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‘Crystal candy’ traditional Japanese sweets look like magical wagashi jewels from a fairy tale

By grape Japan

Wagashi is a term that covers all different types of traditional Japanese sweets. Not only are these sweets known for their addictive tastes, but they are also exquisitely presented.

One type of traditional Japanese sweet which recently got attention for its appearance is kohakuto, which literally means ‘amber sugar’. It is made from Agar Agar (kanten in Japanese) and is chewy inside with a crunchy outside.


As this type of wagashi has been getting popular overseas, it has been referred to as "crystal candy" or "candy gems," due to the sweet’s similarity to precious jewels and stones.


If you’re interested in trying out these bewitchingly pretty snacks, a kohakuto specialist pop-up shop is selling extra gorgeous versions for a limited time only. The company is based in Chiba but they will be selling their wares on the 8th floor of Shinjuku Marui shopping mall in Tokyo, until Aug 31.


The shop is called "Magic Kohakuto" (Maho no Kohakuto), and their lineup has been made in various colors to create an enchanting effect.


There’s various flavors like mint and coffee, and the sweets can be bought in phials that make them look like ingredients for a potion.


If you can’t make it to Tokyo for the pop-up shop, you can also get a hold of these kohakuto from the ‘Magic Kohakuto’ online store.

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Looks more like Walter White starting producing Tutti Frutti flavour

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I was going to say, if this was the US kids wouldn't be eating those. Adults would be cooking them up and inhaling them. Thankfully we live in a strict conservative country unlike those west coast liberal hell holes with drug fuelled zombies lying prostrate on street corners.

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Wrong, on every level.

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In 7th grade, we used agar agar to experiment with growing all sorts of bacteria in the science lab.

Had lots of pretty colors too but we did not bottle them in viles used on the street and market them as Real Candy per say.

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Very pretty, but it’s still sugar, is an unnecessary calorie, makes you fat and rots your teeth. Other than that I am sure it’s fine ;)

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englisc aspyrgendAug. 13  10:47 pm JST

Very pretty, but it’s still sugar, is an unnecessary calorie, makes you fat 

Don't be a spoilsport. Life itself is bad for some people, moderation is the key to enjoyment.

This candy looks pretty colorful and tasty but you'd better chomp it down good, and make sure the edges don't cut your tongue.

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Looks so delicious

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