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Top 25 Best Japanese Gummies to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!

Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo Shopping) and supermarkets and convenience stores for the best Japanese gummies. We then chose the 25 most popular products and taste-tested them.

We’re suckers for taste; we mainly looked at flavor and mouthfeel, though we took things like calories and nutrients–whether it contained vitamin C for skin and hair, for example–into account. We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese gummies available online.
  • Last updated: 10-28-2019
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Top 25 Best Japanese Gummies to Buy Online

We gathered a group of editors and taste-tested the gummies. We graded them on their chewiness, sweetness, and sourness. We also considered how faithfully they replicated flavor–if a cola-flavored gummy really tasted like cola, for example–and how satisfied we were after eating a single piece (what we call “one-piece satisfaction”).
Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 25 Japanese gummies available online.
※Japanese prices for the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.
Japaneseカンロ ジュレピュレ 山梨ピオーネ
FlavorGrape
TextureSoft
Calories12 (per piece)
Amount per Pack2.3 oz
Grain Coating?Yes
Zip Lock?Yes
Overall Score4.8
Japanese明治 果汁グミ ぶどう
FlavorGrape
TextureSoft
Calories167 (per package)
Amount per Pack1.8 oz
Grain Coating?No
Zip Lock?Yes
Overall Score4.8
Japaneseブルボン フェットチーネグミ イタリアングレープ
FlavorGrape
TextureQuite Firm
Calories165 (per pack)
Amount per Pack1.8 oz
Grain Coating?Yes
Zip Lock?Yes
Overall Score4.2
Japanese明治ポイフル
FlavorRaspberry, Green Apple, Lemon, Grape
TextureSoft
Calories187 (per pack)
Amount per Pack1.9 oz
Grain Coating?No
Zip Lock?
Overall Score4.0
Japanese明治コーラアップスプラッシュ
FlavorCola
TextureFirm
Calories338 (per pack)
Amount per Pack3.5 oz
Grain Coating?Yes
Zip Lock?Yes
Overall Score4.0
Japanese明治 GOCHIグミ 甘ずっぱいグレープ
FlavorGrape
TextureFirm
Calories174 (per pack)
Amount per Pack1.8 oz
Grain Coating?Yes
Zip Lock?Yes
Overall Score4.0

7. Kanro Candemina Gummy (Super Best – Grape Soda, Cider, and Cola)

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Japaneseカンロ カンデミーナグミスーパーベスト
FlavorGrape Soda, Cider, Cola
TextureFirm
Calories7.2 (per piece)
Amount per Pack2.5 oz
Grain Coating?Yes
Zip Lock?Yes
Overall Score3.8
JapaneseUHA味覚糖 コロロ グレープ
FlavorGrape
TextureSoft
Calories129 (per pack)
Amount per Pack1.7 oz
Grain Coating?No
Zip Lock?Yes
Overall Score3.5
Japanese明治 コーラアップ
FlavorCola
TextureFirm
Calories327 (per pack)
Amount per Pack3.5 oz
Grain Coating?No
Zip Lock?Yes
Overall Score3.3
Japaneseカンロ ピュレグミ グレープ
FlavorGrape
TextureFirm
Calories12 (per piece)
Amount per Pack2 oz
Grain Coating?Yes
Zip Lock?Yes
Overall Score3.2

Products that Didn’t Make the Cut

And why they didn’t quite make it.

Satisfying Texture but Artificial Flavoring

Satisfying Texture but Artificial Flavoring

LOTTE’s Fit’s Gummy (Muscat, 11) received mixed reviews. Our tasters loved the texture, which combined a soft, marshmallow-like top with a firm nata de coco-like sole. However, they thought that flavoring was weak and artificial.

Nobel’s Chibi Sours Gummy (Drink Assort, 16) was small in size but nice and firm. However, while the soda was pretty delicious, the rest of the flavors tasted fake. The original Chibi Sours (20) had the same texture but, likewise, didn’t taste like fruit.

Kasugai’s Tsubu Gummy (17) was bigger and firmer than meiji’s Poifull. However, we found flavoring to be far too sweet and unnatural. We also tried the Soda assortment (18), but it ran into the same problems. Good texture, poor flavoring–the coke, in particular, tasted a bit like medicine.

