Kohakutou (Edible Crystal Candy) Recipe

Kohakutou (Edible Crystal Candy) Recipe

Kohakutou are Japanese gummy candies that look just like colorful, edible crystals. They're fun for snacking or for decorating cakes and cupcakes.
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  • Serves: 30 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Prepare an 8-x 8-inch glass or metal square pan with smooth sides (or a few small pans to make different color crystals) by spraying lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Step 3

    Stir to combine the agar agar and water in a medium saucepan. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Place the agar agar mixture over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until it has completely dissolved and the mixture thickens, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    Add the sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until it has completely dissolved and the mixture is thick and syrupy, about 3 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Remove the pan from the heat. Add the candy flavoring, if using, and stir to combine. If making a single color of crystals, add the food coloring to the pan and stir. To make multiple colors, work quickly to divide the mixture between bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl, stirring to combine.
  7. Step 7

    Pour the mixture into the prepared pan(s). Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  8. Step 8

    Run a thin knife or offset spatula around the edges of the pan. Flip the pan over onto a parchment-lined baking sheet , then tap to dislodge the jelly. If the jelly is stubborn, cut it into chunks and remove those from the pan instead.
  9. Step 9

    Use a sharp paring knife to cut the jelly into crystal shapes, trimming as desired. The jelly will be firm but sticky. You can also tear the jelly to form jagged edges.
  10. Step 10

    Enjoy the crystals right away or let the crystals sit to form an outer crust (the inside will stay gummy). If enjoying later so that the crystals form this seal, spread the edible crystals onto the parchment-lined sheet and let sit at room temperature for 12 hours, then flip and let sit for 12 more hours or up to 3 days total before using and storing.