Otoko Ume Candy: Nobel’s Popular Umeboshi Plum Candy
Ume plums are one of the essential ingredients for Japanese candies as well as for Japanese cuisine. As an example, the pickled Ume plums “Umeboshi (梅干し)” is a food that represents Japan.
On the other hand, when it comes to the Japanese candy made with Ume plums, there is a wide range of products available, which include Hoshiume, Umeboshi no Sheet, Nama Ume Ame, and Otoko Ume Gummy Candy.
Among them, “Otoko Ume (男梅)” is actually the brand name of a popular Umeboshi product series of “Nobel (ノーベル)”, which is a major Japanese confectionery company with various Umeboshi candies in its Otoko Ume line, including Otoko Ume Gummy Candy.
In addition to that gummy candy, there is actually one more popular Umeboshi candy in the series, which I bought today for this blog article.
Nobel Otoko Ume Hard Candy
What I picked up this time is the pictured “Otoko Ume Candy (男梅キャンディー)” from Nobel, which is one of the best-selling products in its Otoko Ume line and has been a long-time favorite in Japan.
This Umeboshi plum hard candy is individually packed and contains the same amount of Ume plum juice as a single piece of Ume plum, so it is packed with the flavor and acidic umami taste of Umeboshi plums.
In fact, this Japanese hard candy has a taste characteristic of Umeboshi, which isn’t sharp at all but mild, easy-to-eat, and very tasty. Hence, if you don’t dislike the salty-sour taste of Umeboshi plums, you will definitely like this Ume plum candy.
The Nobel Otoko Ume Candy isn’t sweet but is characterized by its acidic yet umami-rich taste.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list on the back of the 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.