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Japanese Candy Review: Super Lemon

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Super Lemon

Hardcore sour people are like hardcore chili people: always looking for the next fix, forever buying products with labels like “X-treme Sour,” only to be disappointed again and again. As someone who craves intensely strong flavors in both food and candy, it’s a pain I know all too well. (You’ve heard of a supertaster? I’m pretty sure I’m the opposite.) Well, my sour-loving friends, today I’m going to share with you the one candy that always satisfies my sour cravings: the Nobel Super Lemon.

“Oh, Candy Addict Staff Writer Laurie,” you’re probably thinking, “how sour can they be? The bag doesn’t even have the word ‘sour’ on it.” It’s true – in contrast with American sour candies, which scream “Crazy Mouth-Blasting Sour!” if they’ve ever been within a three-foot radius of a grain of citric acid, the packaging seems downright sedate, giving little hint of the pummeling your taste buds are about to receive. (Note that these are also imported by a brand called Santa, who sells them in a different-looking bag, but I’m pretty sure it’s the exact same candy inside.)

The candies inside the bag look innocuous too – little yellow hard-candy spheres with a dusty whitish exterior. Well, that dusty white stuff? The helpful English-labeled diagram on the back of the bag calls it “Lemon Taste Powder,” and it’s got to be pure citric acid, or close to. To a sour-lover like myself, the stuff may as well be crack.

When you put a Super Lemon in your mouth, you are hit with the kind of sour that twists your tongue into a Moebius strip and knots up your jaw muscles like something out of a Boy Scout rope-tying lesson. The kind of sour that screws up your mouth – nay, your entire face – tighter than security at a White House press conference.

Then, just when you think you can’t stand it any more, the sour’s gone, leaving you with a nice mellow easy ride down with a smooth, tangy lemon drop. (The lemon drop also has a sour core to it, but compared to the mouth-pounding exterior, it’s mildly refreshing, no more.) I like to refer to the whole experience of eating a Super Lemon as a “sourgasm.” As the Roy Lichtenstein-esque comic-book woman on the bag says, “OH! Powerful Candy.” Lady, you’re not kidding.

So on behalf of all our sour-head readers, I’m awarding Super Lemon the coveted Candy Addict Awesomely Addictive Candy Award. If you’re looking for a sour fix without the hype, head on down to your nearest Asian grocery, grab a bag of Super Lemon and you too will be experiencing sourgasms in no time at all.

(I have heard of people getting stale ones that weren’t actually sour. So if they don’t taste sour to you, they’re broken – go get your money back!)

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13 Responses to “Japanese Candy Review: Super Lemon”

  1. 1
    Dwain says:

    “sourgasm” is my new word of the day. I resolve here and now to use it at least once in general conversation. This will of course be aided by my going across the street to our local asian supermarket and getting a bag of these wonderful sounding candies, so I can experience my own sourgasm. That one didn’t count.

  2. 2
    Amanda says:

    Where else is this available at, besides Amazon? I wonder if World Market has it!

  3. 3
    laurie says:

    Amanda – If you have a local Asian grocery store, I’d try there. They’re pretty commonly available.


  4. 4
    ButterflyKyss says:

    Too bad they don’t sell these individual wrapped (do they?). I would LOVE to pass some of these out to the older kids on Halloween! :P

  5. 5
    Starcasm says:

    OMG, I’m in love with the bag.

  6. 6
    amy says:

    these sound really good. i usually eat lemon shigekix, another japanese sour lemon candy. but maybe super lemon is better. i can’t wait to compare!

  7. 7
    Tracy says:

    Man…I remember burning my tongue on these things as a kid. It was the kind of thing where my siblings and I would take turns daring each other to eat them until we couldn’t taste anything and our ability to eat dinner was hindered by the mass of blisters our mouths had been replaced by. Good times!

  8. 8
    Christy says:

    OMG I have these along with sour grape and sour strawberry! Out side the candy is so sour but the middle is the sweetest!

  9. 9
    Sienna says:

    Okay this is a long shot but I’m desperate. I used to live in Japan when I was younger for about 7 years and I left when I was 12 or so so you would think I could find this but I can’t. There was this japanese vitamin c drops candy that I used to love and I cant find it anywhere! It came in lemon (my favorite) and ume (my second favorite) and pineapple and melo, too, i believe. I found the candy once in an asian store but it was the pineapple flavor (which I personally think tastes like barf). It comes in multi-colored packets (yellow for lemon, red for ume, gold for pineapple) and on the fron of the package (it’s a small little zip-lock bag) it has a picture of a face (can’t remember if it’s a human face or a cartoon face) making a sour, puckering face. I CANNOT find this darn candy anywhere online! I’m thinking i might just have to go back to Japan to be able to eat it again! If anybody knows what I’m talking about or knows where to find PLEASE email me You have no idea how badly I’m trying to find this!

  10. 10
    Sienna says:

    oh and i forgot to mention it’s chewy. if that helps anyone.

  11. 11
    kesha says:

    Sorry this is a little off subject. When I used to live in Japan, there was this gum called “Soda gum”. It had fizzy stuff in the middle and it was delicious. I can’t find it anywhere and looking online keeps directing me to candy addicts. Any idea what I’m talking about? if you do, please email me at

    by the way, I used to eat the super lemons and they were EXCELLENT!!! warheads do not even compare!

  12. 12
    Harmony says:

    In an act of masochism, I tried a Super Lemon after eating some sweet things, in order to enhance the sourness. Immediately, my face contorted, my eyes watered, and my mouth was hit with such pain that I had difficulty swallowing.

    I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  13. 13
    Mal-2 says:

    >ButterflyKyss says:
    >Too bad they don’t sell these individual wrapped (do they?).

    They’re individually wrapped within the larger package, so they’re suitable for Halloween handouts. They’re also really good, once you get past the shock value. They come in Super Orange and Super Strawberry too, both good but not as good as Super Lemon.

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