Otoko Ume Candy : A Popular Umeboshi Plum Candy in Japan
Ume plums are one of the essential ingredients for Japanese candies as well as for Japanese cuisine.
For example, the pickled Ume plums “Umeboshi (梅干し)” is a processed Ume food that represents Japan.
Speaking of “Otoko Ume (男梅)”, actually it 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, including Otoko Ume Gummy Candy (Amazon.com).
In addition to that gummy candy, actually there is one more popular Umeboshi candy in the series, which I purchased this time for this blog article.
Nobel Otoko Ume Hard Candy
What I bought this time is this Noble’s “Otoko Ume Candy (男梅キャンディー)” (Amazon.com), which is one of the best-selling products in the Otoko Ume series.
This Umeboshi hard candy is known as a long-selling item in Japan and has become a standard Ume plum candy today.
The Nobel’s Umeboshi candy is individually packed and contains the same amount of Ume plum juice as a piece of real Ume plum.
Therefore, it has lots of umami of Umeboshi plums in addition to the acidity the 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 salty sour taste of Umeboshi plums, you will definitely like this Japanese candy.
The Nobel Otoko Ume Candy isn’t sweet and is characterized by its pleasant sourness. So the Umeboshi candy will make you feel refreshed.
Finally, according to the ingredient list on the back of the silver package, the main ingredients in Nobel Otoko Ume Candy are sugar, starch syrup, concentrated Ume plum juice, salt, Ume plum flesh, dextrin, oligosaccharide, Ume vinegar, Shiso (perilla) powder, and Ume plum extract.