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It's big in Japan...

December 16, 2009 - Nikki Younk
I like to support local businesses, or at least American businesses, whenever I can. It’s necessary to keep our economy going.

However, there’s one area where I have to take exception. And it’s important. Really important.


Over the past year, I’ve discovered the wonder of Japanese candy. It’s something I’d like to share with you today.

Starburst and Mamba are two fairly well-known fruit chews here in the U.S. They’re both delicious and I would never turn them down. When I heard that there was a so-called “Japanese answer to Starburst,” I was intrigued. It’s called Hi Chew and it comes in a ton of different flavors.

I ordered several flavors, including strawberry, blood orange, cherry, and some bizarre fruit called Camu Camu.

They were extraordinary. Apparently they’re made from real fruit extract. No imitation. But hey, I can’t read Japanese, so what do I know? They could have octopus in them and I blissfully wouldn’t care.

My other big discovery is Pocky. Have you ever had Pepperidge Farm Pirouette cookies? The ones with chocolate creme inside of a crunchy cookie? Well, Pocky is basically an inside-out Pirouette. A crunchy cookie with chocolate on the outside. They also come in strawberry and almond flavors.

They’re dangerously addictive.

For those of you who would actually like an octopus-flavored candy, you’re in luck. I was able to find hard candies in strange flavors like octopus, aloe, and hamburger.

I didn’t buy any.

Anyway, if you’re in the mood for indulgence (it’s the holiday season, why not?) go look for this stuff on the internet. They would probably make good Christmas presents, too.


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