Suppai!05 November, 2010 by Chad
Super Lemon is a hard candy from Japan that used to be commonly found at most convenience stores. The name Super Lemon is a pun on “Suppai”, the Japanese word for sour. Those trying the sweet for the first time would be in for a shocking surprise.
The popularity of Japanese snacks in Singapore has waned over the years and Super Lemon has for the most part been replaced by the similar Warheads candy. However, I managed to find packets of Super Lemon for sale over at the Mediya supermarket for about $3 each.
The company behind Super Lemon has produced some other related products, such as a Super Lemon Soda drink, but the original candy remains unchanged over the years. The packaging even retains it’s original 30s American, “Dick Tracy” inspired pop art.
One great thing about Super Lemon is that it remains stable even when left unrefrigerated in Singapore weather. Whereas you’d often find nothing but a sticky mess when opening packets of Warheads.
Another point in favor is that Super Lemon packs much more of an initial punch. However, after the initial sour taste dissipates, Super Lemon’s flavor ends up surprisingly identical to those old-school colorful candies sold at Chinese biscuit shops. And I definitely prefer Warhead’s lingering taste, with its sour core as opposed to Super Lemon’s sickly sweet flavoring.
The expressions on your friends faces when they first pop it into their mouths, is more than worth the affordable price of the candy though.
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