Kombu Ame : Classic Japanese Kelp Candy, 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 in Japanese cuisine. Not only does we use kombu as a food ingredient in our daily lives, but there also exist snacks and candies that are made with the seaweed in Japan.
For example, Nakano Miyako Kombu is a representative Japanese kelp snack, while as for Japanese kelp candies, what comes to my mind first is “Kombu Ame (こんぶ飴)”.
Kombu Ame (こんぶ飴)
As the name indicates, the main ingredient of the Japanese candy Kombu Ame is kelp. What do you imagine when you hear kelp seaweed candies?
The Japanese kelp candy, Kombu Ame has a blackish color that comes primarily 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.
Where to Buy
Kombu Ame is a classic seaweed candy that has been loved by Japanese for a long time, so many supermarkets in Japan handle these kelp candies. Additionally, in recent years, they are also available on some online shopping sites.
According to the description on the back of the package, this Japanese seaweed candy is made mainly with kombu, starch and powdered rice. It is flavored with sugar, starch syrup, brown sugar, and salt.
This Japanese candy has a mild sweetness that comes from sugar and brown sugar and lots of umami of kombu seaweed. It is not salty at all in spite of the use of salt.
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 flavor. The seaweed candy is not only healthy but also tasty.
You might think that the kelp candy is bland right after you start chewing it, but the more you chew the soft candy, the tastier it becomes.