to eat once they've been used - what more could a kid want?
Currently, this app is only available for Android. Here's hoping that changes soon.
See the official video here:
This app is just one of many in the ever-evolving search for entertaining ways to educate kids in the STEM and EdTech areas of focus. What are some of YOUR favorite games or techniques for teaching coding to kids?