Tankiri Ame: Classic Japanese Candy for Clearing Phlegm

When you think of classic Japanese candy, 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 the like.

Actually, “Ame (飴)” is the Japanese word for hard candy, and all of these are treats that have long been loved in Japan and that many supermarkets stock. However, the classic Japanese candy I introduce here is hardly seen being sold. 

Tankiri Ame (たんきり飴)

Actually, I headed to the snack and candy section and looked for something interesting for this blog while I was shopping at a large supermarket in the city of Niigata the other day, 

As a result, I found a unique-shaped white candy that I had never seen before, which drew my interest. This is why I have the Japanese candy whose name is “Tankiri Ame (たんきり飴)” now.

Tankiri Ame

According to some online sources, Tankiri Ame is originally a candy for clearing the throat of phlegm, and it seems that there are a variety of Tankiri Ame candies locally sold in various areas of Japan. 

Therefore, some local Tankiri Ame candies actually contain herbal extracts like ginger.

Tankiri Ame Hard Candy

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

By the way, like this treat, traditional Japanese candies that are made using a boiler called “Kama (釜)” are generally called “Ji-Ame (地飴)”

Because of the production method, Tankiri Ame has a unique shape and texture. These candies appear to be swollen but contain no air. Besides, unlike normal hard candies, Tankiri Ame is easily broken into pieces when you bite, even though it has a hard texture.


Tankiri Ame Hard Candy Ingredients

According to the ingredient list on the back of the bag, this Tankiri Ame is hand-made only from 3 ingredients, cane sugar, granulated sugar, and starch syrup. So with a mild, gentle sweetness, the white candy is simple in taste.

Where to Buy

Tankiri Ame Hard Candy

As I mentioned above, Tankiri Ame can hardly be found even in supermarkets in Japan, so if you really want to give it a try, I think the best option is to search and buy it online.


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.

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