Kombu Ame : Classic Japanese kelp candies, like soft caramel cubes

Kombu, or kelp, is an edible seaweed commonly used to make soup stock in Japan. In fact, the seaweed is a crucial ingredient for Japanese cuisine. Not only does we use kombu as a food ingredient in our daily lives, but there also exist some snacks and candies that are made with the seaweed in Japan. For example, Nakano Miyako Kombu is a representative of such Japanese kelp snacks. Speaking of Japanese kelp candies, what comes to my mind first is Kombu Ame (こんぶ飴).

Kombu Ame : Classic Japanese kelp candies like soft caramel cubes

Kombu Ame (こんぶ飴) (Amazon.com) literally means kelp candies in Japanese. As the food name indicates, the main ingredient of the Japanese candy is kelp. What do you imagine when you hear kelp candies?

The Japanese kelp candy, Kombu Ame has a blackish color that comes mainly from its ingredients, kombu and brown sugar. The seaweed candy has a soft and chewy texture like soft caramel candies. Besides, it looks like a caramel cube though the color is quite different from that of caramel cubes.

Kombu Ame is a classic seaweed candy that has been loved by Japanese people for a long time, so many Japanese supermarkets handle these kelp candies.

The ingredients of Kombu Ame

According to the description of the back of the package that I picked up this time, this Japanese seaweed candy is made mainly from kombu, starch syrup, starch, and powdered rice, and it is seasoned with sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Therefore, this candy has mild sweetness of these 2types of sugar and lots of umami of kombu seaweed. It is not salty at all in spite of the use of salt.

Conclusion : Kombu Ame seaweed candies

I think seaweed candies are unique to Japan, so it may be hard for you to eat the candy first, but Kombu Ame is really easy to eat with natural taste. Besides it’s not only healthy but also tasty. Nevertheless, you might think that the kelp candy is bland just after you start chewing it, but the more you chew the soft candy, the tastier it becomes.


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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