If you thought the food in Japan was a bit strange, have you ever seen Japanese candy? Not everything is sweet or made of chocolate and sometimes the things made of chocolate are very surprising. Say what you will about Japanese cuisine, but they are extremely adventurous when it comes to new flavors, especially in candy. Whether you like your candy sweet, chocolaty, sour, or maybe even a bit savory there’s a Japanese candy out there that you’ve got to try. (We’ll be honest, there’s plenty to avoid too). Take a look at this sampling of Bizarre Japanese Candy and decide for yourself what sounds delicious or disgusting.
If you’ve had Japanese candy you’ve had classic chocolate Pocky, but have you ever tried Men’s Pocky or Black Sesame Pocky? There are countless flavors that range from sweet to savory.
Gummy Collagen Candy
Apparently in Japan you don’t pump collagen into your face… you eat it.
Shigekix Super Cola
Everything from the weird packaging to the flavor is just so strangely Japanese. Shigekix Super Cola candy combines extremely sour lemony flavor with a salty flavor that guarantees to make your mouth pucker up like that weird cartoon cat creature on the cover.
Pickle EX Lemon Milk
There’s nothing about these flavors that makes sense together. Wouldn’t lemon milk go sour?
We don’t know much about squid candy, but we’ve been told “beware of the oozing juice.”
Sweet Corn + Soy Sauce Drops
For some reason Japanese candies are as likely to be savory as they are sweet, like this Yaki Toukibi Sweet Corn and Soy Sauce snack.
Dew Dew Mix
There’s nothing all that weird about fruit hard candy, but we can’t stop giggling at the name long enough to try it.
Hello Kitty Collon Candy
Did Collon candies really need to be branded with Hello Kitty? This is kind of upsetting.
Aha! Brain Candies
Extremely sour energy candies that are also known as Pacman’s acid trip.
Smart Time Chocolate Gum
Freshen your breath with the refreshing flavor of… chocolate?
Oh come on. Are you even surprised after Squid Candy? Candy scallops prepared in sweet sauce and individually wrapped.
Chili Powder and Green Tea Kit Kats
Move over Pocky, Japan has a new favorite chocolate stick treat. Kit Kats are a big hit in Japan and as a result there are now bizarre flavors like Green Tea and Chili Powder.