Kasugai Rakka Ame: Classic Japanese Peanut Candy
“Ame (飴, あめ)” is the Japanese word for hard candy, and there is a variety of Ame treats with a good old taste in Japan.
Representative examples of such classics include Shio Ame, Kuro Ame, Hakka Ame, and Mizu Ame, all of which have long been loved in my country.
As for the manufacturers, especially “Kasugai Seika (春日井製菓)” Confectionery is well-known for having a wide range of Ame hard candies.
The product I introduce here named “Rakka Ame (落花あめ)” is also from Kasugai, and it has been a favorite among Japanese people for over 30 years.
Rakka Ame (落花あめ) from Kasugai
In the name of Rakka Ame, “Rakka (落花)” stands for “Rakkasei (落花生)” meaning “peanut” in Japanese. So the main ingredient of this Japanese treat is peanuts.
As you can see in the photo above, the hard candy Rakka Ame has a somewhat glossy gold color that comes from peanuts, and it actually contains tiny bits of peanuts in the candy.
Because of that, when you bite on the candy with your teeth, it is easily broken into pieces. And thus, there are two ways to enjoy this Ame treat; suck on it or munch it like eating snacks.
Taste-wise, the golden peanut candy is gently sweet and full of nutty flavor that everyone can like. The aftertaste is also good, which is why the Kasugai Rakka Ame has gained deep-rooted popularity in Japan.
Based on the ingredients list on the back of the bag, the Kasugai peanut candy mainly consists of sugar, starch syrup, peanuts, soy sauce, and salt.
Where to Buy
Kasugai Seika Rakka Ame is one of the best and most loved peanut candies in Japan, and it is available in many supermarkets around the country.