When you think of a dollar store you may think cheap, useless, junk. Well, that is definitely not the case in Japan! It is actually the very opposite at Daiso, a Japanese ¥100 store. You can get almost anything there from candy, beauty products, kitchenware, stationery, and so much more. To make things even better, its all pretty good quality too.
For a compulsive buyer like myself, it’s a trap disguised as a paradise. Everything is so cute, useful, a must-have, and it’s all at such a low cost. It is so easy to get carried away, but if there is one thing that stands out from the rest in their products, it’s their candy selection.
At least three whole aisles are dedicated to just candy and snacks. Jam-packed from the floor to the top shelf there is no shortage of options. Gummies, chocolate, hard candy and anything in between is sure to satisfy your sugar fix!
As I walked up and down the aisles it was hard to pick. All the candy here is new and foreign to me so I just wanted to try it all. I finally settled on some jelly packets and sour candies. These candies were truly unlike anything I’ve ever had before in the states.
This first thing I purchased is probably the best candy I’ve ever had, but not because of the taste. It’s called Sonomanma and it is a sour candy game. Each packet has three pieces of candy in it, but only one is sour. It’s basically candy roulette. Bringing it back to the office made for a very eventful afternoon with lots of laughs. We would open up the packet and three of us would eat the candy on the count of three and by the face and noises someone made, you could tell who got the sour one.
The other thing I got was a peach flavored jelly candy called Purunto Konjac. Each is wrapped individually and it is basically just a blob of flavored jelly on the inside. The consistency is strange, almost half jello and half jelly. When I brought it back to the office to show everyone, they said this candy tasted best when it’s frozen. So I’ll take the remaining packets home test out eating them that way.
There were so many other unique candies like ones in packaging shaped like keys on a key ring, Mikey Mouse shaped chocolates and Japanese character candies. It would take me more than a month to even try even half of the Japanese candies and snacks at Daiso, but it will never break the bank to buy them.
In all, getting these candies was the experience I was hoping for when buying foreign candy and all for the low price of ¥100! I will definitely be back in Daiso very soon for more candy and everything else they have to offer.