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 

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.

Koume Soft Ume Plum Candy

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.


Lotte Koume Soft Candy Ingredients

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).


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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