Staff Editorial: Japanese candy causes sweet addiction

Today, the editorial staff of The Polytechnic felt it was necessary to express our love for a certain chewy candy that we have come to adore in recent weeks. At the risk of sounding like an endorsement, we just can’t get enough of Hi-Chew. As our weekly readers know, the Poly staff spends Tuesday nights, and some Wednesday mornings working to get the paper to print. It has been almost a year now since the pizza stopped flowing, and now we have finally found our energy replacement.

Originally Hi-Chew was invented as an edible gum, due to a Japanese cultural taboo of not wanting to remove food from your mouth, and is now produced by the Japanese company Morinaga & Co. The candy itself is individually wrapped, with packaging that looks a bit like that of Laffy Taffy, but Hi-Chew itself tends to be cylindrical than Laffy Taffy. It also comes packaged in bars like Starburst, but we haven’t tried that yet—it doesn’t stay fresh as long.

We were all a bit skeptical when Rex Hu ’19 brought them to a Tuesday night closing. But, unwilling to let food go uneaten, editors began to try the variety of flavors, including strawberry, grape, and green apple. It was a perfect mixture of chewy, fruity, and heavenly. The gum-like nature allowed time for all the sweet juices to be extracted and tasted. Then, the candy could be eaten instead of thrown away, just as the Japanese intended! Immediately, we went back for more. And then some more. And even a little bit more. Before we knew it, all the Hi-Chew was eaten and all that remained were the corpses (wrappers) of Hi-Chews past.

We loved them so much that Rex graciously bought another bag for the next closing. Those poor Hi-Chews were devoured equally as fast, and with that a tradition was born, or so we hope. You’re going to buy us more, right Rex? We need our fix.