What is Bontan Ame ? | Commentary by Japanese webmaster | Common in Japan #12


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What is ‘Bontan Ame’ ??

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  • To introduce ‘Bontan Ame’ as product well known in Japan
  • To clear your question about it

I wrote this article to introduce ‘Bontan Ame’, as popular Japanese product and to clear your question about it.

I would like to explain about the topic with mainly two parts.

  • Introduction of ‘Bontan Ame’ in Japan
  • Deep Diving with Q & A style
    • History
    • Translucent film
    • Ingredients
    • Price, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about ‘Bontan Ame’ in Japan.

And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about Bontan Ame in Japan, after reading this page.

What is ‘Bontan ame’ ?

‘Bontan ame’ is very popular candy in Japan.

‘Bontan’ is name of fruits, kind of citrus. ‘Ame’ means candy. ‘Bontan ame’ is made from Bontan and it coated with eatable sheet, made from kind of starch.

Mouthfeel is very soft, like rice cakes. The color of ‘Bontan ame’ is dark orange. Manufacturer is Seika Foods, located in Kagoshima prefecture.

Introduction of Bontan Ame
  • Very popular candy in Japan
  • Made from Bontan, kind of citrus fruits
  • Coated with eatable sheet, made from kind of starch
  • Manufacturer is Seika Foods in Kagoshima city

Deep Diving into Bontan Ame in Japan

I would like to introduce more information about Bontan Ame in Japan, in this paragraph with Q & A style, so that you can access information easily.

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Bontan Ame has near to 100 years of history in Japan.

  • 1924, Started sales of Bontan ame in Kagoshima prefecture
  • 1945 In WWII, factory in Kagoshima was destroyed
  • Around 1947, Restart production
  • 1952 New Factory was established in Kagoshima city

Reference : Seika webpage

No, the translucent film on Bontan Ame is eatable. It’s made from kind of starch. So we don’t need to take it off in eating of Bontan Ame.

Main ingredients of Bontan Ame are glutinous syrup, sugar, maltose, and glutinous rice.

Ingredients of BONTAN AME

  • Glutinous Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Maltose
  • Glutinous Rice
  • Oblates (Wafer paper)
  • Bontan Juice
  • Concentrated Mandarin Orange Juice
  • Starch/Flavoring
  • Annatto coloring
  • Food Emulsifier (Derived from soybeans)

Sauce : Seika webpage

Bontan Ame is available in various places in Japan

  • Kiosks
  • Supermarkets
  • Convenience stores
  • Drugstores
  • DAGASHI shops (Penny candy shop)

Author’s research in Yokohama city

The price of Bontan Ame is around JPY 130 per box (14 pieces)

  • 14 pieces : Around JPY 130
  • 10 pieces : Around JPY 100

Author’s research in Yokohama city

As ‘Bontan ame’ has high popularity, there are many of relevant products.

  • Bontan Ame Liquor in Kagoshima prefecture
  • Incense sticks in Bontan ame designed package
  • T-shirt, printed Bontan ame logo mark
  • Shopping bag
  • Pencase

There’s liquor, with collaboration with ‘Bontan ame’, which is sold in Kagoshima area. And there’s incense sticks whose package is same design of ‘Bontan ame’.

In the past, Japanese famous apparel manufacturer, UNIQLO made ‘Bontan ame t-shirts’, on which logo mark of ‘Bontan ame’ was printed.

The design of Bontan Ame package is well known in Japan.

Quotation Sauce:hombo webpage

Author’s research


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