Kanro Ame : Classic Japanese Hard Candy with Umami of Soy Sauce

Some Japanese hard candies have a taste that makes us feel nostalgic in addition to having a long history.

As I wrote about it in my past article, Sakuma Drops is a Japanese hard candy of that kind.

Additionally, there is one more classic candy with a nostalgic taste that shouldn’t be forgotten, and its main ingredient is soy sauce.

Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)

The name of the Japanese hard candy is “Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)”. Kanro Ame has a sweet soy sauce flavor and its taste makes us feel nostalgic.

I used to suck on the soy sauce candy “Shoyu Ame (醤油飴)“, when I was a boy, since I loved the individually wrapped golden candy.


Kanro Ame was released in 1954. Although you might imagine that the Japanese candy is salty-sweet in taste because of its main ingredient, soy suace, it is not salty at all.

The Japanese candy is made by making the most of umami of soy sauce and has a pleasant gentle sweetness. Besides, its aftertaste is refreshing, so you will never get tired of eating it.

In Conclusion 

If you are interested in classic Japanese “Ame(飴)” candies, Kanro Ame is undoubtedly a must-try. If you give it a try, the good-old taste of the soy sauce candy will surely make you satisfied.

As a matter of fact, the recipe for Kanro Ame has never been changed over the last 60 years.

Where to Buy

Kanro Ame is a classic candy that has been loved by Japanese for decades, so it is available at many supermarkets in Japan.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. 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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