Hakka Ame : Classic Japanese Mint Candy with a cool taste
There are a variety of hard candies that are unique to Japan. Among those unique Japanese candies, it seems that the hard candies with the flavor of umeboshi plums and the ones with the flavor of Matcha green tea are especially popular in overseas countries.
Other than these 2 flavors, there are several unique Japanese candies that I want you to know, for example, Kanro Ame (カンロ飴) is a long-selling Japanese hard candy with umami of soy sauce, and Kuro Ame (黒飴) is a classic Japanese hard candy made using Okinawan brown sugar.
In addition, if I give another representative example of such Japanese candies, Hakka Ame is the one that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Hakka Ame (ハッカ飴) : Classic Japanese mint candy
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Hakka Ame is a classic Japanese mint candy that has been enjoyed by us Japanese for a long time, which is generally made using Japanese mint, sugar, and malt syrup as ingredients.
Hakka Ame is different from Western peppermint candies in taste and flavor. The Japanese mint candy mainly features a refreshing and cool taste that comes from Japanese mint and the moderate sweetness that accentuates the cool taste. Hence, the aftertaste is also refreshing.
Although Hakka Ame is just a hard candy, not a cough drop, you will feel as if the hard candy soothed your throat, so if you try sucking on the Japanese mint candy for the first time, you will either love it or dislike it.
Colored Hakka Ame
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There are many variations of Hakka Ame hard candies available in Japan, from colored Hakka Ame to the ones with a clear color.
Even among those, the above product from a major Japanese confectionery company “Kasugai Seika (春日井製菓)” is easy to eat with a moderate cool taste and gentle sweetness. Since Kasugai is especially well-known for its hard candies in Japan, I recommend the Kasugai’s Hakka Ame for beginners.