Today’s Snack from Japan is one that a very special place in my heart. I’ve been enjoying Botan Rice Candy for somewhere around 20 years, and I’m sure many other Americans are familiar with the candy as well. Once I discovered these, every trip to Epcot required I go home with a few boxes of the treat. I even got my two younger sisters slightly addicted. When I was first buying these at Mitsukoshi in the Japan pavilion, a box costs around $0.95. I think it’s around $1.25 now.
A 3/4oz. package contains 6 pieces of candy and a sticker. Several years ago, a small toy was included in the package. Currently there is a sticker, but in between that timeframe, temporary tattoos could be found inside.
Yes, these candies are quite the little sugar bombs.
Here’s the sticker I received in my most recent package. You can also see the candies with a plastic outer wrapper.
After unwrapping the plastic is an interior wrapper made of rice paper. This inner wrapper is edible, and melts away in your mouth. The wrapper is flavorless and gives way to a lemony-orange chewy candy. It’s a simple candy, but it can be very satisfying.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with the candy. Is it one you have fond memories of like me? If you’ve never tried it, it’s a great “first taste” of Japanese candy. You might even find it in the Asian foods section of your supermarket, so keep an eye out for it!