It seems like everyone who visits Japan comes back with a suitcase full of delicious, adorable candy you just can't find anywhere else... for good reason. Once you try some of the eclectic sweets the country has to offer, you'll never want to go back to your same old Skittles and Twix again.
From smiling-faced packages to heart-shaped hard candies, Japan's culture of kawaii, or cuteness, is incredibly evident across all commercial sectors. It just so happens, though, that cute and candy go together like peanut butter and jelly (or chocolate and caramel). If you want a taste of the local culture and want to try ingenious inventions, sampling some Japanese candy is the way to go.
Whether you're already a Japanese confectionary connoisseur or you're a complete novice, test your knowledge of these delectable treats with the following quiz. Can you recognize these popular varieties just by looking at the picture? By the time you're done, you'll want to book a flight to Japan and try each one yourself. Of course, these days it's possible to order more Japanese treats than you could ever eat, without leaving your home - just order online!
Meanwhile, though, gather whatever sweets you have on hand, and let's get started.