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Candy Review: Peckton’s Taste of the Orient Fruit Jellies

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Peckton’s Taste of the Orient Jellies

When Candy Addict last went to the All Candy Expo, the writers came back raving about the Medlow fruit pectin jellies they sampled, and lamented how hard it was to source them locally. Of course I had to laugh – being the only Australia-based writer, I could get these all the time! It made a nice change from all the candies reviewed here that I can’t get my hands on.

I offered to send them some Medlow jellies, and began hunting around for them. They’re readily available, I’ve seen them in several stores here… but sadly, a search of a half dozen stores left me empty handed. Since then, I’ve been searching high and low and they are nowhere to be found. A recent shopping expedition to Sweet As netted me a box of interesting sounding fruit jellies. It was only once I had the box in hand that I realized I’d found the Holy Grail!

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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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