Taste Test: Kabaya Kakigori Gummies 3 Flavors
“Kakigori (かき氷)” is a sweet refreshment perfect for Japan’s summer season. As you know, it is a shaved ice dessert shaped like a mountain, flavored with sweet colored syrups.
The syrup for Kakigori is available in various different flavors in supermarkets during hot summer months, but almost all the flavors (mainly fruit flavors) have the same taste and are different only in colors.
Nonetheless, affected by color, many people assume that they have different tastes. So I wondered, Kabaya’s Kakigori Gummies are made up of 3 flavors (lemon, soda, strawberry), but they have the same taste?
Kakigori Gummies From Kabaya
“Kakigori Gummy (かき氷グミ)” is literally a Kakigori-themed gummy candy produced and sold by the Japanese confectionery company Kabaya. I don’t know the exact year when it was released, but for at least over 5 years it has been popular in Japan.
Shaped like actual Kakigori ice, these Kakigori Gummies have a 2-layer structure. Each upper gummy candy part is associated with lemon, soda, and strawberry flavors, coated with sugar particles, while the lower part is made of coarse sugar and recreates unsoaked ice shavings on the bottom.
The lower part of the lemon and soda gummies consist of coarser sugar than that of the strawberry-flavored gummy candy, so they have a more crunchy texture. On the other hand, the upper gummy candy is soft and I found they really have different tastes! The taste of each gummi isn’t sour at all but refreshing and yummy!
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
According to the ingredient list and nutrition facts on the back of the package, with 178 kcal per one bag (55 grams), the Kakigori gummies consist of sugar, starch syrup, gelatin, vegetable fat, sorbitol, acidifier, pectin, flavoring, colors (anthocyanin, safflower yellow pigment, cape jasmine, paprika pigment), and brightener (including wheat).
So they contain no fruit juice and I’d say the difference in taste probably comes from the difference in flavoring.