Meiji Chelsea: Classic Japanese Butterscotch Candy
Meiji is a leading Japanese confectionery maker with over 100 years of history and boasts an extensive line-up of products ranging from chocolate and gummy to novel and unique candies.
When it comes to long-selling items from Meiji, Marble Chocolate is known as Japan’s first grain chocolate, Karl is regarded as Japan’s first “Snack”, and what I introduce here, Chelsea has also been loved through generations.
Meiji Chelsea was introduced in 1971. At the time, Meiji organized a project team to create a new type of hard candy that hadn’t been around in Japan.
The team did research about various kinds of treats from around the world and reached butterscotch from Scotland.
And based on the Scotch candy, Chelsea was made into a product. For Chelsea, Meiji also adopted a bold and sophisticated packaging design that was unprecedented.
Meiji Chelsea comes in 3 flavors. From the left, Yogurtscotch, Butterscotch, and Coffeescotch. It seems that these are somewhat different in taste from the original butterscotch enjoyed in the United Kingdom.
But these Japanese butterscotch have a unique deliciousness that can’t be tasted outside of Japan. Each flavor is nicely mellow and pleasantly creamy.
Lastly, let’s see the specific ingredients in the Meiji Chelsea Candy. According to the label on the back of the package, the Japanese butterscotch consists of starch syrup, sugar, butter, vegetable oil, dairy product cream, concentrated yogurt, dextrose, whey powder, coffee extract, dextrin, caramel syrup, creaming powder, salt, processed cream, acidifier, emulsifier, flavoring, caramel pigment, and seasoning (amino acids).