Kabaya’s Tough Gummy (24) was indeed chewy. However, it was coated in this powder that was so sour, we couldn’t really taste the gummies themselves. The candy also had a medicinal aftertaste.

Jack of All Trades but Master of None

Jack of All Trades but Master of None

meiji came out with a riff on its famous Kajyu gummies, called Torokeru Futatsu no Kajitsu (roughly translated as two melting fruits). We tried the Grape & Muscat flavor (12) and found everything to be half-baked. It didn’t taste like grapes or muscats. The powder wasn’t really sweet or sour. And there wasn’t enough liquid filling.

Doesn’t Strike a Balance between Sweet and Sour

Doesn’t Strike a Balance between Sweet and Sour

UHA Mikakuto’s C Care Juicy Collagen Fruits Assort (13) combined a crunchy sugar coating with a jelly belly. As an extra bonus, it was jam-packed with vitamin C and collagen. Sweetness was muted, but the gummies were quite sour. We thought the flavors were unbalanced, though you may prefer this pack over competitors if you haven’t much of a sweet tooth.

On the other hand, JA kinan’s Umeboshi Gummy (14) could’ve been more sour. Instead, it was too saccharine, which masked the natural sourness of the plums. We did like the jiggly, jelly-like texture.

Tastes Reliably Fruity but Too Small to be Satisfying

Tastes Reliably Fruity but Too Small to be Satisfying

UHA’s Mikakuto’s Kogumi (15) actually reproduced the flavors of apples, muscats, grapes, and oranges faithfully, earning it a relatively high score of 3.8. However, the gummies were too small to be satisfying when we ate them one at a time, and when we mixed them, we lost track of the individual flavors. You’d like them if you have a thing for tiny candy though.

Highly Original Flavor and Texture Has Both Fans and Detractors

Highly Original Flavor and Texture Has Both Fans and Detractors

Kabaya’s Pure & Natural Gummy (Grape, 19) was certainly unique. It had a jello-like interior with a fluffy exterior that some compared favorably to marshmallows and others called a poorly done Hi-Chew rip-off. Flavoring too was interesting–a combination of the creamy sourness of yogurt with the sweetness of grapes. Some loved it; others hated it.

Isn’t Satisfying in Either Taste or Texture

Isn’t Satisfying in Either Taste or Texture

Kabaya’s Kakigori Gummy (21) has been renewed and re-released a few different times. This time, our editors thought it dropped in quality. Before, each gummy had a crunchy outer shell that kind of felt like shaved ice. However, now, each gummy is kind of large and squishy and neither tastes nor feels like a snow cone.

UHA Mikakuto’s Kogumi (Drink Assort, 22) was both small and soft. The gummies were also so tasteless that we couldn’t really discern differences between the four different flavors.

We thought Nobel’s Otoko Ume Gummy (23) would be sour, but instead it was salty. It tasted less like plums and more like ume kombucha. We also got a whiff of bonito-like fishiness. The gummies were coated in this powder that, when mixed with saliva, turned into a sticky mess.

Finally, UHA Mikakuto’s Sakeru Gummy (Grape, 25) has fans because you can peel it into little pieces like string cheese. However, it tastes like faintly sweetened eraser and feels like foam.

How We Tasted the Gummies

How We Tasted the Gummies
We gathered five members from our editing department. We then purchased 25 of the most popular gummies and taste-tested them, paying close attention to both flavor and texture.
How We Tasted the Gummies
We picked up our candidates from supermarkets and convenience stores. Where possible, we bought the grape flavor; if grape wasn’t available, we looked for other typical choices like coke and orange.
We graded each brand on its sweetness, sourness, and chewiness or bite. We also judged how closely it replicated flavor–how much a grape-flavored gummy tasted like grape, for example–and how much satisfaction we got out of eating a single piece. The results were summarized in charts.

