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Asahi Mitsuya Cider Candy Grape

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Mitsuya Cider is a car­bon­ated soft drink with a his­tory as long as the ubi­quit­ous cola. In Tokyo Skytree in 2014, D and I stumbled upon an exhib­it for the his­tory of vari­ous pack­aged foods in Japan. One of the exhib­its showed Mitsuya Cider, and the evol­u­tion of its pack­aging from 1884 to present day while retain­ing the same logo. The taste of Mitsuya Cider, how­ever, is dif­fi­cult to describe. It’s like lem­on­ade, but there’s some­thing more. Wikipedia describes that ‘some­thing more’ as ginger ale, but I’m not con­vinced. In any case, what’s import­ant, is that it’s tasty and Asahi has since come out with addi­tion­al fla­vors, one of which is grape.

These are Asahi Mitsuya Cider Candy Grape, small hard can­dies that recre­ate the exper­i­ence of drink­ing grape Mitsuya Cider, not only in taste, but also right down to the tingly sen­sa­tion of car­bon­ated soft drinks. The candy is also avail­able in all the oth­er fla­vours for Mitsuya Cider that Asahi has come out with.

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According to Wikipedia:

The candy is made by mix­ing its ingredi­ents and heat­ing them until they melt, then expos­ing the mix­ture to pres­sur­ized car­bon diox­ide gas (about 600 pounds per square inch) and allow­ing it to cool. The pro­cess causes tiny high pres­sure bubbles to be trapped inside the candy. When placed in the mouth, com­ing into con­tact with saliva the candy breaks and dis­solves, releas­ing the car­bon diox­ide from the tiny bubbles…

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The candy smells and tastes of your typ­ic­al grape fla­vour that you find fla­vour­ing can­dies and drinks in Japan. Out of its pack­aging, its an ellipt­ic­al shape with a smooth sur­face that quickly roughens as it dis­solves in your mouth. The tiny bubbles, which are appar­ently vis­ible under a micro­scope, give a sizz­ling sound and leave a tingling sen­sa­tion, much like when drink­ing car­bon­ated drinks. They’re like a big cluster of grape-fla­voured pop­ping candy com­pressed for con­veni­ent mess-free con­sump­tion. The tingling sen­sa­tion leaves your tongue and the roof of your mouth feel­ing slightly numb and stops you from eat­ing too many at once.

These hard can­dies bring back the fun that oth­er­wise makes them bor­ing com­pared to gummi candy.

Asahi Mitsuya Cider Candy Grape was pro­duced in Japan and pur­chased in Tokyo, Japan in 2014.