Botan Rice Candy

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A box of Botan Rice Candy, displaying a wrapped candy, an empty wrapper and the sticker.

Botan Rice Candy is a soft, chewy, slightly lemon-orange flavored candy with an outer layer of rice paper. The rice paper is clear and plastic-like when dry, but it is edible and dissolves in the mouth. It is a traditional Japanese candy, and it is currently imported to North America from Japan by JFC International.[1]

Botan Rice Candies come in a small cardboard box which contains 3/4 oz. (21 grams) of candy. Each box contains six individual pieces and a sticker.[1] Prior to 1998, each box contained a small plastic toy. The candy's name, Botan (kanji: 牡丹, hiragana: ぼたん), means "peony" in Japanese. A peony blossom is shown on the label, next to an inu-hariko, a dog-shaped traditional toy for Japanese children.

Another brand of the same candy is Tomoe Ame, with similar taste, packaging, and insert stickers.

In Japan this candy is marketed under the brand of "Bontan ame". Its name is after the fact that it is flavored with bontan (ぼんたん), which means pomelo.

Ingredients[edit]

Glucose Syrup (corn starch, water), sugar, sweet rice, water, lemon flavor, orange flavor, FD&C Red No. 40 (Allura Red AC).

Alternate ingredient list: millet jely (millet starch, water), sugar, sweet rice, water, lemon flavor, orange flavor, FD&C red no. 40 (Allura Red AC)

Nutritional Information[edit]

Serving Size: 6 pieces (3/4oz / 21g)
Servings per Container: 1
Calories: 80
Calories from fat: 5
Total Fat: 0.5g
Sodium: 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 18g
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 0g

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b May, Cybele (27 December 2006). "Botan Rice Candy". Candy Blog. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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