Konjac Jelly Snacks

It’s surprising at times how one thing leads to another! The other day, a friend shared a picture of her plant, called a Voodoo Lily. I had never heard of it, so looked it up online, only to discover that the tuber, or corm, of the plant is what they make konjac or konnyaku from. I’ve been thinking of writing about this, so here it is! This has been an important food in Japan for over 100 years! Konnyaku noodles are being sold in the USA as “Miracle Noodles” because they are supposed to help with weight loss. We have purchased these here in the Japanese brand supermarket, Aeon. It is also used as a vegan gelatin substitute. In China, you mainly see this food as little snack cups that, to a western person, look like gelatin cups. However, konjac is very different, because it doesn’t “melt” like gelatin when eaten, it MUST be chewed. The packages have warnings that when these snacks are eaten by young children or the elderly, they should be watched closely: They are often sold in bite size plastic cups, so they can cause a choking hazard. This doesn’t seem to be much of a problem to children who aren’t familiar with western style gelatin cups, but, for children who are used to the Western style ones, and then eat these, expecting them to melt in their mouths, they can be dangerous. I think these are sold in the USA as well as China. So, todays post contains a warning to help spread the word that people need to be sure their children know to chew these Asian fruit jelly cups well!