Tankiri Ame : A Classic, Unique Japanese Hard Candy

When you think of classic Japanese candies, what comes to mind?

As for me, that reminds me of “Shio Ame (塩飴)“, “Kuro Ame (黒飴)“, “Hakka Ame (ハッカ飴)“, “Neri Ame (練り飴)” and so on.

Actually, all of these are common classic candies with a simple taste, which, in fact, are available at many supermarkets in Japan.

However, the classic Japanese candy I will introduce this time is hardly seen being sold. By the way, “Ame (飴)” is the Japanese word for hard candies.

Tankiri Ame (たんきり飴)

The other day when I went shopping at a large supermarket in the city of Niigata, I headed to the snack and candy section and looked for something interesting for this blog.

As a result, I found a white Japanese candy with a unique shape that I had never seen before, which attracted my interest.

Tankiri Ame

This is why I have the Japanese candy whose name is “Tankiri Ame (たんきり飴)” now.

According to the internet search results of “What is Tankiri Ame?”, Tankiri Ame is originally a candy for clearing the throat of phlegm, and it seems that there are a variety of local Tankiri Ame candies in various areas of Japan. 

Therefore, some local Tankiri Ame actually contain herbal medicines like ginger in the candy.

Tankiri Ame Hard Candy

The Tankiri Ame candy is made by heating ingredients with a boiler, taking time. The ingredients originally have a black color, but when simmered, the color changes from black to white.

By the way, like this candy, the traditional Japanese candy made with a “Kama (釜)” boiler is generally called “Ji-Ame (地飴)”

Thanks to the producing method, this classic candy has a unique shape and texture. It looks swelled, yet contains no air.

Besides, unlike typical hard candies, the Tankiri Ame candy is easy to break into pieces when you bite, even though it is hard in texture.


Tankiri Ame Hard Candy Ingredients

According to the ingredient list on the back of the bag, this Tankiri Ame is hand-made with only 3 ingredients, cane sugar, granulated sugar and starch syrup.

As you can guess from this, the hard candy is simple in taste and has a mild, gentle sweetness that makes us Japanese feel nostalgic.

Where to Buy Tankiri Ame Hard Candy

Tankiri Ame Hard Candy

As I wrote above, Tankiri Ame can be hardly found even in supermarkets in Japan, so it may be a good idea to buy the candy on online shopping sites like Amazon Japan if you are interested.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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