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Place of originJapan
Main ingredientsStarch

Oblaat (Japanese: オブラート) is a thin edible layer of starch that wraps some candies [1] and wraps for using pharmaceuticals as if capsules in Japan.

It is useful to preserve gelatinous sweets by absorbing humidity. It has no taste nor odor, and is transparent.

The name comes from the Dutch word "oblaat".[1] Many types of dagashi Japanese candy are wrapped in oblaat, which is an edible, thin cellophane made of rice starch. Oblaat was introduced to Japan by Dutch pharmaceutical companies in the late 19th Century to wrap bad tasting medicine so that it could be swallowed without tasting any bitter powder. Dagashi isn’t wrapped in oblaat because it tastes bad; it’s wrapped in oblaat to keep the pieces of candy from sticking together.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b http://www.oblate.co.jp/index7.html
  2. ^ In Our Candy Drawer - Dagashi CandyAtlas.com. Retrieved September 14, 2017

Further reading[edit]

  • "In Our Candy Drawer - Dagashi". Candy Atlas. Retrieved September 14, 2017.

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