The Most Famous Soy Sauce Candy (Shoyu Ame) in Japan

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

On the other hand, when I think of the classic 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)”, or Japanese soy sauce candies.

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

Today I picked up a long-selling Japanese soy sauce candy that is familiar to many Japanese, so I want to introduce it.

The Most Famous Soy Sauce Candy in Japan

The quintessential Shoyu Ame is the hard candy “Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)” ( released in 1954 by Kanro.

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

The Shoyu Ame hard candy, Kanro Ame has the golden color that perhaps comes from its main ingredient, soy sauce.

As you can see from the product package, these are sweet soy sauce candies.This is because this Shoyu Ame is made using umami ingredients of special soy sauce.

The ingredients of Kanro Ame soy sauce candy

Kanro Ame is the simple candy made with only 4 ingredients, sugar, starch syrup, soy sauce, and salt.It contains no scents or coloring so that you can give the soy sauce candy to your children at ease.

The classic Japanese soy sauce candy, Shoyu Ame is a must-try 

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

It has moderate sweetness and is so mild that you won’t get tired of eating it.Besides, the aftertaste is refreshing and the sweet taste doesn’t remain in the mouth for a long time, so if you get a chance, just give it a try!It is available at, but pretty pricy.


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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