The Big Takeaway: You Can’t Go Wrong with Bestsellers

The Big Takeaway: You Can’t Go Wrong with Bestsellers
Our top five choices were Kanro’s Julé Puré, Bourbon’s Fettuccine, and meiji’s Kajyu, Poifull, and Cola Up Splash gummies. They’re all famous; if you’re a fan of Japanese candy, you’ve definitely heard of them.
The Big Takeaway: You Can’t Go Wrong with Bestsellers
If you look at this chart, which compares the scores of our top five, you can see that all of them faithfully reproduced flavor. Both sweetness and sourness were present, but in moderation, so as to not be overpowering. We also preferred softer gummies.
On the other hand, we thought that newer, smaller brands often went in two directions. They tasted like cheap imitations of the original. Or they tried too hard to be original and ended up exhibiting weird flavors or textures that detracted from, rather than added to, the experience.

Tips on How to Choose Japanese Gummies – Buying Guide

Here are five big points to look out for.

① Soft or Firm? Gummies are All about Mouthfeel

By adjusting the amount of gelatin they use, brands can play around with the texture and, to an extent, the flavor of their gummies.

Juicy and Available in a Wide Variety of Flavors: Soft Gummies

Juicy and Available in a Wide Variety of Flavors: Soft Gummies
This first type of gummy is soft and peels cleanly in two with a single bite. It contains plenty of juice, which is why fruity flavors are the most common. But there’s plenty of riffs on the soft gummy theme, as well as a wide variety of tastes.
If you care deeply about flavor, go soft.

Keeps You Chewing and Feeling Satisfied: Hard Gummies

Keeps You Chewing and Feeling Satisfied: Hard Gummies
When you press down on firm gummies, you can feel them pushing back. The more you chew on them, the more their flavor seeps out. If you’re a chomper, go hard.
Firm gummies also give your jaw a workout, which, believe it or not, helps keep your face from sagging. And the very act of masticating can make you feel full, so firm gummies can help reign in the snacking.

② A Grainy Coating Will Give You Crunch and a Lemony Sourness

② A Grainy Coating Will Give You Crunch and a Lemony Sourness
Some gummies are coated in sour grains. Not only do they balance out flavor–gummies tend to be almost sickeningly sweet–but they also provide a most satisfying crunch.
In the end, though, it comes down to a matter of preference. Some think the granules take away from the original flavor and texture of the gummy; with certain brands, the coating is far too sour. Still, it’s something to consider when shopping around.

③ Grape is the Most Common Flavor and Ideal for Taste-Testing

③ Grape is the Most Common Flavor and Ideal for Taste-Testing
Ever feel like, out of all the flavors, grape gummies are the most common? There’s a reason for this. Grapes have a texture and juice content that’s easy for gummies to mimic. But it’s also easy to adjust for sourness, flavor, and mouthfeel, allowing companies to each put their own spin on a product.
If you ever feel like taste-testing gummies yourself, we recommend that you compare the grape flavor across brands.

④ If You’re on a Diet or Want Extra Skincare Benefits, Check the Nutrition Facts Table

④ If You’re on a Diet or Want Extra Skincare Benefits, Check the Nutrition Facts Table
Gummies can be more than a snack. We mentioned this before, but the very act of chewing can make you feel fuller. So if you’re on a diet, firm gummies low in calories can help you shed those extra pounds.
Gummies that are high in collagen and vitamin C offer extra skincare benefits. Again, the more you chew, the easier it is for your body to absorb nutrients, so look for candy with some bite.

⑤ Zip Locks are Helpful when You’re Out and About

⑤ Zip Locks are Helpful when You’re Out and About
When it comes to food, packaging is important. If you aren’t planning on finishing all your gummies in one go, then look for a bag with a zip lock.

Have a Big Sweet Tooth? Check out These Articles

Have a Big Sweet Tooth? Check out These Articles
Here at mybest, we don’t know how we’d get through the tedious hours of the day without a good snack at hand. We’ve shared a few more of our favorites below–check them out if you’re interested.

Summary

We rounded up members from our editing department, purchased the 25 most popular Japanese gummies, and tasted them all.
There’s a lot that goes into a good gummy–flavor, bite, the presence of a coating, and packaging. Pay attention to all these factors next time you’re out shopping, and snacking will only get more enjoyable.
Original by Rikako Miyazaki; Translation by Jasmine Li

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