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Dried Agar-agar (Jelly) Candy

Thursday, February 11, 2010


The sky’s so blue…. Rare.
Not a cloud in sight, the whole afternoon.

It’s so so sunny these days.. that I could wash do 4 rounds of laundry and they all dried up by the end of the day. Usually if it’s sunny at noon, by late afternoon, it’ll rain. But it’s hot and drier than usual. If one round of laundry can dry up in less than 2 hours…. Why not I make some dried jelly?? I’ve never made these before, but I love them.

This is one of the stuff that my brothers and I will rumage for whenever my dad brings back Eid goodies from his Moslem friends. But those that I ate when I was a kid really tasted like candy, lots of sugar. But as I grew up, the candies tasted less sugary and more jelly like. It tastes better this way, less sweet.They are usually made by Malays for Eid ul-Adha and Eid ul-Fitr , never have I seen a Chinese doing this. It’s one of the ‘must’ goodie for Eid. There are lots of blur recipes online in Malay language, but most of them just state "one packet of agar-agar strips". Hello!!! There are many packing sizes.. 10gm, 25gm, 28gm and 32gm. So, how much is one packet???

I might be the first. First, maybe as a non Malay to blog about dried jelly or dried agar-agar. I’m just assuming cos I can’t google any. I adapted this recipe from HomeKreation. I was lazy to keep the balance of 50gm rock sugar, so I dumped the whole pack in. Actually with more rock sugar, there'll be less of a crust. If u want ur jelly candy to have a crunchy crust, replace some of the rock sugar with granulated sugar, of which ur jelly will be slightly sweeter but you'll have a better crust. Do not reduce the sugar instead, cos it will not give u the structure u will need. Oh yes, do not use real fruit juice to make this. The acid from the fruit juice will not make u a dry candy.

Dried Agar-agar Candy /Dried Jelly Candy Recipe
25gm agar-agar strips
1L water
250gm rock sugar
100gm sugar
1 tsp rose flavouring
½ tsp pink/red colouring


1. Boil agar strips on medium heat (pot covered) until fully melted.
2. Put in rock sugar and sugar. Cook until all the sugars are dissolved.
3. Remove from heat and put in flavourings and colouring.
4. Pour into prepared moulds or in a 9 inch square pan.







5. When set, cut into preferred shapes or remove from moulds and lay them on a tray lined with non stick baking paper or muslin.






6. Sun dry until surface of jelly is dry. Flip pieces of jelly ever few hours so that the drying will be even. I made mine in almost a week. It can take up to weeks, if weather is not good. (picture taken outdoors so that the real crust can be seen)


**At night I bring the jellies into my room, so that the air-cond can dehydrate them.

See how much they've shrunk??------------------>


It's not like a gummy jelly, not sticky at all.
It's got a crunchy crust, a slightly chewy and springy interior.
One word, delightful.

Lastly with these red sweet hearts,
I wish everybody
a Happy Valentine's day.
I love u all, please visit me more often
:)

I'm hoping I'll get that new Sony panaromic camera.... Mike, Mike????

35 lovely notes:

HomeKreation February 11, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

Thanks for trying. Good idea to make into heart shape - looks very nice.

CH Voon February 11, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

Happy Valentine to you as well!

Nice sweet heart.

Melody,  February 11, 2010 at 4:35 PM  

Eeek!! I'd shriek in delight if someone present me these for valentine, so nice! First time i've heard of these...thanks for sharing! Happy Cny n Valentine to u, ur hubby n ur two angels!!

DG February 11, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

Very Beautiful Candy. I never heard about this agar-agar strips that can make candy. Happy Valentine to you :)

HomeKreation February 11, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

I was trying to post a comment at noon but the system hung up. Thanks for trying & good looking heart shape...very creative....taste good eh...

Irene's Footprints February 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

These are lovely. I didnt know agar agar has dried version....you are very creative.

The pics are awesome too.

: )

wendyywy February 11, 2010 at 10:18 PM  

Home Kreation,
Thanks for the recipe.

Voon,
What are u giving ur wife???

Melody,
Give me ur hub's phone number.

DG,
Same to u. Happy Valentine's.

Irene,
I didn't create this candy :) But I might be the only one making them in heart shaped moulds.

Shirley @ Kokken69 February 12, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

Wah, new look again.I think I am sua ku...this sounds like a common sweet but I don't remember having it...They look lovely. I think I will try with the fruit puree in my freezer LOL...

shy kitchen February 12, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

These are so awesome and lovely. Able to keep it for weeks.... that's good.

