Nikki Ame : Classic Japanese cinnamon candy with a little sharp taste

Until now, I have introduced several classic Japanese hard candies, which includes “Shio Ame (塩飴 : Japanese salt candies)“, “Kuro Ame (黒飴 : Japanese brown sugar candies)“, “Hakka Ame (ハッカ飴 : Japanese peppermint candies)“, and “Mizu Ame (水飴 : Japanese starch syrup candies)“.

All of these Japanese candies have been widely enjoyed in Japan for decades and are familiar to us Japanese. Besides, they all have a simple nostalgic taste. Actually, since there is one more such classic Japanese hard candy about which I haven’t written yet, I picked it up the other day.

Nikki Ame (ニッキ飴 : Japanese cinnamon candies)

What I purchased this time for this article is “Nikki Ame (ニッキアメ)” ( from Kasugai Seika, a Japanese confectionery company well-known for its hard candies.

As you can guess from the above, the Japanese word, “Ame (飴, or アメ)” usually refers to hard candies, while “Nikki (ニッキ)” means cinnamon in Japanese. Therefore, Nikki Ame are classic Japanese cinnamon candies with a hard texture.

Like other classic Japanese hard candies, these candies are individually wrapped. As you can see from the photo, the Nikki Ame has a translucent orange color.

Cinnamon is known as the world’s oldest spice. Therefore, Nikki Ame candies feature a little sharp taste that comes from the spice, cinnamon, but they don’t give the tongue any heat sensation.

Thanks to that, these classic Japanese cinnamon candies are easy to eat and loved by adults and children alike. They have a right amount of sugar and a pleasantly nice aroma of Nikki, and as an aftertaste the distinctive sharpness of cinnamon comes. If you are curious about classic Japanese hard candies, Nikki Ame is a must-try.

The ingredients of Nikki Ame candies

According to the description on the back of this product package, the ingredient of Kasugai’s Nikki Ame candies includes sugar, starch syrup, salt, caramel, cinnamon extract, and spices.

Kasugai Nikki Ame Japanese cinnamon 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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