Nama Ume Ame: Ribon’s Best-Selling Plum Candy
Ume is a plum fruit commonly used in Japanese cuisine from which umeboshi is made.
The plums can also be the main ingredient in snacks and candies, and what I introduce here, Ribon Nama Ume Ame is one of the representatives.
Ribon Nama Ume Ame (リボン 生梅飴)
The “Nama Ume Ame (生梅飴: meaning raw/fresh ume candy)” is a plum candy from the Aichi-based confectionery company “Ribon (リボン)”.
The product has been a favorite for over 30 years in Japan. And based on the official site, it is the best-selling ume candy as of March 11, 2022.
These are Nama Ume Ame candies. As you can see in the photo, they are translucent and cloudy, and you can barely see the inside from the outside.
They are actually filled with a fresh tart plum paste, using 50 percent flesh from the top-grade “Nanko Ume (南高梅)”.
As for the taste, while the candy itself is sweet with a subtle ume flavor, the paste inside is sour and fresh with moderate sweetness.
The combination is exquisite, because of which, many people have given high ratings to this product.
In fact, Ribon Nama Ume Ame is undoubtedly one of the most delicious plum candies, and I have loved this for quite some time.
According to the ingredients list and nutrition facts label on the back of the package,
the Nama Ume Ame hard candy consists of starch syrup, sugar, sweetened plum paste, acidifier, trehalose, flavoring, thickener (pectin), and color (anthocyanins).
The calories per piece (about 6 grams) are 23 kcal, and the candy contains 0.07 g salt equivalents.