Kasugai Konpeito is a cool-looking and colorful Japanese candy that is about the size of a marble (do kids still play with marbles?), and there are little nubs all over them making them look like miniature Katamari Damacy thingies. Evidently Konpeito was also featured in the animated movie Spirited Away (which I never saw).
You know what these candies are? Rock candy. Remember rock candy? It came on a thin round wooden stick with a little round wooden ball on the end and was essentially just large crystals of sugar. That’s what Konpeito is – little balls of rock candy! Despite coming in five different colors, they all taste the same – like sugar. I was really hoping the different colors would be different flavors.
Eating these reminds me so much of being a kid and eating rock candy, but now I don’t have to eat a whole HUGE stickful of rock candy – I can just eat one or two of these. Like rock candy, you can immediately bite into them (they aren’t too hard) or you can suck on them for a while til they sort of fall apart in your mouth. I really had to force myself not to chew them after sucking on them for a minute.
Overall, these are good, but they are just too plain for my taste. I guess I’m spoiled by all the weird and wacky candy flavors available nowadays.