Sweet x salty = sweet and salty. It is one of the rules of addictive taste. This time, we found a product at Kuze Fuku Shoten, a select food store, that we think is highly addictive in this "sweet and salty" world. The name of the product is "Kaki-no-tane Taffy.
Kaki-no-tane Taffy" by Kuze Fuku ShotenKaki-peas, a combination of kaki-no-tane (persimmon seed) and peanuts, are hardened and covered with a rich caramel mixture. The 240g (8.47oz) package is priced at 980 yen (tax not included).
The texture of the thickly finished product is crispy and hard when you bite into it. However, once in the mouth, the caramel melts, revealing the crunchy texture of the persimmon seed and the light, crunchy texture of the peanuts.
With each bite, the sweetness of the caramel, the saltiness of the persimmon seeds, and the richness of the peanuts burst forth. Each of them strengthens and weakens, and the flavors shift dizzyingly, so that even though it is not a very complex snack, it does not bore me at all. The sweet caramel stuck in your back teeth craves saltiness, and before you know it, you are popping the next bite into your mouth....
The balance of the ingredients may have something to do with it, but the reason it is so addictive is because each of the kaki no tane, peanuts, and caramel is delicious in its own right. The caramel is made without any flavoring and is made by boiling it down over an open flame, and the quality is pursued. Maybe if you try a similar product that is less expensive, you won't be as shocked as I am.
The calorie content is 546 kcal per 100 g, which is calculated to be about 1,300 kcal per product. Those who have a strong will to eat it in small portions should feel free to do so, while those who are weak against temptation should try it with an open mind.