Suppasugiru: Super Sour Fruit Soft Candy from Meiji
Quite a few people in the world, including me, love super sour candy as well as extreme spicy snacks. Of course, such products are also available at supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan.
For example, when I think of Japanese candies that are famous for extreme sourness, what come to mind right away are Nobel Super Lemon Candy and UHA Mikakuto Shigekix Gummy Candy as I wrote about them in this article.
They are both known as long-selling items in Japan and characterized by the extreme sourness from a white powder coating on the surface.
In addition to them, actually there is one more candy that became a topic of conversation on some Japanese websites in recent years because of its extreme sourness and acidity, which I purchased today for this blog article.
The super sour candy I bought this time is the “Suppa-Sugiru (スッパスギール)” from Meiji shown above. Actually, “Suppa (スッパ)” in the name stands for “Suppai (酸っぱい)” meaning “Sour” in Japanese, while “Sugiru (スギル)” means “To an excessive degree”.
Therefore, the product name, Suppasugiru literally means being too sour, and as you can see from the package front, caution is necessary in eating this soft candy.
The Meiji Suppasugiru soft candy I bought this time has a vinegared grape & blueberry flavor and in fact these candies look like real blueberries.
When you look closer, you can see that the soft candy is coated with white particles. According to the official website of Meiji Chewing Gum, the white stuff is citric acid powder.
Not only that, but this fruit soft candy actually has a 3 layer structure and consists of the citric acid powder on the surface, extreme sour candy dough, and candy dough whose sour taste lasts long.
What is more, the Suppasugiru fruit candy also contains as much as 800 mg vitamin C in total.
Taste and Texture
As the text on the package and its name indicate, the Suppasugiru candy is really sour, but not too sour for me. Although this candy has a vinegared grape & blueberry flavor, it is fruity rather than vinegary, so if you like sour candy, I think you can enjoy it.
As for the texture, the Japanese soft candy has a chewy texture similar to Morinaga Hi-Chew.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, this Suppagugiru soft candy mainly consists of sugar, starch syrup, vegetable fat and oil, starch, gelatin, brewed vinegar, sweetened condensed milk, fruit vinegar, grape and blueberry juice, and vitamin C.
Where to Buy
I bought this Suppasugiru at a 7 Eleven convenience store, so I think some other convenience store chains in Japan also stock it. Additionally, the Japanese candy is also available on some online shopping sites outside of Japan.