Colorful Anko Balls

I made anko balls in 5 different flavors: strawberry, matcha, coffee and cinnamon, shiro-an, and koshi-an.


15 × 4 g
15 g
Powdered kanten
0.5 g
50 ml
1 teaspoon
Instant coffee
1/2 teaspoon
a small amount
Strawberry powder
1 teaspoon
Sugar (or caster sugar)
1/2 tablespoon


1. Divide the shiro-an into 4 portions that's 15 g each.
2. Mix each portion of the shiro-an with the 5 flavored powders.
3. Do not dissolve the instant coffee in water, but add it directly into the shiro-an. Once mixed, add the cinnamon.
4. Roll each portion up into a ball. If they are too damp, pat dry any excess water with a paper towel.
5. Put 50 ml water and powdered kanten into a heatproof container and mix.
6. Microwave for 40 seconds.
7. Take it out, mix, and add the sugar.
8. Microwave for another 20 seconds.
9. Mix well and remove any bubbles.
10. Put the anko onto the tip of a thin stick. Scoop the kanten mixture with a spoon, and pour over the anko balls.
11. Let the anko balls cool on a sheet of paper towel to finish.

Story Behind this Recipe

I always thought anko balls looked cute, so I made them myself.