Konnyaku Jelly: Japanese Konjac Sweets from Orihiro

Konnyaku (こんにゃく/蒟蒻) is a healthy food made from konjac or devil’s tongue starch, commonly eaten in Asian countries.

This Asian delicacy originated in China, transmitted to Japan around the 6th century.


Konnyaku is very low in calories and is a popular diet food in Japan, as about 96 to 97 percent consists of water.

The food is a rich source of glucomannan, a soluble dietary fiber. And it can easily make you feel full thanks to its firm and chewy texture.

Konnyaku in Oden

We Japanese eat Konnyaku in various ways.

For example, we consume it with soy sauce as Sashimi in the summer, and winter Nimono (煮物) simmered dishes often contain it.

Konnyaku Jelly (蒟蒻ゼリー) from Orihiro 

Orihiro Fruit Konnyaku Jelly Grape

In Japan, even desserts utilize konjac or devil’s tongue starch, and Konnyaku jelly is the representative.

The product pictured above is a grape flavor of konjac jelly from Orihiro, which has long been a favorite in my country.

Fruti Konnyaku Jelly from Orihiro

It is a fresh and jiggly jelly confection made with devil’s tongue powder instead of gelatin and comes in fruit flavors.

These treats contain 18 percent of grape juice and are delightfully sweet.

Cautionary Note

Konnyaku jelly tastes good with a pleasant texture, but there is a cautionary note you should remember; It is firm and hard to collapse the shape.

So when eating, you should chew it well so as not to get it stuck in the throat. In addition, you shouldn’t try the frozen one because it is more dangerous.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Orihiro Fruit Konnyaku Jelly Grape Flavor Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

Lastly, for your information, here are the specific ingredients and nutrition facts of the Orihiro Konnyaku jelly.

High fructose corn syrup, Sugar, Fruit juice (Grape, Apple), Reduced starch syrup, Konjac powder, Acidifier, Gelling agent (Polysaccharide thickener), Flavoring, Potassium chloride, Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Sucralose)

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per Piece (20 Grams)
Calories 13 kcal
Protein 0 g
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 3.2 g
Salt equivalents 0 – 0.1 g

(Reference Page: Wikipedia コンニャク )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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