Cocoa Cigarette : Orion’s Nostalgic Sugar Candy

Kids tend to want to imitate what adults enjoy, say smoking or drinking. As a matter of fact, when I was small, I was that kind of boy.

But I wasn’t such a bad boy, so I legally enjoyed smoking and drinking. Luckily, in Japan there are food companies that make precocious kids’ wishes come true.

Namaiki Beer

For example, if you realize this Namaiki Beer is a non-alcoholic drink for kids, you can allow your children to drink it. 

Then, what about cigarettes?

Orion’s Cocoa Cigarette

Orion's Cocoa Cigarette

A Japanese confectionery company, Orion legally fulfills the children’s wish with this “cocoa cigarette (ココアシガレット)”.

Orion's sugar candies like cigarettes

At first glance, the contents appear to be cigarettes, so if your child took the white stuff out of the pocket, you might be astonished.

Cocoa Cigarette Sugar Candy

But when you take a closer look at the white things, you find they are not cigarettes, but candies.

Orion Cocoa Cigarette Sugar Candy

As the name indicates, this candy stick has a subtle cocoa flavor. But it is more of a peppermint candy than a cocoa confection.

In fact, the main ingredient is sugar and the cigarette-like sugar candy is pretty hard and chalky.

As the Japanese literary style indicates, Orion’s cocoa cigarette is a long-selling candy that was released in 1951 in Japan, which has been loved by children through the ages. 

In fact, the Cocoa Cigarette is a famous Dagashi candy in Japan and only costs 30 yen (about 0.3 USD), making it possible for kids to purchase the candy with small pocket money.


Orion's Cocoa Cigarette Ingredients

According to the ingredient list, the Japanese cigarette candy consists of sugar, dextrose, dextrin, cocoa powder, processed starch, emulsifiers, and flavors.

Where to Buy the Japanese Cigarette Candy

Orion’s cocoa cigarette is available at many supermarkets in Japan. In addition, since the Japanese cigarette candy is fairly well recognized, it can also be bought on some online shopping sites outside of Japan.


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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