Ninja Meshi: Popular Umami-Rich Gummy Candy
When I think of regular flavors of Japanese gummy candy, what comes to my mind first is Umeboshi, which, as you may already know, is a traditional Japanese pickle made of a sour plum called “Ume (梅)”.
In fact, a bunch of Umeboshi-flavored gummy candies can be seen in Japan, where new products featuring the flavor are coming out one after another.
As an example, Nobel Otoko Ume Gummy Candy is a relatively new product with a delicious Umeboshi flavor, and what I introduce “Ninja Meshi (忍者めし)” also has an umami-rich Umbeboshi flavor.
Ninja Meshi (忍者めし)
Ninja Meshi is a hard-type gummy candy from UHA Mikakuto, which currently comes in 3 flavors: “Ume Katsuo (梅かつお: plum and bonito)”, “Kyoho (巨峰: Kyoho grape)”, and “Cola (コーラ)”, and this Ume Katsuo is the original flavor of the series.
Umeboshi plums are typically garnished with “Katsuo-bushi (鰹節)” bonito flakes, so the food combination of Ume and Katsuo is actually very familiar to us Japanese.
Featuring the additive umami taste from the bonito extract contained, these Ninja Meshi Ume Katsuo gummies are not that sour and have a very chewy texture, so you can savor the taste for quite some time.
As you know, “Ninja (忍者)” is a professional spy highly trained in stealth and secrecy, and these treats can be great portable food for those like Ninja 🙂
Lastly, let’s check the ingredient list on the back of the package. Based on that, I think the white particles on the surface are a mix of Ume plum powder and bonito extract powder.
The other main ingredients in the gummy are starch syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, gelatin, cereal vinegar, kombu extract, Ume plum extract, black rice vinegar, milk sugar, konjac powder, starch, salt, powdered soy sauce, and “Nanko Ume (南高梅)” known as a high-grade Ume species.