Otoko Ume Candy that is Popular in Japan

Ume plums are one of the essential ingredients for Japanese candies as well as for Japanese cuisine. Especially, Japanese pickled Ume plums, Umeboshi (梅干し) (Amazon.com) is widely known in the world. When it comes to the Japanese candy made with Ume plums, I have introduced many varieties until now, including Hoshiume, Umeboshi Sheet, Nama Ume Ame, and Otoko Ume Gummy Candy.

Speaking of the last Ume candy, actually “Otoko Ume (男梅)” is the brand name of a popular Umeboshi product series of Nobel. Nobel (ノーベル) is a major Japanese confectionery company and has various Umeboshi candies in the Otoko Ume series, which include Otoko Ume Gummy Candy (Amazon.com).

Actually, I purchased another Umeboshi candy from the Nobel’s Otoko Ume series yesterday for this article.

Nobel Otoko Ume Candy (Hard-Type)

What I picked up this time is Noble Otoko Ume Candy (Hard-Type) (Amazon.com), which is one of the best-selling products in the Otoko Ume series. This Umeboshi candy is known as a long-seller item in Japan and popular.

The Umeboshi candy is individually packed and contains the same amount of Ume plum juice as one Ume plum has. Therefore, it has lots of umami of Umeboshi plums in addition to the sourness the Japanese picked plum features.

In fact, this hard candy has a strong flavor of Umeboshi, but it isn’t sharp in taste, rather mild. Hence, if you don’t dislike the flavor of Umeboshi plums, you will definitely like this Japanese candy. Nobel Otoko Ume Candy isn’t sweet, but has a pleasant sourness and saltiness so that it will make you feel refreshed.

The ingredients of Nobel Otoko Ume Candy

According to the description on the back of the product package, the ingredient of Nobel Otoko Ume Candy mainly includes sugar, starch syrup, concentrated Ume plum juice, salt, Ume plum flesh, dextrin, oligosaccharide, Ume vinegar, Shiso (perilla) powder, and Ume plum extract.

Nobel Otoko Ume 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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