Ingredients: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Kernel Oil), Less than 2% of Gelatin, Red Grape Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sucrose Fatty Acid Esters, Sorbitan Monostearate, Fruit Juice Concentrate (Color), Vegetable Juice Concentrate (Color), Soy Lecithin.
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Hi-Chew grape stick is a chewy taffy with a delicious grape flavored center. One of our favorite Japanese Candy!
It’s no secret that pink candy is the best candy, and the same is true here. I’ve yet to find a Hi-Chew flavor that tastes better than classic strawberry. It is the pinnacle of all things good about Hi-Chew as a candy: flavorful, but not overly sweet; juicy and closely reminiscent of the fruit it takes after; and satisfying. Bury me in all strawberry candies, but especially Hi-Chews.
Hi-Chew is not joking around when it describes its candy as “immensely fruity” and “intensely chewy.” The candy brand should add “intensely juicy” to their tagline as well, because these candies release a wave of fruit flavor with every bite. The Japanese candy — which feels like a Starbursts competitor — comes in several fun flavors like kiwi, dragon fruit, and açaí as well as classic variations like apple, grape, and strawberry in the United States. In Japan, flavors are even more experimental: There’s a ramune flavor, a cola one, and even a Hokkaido yogurt Hi-Chew. The candy is starting to gain a ton of popularity in the US and can now be found in stores like Target.
Even though I don’t tend to love mangoes, I actually enjoyed this Hi-Chew. It wasn’t as sickeningly sweet as I often find mangoes to be, which is ironic because this is a piece of candy. It also doesn’t have the slippery, slimy texture of the fresh fruit. I wouldn’t pick this as my top flavor, but I can recognize a great, fruity piece of candy when I taste one.
Smelling this Hi-Chew is like downing a giant, refreshing glass of pineapple juice. The scent is intoxicating. Eating it is even better; it’s so juicy, like diving into a Dole whip float from Disneyland. Escape to a tropical paradise by closing your eyes, turning on ambient background beach sounds, and eating this Hi-Chew.
2. Green Apple
Published on 6/25/2019 at 5:58 PM
Grape is a divisive candy flavor. People always say it tastes medicinal, but to me it tastes like childhood. This grape Hi-Chew reminds me of Marukawa fruit gums I also used to enjoy as a kid, meaning they don’t necessarily taste exactly like grape, but are fruity and sweet and enjoyable. If you’ve had a grape Jolly Rancher before, this Hi-Chew tastes like that, but juicier, chewier, and less artificial. I’ve always loved grape candy, and this is a classic rendition of grape that satisfies.
For a candy that’s advertised as sour, I wish it made my lips pucker a little bit more. The smell of this Hi-Chew is like a salty lemon. I don’t usually opt for lemon candy, but this one is pretty good because it tastes pretty intensely of the citrus fruit, except maybe a bit sweeter than normal.
The irresistibly juicy candy has a dragon fruit, kiwi, and açaí flavor.
If all grapefruits tasted as good as this Hi-Chew does, maybe I’d be more inclined to add the citrus fruit to my regular fruit rotation! Though this Hi-Chew didn’t smell delectable, the flavor is so juicy and balanced. I liked the tartness mingling with the sweet; I never got sick of the flavor as I was chewing it, which happens often when the candy is too sweet. This is a winner.
But which flavor is best? We put all 12 flavors available here to the test. This ranking is based on overall flavor and texture, though I included notes about the smell of each cube of candy, too. Here’s how all our fruity candy friends stacked up from worst to best: