Japanese Kohakutou Gummy Candy Recipe

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Kohakutou, which translates to “amber candy,” is a Japanese crystalized candy made from Agar Agar, and they are one of the most popular and desired dishes.

In this post, we will be sharing the recipe for these fantastic crystal candies.

What Is Kohakutou Gummy Candy? 

Kohakutou Gummy Candy

Kohakutou edible jelly crystals are candies in the form of gems. These are very tasty since they’re light, sweet, and have a variety of textures. They become crispy on the outside and mushy and gummy on the inside when dried. 

What makes them so fantastic? It is a mixture of three elements, and with unsweetened sparkling water, it has various flavor options. They’re gluten-free, vegan, and simple to prepare! There is no isomalt, which can be difficult to consume.

How To Make Kohakutou Gummy Candy

The kohakutou is rather simple to make. All you need to do is boil the water and oil after dissolving the agar-agar. Pouring flavored jelly into a plate and letting it harden before cutting or ripping it into crystal forms is how kokakutou is prepared. You can find the detailed recipe mentioned below:


2 1/2 teaspoon agar-agar 

3 cups water 1 3/4 cup 1/3 cup sugar (granulated)

1/3 a teaspoon of flavor (anything like cherry, orange, peach, and green apple)

Liquid food coloring

Step By Step Instructions

Soak the agar-agar powder in water for 4-5 minutes in a saucepan.

Bring the agar-agar mixture to a low simmer and cook for 3 minutes, or until the powder has dissolved completely. You need to avoid burning it, so make sure to stir regularly.

Cook for a further 2-3 minutes, or until the granulated sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture has thickened. Turn the heat off.

Cooking spray a few rectangle heatproof plates and uniformly put the sticky substance on them (1 dish Equals one flavor). Season each dish with your preferred seasoning and a few drops of liquid food coloring. You may make a pattern by swirling many colors together or by carefully mixing one hue.

Refrigerate for 1-3 hours or until the kohakutou is firm.

Remove the kohakutou from the plates once the candy has hardened and cut it into crystal forms using a sharp knife. Because the candy will be sticky, you may need to rinse the knife a few times while cooking.

Place the kohakutou on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and let it dry for 2-3 days. 

When a firm crust forms on the exterior, you know they’re done. 


Kohakutou Gummy Candy Making Tips 

Unless otherwise specified, weigh your components (including liquids) on a scale (Tablespoons, teaspoons, pinch, etc.). In the recipe card, you’ll find metric measurements. Scaled ingredients are more precise than cups and help guarantee that your dish is a success.

Click the little box labeled “metric” beneath the ingredients on the recipe card to get metric measurements (grams).

Practicing Mise en Place (everything in its proper place) is a good idea. To limit the risks of leaving something out by accident, measure all your components ahead of time and have them ready before you start mixing.

Try to stick to the ingredients listed in the recipe. If you must substitute something, keep in mind that the recipe may not turn out the same. Wherever feasible, I attempt to include a list of alternatives.

What to do with Kohakutou Gummy Candy

These edible crystals would be fantastic on a geode cake or as a flavor.

The candy will keep for approximately two weeks in an airtight container at room temperature before drying out and becoming too hard.

Decorate cake pops, among other things.

Give them as presents (birthday, anniversary, wedding gifts, etc.)

Nutrition Information

Serving: 5crystals | Calories: 53kcal (3%) | Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) | Protein: 1g (2%) | Fat: 1g (2%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (5%) | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 14g (16%) | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg (6%)


We hope that you found the above recipe useful and will now be able to make the famous Kohakutou gem candies for you and your kids!

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