Cocoa Cigarette: Orion’s Long-Selling Dagashi Candy

Kids tend to want to imitate what adults enjoy, say smoking, and 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 such precocious kids’ wishes come true.

Namaiki Beer

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

Then, what about cigarettes?

Orion’s Cocoa Cigarette

Orion's Cocoa Cigarette

Actually, the 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 his or her pocket, you might be astonished.

Cocoa Cigarette Sugar Candy

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

Orion Cocoa Cigarette Sugar Candy

As you can guess from the name Cocoa Cigarette, this cigarette-like candy stick has a subtle cocoa flavor. But it is more of a peppermint candy than a cocoa-flavored confection.

Its main ingredient is sugar and regarding texture, the cigarette-like sugar candy is pretty hard and chalky.

As the Japanese literary style indicates, Cocoa Cigarette is a classic candy with a long history which was introduced in 1951 and has been loved by children in Japan through the ages. 

In fact, Orion Cocoa Cigarette is a famous Dagashi candy in Japan and only costs 30 yen (about 0.3 USD), making it possible for kids to buy the treat even with their 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, emulsifier, and flavoring.

Where to Buy

Orion’s Cocoa Cigarette is available at many supermarkets in Japan, also can 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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