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

Nobel Otoko Ume 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.

Nobel Otoko Ume Umeboshi Plum Hard Candy

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. 


Nobel Otoko Ume Candy Ingredients

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.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

10 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    Do you think this would be too strong for children?

  2. Eric says:

    How sweet is it? Would this be considered too “strong”?


    • Tomo says:

      Thank you for the comments!
      I don’t think the candy is strong in terms of stimulus, but it has a more characteristic “umeboshi” flavor than other umeboshi candies. The taste is not that sweet but more on the umami side. It is mild, but for children and umeboshi beginners, I recommend Nama Ume Ame first, because I hear many people overseas can’t eat the pickled ume plum due to its sour acidic taste.

      I hope this will help!

      • Eric says:

        Thank you for your reply!
        How strong would you say the candy is compared to a real umeboshi?


        PS. sorry for the duplicate comments.

        • Tomo says:

          Hello, thank you for your reply, and never mind about the comment!

          Actually, the taste of umeboshi varies depending on the producer and whether it is produced by traditional methods or modern ones. In general, traditional umeboshi plums are extremely salty and sour, but modern ones, some of which are marinated in honey, are not that strong.

          Among others, I think the Otoko Ume candy has a taste closest to a real umeboshi plum, but it is a piece of candy after all (not that sweet, though), so its sourness and acidity are very weak compared to any kind of umeboshi. Instead, the candy is richer in umami and much tastier than real umeboshi. In a word, it is more of an adult candy than a child’s sweet!

  3. Eric says:

    They arrived today, very yummy! It was actually less “strong” than I thought it would be, but still very good.
    Thanks for the recommendation!

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