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Daiso Salt Tomato Candy

Way back during my high school years, there was a huge store in Richmond that sold Japanese snack and candy.  It was heaven as I was a huge Japanese fanatic back then.  I remember this store had loads of funky Japanese goodies you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

One of the finds from that place was Tomato Candy.  I remember it tasting delicious and like a real, fresh tomato.  I also remember I was the only one to like it also when I offered some to my friends to try.

Unfortunately though, I was only able to try it once and had never seen it again, even on subsequent trips to Japan.

Until now!

Daiso Salt Tomato Candy

On a recent trip to Daiso in Richmond while perusing the snack section, AngryRussian was in awe of all the weird Asian flavors (he thought mentaiko is gross), and he was actually the one to spot the Daiso Select Salt Tomato Candy and commented on its weirdness.

Immediately memories of my teenage years came back and I got myself a pack ($2) to try.  AngryRussian couldn’t believe it.

Daiso Salt Tomato Candy

It was made in Japan and the ingredients list was pretty short- was glad to see that tomato powder and concentrated tomato were part of it.

Daiso Salt Tomato Candy

Each candy was individually packaged.  It was delicious!

The candy tasted exactly like a fresh tomato, sweet and delicious right off the vine.  It had a hint of salt and complemented the tomato taste very much.  I’m a happy camper.  Extremely pleased to find this here so close to home.  I hope Daiso never gets rid of it!!!

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  1. Is it the Daiso in Richmond, CA that you’re talking about? I’m in search of these candies (as all of my local Daisos do not carry it any longer) and if it’s the Richmond in the SF bay area, there is hope that I can get my hands on these!

    1. Hi Wendy! No I’m based in Vancouver Canada so it would be the Daiso that used to be in Richmond, BC, Canada. That Daiso is no longer there and is now Oomomo.

  2. Hello! Tomato candy is seasonal in Japan, so it is probably only available seasonally to Daiso in the US as well. In season in Japan, there are LOTS of different brands/packages, especially at every type of Hundred Yen store, but I have only tried a few of them. I have gotten the tomato candy you show at the Daiso in Berkeley or Oakland, I think. It was a couple years ago when I lived in that area of California but an hour or so away form any Daiso. Someone gifted me both the Daiso hard tomato candy and a taffy-style chewy tomato candy, and I think they said they got it at the Richmond store. Or maybe Walnut Creek.
    I agree, it is delicious, and wish it were easier to find in the US. Look for it each summer, as it is more likely to be available in tomato season. While living in Japan, I noticed that many things, like potato chips!, had seasonal flavors– cherry blossom/salty plum in spring and garlic in the fall, around harvest season, for example! It gave us something extra to look forward to, around the calendar.

    1. Hi Judith!! Thanks for visiting and the information!! I think you are absolutely right! Now that you mention it, Japanese treats ARE very seasonal!!

      I’m so happy to see that there’s others that enjoy weird Japanese flavors like me!! Tomato flavored candies are definitely one of my favorites and like you I wish they were easier to find!!! That taffy sounds amazing!!!

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