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Japanese Fruit Jelly: Everything You Need To Know

By Thuy Fang
March 01, 2022

There is one kind of dessert that you can enjoy at any time of day and in every season of the year. You will never feel overly full even after eating it. Plus, this sweet food is not only tasty, but it is also pretty good for your health. If you are thinking of Japanese fruit jelly, you have the right idea! 

Jelly is a favorite snack worldwide, but Japan seems to do it so well. Japanese people love fruit jelly, especially when made with Japan’s luxury fruits. Japanese fruit jelly has a variety of types, flavors, and recipes, so we’ll show you more about this smooth dessert in this article. Here we go! 

Diverse Types Of Japanese Fruit Jelly 

Fruit Kanten

Kanten is a popular traditional Japanese jelly which people enjoy most as a summer dessert. It’s made of Kanten powder that is also called Vegan Gelatin and is similar to Agar powder. Usually, the mixture of kanten and fruit juice is used to create Fruit Kanten. However, Japanese people also add fresh fruit meat to make their jelly look more colorful and taste fresher. 

If you’re the type that likes a jelly with a firm texture and a mild taste, we believe that fruit Kanten jelly will not disappoint.

Fruit Konjac Jelly

Japanese fruit jelly made using konjac sits on top of Yuzu juice in a cup as someone takes a picture of it in front of flowers.
This jiggly treat has found its way onto healthy summer drinks like this Yuzu juice in a shape similar to tapioca balls. Image via Shutterstock

Konjac Jelly is definitely the healthiest Japanese jelly according to Japanese people. Konjac Jelly is tenderly called “konnyaku” in Japanese. Do you know why konnyaku is considered a healthy Japanese snack? The reason is that, with the low calorie count and high fiber content, Konjac jelly may help to reduce your blood cholesterol and to lose weight. 

Also, you will find that Konjac jelly always tastes cool and savory with numerous fruit flavors. Moreover, in Japan, there is also a Konjac jelly drink which is currently in demand thanks to its convenience and yumminess.

Dossari Mixed Fruit Jelly

Dossari fruit jelly is an answer to the Japanese call for even more fruit in their jelly. Tarami is one of the most famous dessert brands in Japan for Dossari fruit jelly. People can enjoy both the smoothness of the jelly and the juiciness of real fruit pieces when trying this special jelly.

Kyoho Jelly

Kyoho grape jelly sits on a white plate with a golden spoon and a plate full of Kyoho grapes in the background.
Kyoho jelly has become pretty popular on social media, but there is also a more traditional version like this one. Image via Shutterstock

Provided that you usually follow TikTok or other social media platforms, you might be aware of the Kyoho jelly trend. Kyoho grape jelly has a small ball form and an interesting way to eat it. Even though this kind of jelly has a thick outer skin, usually, you can choose to eat the skin or remove it by using something sharp like a needle to reveal the jelly inside.  

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Peach (Momo)

Peach jelly is very popular in Japan because of its faint aroma, sweet taste, and juiciness, making it a popular choice for plenty of Japanese foods and drinks. Even better, both white peach and golden peach are popular options for flavors for this treat. Definitely a must-try! 

Tangerine (Mikan)

Tangerine is a well-known flavor in many types of Japanese sweets and desserts. It’s common to see this fruit in used as-is in fruit jelly. So why not give Japanese Dossari fruit jelly a try to experience the powerful flavor of this fruit?

Yuzu (Japanese Citrus)

If you are a fan of citrus fruits, don’t forget to try this unique Japanese flavor. Yuzu is a tangy  citrus fruit that is also a typical flavor of Japanese jelly. You will certainly find this gentle flavor in Japanese recipes for both traditional Kanten jelly and Konjac jelly.

A bowl of cubes of Japanese fruit jelly that are white and have pieces of Japanese tangerine inside of them.
This interesting kanten-type is made using Japanese mikan for a sweet, refreshing treat. Image via Shutterstock

Let’s Make Our Own Japanese Fruit Jelly

Making authentic Japanese fruit jelly is not actually too difficult. Remember to take notes as we show you a super easy fruit Kanten recipe perfect for warmer spring days or a hot summer:

Ingredients

  • 4g of Kanten powder (or Agar powder)
  • 100ml of water
  • 200ml of fruit juice (can be any fruit that you like)

How to cook

A fruity version of a traditional Japanese jelly called yokan with many different fruits that look like they are stuck in water.
Make enough of this treat and you eventually learn how to make a truly aesthetic version like this with your favorite fruits. Image via Shutterstock

To make your own cool and satisfying Kanten jelly with the help of a small saucepan, just follow these 4 simple steps:

  • Blend the kanten powder and water and bring the mixture to a boil on low heat until the powder dissolves. Make sure to stir the mixture well while cooking it. 
  • Pour the prepared fruit juice into the Kanten mixture and continue stirring.
  • Adjust the heat to around 180-190℉ (82~88℃) then stir constantly for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the cooked mixture into molds or small containers. Cool them down to room temperature then keep the containers in the fridge for 2-3 hours to get the tastiest effect. 

We hope that you’ve broadened your view of Japanese cooking and sweets with all of the different types and unique flavors of Japanese fruit jelly. Also, if you try following the above recipe, we believe that you can make a simple Japanese fruit jelly to treat yourself or your friends and family as the winter comes to an end.

Anyway, should you find any more unique Japanese fruit jelly types, please share your discovery and leave your comments down below!

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