[Anime Culture Monday] Anime Recipe: Ramune Candy from 3-gatsu no Lion

Hey everyone and welcome to another edition of Anime Recipes! If this is your first time, welcome! This is a series from Honey’s Anime where we look exclusively at the food and more that comes across our screens while watching anime. We then make it so simple, that anyone can recreate these delicious dishes regardless of your location in the world! All you need is a little bit of patience, mild reading skills, and a ready kitchen and you are good to go! With the slew of shows that it has, while fall anime has brought us a lot, 3-gatsu no Lion—or March Comes in Like a Lion—will be the focus of this installment. Let’s sink our teeth into something sweet!

Ramune Candy from 3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion)

Rei Kiriyama has a lot of issues, but none confront him the most like his career as a professional shogi player. This 17-year-old prodigy has a lot on his plate and he is trying to figure out how to take the next step in his career and continue to win and advance in rank, while dealing with the fact that he wants to dropout of high school. With his family extremely distant, one day, Rei stumbles across a woman kind enough to help him get home, and before he knows it, he has befriended not only Akari, but also her sisters Hinata and Momo as well as their grandfather. Being constantly invited over, his stormy life starts to see a bit of reprieve as these three girls build bonds with him. Rei came in like a lion, but what will happen next?

With its unique art style and the dedication to pure slice of life, 3-gatsu no Lion is a great show for those who are looking to unwind in front of the screen and enjoy something that is not going to make the viewer think too hard. There is a lot of food involved as well as this is where Rei tends to interact with the three Kawamoto sisters the most; around the dinner table. Today’s recipe is a classic Japanese sweet that children love and most people have heard of it in one form. Ramune candy is a simple sweet that people tend to associate with the ultra-popular drink Ramune, but does not actually contain any in it! Ramune itself has been around since 1872 but there is a very good chance that the candy was either popular before or shot to fame once Ramune itself took off. A funny fact is that Ramune was not invented by a Japanese person, but rather the beloved drink was created by Alexander Cameron Sim, a Scottish man who lived in Japan during the Meiji Period. Shocker! Anywho, ramune candy is a sweet loved year-round by children all across the country and today we will be tickling your sweet tooth with this delectable dish!

What You Will Need:

Powdered Sugar
50 g

40 g

baking soda
2.5 g

citric acid
1.5 g

2.5-3 cups

Optional Notes:

As you can tell, this is not that complicated to make. A piece of advice: this will come out white and kinda look like those Alka Seltzer tablets. However, it is not the same, and these are sweet. If you want to have fun though, once you have your mixture, separate it and add in some food coloring so that you are not looking at all white. A mixture of red, blue, and yellow would make a nice, colorful batch. However, the choice is yours as to what color you want to go with!

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar, baking soda, cornstarch, and citric acid by sifting it. Mix it together with a fork or spatula.
  2. 2

    Now, add in your water and mix it almost as if you are trying to wring the water out. This is because you want to make sure that it penetrates everywhere. Otherwise you could end up with powdery bites in the middle of your snacks. A good time will not be had if that happens.
  3. 3

    Something to note with step two is that you want to be very careful and eyeball it as you reach the .5 of the third cup of water. If you put too much in, it will be difficult to get the dry mixture to absorb it all. Since you do not cook this, it will not evaporate.
  4. 4

    Break off small pieces about the size of a piece or two of square-shaped gum, and then roll them into small, round pieces and they are done!
  5. 5

    You can either let them sit for a few minutes to hours, or you can dig right on in. This one is a safe bet!


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Final Thought

3-gatsu no Lion is really big on showing us a tortured soul in Rei as he tries to navigate his life and figure himself out. Thankfully, there is a good story and even better, there is a lot of food. Have you ever heard about this “version” of ramune? If so, let us know! Also, be sure to let us know in the comments below and if you are interested in seeing a dish from an anime series broken down. For now, we will enjoy the second season of 3-gatsu no Lion as well as the bonus that is the food that we are enjoying on our screens. Until next time!
005 [Anime Culture Monday] Anime Recipe: Ramune Candy from 3-gatsu no Lion


Author: Nagareboshi

American by birth; international by choice. I am trying to bring attention to one of my favorite causes; me. I translate by day and write by night. Aspiring polyglot. My dream would be to be the personal translator for Amuro Namie. Other than that, my hobbies include languages, weightlifting, sleeping, karaoke, GOOD coffee and music. When I’m not doing any of the above, I am most likely laughing hysterically at Willam Belli videos or EV farming. I ain’t gunna Rupologize for it neither. Waifu are Shirai Kuroko & Euaerin.

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