5 Cheapest “Dagashi” Snacks that are popular with Japanese children

Have you ever heard that there is a snack genre unique to Japan that is especially popular among children? The name of the Japanese snack genre is “Dagashi (駄菓子)”.

Dagashi are cheap snacks and candies with a relatively small size, which are so-called junk foods. In Japan, the cheapest Dagashi snacks are being sold for only 10 yen (about  0.09 U.S. Dollars), so it is fun for kids to choose such cheap Dagashi snacks because they can buy various kinds of Dagashi with a small change.

5 Popular Dagashi Snacks that are available for Only 10 Yen in Japan

Today, I want to introduce 5 Dagashi snacks available for only 10 yen in Japan that are popular with children in particular, all of which I used to enjoy as well when I was a kid. These are being sold not only at many supermarkets, drugstores, and convenience stores in Japan, but they are also available on Amazon.com.

Oyatsu Calpas

Oyatsu Calpas – Japanese beef jerky snacks

Oyatsu Calpas is a Japanese semi-dry sausage snack like a cross between beef jerky and salami. This Dagashi snack only costs 10 yen in Japan. It is not spicy but easy to eat, and really tasty despite the price. Therefore, Oyatsu Calpas is not only recommended to kids, but it also makes adults satisfied because the Japanese sausage snack goes perfectly with beer.

Mochi Taro

Mochi Taro – Addicting snacks like Okaki rice crackers

The snack name, Mochi Taro is composed of 2 Japanese words. The former, “Mochi (餅)” refers to sticky plain glutinous rice cakes, while the latter, “Taro (太郎)” is a common Japanese boy’s name, but Mochi Taro is a crispy snack made from wheat flour and starch, not rice. Nevertheless, this Dagashi snack is a little salty and has a nice crispy texture just like an Okaki rice cracker. It is a simple snack but tastes good.

Marukawa Fusen Gum

Marukawa Bubble Gum Assort Pack

Marukawa Fusen Gum is a Japanese bubble gum with fruity flavor. This bubble gum Dagashi is very famous in Japan as a long-seller item. The price of 10 yen has never been changed for decades, but even now, the bubble gum has a satisfying flavor like real fruit. Each of the flavors has a different color of sugar coating that is associated with some fruit.

Kabayaki-san Taro

Kabayaki-san Taro – Japanese fish paste Dagashi snacks

When you hear “Kabayaki (蒲焼き)”, you may bring broiled eel to mind, but the main ingredient of Kabayaki-san Taro is walleye pollack, and this snack is a famous fish paste Dagashi snack available for only 10 yen. Kabayaki-san Taro is salty-sweet in taste with a little spiciness like a Kabayaki sauce. It is quite hard and tough in texture so that you will either like it or dislike it.


Umaibo – 50 Packs of 11 Flavors

As you may know, Umaibo is one of the most famous Japanese snacks. This Dagashi is a corn puff snack bar with a slightly hard texture and comes in many unique flavors. The price of 10 yen has never been changed since the first product of the series went on the market in 1979. Now, some Japanese Dagashi lovers call Umaibo “The King of Dagashi”.

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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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