Mizore Dama : Long-seller Fruit Candy Ball with Crystal Sugar Coating

When it comes to the fruit candy that represents Japan, I think Sakuma Drops is well-known worldwide, because the fruit-flavored Japanese hard candy appears in a hit film of Studio Ghibli, “Grave of the Fireflies” (Amazon.com).

Sakuma Drops went on the market in 1908. Even now the old-fashioned canned candy is still available at many supermarkets in Japan and widely loved by people of all generations.

Sakuma Drops, 75g

As for other long-seller Japanese fruit candies, in addition to Sakuma Drops, there is one more hard candy that pops into my head. Actually, the other day I bought the nostalgic fruit candy, so today let me talk about it.

Matsuya Mizore Dama (マツヤ みぞれ玉)

What I want to introduce this time is Matsuya Mizore Dama. Mizore Dama is a long-selling fruit-flavored hard candy produced and sold by Matsuya. The literal meaning of the name “Mizore Dama” is “Sleet Ball”, and in fact this hard candy looks kind of like sleet.

The fruit candy ball comes in 4 flavors, strawberry, lemon, grape, and orange, and each of them has a crystal sugar coating in addition to a bright beautiful color. Thanks to the coarse sugar powder on the surface, Mizore Dama candy can be associated with sleet and gets an appealing look.

Besides, these fruit candies are quite big compared to other Japanese hard candies, so there is no way I can put two or more Mizore Dama balls in the mouth. I think it is a hard-type sugar candy rather than a fruit candy, because all the fruit flavors taste almost the same! a little bit tangy and gently sweet.

The ingredient 

As a matter of fact, Mizore Dama candies are made with sugar, starch syrup, acidifiers, scents and coloring agents, but contain no fruit juice!

Nevertheless, the coarse texture of crystal sugar on the surface and the bigness make many Japanese feel nostalgic and satisfied. Actually, Mizore Dama won the chairman’s prize in the national confectionery exhibition held in 1989.

Where to buy Masuya Mizore Dama Hard Candy Ball

Matsuya Mizore Dama hard candy is widely enjoyed in Japan and available at supermarkets all over the country. Of course, the big fruit candy ball can be also bought on online shopping sites like Amazon Japan.

Matsuya Mizore Dama


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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