Umeboshi no Sheet: A New Type of Ume Plum Candy
As you may already know, many of us like eating a warm bowl of white rice, the staple of the Japanese diet, with Umeboshi plums.
For the unfamiliar, Umeboshi is a traditional Japanese food made from Ume plums pickled in salt.
The pickle has more than a thousand years of history and today is widely enjoyed in Japan.
Umeboshi is usually quite sour and salty. But in recent years, various products have been available, and some are on the sweet side and are easy to eat.
Besides, nowadays, various unique Umeboshi candies can also be seen, which includes Nobel Otoko Ume Gummy and this “Umeboshi no Sheet (梅ぼしのシート)”.
iFactory Umeboshi no Sheet
Umeboshi no Sheet (Price: 120 yen or so/about 1 USD) is a new type of Umeboshi candy introduced by iFactory about ten years ago.
As its name indicates, this treat consists of a sheet of Ume plum paste.
These sheets of Umeboshi candy have a firm, chewy texture like chewing gum.
Despite having a dark red color reminiscent of sour Umeboshi plums, this bite-size thing is moderately sweet, featuring its refreshing acidity.
It has such a good balance between sour and sweet and is pleasant to the palate that even those who dislike Umeboshi, probably, can like it.
According to the ingredients and nutrition facts label on the back of the package,
the candy mainly consists of Ume flesh, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, salt, starch, sweeteners (aspartame, l-phenylalanine, stevia), acidifier, amino acid seasoning, sorbitol, and colors (anthocyanin, carotenoid).
The calories per bag (14 grams) are 40 kcal, and the Umeboshi no Sheet candy contains 2.6 g salt equivalents in total.