Hi-Chew Pineapple and Grape

When we were kids, my brother and I were allowed to pick out a candy whenever we went to the grocery store. I always chose something chocolate — M&Ms, a Milky Way, or maybe a Hershey Bar. I never quite understood my brother, who always went for something sour or fruit-flavored, like Starburst. Who in their right mind would choose Starburst over chocolate? I just chalked it up to further evidence that he was an alien.

I do appreciate some fruit-flavored candy. I like hard candy and gummies. It’s just not something I eat a lot of, as I vastly prefer chocolate. I’ve never liked fruit chews though. I’ll always pass on Starburst.

However, when I ordered some things from Ichiban Kan, I thought I’d get a few Japanese candies too, as I was already paying for shipping. So I bought a bunch of Hi-Chew flavors, figuring that if I didn’t like them I could always pass them off to the alien my brother.

Get to the point… did you like the Hi-Chews or not? I did like the Hi-Chews. A lot, in fact. They have a nice, springy texture and weren’t at all sticky or grainy, two things I associate with fruit chews. Instead, they just sort of melted away as the chew went along, like a nice caramel would.

Now, for the flavors..

Golden Pineapple: This started out tart and tangy, which threw me off a little because I’m used to very sweet pineapple. It became sweeter through the chew, and I was surprised at the complexity. It was very juicy and refreshing. I really enjoyed these, though I should probably mention that pineapple is my favorite fruit. Rating: 9/10

HI-CHEW Grape

(Red) Grape: This is the most realistic grape flavor that I’ve ever had. Most grape things remind me of Dimetapp, but these tasted more like juicy concord grapes. Again, the flavor was surprisingly complex and develops as you chew along. Rating: 8/10

For those of you that are bored, you may want to compare the Japanese and English language websites. Personally, I’m fond of Japanese Hi-Chew mascot. The English site seems boring in comparison.

Nutrition Breakdown: Um, sorry, but I don’t read Japanese. The best I can figure is that they average about 230 calories per package.

Name: HI-CHEW Golden Pineapple and Grape
Brand: Morinaga
Store: Ichiban Kan
Price: $1.00 each

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5 Responses to Hi-Chew Pineapple and Grape

  1. cybele says:

    I was absolutely convinced that I’d love the pineapple HiCHEW so I ordered 3 packs from JList.com. I was no disappointed (except for the fact that they were backordered and took a month).

  2. Laura C says:

    Oh My God! The mascot scared me.
    Love your blog. I have a huge sweet tooth and have been enjoying your posts. Totally agree with chocolate over fruit candy!

  3. Alicia says:

    @Cybele – Yeah, I do wish I would have ordered a couple more packs of pineapple. I’m a sucker for anything pineapple, so I should have known I’d like them!

    @Laura – lol! Yeah, the mascot is kinda like Burger King’s King.. kinda funny, but not something I want to run into in a dark alley. I just checked out your site and blog.. that’s some impressive cookie decorating!

  4. Laura C says:

    Thanks, glad you liked the cookies. I left a career in HR to ice cookies. It’s much more satisfying!

  5. Kelly says:

    I LOVE HI CHEW 11/10

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