Lotte Koume: Japan’s Most Famous Ume Plum Candy

Japan has a wide range of foods made with Ume (梅) plums, including Umeboshi, and the fruit can be the main ingredient in Japanese confections/sweets.

In my country, you can see various Ume candies sold at supermarkets and convenience stores, among which, if someone asks me what is most famous, I will answer it is Lotte Koume Candy.

Lotte Koume Candy

Lotte Koume Candy

The Koume Candy is an Ume plum-flavored hard candy released by Lotte in 1974. It’s now become one of Japan’s most loved Ume treats.


2 Types (Flavors) of Lotte Koume Candy

The product consists of 2 different types (flavors) of Ume candy; most are small with a three-layer structure, and only two are large-sized.

Although the small Koume candy is, as a whole, sweet, it is coated with salty-sour Ume powder and even has a filling of Umeboshi paste.

Small Koume Candy

The large one is sweeter than the small one, but it also has a filling of tard Umeboshi paste.

Both use plum juice extracted from the top-grade Ume species Nanko-Bai (南高梅), and they are well-balanced, and their taste is fantastic!

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Lotte Koume Candy Ingredients

Lastly, based on the information on the official site, let’s see the specific ingredients and nutrition facts of the two types of Koume Candy.

Small Koume Large Koume
Starch syrup, Sugar, Ume paste, Ume powder, Concentrated Ume plum juice, Ume extract, Acidifier, Anthocyanin pigment, Polysaccharide thickener, Flavoring Starch syrup, Sugar, Ume paste (Starch syrup, Sugar, Ume flesh, Ume extract), Concentrated Ume plum juice, Ume extract, Acidifier, Anthocyanin pigment, Thickener (Pectin), Flavoring

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values
Small Koume (2.6 g) Large Koume (9.8 g)
Calories 10 kcal 38 kcal
Protein 0 g 0 g
Fat 0 g 0 g
Carbohydrates 2.5 g 9.4 g
Salt equivalents 0.02 g 0.03 g


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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