Mizore Dama: Crystal Sugar-Coated Fruit Candy Balls
When it comes to fruit candy that represents Japan, Sakuma Drops is probably one of the best-recognized in many countries, because the fruit-flavored hard candies appear in Studio Ghibli’s hit film “Hotaru no Haka (火垂るの墓)”, known as “Grave of the Fireflies” in English.
The Japanese candy, Sakuma Drops went on the market in 1908, and even now the classic canned fruit candy is widely loved by both adults and children in Japan.
Actually in addition to Sakuma Drops, when I think of fruit candy, there is one more Japanese treat that pops into my head, which I actually bought for today’s blog article.
Matsuya Mizore Dama (マツヤ みぞれ玉)
What I introduce here is the pictured Matsuya Mizore Dama. The product, Mizore Dama is a fruit-flavored hard candy produced and sold by Matsuya.
The literal meaning of “Mizore Dama (みぞれ玉)” is “Sleet Ball”, and in fact, the hard candies look kind of like sleet.
The sleet-like fruit candy ball comes in 4 flavors, strawberry, lemon, grape, and orange, and each ball is coated with crystal sugar particles and has a bright, beautiful color that is associated with its own flavor.
Thanks to the beautiful hues and the coarse sugar coating on the surface, the hard candy Mizore Dama has an attractive appearance and looks similar to sleet.
Since these treats are quite big compared to other Japanese hard candies, there is no way I can put two or more Mizore Dama balls in the mouth.
Frankly speaking, Mizore Dama is more of a sugar candy than a fruit candy because all the fruit flavors taste almost the same! They are all a little bit tangy and have a gentle sweetness.
As a matter of fact, according to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Mizore Dama candy balls are made mainly with sugar, starch syrup, acidifier, flavoring, and colors, and contain no fruit juice.
Nevertheless, the Japanese candy balls are quite delicious and will make you satisfied. In fact, in the National Confectionery Exhibition held in 1989, Matsuya Mizore Dama won the chairman’s award.
Where to Buy
Since the sleet-like colorful fruit candy, Matsuya Mizore Dama has been a long-time favorite in Japan, the product is available at many supermarkets around the country as well as online.