Hello! Today’s post is about an unusual twist on a Japanese classic. I’m talking about the Hi-Chew Suppai-Chew Sour Lemon candies of course!
Hi-Chew – Suppai-Chew Sour Lemon
£1.29 – OyatsuCafe
I am familiar with Hi-Chew candies, having tried them before in the past (I think it was even before the blog!). Hi Chew-are soft, chewy, fruit flavoured candies. It’s a little bit of a Japanese “cult” classic; created in 1975 as a sweet alternative to chewing gum. Hi-Chew has had over 100 different flavours and varieties created over the years, such as cola, apple, peach, yoghurt. I would point out that in general Hi-Chew is not kosher, halal or suitable for vegetarians.
This particular variety of Hi-Chew boasts a sour lemon flavour, containing hardened sugar bits that also have a sour lemon flavour themselves. This limited edition flavour came into my life via my OyatsuBox – where else?
Hi-Chew candies comes individually wrapped in silver packaging featuring cartoon faces and writing. As a struggling learner, I immensely appreciate the hiragana being above the kanji (although to then find out what the sentence means is another story entirely…).
The candy itself is very soft, and I could sink my teeth into it easily. Hi-Chew were designed to have a texture similar to bubblegum and I would agree. The hardened sugar crystals are tiny, but they should not be underestimated. They add a satisfying soft crunch to a very chewy candy. I’ve been having trouble with my wisdom teeth lately, and I was worried that trying these candy would aggravate them further. Luckily, it hasn’t, and I can indulge in these candies without worry.
Turning to the lemon flavour now; it IS sour, but not as bad as I was anticipating. It is a sour taste, but it is also sweet in a weird way. I think that this sweetness takes away any telltale artificial aftertaste, as the lemon taste does linger slightly after you have finished eating the candy. I can imagine some people finding these sweets terribly addictive, but for me one candy every few hours or so is enough. I definitely wouldn’t be able to sit there and eat an entire packet like I can do with some candies… *cough* Fujiya Milky Box *cough*
I would repurchase this particular variety of Hi-Chew again in the future. They’re a definite change from the usual Hi-Chew flavours, and they would also be a great gift for a friend (I already have some people in mind!). I better hurry up and stockpile a few packets though; with these being limited edition I don’t see them hanging around for long…
Have you ever tried Hi-Chew?