Written By – Erica Matsui
We can’t go without introducing the wonders of the key ingredient.
Kanten uses high quality agar discovered and traditionally used in Japan for about 400 years. Red seaweed produces kanten, meaning it is a type of gelatin or coagulant acceptable for vegans and vegetarians. It contains a zero calorie dietary fibre that supports regular bowel movement. It helps the body excrete waste and is a familiar diet agent in Japan.
Makiko Yasumura, the founder of Kanten Canada, is introducing traditional Japanese snacks to the Canadian market. Kanten Canada is actually the first and only company specializing in kanten products. Makiko moved to Canada from Japan in 2017, and ever since has been spreading the wonders of Japanese gelatin here in North America.
So, what is this candy?
Kohakuto is candy that uses the kanten with the multitude of benefits mentioned above. It is slightly harder than gelatin, creating more shapes and a gummy consistency to the candy. The versatility of the kohakuto come from the flavouring and colouring created by Kanten Canada. With the kanten being clear, it is given the title of crystal candy, however, with some additional colouring, it creates an aesthetic masterpiece. The kohakuto is given its colour in accordance to its flavouring, which is all found on the product description. These candies can have extensive uses as gifts, aesthetic accessories, and snacks.
Make sure to pop one in your mouth before they sell out!
*Information and photos from Makiko Yasumura and http://kanten.ca/*