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Soda Ume-Shu
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 it.

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 though.


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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 loved it.

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!

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