How To Make Konpeito Candy At Home

How To Make Konpeito Candy At Home

Here we will show you exactly how to make konpeito, a delicious Japanese candy. These are perfect for parties or to satisfy your sweet tooth.

For this recipe, it will help if you have some type of prior confectionery-making experience. However, our step-by-step guide is so simple that anyone can give it a try! You don’t need any special equipment to make these konpeito candies at home, just a lot of patience.

These candies do take some time to make but if worth the wait. Once finished, you have beautifully colored and incredibly tasty candies that will leave your friends drooling!

Jump to Recipe

What Is Konpeito Candy?

Konpeito, or also commonly known as Japanese star candy, is a popular sugar candy that has a very unique shape and comes in a wide variety of colors and flavors. These candies are made by repeatedly covering a core with sugar syrup. This core was originally a poppy seed, but today manufacturers like to use rock sugar crystals or sesame seeds.

This is quite a lengthy process and can take up to two weeks! While the core is ladled with syrup, the candies slowly rotates inside a large heated tub called a “dora”. The end product is quite unique and forms tiny bubble-like shapes on the surface, giving the candies their star-shaped appearance.

Despite having Portuguese origins, these candies have become a symbol of Japanese culture. They have appeared on numerous anime’s including the Pokemon series and the popular film, Spirited Away.

What You Will Need To Make This Konpeito Candy Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon large sugar granules

We prefer using some type of large sugar granules like rock candy for this konpeito recipe, simply because they are much easier to control and makes the process much quicker compared to using a smaller core. If you are feeling up to the challenge, you can use small sugar granules, poppy seeds, or sesame seeds.

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Food flavoring of your choice
  • Food coloring of your choice

We recommend using either powdered food coloring or gel food coloring. Liquid food coloring will change the consistency of the syrup and will first need to be cooked out. The powdered coloring also has a more intense color and will give you beautifully bright candies.

konpeito flavors

Equipment

  • Medium pot
  • Small frying pan
  • Stainless steel teaspoon
  • Wooden spoon

Step by step instructions

Step 1: Make the sugar syrup

Combine the granulated white sugar and water in the medium pot over medium heat. As the syrup heats, stir the mixture with a stainless steel spoon until all of the sugar has dissolved. The stainless steel spoon is non-creative and will help prevent the formation of sugar crystals.

Once the sugar granules has dissolved, allow the mixture to simmer until it has reduced by half and you have a clear syrup. Remove it from the heat and set it aside.

Step 2: Prepare the cores

If you chose poppy seeds or sesame seeds, lightly toast them in the non-stick frying pan over very low heat. Do not toast or heat any sugar-based core as it will likely start to melt.

Step 3: Add the syrup to the core

Move the core to the side of the pan. Add about 1 teaspoon of syrup in the center of the pan, and gently roll the cores through it with the help of a wooden spoon. You can also spin the pan around if that is easier for you, but ensure that the entire core gets coated.

Keep spinning the cores into the syrup until all of the syrup is gone.

Step 4: Repeat step three

Keep adding syrup to the pan and spinning the cores until you have candies roughly between 5 to 10 mm in diameter. This entire process will take a lot of time so patience is key! You can end up spending 2 hours or the entire day depending on the speed you are going at, the amount you are making, and the size you want. So, grab a chair, pour yourself a nice drink, and put on your favorite show in the background to keep you entertained.

GreenPan Mini Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, Round Egg Pan, 5″, Gray

How to make different konpeito flavors

Traditionally, despite being coming in a wide variety of colors, the flavor was relatively the same and often simply sugar.

However, today there are hundreds of konpeito flavors, some of the most popular being strawberry, vanilla, peach, matcha, and mango. You can even create your very own flavor profile by combining flavors. We absolutely love strawberry mint, or mango, and orange.

We highly recommend using extracts (or natural flavorings) instead of food flavorings or essences. These extracts are much more concentrated in flavor and also often have a lot more flavor options available.

Add the flavoring with the coloring when combining the sugar and water in the pot. Make sure to stir it to ensure it has been evenly distributed.

