Slideshow: Japanese Snacks: Drink-Flavored Candy

Soda Flavored Candies
Soda Flavored Candies
What makes soda-flavored grape candy different from just grape candy? A fizzy core of Pop Rocks-esque crunchies, that's what. All of these hard candies, with the exception of the Lotte Drinks Mix (which is, oddly, mostly based on energy drinks) have some form of carbonation in them. Which makes them more fun to eat, if not tastier.
Koedo Cider Candy
Koedo Cider Candy
It's what cider candy should taste like, if cider tasted like... sugar water. Very mild in flavor and cloyingly sweet, I'll pass on this one.
White Soda Candies
White Soda Candies
Whether gummy or hard, these guys add a touch of class to an otherwise kiddy-kandy dominated field. The hard candies have a fizzy center and feature an ingredient called "Creamy Powder." I'm not sure what to make of that.
Calpis Candies
Calpis Candies
I grew up drinking Calpis, the tart, yogurt-based soft drink which was rebranded in the U.S. as "Calpico" after my dad called it "cow piss" one too many times. Of the two candies, only the soft chews remind me of the real thing, while the white chocolate balls just taste like, well, white chocolate.
Coffee Candies
Coffee Candies
The Japanese like their coffee strong and candy-sweet, which makes for perfect translation into hard candies. The Cadbury Candy Caramel and Cafe seems like a great idea—layered, like a cappuccino, but it's way too sweet. Better is the Mikakuto Coffee Gyunyu, with a mild milky flavor.
Green Tea Candy
Green Tea Candy
These guys are not for everyone, particularly the Matcha Soft Candy, which features a milky, chewy, mildly sweet core covered in bitter, finely powdered matcha tea. A bittersweet treat.