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Lottery Tickets and Poo Gummies; Trying Out Old-School Japanese Candy

I bought a handful of ¥10 candies from a local neighborhood store. Opening and eating the candies and snacks revealed several surprises! Here's what I found when trying them out.

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8 Snacks for ¥80

I was picking up a bottle of nihonshu at the small family-run sake/rice/grocery store in my neighborhood the other day when I noticed a shelf full of old-school Japanese candies and snacks for just ¥10 each. I was intrigued by the packaging and decided to purchase a handful to see what they would be like. Here's what I discovered.
Masushin, the local store in my neighborhood.

Opening the Candies:

I was intrigued by this particular chocolate because it seemed to include some sort of gambling mechanism. However, I soon realized that this was a theme with these candies, most of which featured some sort of lottery that gives you a chance to win something.
Sure enough, upon opening the chocolate, the backside of the label revealed 3 slot machine images. Unfortunately, I lost, but I wonder what the prize would have been if the three pictures had been matching.
Next, I moved on to this tiny little container that came with a spoon. The label reads 'Morocco Yogurt,' but the product was definitely not yogurt, as it was sold at room temperature.
Opening it up revealed a light, creamy, almost sand-like 'yogurt' that was very sweet and lemony. The backside of this label also read "ハズレ" ('hazure'-meaning I didn't win), so this candy, too, apparently offers some sort of lottery.
The next candy I tried was this flat container that rattled when shaken. The label reads "scratch lottery ticket," and the cat is holding 100 yen.
The package contained many small, chewy, blue candies that were slightly sour and quite unpleasant tasting. However, the exciting part of this candy was definitely the lottery ticket inside. Looking at the back, it seemed that I could win up to 100 yen if the maneki neko showed up!
Alas, scratching the ticket revealed a skeleton, a foot, and an apple, meaning that I didn't win.
Next, I turned my attention to this tiny "yatta! men' ramen bowl which also appears to offer up to 100 yen as a prize. The slightly racist depiction of a Chinese man grabbing a coin with his chopsticks was a bit off-putting, but I was curious to see what was inside.
Opening the pack revealed some dried ramen noodles seasoned with a salty soy sauce flavoring. Unfortunately, the reverse of the label yet again showed a disappointing 'hazure,' meaning I'd lost yet again.
This candy was labeled as a Mont-Blanc chocolate, and instead of a lottery ticket, had a fortune inside!
The tiny chocolate inside really looks like a cute little Mont-Blanc desert! The taste, however, was more like caramel and less like chestnut.
My fortune was revealed on the back of the label. it says "conversation is likely to spring forth." Hmmm, we'll see about that.
One of the candies that I was most eager to try was this 'Unchi-kun Gummy.' Unchi, in case you couldn't guess, is one of the Japanese words for 'poo.' What would the flavor of this mysterious brown gummy be?
As soon as the package was opened, the flavor was apparent, and sure enough-tasting the squishy gummy revealed a strong cola flavor!
The last items I tried were these strange, thin snacks that attempted to replicate the flavors of yakiniku (above) and eel kabayaki (below).
Inside the package was a sticky, cardboard-like wafer that smelled strongly of fish.
The texture was very tough, much like eating a sticky piece of cardboard (I would imagine). However, the taste was pretty nice. It didn't exactly remind me of eel kabayaki or yakiniku, but it was tasty none the less.

In Closing

What struck me the most about these snacks and candies was their gambling nature. Almost all of them offer the opportunity to win something, and it's easy to see how little kids would be motived to buy the candy often. Heck, it was even fun for me to open the candies, even though I wasn't a huge fan of the overly sweet or salty contents of most. I'm not sure whether this is positive or negative, but I think it offers an interesting insight into Japanese culture.

If you get the chance to pick up some of these old-school Japanese candies, try them out!
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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