Kombu Ame: Classic Japanese Kelp Seaweed Candy

Kombu, also known as kelp, is an edible seaweed commonly used to make soup stock or dashi in Japan, which makes up an indispensable part of Japanese cuisine. 

Not only do we prepare kombu as an ingredient for dishes, but in Japan, even snacks and candies use it.

Among those treats, Nakano Miyako Kombu is a quintessential snack, while when I think of sweets using kombu, what comes to mind right away is Kombu Ame (こんぶ飴).

Kombu Ame (こんぶ飴)

Kombu Ame Japanese Kelp Candy

As its name indicates, the main ingredient of Kombu Ame is seaweed kelp, and here, the latter Japanese word Ame (飴) refers to a candy. 

Kombu Ame Candy

Kombu Ame is a kelp seaweed candy typically shaped like a cube, which has been a favorite in Japan for a long time. 

Kombu Ame Japanese Kelp Seaweed Candy Cubes

With a gentle sweetness and a soft, chewy texture similar to caramel cubes, the Japanese treat features its blackish appearance and natural umami taste from the main ingredient, kombu.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Lastly, for your information, here are the nutrition facts and the specific ingredients used in the kelp seaweed candy from Natori (なとり).

Kombu Ame Candy Ingredients Nutrition Facts Calories Label

Starch syrup, Sugar, Kombu/kelp, Starch, Brown sugar, Rice flour, Salt, Vegetable oil, Sorbitol, Modified starch, Emulsifier (Partially including Soybean)

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per 100 Grams
Calories  333 kcal
Protein 0.4 g
Fat 1.1 g
Carbohydrates 80.3 g
Sodium 579 mg
Dietary fiber 2.2 g


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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