My youngest ( this was for his 3rd b-day) loves popcorn and when I got the latest edition of ACD I saw these and had to give them a try. Let's just say that I am very content sticking with my piping skills on my cakes. I'll leave the 3D carving to the pros!! I decided to use real popcorn instead of marshmallows or gumpaste as the instructions call for. I knew he would be disappointed if it wasn't real. He loved it with the buttercream icing on it.