Kohakutou – gummy crystals

I had a couple of hours of experimenting in the last week with kohakutou candies. This would be a great activity to do with the kids if you are self-isolating!

Those of you following me on social media will have seen the results of my fun making kohakutou or Gummy Crystals. There was quite a bit of interest so I thought I’d link the recipe here for everyone.

After 3 hours in the fridge, ready to cut

Second colour variation

After cutting into crystal shapes, the candies need to air dry to form their crusty exterior.

Freshly cut, waiting to crust

Cut and ready to crust over

These candies have a crunchy outside and a gummy inside, delicious and beautiful.

After a day of drying, the crust is forming nicely

I used the recipe by Emmy Made and the results were fab!  The only change I made was to add some flavouring. I added 3 drops of orange oil and 2 of pomegranate oil (LorAnn Oils).

After 2 days with the addition of some gold lustre

They make great cake decorations and would be really cute on cupcakes. They also look great in a bowl on their own.

So realistic!

Let me know if you try them out, I’d love to see your results. Tag me on Instagram @scrumdiddlyumptious_blog

5 Comments on “Kohakutou – gummy crystals”

  1. Hello! I really want to try making these for my little cousin’s birthday party. I was wondering if the crystalization of the candy would be affected by humidity? I live in Puerto Rico (very hot weather) and I don’t have central air conditioner or a dehydrator. So I’m worried the heat and humidity might affect the crystalization process. Will that also end up making them become moldy? I can’t seem to find on any recipe page if this (weather) affects the candies or not. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • Hi Stephy, I’m not sure how they would go. I don’t think they would go mouldy. It would be worth a try, I’d love to hear how they go. If you have a standard fan, that may help to keep them drier.

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