Shoyu Ame : Classic Japanese Soy Sauce Candy

When it comes to the hard candy that represents Japan, I think Sakuma Drops is especially famous in the world, because the Japanese fruit candy appears in the hit anime movie released in 1988 by Studio Ghibli “Grave of the Fireflies”.

Shoyu Ame (しょうゆ飴)

Meanwhile, when I think of the hard candy unique to Japan that is widely enjoyed by Japanese people of all generations, what comes to mind is “Shoyu Ame (しょうゆ飴)”, literally soy sauce candy.

Although you might imagine, from its name, that the Japanese soy sauce candy, Shoyu Ame is salty rather than sweet, it isn’t salty at all but has a gentle sweetness that everyone comes to like.

Since today I picked up one of the most beloved Shoyu Ame candies in Japan in a supermarket near my house, here I will introduce it.

Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)

Kanro Ame Japanese Soy Sauce Candy

The quintessential Japanese Shoyu Ame I bought this time is this “Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)”, the hard candy introduced into Japan’s market in 1954 by the major Japanese food company “Kanro (カンロ)”.

These Kanro’s soy sauce candies are individually wrapped, and the plastic wrapper is easily unwrapped by pulling both sides at the same time.

Kanro's Shoyu Ame

The Shoyu Ame hard candy, Kanro Ame has a small ball shape and features a golden color that comes mainly from the ingredient, soy sauce.

Kanro Ame Japanese Soy Sauce Candy

As you can see from the roman letters on the product package, Kanro Ame is a sweet soy sauce candy, and is produced by making the most of the umami taste of special soy sauce.


Kanro Ame Japanese Soy Sauce Candy Ingredients

Kanro Ame is a simple, good old Japanese candy made from the 4 ingredients, sugar, starch syrup, soy sauce, and salt. It contains no scents or coloring, so children can consume it safely.


If you are a candy lover, the classic Japanese soy sauce candy, Shoyu Ame is a must-try. In fact, the Kanro Ame hard candy has been a favorite of Japanese people for more than 60 years.

Containing plenty of umami from soy sauce, the Japanese soy sauce candy has such a gentle, rich sweetness that you won’t get tired of eating it. What is better, since the sweet taste doesn’t linger in the mouth for a long time, the aftertaste is also good.

The Kanro Ame soy sauce candy is available on some online shopping sites outside Japan, as well as being sold at most supermarkets in Japan, so if you are interested and get a chance, why not give it a try?!


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. 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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