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1. Ogontoh

Long selling candy since 1923.

Ogontoh is a candy popular in Japan, especially in the Kansai area, since 1923. Though the package seems like the French flag, it is a Japanese product. “Ogon” means “gold” and “tou” (or “toh”) means “sugar.”

Is it jewelry? Beautiful candy

You will agree to it being named that when you see the candy themselves. They look like gold. If you didn’t know it was candy, you would assume they were jewelry.

Simple taste that makes us want to eat another.

This candy is made of only sugar and mizuame, so it’s a quite simple taste that isn’t very unique. However, it makes you want to eat it again and again.

What is “mizuame”?

“Mizu” means “water” in Japanese, and “ame” is “candy”. Here is an explanation of mizuame below.

Mizuame (水飴? is a sweetener from Japan which is translated literally to “water candy”. A clear, thick, sticky liquid, it is made by converting starch to sugars.

2. Bontan Ame

The speciality from southern Japan since 1926

Bontan Ame is a candy from Kyushu, the southern part of Japan’s Honshu island. The package has a retro design. You know what “ame” means now, so what does bontan mean?

Bontan is the name of a citrus fruit. In English, it’s known as a pomelo.

Citrus maxima (or Citrus grandis), (Common names: shaddock,[1] pomelo, pummelo, pommelo, or lusho fruit) is a crisp citrus fruit native to South and Southeast Asia.

Bontan Ame is translated into English as Bontan Rice Candy. You might think “Why rice?” Actually this candy is made of mochi, mizuame, and bontan juice. So it is a candy made of rice. It sounds very Japanese, even though there are a lot of Japanese people who don’t know this fact.

Inside the box

There are 14 candies in each box. Each candy is individually wrapped in paper.

It’s wrapped in oblaat, so you can eat it without unwrapping it!

Actually, what each candy is wrapped in is not paper. It’s oblaat. It’s made of starch, so it’s edible! If you try one with the oblaat on, you’ll taste a dim citrus flavor.

Oblaat (Japanese: オブラート) is a thin edible layer of starch that wraps some candies in Japan.
It is useful to preserve gelatinous sweets by absorbing humidity. It has no taste nor odor, and is transparent.

3. Sakumashiki drops

The candy which has been loved since 1908.

This candy has a long history. It has been sold since 1908, more than 100 years ago.

Kids during the war loved this candy too.

This candy can was featured in a Japanese animated film, “Hotaru no Haka” (“Grave of the Fireflies” in English). This is a film based on a novel that was based on the author’s real life during World War II, but with some changes. Hotaru no Haka is the story of a boy and his sister as they tried to survive.

His sister Setsuko loved this candy. This film is worth seeing at least once in your life. You won’t finish this film without crying.

Setsuko on the can.

This film is so popular that sometimes we can find the version of the packaging upon which Setsuko appears.

The candies in the can are…

There are many flavors in the can, like strawberry, lemon, orange, pineapple, apple, grape, chocolate, and mint. Wow!

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