|Mmmmmm..... Hi-Chewy goodness|
This packet was given to me by a friend, the lucky girl lives near a Japanese supermarket so has more readily accesible Hi Chew than I do. It comes in a nice package, yellow and brown coloured but completely in Japanese! I don't speak or read Japanese at all, so I'm guessing the flavour here. I did find the flavour on the Morinaga website, but as it's embbed flash heavy I was unable to use my translation program to understand the website. It was pretty though.
So based on some research and looking at the graphics on the packet I'm saying this is purin flavour! Purin is a Japanese custard caramel dessert I imagine, and by Wikipedia's reports, that it's something like Creme Caramel or Flan. Therefore before even trying a piece I was expecting a sweet caramelly chew which was fine by me.
Does anybody else gt really happy when they get exactly what they were expecting? I sure do, which made this Hi Chew really nice. It was sweet and it was caramelly without being sickly or overpowering. What was a nice addition is little caramelised pieces of sugar, similar to the Toffee Apple and Cotton Candy I tried. The flavour all round is very pleasant, it doesn't burst out and shout about itself but it also lacked the subtle tastiness of the Cotton Candy. I was left perplexed, yet not disappointed.
The Final Verdict: 3 - I think it tasted to me like an element was missing, it was very similar to the Cotton Candy but just didn't hit that same mark and I can't even really say why. If it had maybe a deeper caramel flavour or some richer buttery notes similar to toffee I think I'd be more satisfied.