Kanro Hoshiume – Best Dried Umeboshi Plum Candies
Along with salted plums called Umeboshi (梅干し), I sometimes have plain white rice that is the staple food of the Japanese.
Generally, the traditional Japanese food, Umeboshi plums are pretty salty, sour, so when the salted plums and rice are eaten together, the plain taste of rice can make the saltiness and sourness of Umeboshi thinner, weaker.This is why plain white rice goes really well with the salted plums and we Japanese love the combo.
Besides, not only do the salted plums work well with rice, but they are also commonly used as main ingredients for candies in Japan.
In fact, I introduced various unique Umeboshi candies in my past articles, such as Nobel Otoko Ume Gummy and Umeboshi Sheet.These Japanese candies are relatively new, modern ones, while there is also a classic Umeboshi candy that Japanese people have enjoyed for a long time.That is Hoshiume (干し梅)
What is Hoshiume (干し梅) ?
Hoshiume are classic Japanese candies that are made by drying the Umeboshi plums seasoned with sweet things like sugar.It is said that the dried Umeboshi candy has its origin in southern China including Taiwan or Southeast Asia.
Hoshiume has a nice mix of sweetness and sourness and lots of citric acid.We usually eat the sweet dried Umeboshi as candies without cooking, but some Japanese like to add it to alcoholic drinks such as Shochu (焼酎) and enjoy the drink with the aroma and sweetness of Hoshiume.
Some Hoshiume have a seed inside, but others don’t have as the seed is removed to make the candy easy to eat in the producing process.
Kanro Hoshiume – Best Dried Umeboshi Plum Candies that are much easier to eat than the ones produced with traditional methods
Today the classic Japanese candy, Hoshiume has been getting much easier to eat thanks to the debut of “Kanro Hoshiume (Amazon.com)”.It is a popular, modern Hoshiume product from Kanro (カンロ), a major Japanese confectionery maker.
The plastic zipper bag contains 7 (or so) Hoshiume candies.The soft dried Umeboshi candy has a great balance between sweetness and sourness with a little saltiness, as compared to its counterparts available at convenience stores in Japan.
Of course, these Umeboshi candies don’t have any seeds inside.
The ingredients of Kanro Hoshiume candies
Kanro Hoshiume candies are made with almost the same ingredients as the ones produced with traditional methods.The ingredient includes Ume plums, salt, glucose, dextrose syrup, and sweeteners including aspartame.
My review of Kanro Hoshiume candies
It is no exaggeration to say that the Kanro’s dried Umeboshi candy is the best Hoshiume product for me.It is really easy to eat if you like the sourness of Umeboshi plums.I like sucking on the candy for a while to enjoy the sweet Umeboshi flavor.After that, I chew and finish it off.
If you are curious about the classic Japanese dried Umeboshi candy, Hoshiume, I will surely recommend the Kanro’s one.Let’s give it a try, if you are interested.