20 Strangest Japanese Candies

Posted on January 21, 2010

If their candy is any indication, the Japanese have a completely different philosophy about making candy than Americans. Ranging from useful to outright odd, their candy is often designed to serve a double purpose. Here are the twenty strangest confectioneries Japan has to offer:

1. Bust Up Gum. Are you a woman? Unhappy with your breast size? Well, the makers of Bust Up Gum claim chewing their gum can make your breasts fuller and firmer. They also claim the gum can improve the look of your hair and nails.

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2. Yuzu Kit Kat. It’s safe to say Japan has some odd twists on an English and American favorite, the Kit Kat bar. In this version, they add Yuzu (a Japanese cross between a lemon and a lime) and . . . hot pepper. Yes, hot pepper.

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3. No Time Gum. Out and about? No time to brush your teeth? This gum is a brilliant way to keep your teeth clean. Simply pop it into your mouth and chew after a meal.

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4. Suplitol Tongkat Ali Gum for Men. The makers of Bust Up Gum also make a gum for men—this one to enlarge penis size.

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5. Echizen Kurage candy. Already reported by Weird Asian News, this candy is made from echizen kurage, a 6-foot, 440-pound jellyfish. Developed by students at Obama Fisheries High School, this confectionary comes in the flavor of a combination of jellyfish and caramel.

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Also available as cookies.

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6. Every Burger. Have you ever craved a bourbon chocolate cookie that absolutely must be shaped like a hamburger? Well, search no more. Every Burger has what you need.

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If chocolate is not your thing, but Burgers still are, then you might enjoy some burger flavored hard candies… Yum!

7. Ika. This concoction consists of dried squid covered in chocolate. Hey, why not? The French did it with ants, you know.

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8. Okonomiyaki Drops. Another candy drop based on okonomiyaki, or “Japanese pizza.” Mayo, cabbage, and radish flavorings abound in this drop. Yum.

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9. Grilled Lamb caramels. That’s right: grilled lamb flavored caramels.

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10. Pepperfruits. This particular gum is made of different types of fruit mixed with peppercorn. Hold on : this isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Supposedly, peppercorn is a fruit. See? Fruity, peppery. Totally works.

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11. Takoyaki Drops. A candy drop based on takoyaki, a food in which octopus is dropped into a ball of cooking batter, then topped with Japanese mayonnaise and green onions, this little sweet is said to “taste like a meal.”

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12. Cake Soda. You may not be able to have your cake and eat it, too . . . but you can drink it. This lovely light soda is sure to give you tooth decay. But hey, after drinking you can always pop in a piece of No Time Gum.

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13. Chocolate Beer. To be fair, the Japanese aren’t the first to mix beer and chocolate. Perhaps the makers thought they’d kill two pleasures with one stone.

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14. Green Tea Milk Kit Kats. What? No time for that cup of green milk tea? Get it in your Kit Kat bar.

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15. Campaign candy. It seems Japan was as interested in American’s elections in 2008 as Americans were. They made candy with Obama’s and McCain’s likeness, as well as candy pieces that said, “Vote.”

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16. Drug candy. No, this isn’t what you’re thinking. It’s just candy spiked with supplements to give you energy or increase your brain function.

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17. Chocolate art. These sweets are pure chocolate, but the reason they are manufactured may sound a little weird to American women: in Japan, Valentine’s day is for men, and these chocolates are given to men from women on Valentine’s day.

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18. Gummy Choco. Please. You know you love gummy candy with a . . . chocolate coating.

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19. Coffee chewing gum. For that long-lasting coffee breath. Come to think of it, we have this, too. It’s called Starbucks.

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20. Deviled egg candy. Not sure what the appeal is of candy shaped like real food, but this one misses the boat if you’re looking for that charming real egg depression for the “yolk.”

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didok
didok

19 is Chinese

Akiko Fujishima
Akiko Fujishima

Um, nothing strange about green tea flavored kit kats. You know what they say.. "Don't knock it until you try it." Green tea is lovely in many things.. in cake, in daifuku, in candy, etc, etc.

Holly Hadden
Holly Hadden

I adore choco gummies! You can buy them in more than a few Asian grocery stores in the US. ^^

Hinako
Hinako

This was cute. Thanks for sharing.

Guest
Guest

In America, we have Viactiv, a calcium supplement chew that is sort of candy-like. Lest we forget Flintstones vitamins.

Guest
Guest

There were chocolate-covered fruit snacks in America in the late 80s-early 90s. I forget if they were Fun Fruits or Fruit Wrinkles brand, but they were in the Fruit Roll-Up section at the supermarket

Yukako Takeuchi
Yukako Takeuchi

Grilled Lamb caramels.................I got it from my friend,I will NOT try it again,never_!

AmmyChan
AmmyChan

YAY Every Burger is awesome my brother got me some yesterday and I couldnt stop eating them-^_^- HURRAY FOR JAPAN!!!!!! Ive always wanted to make a choclate shaped cat for a certain person but... Ill ait till I move to japan. Hmmm that gum though wonder if it really works-_-*

Claire
Claire

I honestly dont get whats so weird about the chocolate animals....we eat chocolate easter bunnies i think the chocolate animals are pretty much the same. and the gummy covered in chocolate tastes great

Jan
Jan

Yeah the Green Tea Kit Kat sounds good actually. I might have seen it at the Asian grocery store the other day...

the_exotic_gourmet
the_exotic_gourmet

Some of those sound like obvious marketing gimmicks, although the jellyfish candies actually sound like an exotic treat I'm willing to try :)

dragan
dragan

ever tried to get these at www.tsunami.hk ?

Kerry
Kerry

that brand of coffee gum's from china, used to eat it all the time when I was a kid. it's doesn't taste as bad as it sounds.. :P

macha
macha

although almost all japanese people thinks these candies are weired too well,i like green tea kitkat and gummy chocolate!

Abeed
Abeed

I need NoTIme.... ...and The Chocolate Brewery, lol.

ember
ember

whats the chocolate art doing in this list? its pretty normal...

Boodle
Boodle

I've had the green tea KitKats- they're YUMMY. I've also tried the NOTIME gum- it was kinda icky.

steijn
steijn

too bad Jews Ear Fungus is Chinese

Randy
Randy

you can buy these at JList.com

Tads
Tads

i try to get thiz things in Africa but they are not there at all so i do not trust things from this pages

ljb
ljb

Alright. I want the green-tea kit kat. Seriously.

Shi
Shi

I used to get that coffee gum all the time when I was a kid. I never thought about it as being odd (maybe because being Japanese, I'm just used to the oddities), but now that you mention it... Haha.

ChimChim
ChimChim

i had chocolate covered gummy bears b4. it was aight. im sure it was a german product though

Roger
Roger

If that coffee gum delivers good consistent hits of caffeine, I think I might be a steady buyer!

zz3
zz3

the gummy with chocolate coating is actually good we get it from the azn supermarket all the time

hey
hey

lmao, Britney Spears shaved her head agin!

didok
didok

@Roberto Sleftaroni I'm sure that the coffee one isn't by Lotte

BobSlefty
BobSlefty

@didok : Hi and thanks for commenting. I'm sure that if you look a little closer at the picture, you'll see that #19, the coffee gum photo, shows the brand name Lotte quite clearly. You seem to be having trouble with that so I made a clearer version here: http://i57.tinypic.com/28it8rc.jpg