The world of Japanese candy is exciting, colorful, thoughtful, and, well, sweet! There’s so much to love about Japanese candy, and the Bokksu Market has it all, from the classic candy brands you grew up on, to some of the most historic family-owned maker businesses in Japan. Here’s a list of all the best Japanese candies available at Bokksu.
Handmade Sakura Candy
A handmade candy made exclusively for Bokksu? Sign me up! Created with the purpose to encapsulate the ephemerality that the sakura so elegantly represents in Japan, the Handmade Sakura Candy from Daimonji is made with hints of real cherry blossoms that have been harvested and prepared through the traditional method of pickling and drying the flowers in salt. This helps maintain the candy’s pure pink color and its one of a kind flavor.
Handmade Itotemari Candy Mix
Inspired by the Japanese embroidered balls used in children’s games called itotemari, the Handmade Itotemari Candy Mix are the perfect pick-me-up on a gloomy day! Each adorable ball represents a different flavor, like peach, mikan, grape, melon, quince, and more, and has been hand-striped for an extra pop of color.
Handmade Mikan Candy
For those who don’t know, mikan is a winter citrus fruit related to tangerine. The Handmade Mikan Candy is an artisanal treat that allows the pure flavor of the tangy fruit to come through, so if you’ve never had the pleasure of trying mikan before, this candy is a great place to start.
Handmade Kyoyuzen Candy Mix
Made exclusively for Bokksu by one of the oldest candy artisans in Kyoto, the Handmade Kyoyuzen Candy Mix are some of the prettiest candies you’ll ever see! Each colorful tile has been handcrafted to perfect its distinct color and flavor, such as sweet white peach, strawberry, mikan, and more.
Candied Yuzu Peel
Yuzu is a citrus fruit that’s rarely eaten alone, which is why the Candied Yuzu Peel from Shindo Shigeharu Shoten is so special. Each strip of this beloved fruit is chewy like a gummy and tart like the original citrus fruit, but they’ve also been through a candying process that brings out the yuzu’s natural sweetness.
Handmade Yuzu Sake Candy
You’ve heard of yuzu, but have you heard of yuzushu? Yuzushu is a quintessential alcoholic beverage in Japan, made by adding yuzu juice and peel to a base of shochu or sake. The Handmade Yuzu Sake Candy is made with the latter, hence the name! This Japanese candy, which has been formulated and crafted exclusively for Bokksu, is made with pieces of real yuzu in every ball, and tastes uncannily similar to lemonade – sweet, citrusy, refreshing, what else could you need in a candy? But be warned that this candy also contains an alcohol content of 0.1%, so remember to consume responsibly.