Ame vs Okashi : What is the Difference in Meaning?
Although Okashi, Wagashi, and Dagashi are 3 Japanese words for snacks, candies and sweets, specifically they have a somewhat different meaning as I wrote about it before.
The Difference in Meaning between Okashi and Ame
Among those, “Okashi (お菓子)” refers to any kind of snack, candy and sweet, regardless of where they are produced. In other words, Okashi is the generic term for snacks, candies and sweets.
In addition to Okashi, Wagashi and Dagashi, actually there is one more Japanese word that refers to candies, which is “Ame (飴)”.
What is Ame (飴)?
“Ame (飴)” is a category included in Okashi and generally refers to hard candies.
Ame candies that can be called Amedama
The Ame with the shape of a sphere or ball can be called “Ame-Dama (飴玉)”, which literally means “hard candy ball” in Japanese.
Kata-Ame (固飴) and Mizu-Ame (水飴)
Strictly speaking, Ame is further categorized into 2 types, “Kata-Ame (固飴)” and “Mizu-Ame (水飴)”.
Kata-Ame literally means “hard candy” and most Japanese Ame candies are classified as Kata-Ame. In other words, they have a hard texture that slowly melts in the mouth.
Mizu Ame (水飴)
On the other hand, Mizu-Ame refers to thick, gooey, stretchy candies like honey. As the Japanese word, “Mizu (水)” means “water”, Mizu-Ame is usually clear in color.
(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia 飴 )