Pine Ame: The Best and Most Famous Pineapple Candy in Japan
When it comes to Japanese fruit-flavored hard candy, Sakuma Drops is undoubtedly one of the most famous with a long history, and the classic fruit candy actually appears in the Studio Ghibli’s anime film “Grave of the Fireflies”.
In addition to the Sakuma Drops candy, there is one more famous fruit candy in Japan, which in fact has long been loved by Japanese people of all generations for decades.
Pine Ame (パインアメ)
It is the fruit-flavored hard candy called “Pine Ame (パインアメ)” that is familiar to many of us Japanese as well as Sakuma Drops. The Ame hard candy, Pine Ame is produced and sold by a Japanese confectionery company with the same name as the product name “Pine (パイン).
As you can easily guess from its color, the pattern on the surface, and the product name, Pine Ame is a pineapple-flavored candy, which was introduced in 1951. As customer reviews on Amazon Japan indicate, with a fabulous reputation, today the Japanese pineapple candy has become a standard fruit candy in Japan.
In fact, the Japanese pineapple candy Pine Ame tastes so good and is addictive as it has gotten a lot of high ratings from Amazon Japan customers. It is pleasantly tangy and not overly sweet with a juicy pineapple flavor.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
The Pine Ame hard candy is made using carefully selected ingredients, which include sugar, starch syrup, pineapple juice, skim milk powder, acidifier, flavoring, and colors. Based on the nutrition facts, a piece of the pineapple candy (4.8 g) has 18.7 kcal.
Where to Buy
Since Pine Ame has gained deep-rooted popularity in Japan, the pineapple candy is available in many supermarkets around the county.
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