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
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.
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.
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.