Cola Ball: A Dagashi Jelly Candy from Yaokin
“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 (about 0.1 USD) to 100 yen (about 1 USD) in Dagashiya and supermarkets, marketed mainly towards children and teenagers.
Dagashi comes in numerous varieties, and the majority 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 this time.
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, and that was the first time I saw the product.
From the outside of the bag, 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 now.
In the bag, there are 11 small plastic cups of individually packed candy. And 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 the cola flavor is somewhat weak to me.
Nevertheless, since this product overall gives me a sense of nostalgia, I was pretty satisfied with it.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, for people who want to know the ingredients and nutrition facts of the cola ball candy, here are the labels.