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Japanese Candy: An introduction to the best

By Kashiking on December 6, 2016

Mention Japanese candy and most people will think of the now world famous pocky. The fact is  Japanese confectionary is a serious business, and there are literally millions to choose from. There are so many types: snack sticks, penny chew style dagashi, rice snacks, amazing flavoured potato chips, up market traditional confectionary and much much more.

Just check out best Japanese candy lists from a few years ago, and outside of the old favourites (like your pockys and hi-chews) it’s all change.

This article is a quick introduction to the popular bites in Japan at the moment, for anyone interested in finding out or catching up on the weird, wonderful and down right delicious.

Five of the Best 5 Japanese Candy Choices

We’ve gone right to the source and drawn on the big Japanese candy (and just about every thing else) giants at Rakuten’s “Ame” ranking, as well the stuff we see in the stores right here in Japan.

1. Temari Candy

temari japanese candy

Rated as the number two popular candy in the whole of Japan, this traditional hard-boiled sweet is usually given as a thank you gift to friends and family.

They come in many flavours but they are on the very sweet side.

2. Tirol Chocolate

Japanese chocolates

Hubjapan puts these bad boys at number two on their list. Go into any of the hundreds of thousands of convenience stores spread across Japan and you’ll see a selection of these great little chocolates.

For about 20 yen you can get a little block of chocolate delight. With a whole range of flavours from strawberry to cookie.



3. Takenoko No Sato

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Jpninfo.com puts these top selling chocolates from the mighty Meiji corporation at number one on their list but we’re giving them just a top three spot.

“Takenoko” means bamboo shoot in Japanese and these cute little sweets are shaped liked….yep you guessed correct- bamboo shoots.

4. Popin cookin candy

popin cooking candy

courtesy of whiterabbit.com

This series is pure genius. Sweet tasting brightly colored candy that doubles up as a toy. You get all the parts so you can make your own such, cakes, donuts, hamburgers and so much more.

Typical Japanese marketing genius to combine a whole candy and toy experience.


5. Baby Star Ramen

courtesy of goinjapanesque.com

These dried noodle snacks have been brought from Oyatsu company since 1959. The choice flavours is expanding all the and our personal favourite is the curry noodle pack.

These little snack treats are ubitiquous in Japan and there are dozens of different ways to eat them.



That was just a brief intro. to some of the many many Japanese snacks available. They are getting more common in overseas supermarkets like Walmart. But if you’re looking for a more genuine Japanese experience you won’t find outside of Japan, then subscribe to our Japanese box now.

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