Kanro Ame: Kanro’s Classic Sweet Soy Sauce Flavor Candy

With a long history, some Japanese hard candies have a taste reminiscent of Japan’s good old days, and as I wrote before, Sakuma Drops is a sweet treat of just that kind.

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

Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)

Kanro Ame Sweet Soy Sauce Flavor Candy

The Japanese candy I introduce here, “Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)” has a sweet soy sauce flavor and its taste is something like bringing back memories of childhood. 

When I was a kid, I used to often suck on the soy sauce candy generally called “Shoyu Ame (醤油飴)” as I loved the individually wrapped golden candy very much.


The hard candy, Kanro Ame was introduced in 1954 by the Japanese confectionery company “Kanro (カンロ)”.

As for the taste, you might imagine that the Japanese candy is salty-sweet because of its main ingredient soy sauce, but it is not salty at all.

Kanro Ame Hard Candy

Rather, making the most of the umami taste of Shoyu (soy sauce), the Kanro Ame candy has a distinctive gentle sweetness and leaves a refreshing aftertaste. So I never get tired of eating it.


Kanro Ame Candy ingredients and Nutrition Facts

It is said that the recipe for Kanro Ame has never changed over the last 60 years.

Based on the ingredient list pictured above, it is a simple candy made only with sugar, starch syrup, Shoyu (including wheat and soybeans), and salt. 

Where to Buy

Kanro Ame is one of the most loved hard candies in Japan, so it can be bought in many supermarkets around the country.


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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