Cola Ball: A Dagashi Jelly Candy from Yaokin
As you may already know, Dagashi (駄菓子) is the generic term for cheap and relatively small Japanese snacks and candies.
Those treats are sold at a price ranging from 10 yen to 100 yen in Dagashiya and supermarkets, marketed mainly towards children and teenagers.
Dagashi comes in numerous varieties, and many are unique. Most kids in Japan grow up with Dagashi treats, which is why most Japanese people are familiar with them.
Since there are so many Dagashi varieties, even now, I once in a while come across one I have never seen before. And that also applies to what I introduce here.
Cola Ball Candy from Yaokin
I accidentally found the Dagashi named Cola Ball (コーラボール) from Yaokin at a Welcia drugstore the other day, which was the first time I saw the product.
From the outside of the package, the semisphere-shaped wine-red stuff inside looked like jelly candy. But I was not sure what exactly it was. So I wanted to make it clear, and here it is.
There are 11 small plastic cups of individually packed candy in the bag. As I expected from their appearance, these are cola-flavored jelly candies.
The odd-looking yet adorable yellow mascot character on the packaging gives me the impression that this product is just for children.
These Dagashi jellies are pretty firm and not that sweet. I like the texture but felt the cola flavor is somewhat weak.
Nonetheless, since this product gives me a sense of nostalgia, overall, I was pretty satisfied with it.
Ingredients & Nutrition Facts
Lastly, for your information, here are the ingredients and nutrition facts of the Yaokin cola ball candy.
Starch syrup, High-fructose corn syrup, Concentrated apple juice, Gelling agent (Polysaccharide thickener), Acidifier, Flavoring, Color (Caramel)
|Salt Equivalents||0.02 g|