candy

Happy Halloween from Japan’s largest criminal organization!

Kobe-based yakuza group beckons trick-or-treating kids with cotton candy in Frozen bags at its criminal headquarters.

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Japanese net users amused by Tirol Chocolate’s unusual but playful way of sharing big news

Tirol Chocolate, also pronounced as Chiroru Choko in Japan, recently won over fans with their rather unconventional way of announcing that the company president was changing. 

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Watch as Nagoya’s famous handmade candy studio makes Mr. Sato face candies 【Video】

Sadly, they refused to make them taste like Mr. Sato.

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Matcha Mentos: An all-new flavour available only in Japan

The “freshmaker” brings out a treat filled with gorgeous Japanese-style details.

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Japanese woman’s husband accidentally finds a sweet new use for her bra pads 【Photos】

While they’re designed for breasts, those aren’t the only things they can hold.

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Japanese actor accused of using cocaine may actually have been eating little girls’ candy

Twitter comes to the aid of Hiroki Narimiya days after a tabloid accuses him of drug use.

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We go crazy for 500 yen all-you-can-eat sweets and snacks at Tokyo Dagashi Bar

If you ever wanted to step back in time to a nostalgic corner shop where just 500 yen (US$4.85) gets you over a hundred different types of signature Japanese snacks and candies, this place is definitely for you.

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Japanese candy craftsman creates new line of lollipops with traditional summer themes

Designed to resemble traditional uchiwa fans, these exquisite lollipops are amongst the prettiest sweets in Tokyo.

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Sweet gift: Japanese Twitter users are making these delicious bouquets, and you can too!【Video】

These candy bouquets are a thoughtful, handmade gift for the sweetheart in your life.

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Wine & Cheese Puccho add a hint of class to your chewy candy【Taste test】

Can this new wine and toasted cheese flavored gummy candy give connoisseurs a pocket-sized taste of the high life?

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Japanese ads for “lickable mushrooms” and “sopping wet senbei” are as dirty as you can imagine

With an attractive woman suggestively licking mushroom-shaped candy, and instructions to “shoot your load of ‘secret sauce’ over the cracker”, these commercials don’t hold back.

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Your favorite sparkling orange juice is becoming a sweet snack you can eat any time

Orangina fans in Japan are soon going to have a chewy reason to celebrate.

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Candy-scented incense sticks smell sweet, probably taste like burning

Nostalgic Japanese candy meets fragrant incense for a scent-sational retro treat that won’t rot your teeth or split your pants, but might burn a hole in your rug…

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Japanese department store invites couples to mine a solid chocolate mountain this Valentine’s Day

What better way to tell them to “be mine” than by taking them to a “chocolate mine?”

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Check out the newest ‘treat’ from Japan—candy that tastes like pork ramen soup!

We all love candy, don’t we? But how would you feel about candy that, rather than tasting like peaches and cream, tastes like pork stock ramen soup?

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Happy Pocky Day! Celebrate 11/11 with a fistful of Pocky sticks and these awesome tweets【Pics】

‘Tis the season to eat Pocky! Celebrate Pocky Day with these amusing (and tantalizing) tweets from Japan!

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Japan’s biggest yakuza organization tweets to announce that Halloween is cancelled this year

Ah Halloween. After Christmas, it’s easily the best time of the year to be a kid. You get to dress up, scare people with your friends, and then best of all… go to your local organized crime branch to get a giant bag of candy.

Such has been the annual tradition on Halloween for children who visit the headquarters of the Japanese yakuza group Yamaguchi-gumi in Kobe. But this year, Halloween has had an “unfortunate accident” and been cancelled, meaning the mob will be handing out no candy.

Wait… what? Japanese mafia? Halloween candy? What do these things have in common? Read on to find out!

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Japanese candy artisan opens new store below Tokyo Skytree with exclusive sweets

With the Japanese reverence for aesthetically pleasing food, it’s no surprise that candy crafting artisan Shinri Tezuka has made a name for himself with his fantastic sugar creations. As we reported previously, he has been in charge of his own shop, Asakusa Amezaiku Ameshin, since 2013, and is perhaps best known for his incredibly lifelike candy goldfish.

Since our last report, Tezuka has been so busy raising his profile by appearing on numerous Japanese television shows and at various events, he’s now been able to open up a second store, right underneath Tokyo Skytree!

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Cute and terrifying candy clay creations are a huge hit with Japan’s Twitter users 【Pics】

It’s no secret that kids covet toys and sweets more than just about anything else, so some combination of the two is always going to be a big hit. In Japan, you can buy little kits which enable you to mould and make your own sweets out of gummy “clay”.

But it’s not just the kids who are having fun playing with their food – some grown-ups have been sharing their sweet creations on Twitter, and boy, some of them look unappetising!

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Chilled, green tea, sweet potato and more mark 40 years of Japan’s Hi-Chew candy

Morinaga’s Hi-Chew is one of Japan’s favorite candies. Its popularity has spread across the world and you can often find different flavors of Hi-Chew at your local store. Fans have gone to great lengths to show their appreciation for the flavorful chewy snack over the years, including our Japanese team who once even created their own giant Hi-Chew, thus disproving the old adage that “bigger is better”.

Now, to celebrate the candy’s 40th anniversary, Morinaga is releasing some special new flavors and an extra-special version of their most popular flavor that will become the first refrigerated Hi-Chew in history.

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