How to Make Agar Candy

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How to Make Agar Candy
Make vegetarian jelly candy with agar. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Agar is a flavourless product derived from seaweed that can be mixed with warm water and other ingredients to make a firm gel. Often used to make gel cultures for scientific research, agar is an organic, edible product that works well in recipes. Vegetarians and vegans can use agar as an animal-free part-for-part substitute for gelatin when making soft jelly candies. You can find inexpensive agar at Asian grocery stores.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 312gr. packet agar
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 340gr. sugar
  • 1 tsp desired flavouring
  • 1/2 tsp desired food colouring
  • Candy moulds or square pan
  • Baking tray
  • Waxed paper

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  1. 1

    Grind the agar in a coffee grinder if it isn't already flaked.

  2. 2

    Pour 3 1/2 cups of water into a pan and add the agar. Boil the mixture in a covered pan until the agar is fully dissolved.

  3. 3

    Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.

  4. 4

    Remove the pan from the head and stir in the flavouring and colouring.

  5. 5

    Pour the mixture into candy moulds or a square pan.

  6. 6

    Remove the candy from the moulds, or use cookie cutters or a knife to cut the candy into pieces once the agar is set. Place the candies on a baking tray lined with waxed paper.

  7. 7

    Flip the candies every few hours so they will dry evenly on all sides. They are ready to eat when the outer surface develops a firm crust.

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