Nikki Ame: Classic Japanese Cinnamon Candy
Until now, I have introduced several classic Japanese hard candies, which include “Shio Ame (塩飴: salt candy)”, “Kuro Ame (黒飴: brown sugar candy)”, “Hakka Ame (ハッカ飴: Japanese peppermint candy)”, and “Mizu Ame (水飴: starch syrup candy)”.
All of these “Ame (飴)” candies have been widely enjoyed in Japan for decades and are very familiar to us Japanese with a simple nostalgic taste. Actually, in addition to them, there is one more such classic Ame hard candy about which I haven’t written yet, so I purchased that the other day at a supermarket for this blog article.
Nikki Ame (ニッキ飴) Candy
What I bought this time is the product shown above called “Nikki Ame (ニッキアメ)” from the Japanese confectionery company “Kasugai Seika (春日井製菓)”. Actually, the word “Ame (飴, アメ)” stands for hard candy, while “Nikki (ニッキ)” is the Japanese word for cinnamon. Thus, Nikki Ame is the classic Japanese cinnamon candy with a hard texture.
As with other good old Ame candies, these treats are individually wrapped, and as you can see in the photo, the Nikki Ame has a beautiful jewel-like translucent orange color. Cinnamon is known as the world’s oldest spice, so the Japanese cinnamon candy features a little sharp taste that comes from the spice, cinnamon, but doesn’t give your tongue any heat sensation.
Thanks to that, these cinnamon candies are easy to eat and in fact widely loved by both adults and children in Japan. They have a moderate sweetness with the good aroma of Nikki and leave a distinctive, slightly sharp aftertaste as I mentioned above.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, for those who are curious about the ingredients and nutrition facts, here it is. According to the lists, with 390 kcal per 100 grams, the Kasugai Seika’s classic Nikki Ame is a simple hard candy consisting of sugar, starch syrup, salt, caramel, cinnamon extract, and spices.