Koume Soft Candy: I Tried the Addicting Ume Plum Candy

Spring is nearly upon us, when, as you know, we Japanese enjoy cherry blossom viewing or Hanami. But what comes to mind when you think of the winter blossom that represents Japan?

Actually, most Japanese associate the plant that blooms in winter with “Ume (梅)”. The Ume tree bears edible fruit, with which various foods are made in Japan. Even among those, Umeboshi (梅干し) is a quintessential food made of the fruit Ume plums.

Ume plums are often used as the main ingredient for Japanese candies as well. Japanese Ume candies generally feature a nice balance between the sour taste of Ume plums and the sweetness that offsets the sourness. Thus, they have a pleasant sour-sweet flavor as a whole.

If I give examples of famous Japanese Ume candies, these 3 hard candies that I introduced before are well-known as long-selling items in Japan. Especially, Lotte Koume is popular among them and has lots of fans, so it is also available in soft candy form.

Lotte Koume Soft Candy 

Lotte Koume Soft Candy

The Koume hard candy widely loved by us Japanese was introduced into the market by Lotte in 1974, while what I introduce here Koume Soft Candy went on the market in 2015. Nevertheless, this relatively new Ume plum candy has already gained popularity in Japan thanks to its addicting taste.

Koume Soft Ume Plum Candy

Unlike the long-selling hard Koume candy, this soft-type Koume candy is creamy and its creaminess makes the acidity characteristic of Koume candy mild.

The Koume Soft Candy is shaped like a cube and only consists of one lump with no filling. It is not sour at all and has a subtle flavor of Ume plums. As for the texture, it is chewy just like caramel cubes. From these features, this Japanese treat is highly recommended to people who have never tried Ume plum candies.


Lastly, according to the description on the package, this Koume Soft Candy contains 3% of Ume plum juice.

Lotte Koume Soft Candy Ingredients

And the other ingredients mainly consist of starch syrup, sugar, vegetable fat and oil, gelatin, soybean protein, starch, Ume plum powder, sorbitol, acidifier, emulsifier, cellulose, and scents.


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.

6 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    I just wanted to let you know in the last introduction paragraph,
    “… Japanese Ume candies, these 3 hard candies that I introduced…”
    the link isn’t working properly. I think it is an editing link, and leads to a login page.

    Sorry if its hard to understand, thanks for your awesome blog!

    • Tomo says:

      Thanks for your kindness, I just now fixed the link error!
      I will be improving the content of my blog articles if necessary, also my English!

      Thank You!

      • Eric says:

        Your blog is awesome! Also, your english skills are very good! May I ask how you learned to speak it so well? I am trying to learn Japanese, so I was wondering how you became so fluent.

        Also sorry for pestering you with so many questions.

        • Tomo says:

          Thank you, and please don’t hesitate to post comments!

          I studied English at schools and have been eagerly learning it since a couple of years ago. Basically, I often read English blogs and articles relating to my blog. Also, Twitter’s timeline is a good place to learn English.

          I’ m regularly rewriting my past articles, making them easier to understand, using useful expressions I got from those places🙂

          • Eric says:

            Wow, thank you for your detailed response!
            I think I will try reading more.
            Once again, thanks!

          • Tomo says:

            Hello, Eric san! (こんにちわ、エリックさん!)
            And here on my blog, you can write messages in Japanese whenever you want to🙂!

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