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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-12-01 14:21


> Japanese gummy candy tastes like a fruit that doesn’t exist



A Japanese candy company has been making national news headlines for its idea to produce gummy candy that tastes like an ‘imaginary fruit’ called Kiraspika.


Last year was a great one for gummy candy producers, and the market continued to expand throughout 2023 with fruit-flavored gummies being the most popular.


While there are plenty of fruit flavors to choose from, including intriguing fruit combinations, companies are still limited to the fruits available in our world.


But what if someone broke down barriers and started making candy that tastes like imaginary fruits?


That was the genius idea that Japanese sweets maker Kanro recently came up with.


Two months ago, the company launched a new type of gummy candy that tastes like ‘Kiraspika no Mi’, a made-up fruit with an original flavor, design and even an origin story.


According to the Kanro official website, the star-shaped Kiraspika only grows in the mountainous region of Blue Knife, where temperatures drop to -50 degrees Celsius in winter.


It is very difficult to obtain, as when the fruit ripens, on a full-moon night around the winter solstice, the fruit explodes as a mechanism to spread its seeds.


Pieces of the fruit fly at a speed of 300 meters per second, and a direct hit can be fatal.


Everything about Kiraspika was invented in Kanro’s fruit lab where its flavor experts combined various existing flavors to create an entirely original one that tastes like nothing you’ve ever eaten.


According to its designers, the Kiraspika-flavored gummy candy has a mysterious sweetness combined with a sliced sourness, but many of those who have tried it have their own description of the taste.


To some, the Kiraspika flavor can be compared to that of an energy drink, others say it tastes a bit like a spicy apple, while some compare its sweetness to that of cherry gummies, combined with a tongue-numbing spiciness.


Having been launched in September through the 7-Eleven convenience store chain, Kiraspika gummies have been selling out like hotcakes, and the Japanese company is already working on new creations in its Fantasy Fruit Lab.


> Malaysia to open 30-day visa free travel for Chinese citizens

Photo taken on March 18, 2016 shows people taking photos in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [Photo/Xinhua]


Malaysia will grant 30-day visa-free travel for Chinese citizens starting Dec. 1 this year, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim announced on Sunday.


This move is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China next year, Anwar said.


Anwar also thanked China for its decision to implement a unilateral visa-free policy for ordinary passport holders from Malaysia.


Details on the visa exemption will be announced by the Minister of Home Affairs soon, according to Malaysian national news agency Bernama.


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