In Japan, oblaat (オブラート, oburāto) is a thin, edible layer of starch used to wrap some candies and pharmaceuticals,[1] similar to capsules.

Blate Papes Oblate Wafer Film Pouches
Blate Papes edible pouches
Alternative namesOblate, oblate disc, papes, edible film
Place of originJapan
Main ingredientsStarch
Swallowing Herbal Powder with Edible Wafer Film
Using Blate Papes to consume powdered herbs


Many types of Japanese candy are wrapped in oblate film, which is an edible, thin cellophane made of rice starch. It has no taste nor odor, and is transparent. It is useful to preserve gelatinous sweets by absorbing humidity. In America, these films are called oblate discs, blate papes, and edible films. They are most commonly used to take powdered herbs, supplements, and medications, allowing the user to consume multiple grams at one time[2] more quickly and pleasantly than with capsules or other methods.


The name comes from the Dutch word oblaat, referring to sacramental bread, in turn from Latin oblātum ("offered").


Oblaat was introduced to Japan by Dutch pharmaceutical companies in the late 19th century to wrap bad tasting medicine so that it could be swallowed without tasting any bitter powder. Oblaat's moisture-absorbing properties have since given rise to its use for a candy wrapper, to keep the pieces of candy from sticking together.[3]

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  1. ^ "What is an Oblate Disc?". Blate Papes. 2021-07-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Learn About Blate Papes". 2020-08-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "In Our Candy Drawer - Dagashi". Candy Atlas. 2017-02-25. Retrieved September 14, 2017.