Kabaya Tough Gummy: 5 Flavors of Sour Springy Gummy Candy
I love gummy candy, because in Japan with many varieties available, it is fun to try gummies with different textures and tastes. In fact, convenience stores in Japan stock various unique, appealing gummy candies, typically in front of the checkout counter, so it is hard to decide what to choose.
When I went shopping at a 7 Eleven last time, I was in the mood for sour gummy candy, so from that genre I chose one that was released several years ago yet has already gained wide popularity in Japan.
Kabaya Tough Gummy
What I picked up this time are these “Tough Gummy (タフグミ)” from Kabaya. As the name suggests, the gummy candy is popular especially for its addicting springy texture. It is shaped like a cube, which enhances the resilience of the gummy candy.
Another primary characteristic of Kabaya Tough Gummy is the fine particle coating on the surface, which is pleasantly sour and gives you a refreshing sensation. What is more, the size is fairly big and satisfying.
Kabaya Tough Gummy comes in 2 varieties, and this Tough Gummy “Ume (梅)” features Ume plum flavors. Ume is a sour plum native to East Asia, from which the quintessential Japanese pickle Umeboshi is made.
The red Ume gummy candy has a moderate acidity and is packed full of flavor of Ume plums, while the green one is rather fruity and more of a sweet gummy candy.
The other item is made up of 3 flavors, “Cola”, “Energy Drink”, and “Soda”. To me, the cola flavor has a good old taste reminiscent of a classic Japanese cola, and so is the energy drink flavor. The soda flavor is the sourest of these 3 flavors, but quite refreshing and tastes great.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, according to the ingredient lists, the main ingredients in Kabaya Tough Gummy are starch syrup, sugar, gelatin, vegetable fat and oil, reduced palatinose, sorbitol, acidifier, polysaccharide thickener, flavors and colors, amino acids, sweeteners, and glazing agent.
Based on the nutrition facts, the Tough Gummy candy has about 318 kcal per 100 grams. Its suggested retail price is 180 yen (about 1.7 USD), by the way.