Hakka Ame: Classic Japanese Peppermint Candy
Japan has quite a few unique candies that can’t be tasted in other parts of the world.
Among those treats, I think, nowadays, hard candies with the flavor of Umeboshi plums and the flavor of Matcha green tea are especially popular overseas.
Other than these 2 flavors, there are a number of unique Japanese candies that you might not know yet.
Additionally, if I give one more representative example of such Japanese hard candy, Hakka Ame is the one that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Hakka Ame (ハッカ飴)
Hakka Ame is a classic Japanese peppermint candy that has long been loved in Japan. It is a simple hard candy made from Japanese peppermint called Hakka or Nihon Hakka, sugar, and starch syrup.
Hakka Ame is different in taste and flavor from Western peppermint candies. The Japanese treat has a distinctive minty taste characteristic of Hakka, and its moderate sweetness accentuates the refreshing taste.
Hakka Ame is not cough drops, just a piece of candy, but you will feel like the hard candy soothes your throat while sucking on it, and after you first try the candy, I think you will either like it or hate it.
In Japan, many varieties of Hakka Ame, from colored to clear and transparent, are available in supermarkets, and the taste fairly differs depending on the manufacturer and ingredients.