Neri Ame (Mizu Ame) : It’s fun to knead the honey-like candy

There are several simple, good-old candies in Japan that have been loved by both children and adults for decades.

Representative examples of such Japanese candies include “Shio Ame (塩飴)“, “Kuro Ame (黒飴)“, and “Hakka Ame (ハッカ飴)“, all of which I introduced before.

Therefore, today I want to talk about another classic Japanese candy, “Neri Ame (練り飴, or ねりあめ)”. By the way, the Japanese word, “Ame (飴)” generally refers to hard candies.

Neri-Ame (ねりあめ) and Mizu-Ame (水飴)


Unlike Shio Ame, Kuro Ame and Hakka Ame, “Neri-Ame (ねりあめ)” ( is a candy particularly for kids, because it is a kind of DIY candy.

Mizuame (水飴)

Neri Ame is also known as “Mizu-Ame (水飴)” and the Japanese word “Mizu (水)” means water.

I think the reason why Neri Ame has another name Mizu Ame is because the base candy is clear in color like water.


Neri Ame is a cheap sugar candy known as a “Dagashi (駄菓子)“. In fact, this one from Yaokin only costs 50 yen (0.5 USD) in Japan.

The product has the base candy of Neri Ame and a pair of short wooden chopsticks in the package.

The base candy of Neri Ame has a texture like honey, though, it is somewhat thick, sticky, and stretchy compared to honey.

This candy has a lemon flavor, so the color is yellow. Additionally, Neri Ame is available in various flavors and colors.

How to enjoy Neri Ame Candy

Neri-Ame Candy

Neri Ame is a DIY candy, so first you put the base candy on chopsticks.

Actually, what the word “Neri (ねり)” means is kneading, so next you need to knead the base candy sufficiently to complete the making process.

When you knead the base candy for a while, mixing it with air, the candy becomes somewhat soft and its color changes from transparent to translucent.

Kneading the base candy for a few minutes, you can enjoy the Neri Ame candy.


Neri-Ame Candy Ingredients

As mentioned above, Neri Ame is a simple, good-old DIY candy, so the ingredient of this Yaokin’s Neri Ame is also simple and mainly consists of starch syrup, scents and coloring.

Neri Ame Stretchy Sugar Candy


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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