Hi-Chew Sours

Hi-Chew Sours
A bag of Hi-Chew Sours

Hi-Chew Sours

An interesting twist for the Hi-Chew brand that pays off brilliantly

What an amazing find. I usually find the individually wrapped Hi-Chew Tropical Mix at my local Daiso store. That version is always there, but the bag has a banana flavor that I really do not like (a rant for another review). However after a recent visit, I saw they had a new addition to the aisle on top of the tropical bag–Sour Hi-Chews.

I instinctively bought as many bags as I could, as I knew they were made just for me. I opened them in the car. Needless to say, the whole bag was gone by the time I arrived home. I won’t disclose how long (or short) the car-ride was.

For those who aren’t familiar with Hi-Chew, it’s a Japanese candy brand. It’s American comparison is most obviously Starburst. Instead of squares though, Hi-Chews are more rectangular but are about the same size in volume (if I had to guess Hi-Chews are a little bigger). Think “Starburst log” and you have a Hi-Chew.

Naturally, as you may have gathered from the name, they are also chewier than Starburst too. A candy like this probably isn’t recommended for anyone with fillings. The average piece probably takes on average 30 seconds to chew and swallow. However, the chewiness is not at all stale; in fact, there’s a softness to all Hi-Chew that make them superior to Starburst in my opinion.

It certainly helps that their flavors are also both distinct and authentic. I can’t think of a single flavor that they don’t do well. Each one is juicy and delicious.

A normal pack of Hi-Chews comes in a sleeve of one flavor. However these individually-wrapped Hi-Chew bags always come in a pack of about 15 or so with three flavors. The flavors are usually evenly distributed but sometimes you will get unlucky with a pack that is unfairly loaded–it’s just the luck of the draw really.

Hi-Chew Sours Flavors
Hi-Chew Sours Flavors

As for the Sour bag of Hi-Chew, the 3 flavors are ranked as follows:

  1. Grapefruit
  2. Lemon
  3. Lime

Grapefruit is a super unique flavor that you don’t see executed well that often. Of course, Hi-Chew pulls it off by making it more sour than bitter. That being said, you still get that bitter quality of a grapefruit in candy form–I really don’t know how they do it.

The lemon flavor is zesty, while the lime definitely disappoints. It’s almost as if they toned down the sourness of an actual lime to make the flavor more tame and manageable. Unfortunately, that scaling back really takes away from the flavor overall to point where it’s almost bland.

Ultimately, the 3 flavors together come together to become one of new favorite candies. I can’t recommend these enough for sour-lovers and Hi-Chew lovers. The Grapefruit flavored one is really something special!

5/5

P.S. Here’s a little note for you all who haven’t eaten these individually wrapped Hi-Chews before: You can squeeze one of end of the wrap and essentially “pop” the candy into your mouth. The wrappers are pretty filmsy, so you won’t struggle if you want to open them one by one normally, but this a quick and efficient way to eat these kind of packs (even though it may be a little annoying to others)!

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears
A bag of the goods

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears

On paper this should be my favorite candy off all-time. It comes close I suppose, but it never reaches the heights that I was hoping it would.

To repeat, it’s a sour version of Haribo Gummy Bears. It should be a match made in heaven, as regular readers know I’m a sour-fiend. But what you may not know is that I also hold Haribo Gummy Bears in high regard. What they do that differentiates their gummy bears from normal ones (in my opinion) is their consistency. They are a little tougher and therefore a little chewier than your run-of-the-mill gummies, which makes for a better experience overall. You can savor the flavor, and the bag seems to last a lot longer. That kind of gummy bear doesn’t seem to be for everyone, but it certainly is for me.

However, with the bag of sour gummy bears in particular, I finally get the criticisms. I’ve heard some call them almost “stale” tasting; I tend to disagree, but it can be a little much when they already coated in sugar. I’m not sure if it is just the bag that I bought, but the chewiness is little too much– it borders on being tough.

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears flavors
Haribo Sour Gummy Bears

At the end of the day, Haribo is still the best. Without getting too technical, the bears are still uniquely shaped to the point where I could probably pick a Haribo bear out of a lineup. And of course their flavors are awesome. With the sour pack they keep the same flavors as the originals, which is a huge plus– if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I’m convinced that the Haribo pineapple flavor is what inspired the “white gummy” smoothie at Jamba Juice (if you’ve never heard of that I highly suggest you read up on it).

The Haribo Sour Gummy Bear flavors are:

  • pineapple (white)
  • strawberry (green)
  • raspberry (red)
  • lemon (yellow)
  • orange (orange)

Now that’s how you make a candy!

Overall, it’s not that it’s a bad candy; it’s just largely disappointing. The gummy bears are indeed covered in sugar, which means I’ll be eating them again. Think Sour Patch Kids, but more stale. That’s what you what you have here.

I don’t mean to be too hard on the candy either. They are still good. While I guess I can’t ask them to deviate away from what they do best, there is something missing here. Perhaps I’m asking for too much, but maybe they should ditch the signature chewiness in this case.

