Shio Ame: Classic Japanese Salt Candy

As I wrote before, Kuro Ame (黒飴) is a classic Japanese hard candy using high-quality Okinawan raw brown sugar called Kokuto (黒糖).

In Japan, the sugar candy comes in various varieties, but among others, Kasugai Seika (春日井製菓) is well known for its Kokuto candy.

In addition to Kuro Ame, the confectionery maker has one more best-selling product with a unique taste, called Shio Ame (塩あめ).

Shio Ame (塩あめ) from Kasugai Seika

Kasugai Seika Shio Ame

As the name Shio Ame (塩あめ) means salt (hard) candy in Japanese, you might wonder if it is more on the salty side.

However, to get to the point, the Japanese treat is not salty. Instead, with a moderate, gentle sweetness, it makes the most of the umami of salt.

Shio Ame Japanese Salt Candy

As with Kuro Ame, today, several confectionery companies produce and sell Shio Ame, and some use various kinds of fruit juice in addition to salt.

With that said, Shio Ame contains some salt, so many people like to suck on the salted candy during the hot summer months to replenish salt lost by sweating.

Kasugai Shio Ame Salt Candy

Among such Shioame products, Kasugai Seika Shio Ame has a top market share, widely enjoyed in Japan.

Hakata no Shio (伯方の塩: Salt of Hakata)

As guessed by now, the most crucial element of the candy is salt, and this one uses Japan’s most famous salt brand Hakata no Shio (伯方の塩: Salt of Hakata).

The Hakata no Shio salt contains the right amount of bittern, characterized by its rich umami taste.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Kasugai Seika Shio Ame Candy Ingredients

Starch syrup, Sugar, Salt (100% Hakata no Shio), Soy sauce (Partially including Wheat and Soybean)

Nutritional Values

Kasugai Seika Shio Ame Candy Nutrition Facts

Nutritional Values per 100 Grams
Calories  383 kcal
Protein 0 g
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 95.7 g
Salt Equivalents 1.5 g (113 mg per piece)

(Reference Page: Kasugai Seika 塩あめ )


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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