Long used as a spice in cooking, “shoga” (ginger) is now being added to caramel, cocoa, vegetable juice and “happoshu” beerlike drinks.

Kuracie Foods Ltd., a Tokyo-based sweets and ice cream manufacturer, marketed a new product called Ginger Cube in September. Each pack consists of eight caramel cubes containing condensed ginger extract. People consuming the entire pack ingest 15 grams of ginger, which boosts body warmth, the company claims.

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