Shoyu Ame : A Classic Japanese Soy Sauce Candy

When it comes to the hard candy that represents Japan, Sakuma Drops is famous, because 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)”, literally 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 a gentle sweetness.

Actually, today I picked up a long-selling soy sauce candy that is familiar to many Japanese for this blog article.

“Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)” Shoyu Candy

The quintessential Shoyu Ame is “Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)” (, the hard candy introduced into the Japan’s market in 1954 by Kanro.

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

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

As you can see from the roman letters on the product package, these are sweetened soy sauce candies, and this Shoyu Ame is produced making the most of the umami flavor of special soy sauce.

The Ingredients

Kanro Ame is a simple hard candy made with the 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.

In Conclusion

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 plenty of umami of soy sauce and such a gentle 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 nice.

The Kanro Ame soy sauce candy is available at Japanese supermarkets and some online shopping sites, so if you are interested and get a chance, why not give it a try?

 Kanro Shoyu Ame Hard Candy, 5.45 Ounce


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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