I love Sakuma Drops candy. The old school stuff had the requisite "fruity" flavors, and was sold in a neat tin. There's a new trend, offering different flavored candy drops, some limited to a specific locale. In addition to the eight cans pictured here, I've also tried the Japanese Sake and Okinawa Beer flavors.
First off, I'll explain opening the tin. You take any ordinary pair of scissors, close the blades beneath the lip of the lid (but don't squeeze too tightly), and lift slowly. The cap might go flying. Usually you'll only have to force the tin open like this once, and then you can replace the cap and simply open it without having something to pry it open.
All three alcohol flavors seemed off from what they actually taste like--since there's no alcohol in the candies at all. Booo. Here I wanted to get really messed up. I even bought more than one tin of Sapporo Beer, since I like the beverage so much. The sake tasted a lot like sake though, if I'd dump at least a whole sugar packet in before drinking it.
Next, I tried the Yaki-Curry drops. The smell was delicious. I've never had this specific dish, but the candy definitely smells curry like. It tasted... like the really spicy $0.10 ramen noodle packages we can get here in any US grocery store. Very salty.
The Tokyo Noodles drops tasted awesome. Not too much sugar, and it tastes like lightly seasoned egg noodles. I have no idea if this is how noodles from Tokyo taste like; but if they taste anything like these candies, I want at least a month's supply.I was told the Chikin Nanban drops taste like Japan's take on Chinese food. At first, I tasted a citrusy, orange flavor. Afterward, it tasted exactly like kentucky fried chicken and potatoes. Woah. No hint of sugar after tasting orange. Kinda bizarre.
Tokushima Noodle Drops taste a little like the Tokyo Noodles, but I can definitely taste onion, not so much egg. Not so much sugar either. These are okay, nothing to write home about. The packaging has a big ol' raw egg in the noodles, I have to wonder if this is how noodles are served. Are these drops supposed to taste like raw egg? Hm.
I've never had yatsuhashi, but I read that they're made with sweet red bean paste. So I'm pumped for this. I love sweet red beans. What I didn't know was yatsuhashi also had cinnamon in it, which was what these drops tasted like. I can't really taste the glutinous flour or red bean paste, all I taste is cinnamon. It's okay, I guess. If yatsuhashi taste like cinnamon and nothing but, these drops are spot on.
I tried looking up "kiri-dango" over and over on the Internet, but since I miss details so easily, I should have tried "kibi-dango". This is very sweet, I can imagine kibi-dango being made of glutinous rice flour if it actually tastes anything like these drops do. Sweet, but not to the point where it tastes like it's been slathered in sugar.
Finally, the choco banana crape drops. These taste the most "candy-like" out of any of the treats I tried. The banana flavor is very convincing of the real fruit, and I don't taste too much chocolate. I notice though... I'm sure the correct spelling is 'crepe', but....
My favorites, by far, were Kibi-Dango, Chikin Nanban and Choco Banana. The Tokyo Noodles flavor deserves honorable mention, as is does taste like noodles... I don't know if I'd like to constantly snack on that noodle flavor, though. I might order more flavors soon, if only to create a neat drops-tin wall in my cubicle. The tin and labels are nice looking, by-the-by.