But more likely, I think what we have here is a case of expectations being too high.

4/5

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans
Starburst Sour Jelly Beans

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans

Easter candy with a sour twist

Conclusion: A big bag for someone with a big sweet tooth.
Flavors: Tangerine, Green Apple, Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, Cherry

Easter is a great holiday because its candy selection is topnotch– fact. Every Easter, you have your Cadbury Cream Eggs, your Reese’s Eggs, and of course, your fair share of jelly beans around the supermarket. All are great choices, but if you’re a sweet tooth like me, you always go for the jelly beans. That’s because every company takes a little different approach to them. Over the years, I’ve ate probably 1000 individual jelly beans (maybe an exaggeration), and I don’t plan on stopping any Easter soon.

One of my personal favorites is Starburst Jelly Beans. They do it right, taking their classic flavors and reappropriating them into jellybean form. It’s almost an improvement, just because they can be less chewy than a normal Starburst. Even better, they sell them in a huge bag, that makes them great for sharing, or so you can eat 500 and then feel sick. It’s not a bad deal. If you can swoop on some after the holiday on sale, they make a great bulk candy to keep around the house.

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans
Starburst Sour Jelly Beans flavors

In particular, I like the “sour” version of the Starburst Jelly Beans (to no one’s surprise). On the whole, I don’t find them to be all that “sour” so don’t be scared about that. Your green apples and blue raspberries do their best, but the rest aren’t really sour. There’s a sheer variety and uniqueness to the flavors that you don’t get with an average jelly bean pack. There’s green apple, lemon, tangerine (!), watermelon, blue raspberry AND cherry– all your essentials and then some. It’s that signature Starburst flavor that isn’t generic feeling in the least bit.

Substituting regular orange with tangerine is an awesome move; you don’t see that one every day. So for me, that’s my favorite. All the flavors really make eating these a fun experience regardless. It’s kind of impossible to finish a whole bag in one sitting (even for someone like me), so sharing with everyone around Easter is probably the best way to go about this. Bring them into the office Monday and leave a bowl by your desk; it’ll be a good way to make friends.

Nutrition facts:

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans
Starburst Sour Jelly Beans Nutrition Facts

Sour Patch Kids

sour patch kids
Sour Patch Kids bag

Sour Patch Kids

An almost perfect candy.

Conclusion: Highly recommend
Sour Patch Kids Flavors: Raspberry, Lime, Berry, Lemon, Orange

It’s time for another review. This one is an actual classic; no need for debate. It’s Sour Patch Kids, the candy that debatably started my entire addiction to sugar and sour candies in the first place.

There’s honestly not too much for me to say here. For any sour-lover this is the best snack around. It’s solid. While not all the flavors are uniformly great (I’m looking at you, orange), the candy more than makes up for it with it’s gummy children coated in sugar.

In fact, I think Sour Patch Kids are taken for granted a bit now that there are other ‘extreme’ and sour candies on the scene. The Sour Patch Kids are classically good and don’t mess with the formula. That being said, they did just add a new flavor to the mix– blue.

The blue is Berry, which may taste familiar to those of you who’ve had Sour Patch Kids Berries before. In fact, it was probably the best one from that bag, and Sour Patch smartly relocated it to this one, just to spice things up. I think it was a good decision as it adds to an already established brand. I do laugh that it’s a nondescript ‘berry’ flavor. Is it a combination of all the berries? Or is it the famous fake flavor ‘blue raspberry’? One day, I will do a scientific study or break into the factory to find out the answer, but for now I’m satisfied with it just how it is.

sour patch kids

Here’s the Sour Patch Kids flavors Power Rankings:

  1. Red – Raspberry
  2. Green – Lime
  3. Blue – Berry
  4. Yellow – Lemon
  5. Orange – Orange

Honestly, I’ve usually just referred to them by their colors. I didn’t even know the red was raspberry until recently. If you’re like me at all, you probably eat them too fast to actually notice too; I don’t think I’m alone here. However, the beauty (yes, I said it) of Sour Patch Kids is that there isn’t just one flavor in the bag. You have a lot of them to choose from, and you will always be wanting more.

Addicting and delicious all in one, you can’t go wrong with Sour Patch Kids. They are gummy and not too sour. There tagline really is spot on: ‘First they’re sour, then they’re sweet’. So even if you don’t like sour, you only have to deal with it for a few seconds. After that, they’re almost like a good better gummy bear.

Ultimately, even the most bitter person will find some joy once they grab a handful. They really do make you feel like a Kid again.

Queen Anne Cordial Cherries

queen anne cordial cherries
A cordial cherry in all its glory.

Queen Anne Cordial Cherries

A holiday classic from Queen Anne.

Conclusion: Recommend only if you ate one from ages 5-13
Flavors: Here, I’ve reviewed the MILK CHOCOLATE only. I’ve never had the dark chocolate, but it is out there. I’ve even seen new cordial blueberries in stores lately. I haven’t had those either, but if you have some extra boxes of anything laying around the house after the holidays, be sure to contact me. I’d be happy to take them off your hands!

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