Kintaro Ame: Candy Wherever Sliced His Face Appears

Have you ever heard of a traditional Japanese hard candy stick that is made so that the same pattern appears wherever sliced? Actually, in Japan, the cylindrical candy stick is called “Kintaro Ame (金太郎飴)”.

Kintaro Ame (金太郎飴)

Kintaro Ame CandyImage: Wikipedia

Kintaro Ame is said to have originated from the traditional Japanese candy “Genroku Ame (元禄飴)” whose origin dates back to about 300 years ago.

In its name, “Kintaro (金太郎)” is the name of the main character of a famous Japanese folk tale, while the latter word, “Ame (飴)” refers to hard candy in this case.

From this, Kintaro Ame originally refers to the cylindrical candy stick where Kintaro’s face definitely appears in cross-section.

However, in recent years, there are many variations of Japanese candy called Kintaro Ame, which have various patterns from Chinese characters to animal faces.

Making

Kintaro Ame is made mainly with sugar and thick malt syrup, and the making requires special techniques that can’t be seen in the production process of ordinary hard candies.

As you can see in the video above, the Kintaro Ame candy is made using a number of colored candy pastes.

Kintaro Ame Honten (金太郎飴本店)

Kintaro Ame HontenImage: asakusamatsuri.com

Kintaro Ame was first made by “Kintaro Ame Honten (金太郎飴本店)”, a Tokyo-based confectionery shop with about 140 years of history, which has the registered trademark of the original Kintaro Ame featuring Kintaro’s face.

In addition to Kintaro Ame, Kintaro Ame Honten carries a variety of traditional Japanese sweets, such as “Chitose Ame (千歳飴)” and “Okina Ame (翁飴)”, so it is a recommended shop where you can get nice Tokyo souvenirs.

Shop Information

  • Address: 5-16-12 Negishi, Taito-Ku, Tokyo (MAP)
  • Open: (Weekdays) 9:00 to 18:00 (Saturday) 9:00 to 16:00
  • Closed: First Saturday, Sundays, National holidays

Tomo

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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