Koume Soft Candy: Recommended to Ume Plum Beginners
Spring is nearly upon us when, as you know, we enjoy cherry blossom viewing or Hanami (花見).
But what comes to mind when you think of the winter blossom representing Japan?
Most Japanese associate it with Ume (梅). The tree bears plum fruit, and Umeboshi (梅干し) is a quintessential food made of it.
Ume plums can also be the main ingredient of candies, and those treats generally have a well-balanced taste between sweet and tart.
If I give an example, these three Ame products are popular in Japan. And among them, Lotte Koume is the top seller.
Lotte Koume Soft Candy
The Koume hard candy debuted in 1974, while what I introduce here, Koume Soft Candy, went on the market in 2015.
The latter is a relatively new addition by Lotte but has already gained popularity thanks to its addicting taste.
Unlike the original version, this Koume Soft Candy is creamy.
The creaminess calms the acidity characteristic of Ume plums, making the taste mild.
These treats are like a pleasantly chewy caramel cube with no filling.
The Ume candy has a subtle plum flavor but is not sour. Because of that, I highly recommend this to Ume plum beginners.
Nonetheless, the Koume Soft Candy contains 3 percent Ume plum juice and is authentic.
The other main ingredients are starch syrup, sugar, vegetable fat/oil, gelatin, soybean protein, starch, Ume powder, sorbitol, acidifier, emulsifier, cellulose, and flavoring.
Note: the New Edition, as of July 2022, is Otona no Koume (大人の小梅: Adult Koume).