Candy Comparison : Otoko Ume Sheet vs Umeboshi no Sheet
“Ume (梅)” is a tree very familiar to us Japanese that represents Japan’s winter season. It has white or reddish blossoms and is referred to as Japanese apricot in English.
Ume trees bear fruit, which is known as Ume plums. Unlike apricot fruits, the Japanese plums are characterized by their strong sour taste and don’t become sweet even if they have ripened.
Ume plums are not only used in Japanese cuisine, but they can also be a main ingredient for sweets and candies.
In fact, a wide range of Ume candies are sold at supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan, and new types of Ume candies are coming out one after another.
What I bought this time are just that type, which consist of sheets of Umeboshi paste. By the way, “Umeboshi (梅干し)” is the quintessential Japanese pickle made of Ume plums.
Nobel Otoko Ume Sheet and iFactory Umeboshi no Sheet
I bought these 2 Umeboshi candies today, namely, Nobel’s “Otoko Ume Sheet (男梅シート)” and iFactory’s “Umeboshi no Sheet (梅ぼしのシート)” (Amazon.com).
The former, Nobel Otoko Ume Sheet is a relatively new product that was released a few years ago, while the latter, iFactory Umeboshi no Sheet went on the market about 10 years ago and is known as a pioneer of sheet-type Ume plum candies.
As I wrote above, both candies are sold in the form of sheets and available on some online shopping sites outside of Japan. However, as you can see from the above photo, they are quite different in appearance.
Nobel Otoko Ume Sheet
The Otoko Ume candy I bought this time looks like a small piece of beef jerky rather than a sheet.
In fact, the texture of this Umeboshi candy is close to that of beef jerkies. In other words, the Otoko Ume Sheet candy has a pretty hard, chewy texture.
However, unlike beef jerkies, when you chew the thick sheet for a while, it melts in the mouth.
This Otoko Ume Candy has plenty of flavor of Umeboshi plums. It has a distinctive sour flavor and isn’t sweet at all.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Nobel’s Otoko Ume Sheet candy mainly consists of Ume plum flesh (made in China), salt, cornstarch, sugar, starch syrup, acidifiers, amino acid, sorbitol, and sweeteners (aspartame, L-phenylalanine compound).
iFactory Umeboshi no Sheet
iFactory Umeboshi no Sheet is thin in thickness and light in color compared to Nobel Otoko Ume Sheet.
Although this Umeboshi candy has a texture like a sheet of chewing gum, unlike chewing gum, it melts away.
Right after you put the Umeboshi no Sheet in the mouth, you will get a sweet taste from the candy. But when you chew the candy for a while, its taste changes into somewhat sour.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the iFactory’s Umeboshi no Sheet candy mainly consists of Ume plums, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, salt, starch, sweeteners (aspartame, L-phenylalanine compound) acidifiers, and amino acid.
I think that the latter iFactory Umeboshi no Sheet is a candy for Umeboshi beginners as it is somewhat sweet and has a gentle Umeboshi flavor, while the former Nobel Otoko Ume Sheet is a candy with authentic Umeboshi flavor. If you love traditional, salty and sour Umeboshi plums, I think the Otoko Ume Sheet candy is perfect for you.
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