The Best Handmade Japanese Hard Candies

by Jillian Giandurco


Hard candies are more than just your grandma’s favorite treat. For many people, they provide a sense of nostalgia, a sense of comfort, or maybe even a sense of security. Whether you’re looking to nurture your nostalgia with the best Japanese hard candies on the market, or to expand your hard candy horizons, Bokksu has you covered.

Japanese Sakura Candies

Handmade Sakura Candy

Inspired by the sensational sakuras of Japan, this handmade hard candy is meant to symbolize ephemerality and life’s fleeting moments. Similar to how the sakuras billow in the breeze at the end of the season, these floral and flavorful sweets dissolve in your mouth just the same. Our Handmade Sakura Candies are made exclusively for Bokksu, with harvested cherry blossoms flowers that have been picked and dried in salt to preserve the irreproducible taste and color of Japan’s most beloved tree.

Handmade Yuzu Sake Candy

Those familiar with Japanese culture know that yuzushu is an essential Japanese alcohol made with yuzu juice, lemon peel, and a shochu or sake base. For this next Bokksu exclusive, we chose to make our Handmade Yuzu Sake Candies with a sake base--the less common choice of the two. Inside each piece are bits of real yuzu, to help give these Japanese hard candies their lemonade-like flavor. But be warned, these are not your grandma’s hard candies; these bad boys are made with 0.1% alcohol, so remember to consume responsibly.

Ramnue Hardcandies

Handmade Ramune Candy

Speaking of well-known Japanese drinks, our next selection is inspired by everyone’s favorite Japanese soda, Ramune. Each candy has a unique carbonated-like fizz and is designed to replicate the famous marble that comes with the bottle. Thanks to Daimonji, these Handmade Ramune Candies are another popular Bokksu exclusive that you won’t want to miss!

 Handmade Japanese Candies

Handmade Itotemari Candy Mix

These carefully crafted candies were made to look like temari--classic embroidered balls prominently featured in children’s games. In the spirit of temari, our Handmade Itotemari Candies are bursting with bright color, and even more flavor! With hints of peach, mikan, grape, melon, and more, what else could you need in a Japanese hard candy?


Handmade Persimmon Candy

Persimmon is a highly sought after autumn fruit in Japan, due to its limited seasonality. The flavor of a persimmon is one of a kind, thanks to its rich but sweet, almost honey-like palette. In 2018, Bokksu partnered with Daimonji to create the first ever Bokksu exclusive, the Handmade Persimmon Candy, and we haven’t looked back since! Try them for yourself and see why these candies have remained a fan favorite all these years.

Japanese hard Candies

Handmade Kyoyuzen Candy Mix

Lastly, we finish off the list with yet another Bokksu exclusive, the Handmade Kyoyuzen Candy Mix, made by one of the oldest candy artisans in Kyoto. Their tile-like shape makes it that much easier for them to melt in your mouth, like a frozen popsicle on a hot day. Each bag contains nine pieces, each with their own unique fruity flavor to keep your palette happy throughout the day! 

From Ramune, to sake, to sakuras, these hard Japanese hard candies are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser with any group! For more information, be sure to check out the Bokksu Boutique today.

Author Bio

Jillian Giandurco works primarily as a Trending News Writer for Elite Daily, where she writes about all things Food, Travel, and Tech related. Brands she has covered in the past include Kit Kat, Hershey’s, Expedia, and many more.