Blessed Homemaker February 12, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

Wendy, I'm so tempted to make this! Should I? Should I not? Should I? Should I not? Argh!!! I wish I'm your neighbour, then I can probably "steal" some from you ;-)

A Full-Timed Housefly February 12, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

So pretty ! You are so good with baking , cooking and making sweets.....May the year of Tiger brings you and your family endless happiness.

wendyywy February 12, 2010 at 10:51 PM  

Shirley,
Do not attempt this with real fruit puree. It won't work. The fruit acids will not give u a dry crust. This is not something like a pate de fruit. The surface of this candy must dry up properly.

wendyywy February 12, 2010 at 10:52 PM  

Shy kitchen,
If u dried them well, they can keep for months!!!

wendyywy February 12, 2010 at 10:54 PM  

Blessed homemaker,
U want to make this for Valentines???? I don't think u have enough time. I sun dried the heart shapes for 6 days. The cubed ones took 4 days, direct sunlight, and night time dehydrated in my room's aircon. It will taste even better if the crust was drier, but I need to photograph and edit the pics.
Try this next time.

wendyywy February 12, 2010 at 11:04 PM  

AFTH,
Thanks, hope u have a good year ahead too. More roast pork please :)

skfong February 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

They look so pretty. I might try to make some one day. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Happy CNY and have a sweet Valentine’s Day!

Foong Mun February 16, 2010 at 2:21 AM  

Hey...Wan Yi.
That candy is so beautiful and looks very delicious.I am going to save this yummy recipe, wish that I have time to explore it myself.
Was that kind of agar agar candy that we used to eat called "yun tong"(Canto)?
Will you make any other flavors like orange, green lime...etc???
Hey...tell you a good news. I am pregnant and my due date is Sep 16 '10.

Melody,  February 16, 2010 at 4:03 AM  

U wanna ask *him* to make me these? Don't bother la...the only thing he'll cook for me is instant noodles with eggs...

wendyywy February 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM  

Mel,
U're so lucky to have instant noodles with egg.
I only had that when me and Mike paktohed for 4 years. Plain noodles some more.

wendyywy February 16, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

Foong Mun,
First of all, CONGRATS!!!!! I can't wait to see mini big Tham

This candy is not the same as yun tong. Yun tong is sticky but the exterior of this candy is dry and crunchy. And this candy is not wobbly and soft like yun tong. Do not use real fruit juice to make this, but u can use other flavourings besides rose, and other colours too. I made this rose and red for Valentines :)

Celina,  March 12, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

Hi There Wendy,
Just loved your blog. You know I am a chindian that also makes this jelly candies...haha so now there's 2 of us. I have not started a blog yet. Anyway I made a batch the other day and used fresh ginger juice for flavour and the colouring I opted for the cane rock sugar...the end results a soft golden brown. If gives you a slight kick on the taste buds...yum

lipitiffy September 23, 2010 at 8:02 PM  

omg thanks for posting a recipe for these! I've been searching a dried agar-agar candy recipe for so long! My nanny used to make orange flavoured colourless ones when I was little. I thought they were the greatest snack ever :D

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more September 23, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

lipitiffy,
Please use artificial orange flavouring to do this, as real orange juice will not give you a dry crust. Now that summer's coming, do give this a try.
Hope you like it.

Betty Bake February 5, 2011 at 3:56 AM  

Hi Wendy

plse can you tell me - if I can't get rock sugar - can i just use all normal sugar? or what should i use instead?

many thanks for the lovely blog :)

Betty Bake x

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more February 5, 2011 at 2:44 PM  

Betty,
U can use all regular sugar, but the crust will be thicker and it'll be sweeter. But please simmer it for at least 30 minutes if you're using regular sugar, not just until it dissolves. It is to prevent it from crystalizing again when dried.

sammy,  February 7, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

Wendy,

Can i use agar-agar powder instead of agar-agar strips?

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more February 7, 2011 at 10:11 PM  

Sammy,
You may. Method is different.
Check out my comments in the latest agar candy post in Jan 2011. I answered one question regarding this on how to do it.

Shaz March 2, 2011 at 5:49 PM  

wow..this is beatiful...will give a try

Anonymous,  January 9, 2012 at 10:22 PM  

After putting the flavourings and colourings, do you pour straight into the moulds or leave it till cool before you pour into the moulds? Are your heart-shaped moulds made of plastic? Thanks.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more January 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM  

Anonymous,
Straightway. It will harden when it cools so you can't pour it anywhere.
Yes, made of plastic and they are for jelly making

shecooksandheeats March 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM  

OMG! Thank you so much for this recipe!!!! It is impossible finding those rice paper jelly candies that I grew up eating :)

A Hesse March 25, 2013 at 10:31 PM  

Hello! How beautiful. I want to try these, but I am more familiar with finding and using powder agar agar. Will pwdr work? And if so, do you know the amount to use? THANKS!
~AH

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more March 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM  

a Hesse,
Yes it will work, just use with the same amount in weight and boil the whole thing for at least 30 minutes because agar powder dissolves almost instantly in contact with boiling water and a short boiling time is not advisable for this candy.

amelia September 20, 2015 at 12:19 AM  

Hi Wendy, what is different between agar agar jelly candy and agar agar candy?
they both used agar agar strips too, right?
thank you :)

WendyinKK September 21, 2015 at 10:07 PM  

amelia
See my ( ) ?
Agar agar, is a vegan form of jelly.
Some people here just refer it as jelly, and some call it specifically as agar-agar.

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