Kohakutou (or crystal candy or sea glass candy)

My kiddos and I made agar agar based candy this weekend to decorate cupcakes for my mom on Mother’s Day.

I followed a recipe for the gummy-like sweets but cut it in half since I didn’t need a ton (and I’m glad I did, because it was really delicious and way too easy to eat).

I bought my agar online but you can find it at health stores or Asian markets. It was my first time to use it, but I think I’m already a convert to it from gelatin. It sets harder (which I prefer), is vegan (I’m not, but sometimes I think the flavor of gelatin is off-putting), is totally clear when it sets, and can be boiled without messing up the gel.

We used this recipe, just halved. (I added a splash of orange extract and it was really good. I didn’t have any citric acid, so it was very sweet. Next time I’ll try adding it to see if I like the sweet/sour.) https://sugargeekshow.com/recipe/kohakutou-crystal-gummy-candy/

You can leave it out for a few days to get its signature crunchy outside, but I can’t leave food sitting out on my counter without worrying about bugs or my cats. So, I put it in my dehydrator at the lowest heat setting possible overnight. It worked great! After it dries a bit it turns opaque and gets the lightest, kinda tender, sugary, crunchy coating with a very soft gummy center that’s snappy? I guess? It’s not rubbery but not like jello—I’m not sure how to describe it. It bites cleanly and doesn’t dissolve. It’s a nice texture! Aesthetically-I preferred the pieces that I tore to the ones I cut into crystal shapes. I really liked the ragged edges.

My boys and I added some edible gold paint to make it fancy and used it to top some cupcakes. Pretty! (Sorry for the bad lighting—they’re opaque but still very cool in tone.)

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They look gorgeous!
I’ve always preferred agar over gelatin and I might have to try this :slight_smile:

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I love this. They look amazing - thanks for all the tips. I love gummy stuff like this so I definitely want to try it.

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They are so beautiful!

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Gorgeous!

Agar is a great option for those who avoid beef products, but is also very nice without that consideration. I like to make coconut jelly and mold it in fun shapes. Agar stays firm at much higher temperatures than gelatin, so it’s great for parties. Brain mold, anyone?

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This is jus the coolest thing ever!

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Super fancy!

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These look great and sound really tasty! What a fun addition to the cupcakes!

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Beautiful!

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Very pretty!

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Gorgeous! Those colors came out really beautifully, and I agree - agar is much nicer to work with than gelatin.

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Those cupcakes look so ethereal.

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These are such a pretty and cool edible decoration!

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Wow! These are really stunning! Never in a million years would I have thought of this, so I’m sure glad that you did! (And that you shared!)

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Ooh, nice! I’ve had that recipe pinned for months after a friend sent us a couple “edible rocks” and my kid wanted to make more, but still haven’t gotten the agar yet… Yours came out very elegant!

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These are soo cool! I can’t believe that they’re edible! The addition of the gold paint really makes them extra special.

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Beautiful! It’s hard to believe it’s edible!

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