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Morinaga

Jan
11



HiChew Furano Melon

It’s gotten to a point where I am not sure how to write the set-up for HiChew anymore. I have reviewed them so frequently on the site here that I feel that you, my readers, are quite familiar with them now. So I am hesitant to go ahead and write essentially what I feel to be re hash. The HiChew today is a limited edition flavor called “Furano Melon”.

The first question that ran though my mind was “what exactly is a furano melon”? A little Google searching answered my question quite nicely. Furano is a place in Hokkaido, and it’s famous for its variety of what we know as cantaloupe. Regional fruit and vegetables are a very popular affair in Japan, so showcasing specific regional varieties in candies is a popular thing to do. HiChew is showering Hokkaido with some candy love by making a Furano Melon flavor.

The chew is a pretty light orange and smells sweet and juicy. The flavor is extremely fruity and floral at first, with nice rounded notes of cantaloupe. I’m reminded of the cantaloupe jelly belly bean. Then the flavor becomes more solid and intense, with notes of apple, peach and lychee. It’s very juicy and really flavorful, and it’s very authentic to what a real cantaloupe takes like. So yummy!

Like all the other HiChew flavors, this one is stellar and really is tasty. It doesn’t disappoint! I highly recommend this flavor if you’re into melons, especially cantaloupe!

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links HiChew Website (English)

 


May
31



Morinaga Caramel Pumpkin

As anyone who knows me in real life would tell you, I may be enthusiastic about candy, but I’m head over heels crazy for pumpkin. I adore all things pumpkin and it’s really one of my favorite things to eat. This is why I was super excited when I saw this box of Caramel Pumpkin candy in Sunrise Mart in New York City. Pumpkin and candy rolled into one? Sign me up!

From the look of the box, I was expecting this to be one of the many “reverse Pocky” candies that the Japanese love so much. Essentially, it’s a biscuit stick with a hollow inside that’s filled with a flavored chocolate. Although, I would have realized that this is not the case here, if only my Japanese was a bit better.

The sticks come in sealed packets of two, so you get a small about to snack on without overdoing it. They’re golden in color and smell sweet and of squash. A good sign!

The texture is not crispy like I would have expected, but instead it’s dense and creamy. It’s more of a tube of chocolate, than a hollow biscuit with chocolate inside. Interesting.

The flavor is unique, but in a good way. First you taste the sweetness, then the roasted flavor of acorn squash comes through with it’s sweet, yet earthy flavors. Then you taste the caramel, which adds a nice burnt sugar taste to it. It reminds of of oven roasted acorn squash like my Mom makes, as she melts some butter and brown sugar in the center. The aftertaste is sweet, slightly squashy, but more of the caramel flavor. I have to say, I like it a lot!

This is an excellent example of a great pumpkin candy, and I’m pleased to have found it to try. It’s really yummy and it satisfies that sweet pumpkin craving I get sometimes (yes, I realize that’s strange). So if you want to try something a bit different, I’d give these a go.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Morinaga candy Website (Japanese)


Dec
16



HiChew Golden Pine

It’s HiChew time again! I’ve already gushed in my previous reviews of how much I adore HiChew, so I will spare you that rant again. This version, with it’s wonderful Engrish name, is pineapple flavored. I was just jumping out of my seat when I first started seeing it for sale online this past spring. Thankfully, since then, it’s now in most Asian markets so you can find it pretty easily if you have the mind to.

Firstly, aside from the amusing name, I am really drawn to the packaging of this flavor. It’s much more decorative than the other HiChew packages I’ve seen, and I think the frilly type and imagery works for it. It certainly catches my eye.

Opening the package carefully (so I could save the pretty wrapper!) to find the row of neatly wrapped pieces. They smell faintly sweet, but it’s a soapy sort of smell. I’m a little worried.

The flavor is extremely authentic. The taste is every bit pineapple with it’s sharp juicy notes and that hint of pine-like tartness. This is a little milder and sweeter than the real thing, but come on, it’s candy!

No question about it. I’m in love, and I’m currently working on my stockpile. Hopefully Morinaga will add this to their regular line of flavors.

Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard

Links
Morinaga Website


Oct
23



HiChew Mixed Fruit

HiChew were one of the first Japanese candies I’d ever tasted. And frankly, I was quite impressed. I’ve sort of been on an unofficial mission to taste every flavor I’ve come across. Even when I was over in Japan I scoured all the train station kiosks to see what different kinds were stocked and I’ve lost track of how many kinda I’ve eaten. This Mixed Fruit flavor is one of the most recent releases.

One of the things I love about HiChew is the texture. It’s a cross between gum and Starburst. It’s a nice fruity chew, but it’s more latexy and longer lasting. It’s really built for maximum chew time and satisfaction.

I was hoping that this roll would be a flavor assortment as opposed to a generic mixed fruit flavor. I was disappointed when I tasted one though, as it was obvious that it was the latter.
The chew is a light beige white with a little orangey pink center. The flavor is very strong and complex and I taste every single fruit that was pictured on the front of the package. I get the soft starchy sweetness of the banana first, then the tartness of the orange and pineapple, rounded out but the sweetness of the peaches and then finally the juicy notes of the grapes. I’m immediately reminded me of those Del Monte canned fruit cocktail mixes (and I mean that in the best way possible) and it all I need is a glass dish with some vanilla yogurt and an intensely bright maraschino cherry on top.

Worth giving it a try if you see it! Especially since I don’t’ know how long they’ll be selling it for.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links:
HiChew Website (Japanese)


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