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Candy Review: Kasugai Lychee Gummy Candies

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Kasugai Lychee Gummies

Kasugai Fruit Gummy Candies have a reputation for being the best-tasting gummies available anywhere. The hype surrounding these is incredible (they contain real fruit juice), so I’ve wanted to try them for some time. I recently purchased a bag of their lychee-flavored gummies. The lychee is a Chinese fruit with a rough outer skin and a soft, juicy interior. Simultaneously tart and sweet, the lychee sort of tastes like a mixture between a pear and an orange, with a strong undertone of rose. Yes, the flower.

I opened the bag up and was nearly overwhelmed by the smell of acetone, i.e. nail polish remover. It only partially resembled the gentle, fragrant scent of a fresh lychee, and I started to second-guess my choice. Maybe I should have picked up the apple or the peach instead? Each gummy was individually wrapped, and I did really like the pastel purple color of the wrapper. When I popped the first one into my mouth, the fresh flavor of lychee burst onto my tongue. The gummy texture isn’t too chewy or too soft. It’s (to borrow a phrase from Goldilocks) just right. The taste fared even better when I just let the candy linger against my cheek without chewing on it. It was like eating a mouthful of actual lychee fruit. I was very impressed!

Was I blinded by the hype surrounding Kasugai gummies and my love for lychee? I offered one to my boyfriend (who isn’t a lychee fan) and he dutifully ate one, even though he was turned off by the smell. His verdict: “I can honestly say, I could have lived my entire life without having this taste in my mouth.” Still, he was brave enough to finish the candy without spitting it out.

I guess lychee is an acquired taste, but these candies do taste a lot like their real life counterparts, and at around $2.50 a bag (or less, depending on where you purchase it from), they’re not a bad deal at all. They’re a perfect introduction to Japanese candies, and they come in a wide variety of flavors: lychee, lemon, kiwi, pineapple, grape, melon, strawberry, apple, mango, and orange.

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18 Responses to “Candy Review: Kasugai Lychee Gummy Candies”

  1. 1
    April says:

    The honeydew melon ones are by far the best tasting.

  2. 2
    Ace N. says:

    I’ve tried a lot of these and they all taste very good. A soft and easy chew with a lot of juiciness…kind of a weird way to describe a gummy, but they do taste more natural than most candies.

    Lychee is definitely an acquired taste, most people I have try it don’t care for it.

  3. 3
    Peter says:

    I’ve tried these before and they’re pretty good. In fact, I think I’ll pick some up tomorrow. Have you tried the larger lychee treats? The ones that have a little liquid in them? Those are good too!

    Have a great week!

  4. 4
    Art says:

    My wife is Japanese so I get to the Asian market frequently. I often pick these up and keep them handy to munch on as a snack. I like their various kinds of grapes, melon, apple, and mango.


  5. 5
    Paula says:

    How ironic, i just got the apple versions of these a month ago at a chinese super market. They were a little dissappointing, thought it was going to be sweeter and less apple-y, i know that’s stupid, but it was not what i was expecting.

  6. 6
    Manya says:

    I love the kiwi, if I remember right it has little kiwi seeds in it as well.

  7. 7
    Trish says:

    Mmmmm….I love these gummies. When I was little, everytime we went to Chinatown to buy groceries at the Chinese/Asian supermarkets, I’d want to snag a bag of these. The Lychee and Peach are popular flavors among us Asians, with grape (either purple or green which are called Muscat) also making it into the mix. I really wanna try the kiwi ones…

  8. 8
    Cat says:

    I LOVE these gummies. I always buy them when I can, sometimes at, and sometimes i’m lucky enough to find that damn candy store in New York’s Chinatown (Boston’s is overpriced). These and the muscat are my favorites.

  9. 9
    Katie says:

    This may be a shot in the dark…but I am looking for a Japanese (I think) candy that a friend brought over a few years ago. It was a gummy clear/white outside…sort of powdery on the outside….and had an almost fig newton-type filling. It was on a stick. Anyone have any clue? Thanks!

  10. 10
    Nami says:

    I LOOOOOVE the Kasugai Gummies. I recently purchased 3 bags of strawberry flavored Gummies. I ate the first bag in like 10 minutes too!!!

  11. 11
    Gummys are AWESOME says:

    The melon ones are the best. I ate one bag in about 15 minutes. OH GOD THEY ARE GOOD

  12. 12
    Elaina says:

    I am wondering where i can buy the larger lychee candy, the one individually wrapped with the juice in them too. They are so good.
    Any help would be great. Thanks

  13. 13
    Rianna says:

    I’m fairly certain they have a peach flavor as well… I remember having some once unless I’m mistaken. But the flavor is fantastic and very addicting. I love these gummies!

  14. 14
    Cathy says:

    Can anyone provide me with a list of ingredients for the Orange gummy candies? I only have some individually wrapped candies given to me by a friend and and I have some allergies. Thanks!

  15. 15
    Lurker says:

    According to, the ingredients include: Sugar, corn syrup (corn starch, water), gelatin, concentrated lemon juice, oblate powder, D-sorbitol, acidulant (citric acid, sodium citrate), pectin, artificial lemon flavor, palm oil, emulsifier (glycerin fatty acid ester, soybean lecithin), coloring (beta carotene), contains milk ingredients.

  16. 16
    den says:

    Do you know what type of product is used to make the gelatin? I go to the Asian market often and would really like to try them, but I’m unsure of the gelatin used.

  17. 17
    Arekkusu says:

    I’m actually eating some Kasugai gummies right now, they’re extremely good!! I went to the Mitsuwa grocery store and picked some up. I wish they had more Japanese markets around where I live, because these are so good!^_^

  18. 18
    Amanda says:

    It looks as if most people commenting have only found these gummies at Asian markets, but I bought them at Giant supermarkets and Wegmans as well. :)

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