Taste Test: Kakigori Gummies from Kabaya, 3 Flavors
“Kakigori (かき氷)” is a sweet refreshment perfect for the summer season.
As you know, it is a dessert made of shaved ice shaped like a mountain, sweetened with colored syrups.
The syrup for Kakigori is available in various different flavors in supermarkets during the hot summer months.
But almost all the flavors (mainly fruit flavors) have the same taste and are different only in color.
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 at least over 5 years, it has been popular in Japan.
Shaped like actual Kakigori ice, these gummies have a 2-layer structure. Each upper gummy candy part is coated with sugar particles associated with lemon, soda, and strawberry flavors.
Meanwhile, the lower part is made from coarse sugar and recreates unsoaked ice shavings on the bottom.
The lower part of the lemon and soda gummies consists of coarser sugar than that of the strawberry gummy. 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 gummy isn’t sour at all, but they are refreshing and yummy!
Ingredients and Calories
Lastly, let’s see the ingredient list and nutrition facts label on the back of the package.
Based on that, with 178 kcal per 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.