Tips and tricks for this Konpeito recipe

Our pro tip for making this konpeito recipe focuses on the temperatures you use throughout the process. When making the syrup, only use a medium temperature. If you boil the syrup too vigorously over high temperatures, it can potentially cause your sugar syrup to crystallize. But, if you don’t use a high enough temperature, your syrup will take forever to reduce.

Then, when coating the cores in the syrup, make sure that your pan is always slightly heated. If you work with a cold pan, your syrup will become hard and won’t be able to make the thin and irregular coatings.

You should also always store your candy in an airtight container.

Servings and preparation time

Preparation Time Cooking Time Servings
10 minutes 2-4 hours 1 cup

Incredibly delicious Konpeito Candy

This is an incredibly tasty treat that is very easy to make despite taking some time. You can even use the different flavors of konpeito and colors at different occasions and to help emphasize your theme!

If you enjoyed this article or have any questions feel free to comment below. And, don’t forget to share this recipe with your family and friends to see what unique treats they come up with!

How To Make Konpeito Candy At Home
Pin Recipe
Share on Facebook
Print Recipe
No ratings yet

How To Make Konpeito Candy At Home

Here we will show you exactly how to make konpeito, a delicious Japanese candy. These are perfect for parties or to satisfy your sweet tooth. For this recipe, it will help if you have some type of prior confectionery-making experience. However, our step-by-step guide is so simple that anyone can give it a try! You don't need any special equipment to make these konpeito candies at home, just a lot of patience.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: how to make konpeito, konpeito candy recipe, konpeito flavors, konpeito recipe
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Cakedecorist

Equipment

  • Medium pot
  • Small frying pan
  • Stainless steel teaspoon

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon large sugar granules
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Food flavoring of your choice
  • Food coloring of your choice

Instructions

  • Make the sugar syrup.
    Combine the granulated white sugar and water in the medium pot over medium heat. As the syrup heats, stir the mixture with a stainless steel spoon until all of the sugar has dissolved. The stainless steel spoon is non-creative and will help prevent the formation of sugar crystals.
    Once the sugar granules has dissolved, allow the mixture to simmer until it has reduced by half and you have a clear syrup. Remove it from the heat and set it aside.
    1 cup white granulated sugar, 1 cup water, Food flavoring of your choice, Food coloring of your choice
  • Prepare the cores.
    We prefer using some type of large sugar granules like rock candy for this konpeito recipe, simply because they are much easier to control and makes the process much quicker compared to using a smaller core. If you are feeling up to the challenge, you can use small sugar granules, poppy seeds, or sesame seeds.
    If you chose poppy seeds or sesame seeds, lightly toast them in the non-stick frying pan over very low heat. Do not toast or heat any sugar-based core as it will likely start to melt.
    1 tablespoon large sugar granules
  • Add the syrup to the core.
    Move the core to the side of the pan. Add about 1 teaspoon of syrup in the center of the pan, and gently roll the cores through it with the help of a wooden spoon. You can also spin the pan around if that is easier for you, but ensure that the entire core gets coated.
    Keep spinning the cores into the syrup until all of the syrup is gone.
  • Repeat step three.
    Keep adding syrup to the pan and spinning the cores until you have candies roughly between 5 to 10 mm in diameter. This entire process will take a lot of time so patience is key! You can end up spending 2 hours or the entire day depending on the speed you are going at, the amount you are making, and the size you want. So, grab a chair, pour yourself a nice drink, and put on your favorite show in the background to keep you entertained.

Notes

Our pro tip for making this konpeito recipe focuses on the temperatures you use throughout the process. When making the syrup, only use a medium temperature. If you boil the syrup too vigorously over high temperatures, it can potentially cause your sugar syrup to crystallize. But, if you don't use a high enough temperature, your syrup will take forever to reduce.
Then, when coating the cores in the syrup, make sure that your pan is always slightly heated. If you work with a cold pan, your syrup will become hard and won't be able to make the thin and irregular coatings.
You should also always store your candy in an airtight container.
Want more recipes?Check out Our YouTube Channel!
Do you like this article? Share with your friends on Facebook.