By Noriko Hirano
Soda Ume-Shu are some delicious delicacies you may find in your local
store, they are made by Kasugai and imported by JFC International. I
bought mine at Mison's Oriental Food Mart.
These candies have a flavor all their own, plum, but fizzy. Something
like Alka-Seltzer, only sweeter and weaker. A good flavor to compare are
Starburst Plum Passion fruit chews. The thing that makes these candies
unique is the fizz. If the thought of Alka-Seltzer candy makes you
skeptical, then think of a candy that has several pop-rocks imbedded in
The package is typical of many Japanese candies, it reads Soda Umeshu in
Japanese and English while telling you about the candy in a strange
Japanglish. "spirits flavored with ume and soda" what an artful way to
tell people the candies have plum and soda, the rest is not needed, so
it is put in English, making it appeal to younger people, while being
understood relatively well. Costing $2.25 for 125g I would recommend
there to my fellow plum-lovers and to people looking for something
different, not to people who are happy with M&M's and Jolly Ranchers
Koyuki Apple Candy
By Noriko Hirano
Koyuki Apple Candy by Lotte. In two words, utterly delicious. Out of the
twenty-five people I asked to try it at my high school, all twenty-five
The candies are sweet, but not oversweet, with a distinct
apple taste, very close to that of apple cider, without being as strong.
The 77g. package also includes about five candies that are twice as
large and include a gummi center. Delicious!
I have nothing but good things to say about these candies. They are
slightly pricey though, I paid $2.50 a bag at the local Oriental food store,
Misons. A cute bonus is the story on the back about the two lovers and the
way that many of
the candies have different wrappers.
I give Koyuki Apple Candies a 10
on a scale of 1-10. Go get some of these!