Dagashi: Umaibo Takoyaki Flavor Corn Puff Stick

Known as one of the most loved Dagashi treats in Japan, “Umaibo (うまい棒)” is a long-selling puffed corn snack especially popular with children.

It comes in many unique flavors and only costs 10 yen (about 0.1 USD), which is why many Japanese children love the Dagashi snack.

According to the official website of Umaibo, there are 19 regular flavors in the series as of today, some of which have a very Japanese taste, like Tonkatsu sauce and Mentai.

Umaibo Takoyaki Flavor 

Umaibo Takoyaki Flavor

And that also applies to what I purchased this time, the “Takoyaki (たこ焼)” flavor. The Umaibo Takoyaki went on the market in 1987 and today has become one of the top 5 most popular flavors.

Umaibo Takoyaki Flavor

Umaibo Takoyaki Corn Puff Snack

On the outside, the corn puff stick of Umaibo Takoyaki is dark brown because of the flavorings applied and looks like a burnt snack.

But when you break the stick into two, you can see the puffcorn itself is yellow and plain. Nonetheless, due to the coating, the snack is full of flavor associated with the Takoyaki sauce.

Takoyaki and Takoyaki Sauce 

“Takoyaki (たこ焼き)” is often referred to as octopus balls in English. The wheat flour batter is mixed with dashi soup stock and topped with a chunk of octopus meat and ingredients like finely chopped Beni Shoga and green onions.

The mixture is cooked in a Takoyaki grill pan, and the resulting balls are typically dressed with Takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise, dusted with “Aonori (青のり)” green seaweed powder and “Katsuobushi (鰹節)” bonito shavings.

These octopus balls are crispy on the outside and soft, moist on the inside, while the brown sauce made with lots of vegetables and fruits is rich and sweet.

Takoyaki sauce has a very similar taste to Okonomiyaki sauce, but it’s not that spicy compared to Tonkatsu sauce.


Umaibo Takoyaki Flavor Corn Puff Snack

As I mentioned above, the Umaibo Takoyaki tastes kind of like Takoyaki sauce. It is very savory and somewhat sweet, but not spicy at all. As with the actual octopus ball, Aonori and Beni Shoga (red pickled ginger) are used in the snack.


Umaibo Takoyaki Flavor Ingredients

The main ingredients in the Umaibo Takoyaki stick are non-GMO corn, vegetable oil, sauce, sugar, wheat flour, skim milk powder, Aonori (green seaweed), Beni Shoga (red pickled ginger), spices, yolk powder, shrimp powder, amino acid seasoning, acidifier, sucralose, and caramel pigment.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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