Sakuranbo Mochi: Classic Dagashi Candy from Kyosin
Dagashi (駄菓子) is the umbrella term for cheap Japanese snacks and candies, many of which consist of small pieces and are unique or quirky.
If I give an example, one of the representatives is this Sakuranbo Mochi (さくらんぼ餅) from Kyosin (共親), a long-established confectionery company based in Nagoya.
Kyosin Sakuranbo Mochi & Ao-Ringo Mochi
Sakuranbo Mochi (Price: 30 yen) is one of Japan’s best-known Mochi Ame (餅飴) or mochi-like candies that’s been around for decades and has a sibling, Ao-Ringo Mochi (青リンゴ餅) (both released in 1979).
Although these treats from Kyoshin have different colors associated with Sakuranbo (さくらんぼ: meaning cherry) and Ao-Ringo (青リンゴ: green apple), they actually have the same flavor.
The taste is neither cherry nor green apple, and the way reminds me of Kakigori syrups (which are also basically the same taste).
Instead, these candies feature a pleasant chewy mochi-like texture, and as you chew, the gentle sweetness from starch syrup and sugar spreads in your mouth.
Although these treats are retro candies that used to be a fad in the past, now, the simplicity, on the contrary, feels brand new to me.
The taste and texture, the toothpick, and the packaging are all just Japanese, and because of that, I want you to try these good-old Dagashi sweets at least once.
|Starch syrup, Sugar, Starch, Mochiko glutinous rice flour, Vegetable fat/oil, Agar, Sorbitol, Emulsifier, Flavoring, Acidifier, Colors (Sakuranbo: Red No.106/Ao-Ringo: Yellow No.4, Blue No.1)|
|Salt equivalents||0.001 g|