Watermelon Gummy Candy by Kasugai

There are Gummy Candy 100 by Kasugai and then there is plain Gummy Candy by Kasugai. The pack­aging for both is identic­al as is the shape and size of each piece of gummy candy, but their fla­vours do not over­lap. The dis­tin­guish­ing char­ac­ter­ist­ic is that Gummy Candy is not fla­voured with just con­cen­trated fruit juice like the mus­cat, grape and apple fla­voured Gummy Candy 100.

But does using only fruit juice make a dif­fer­ence? We’ll see with the Watermelon Gummy Candy by Kasugai, which is fla­voured nat­ur­ally and arti­fi­cially.

Each piece is a domed pale pink-yel­low disc with a soft, powdery skin, almost an inch in dia­met­er.

On open­ing the pack­aging, there’s the smell of arti­fi­cial water­mel­on that’s strong enough to recall nail pol­ish but not strong enough to be repuls­ive. Thankfully, this chem­ic­al smell is con­fined to the ini­tial smell and doesn’t come through in the fla­vour, which devel­ops from a gen­er­al sweet­ness in the head to the dis­tinctly sweet and lightly acid­ic fla­vour of fresh, rather than, arti­fi­cial, water­mel­on in the body as the gummy melts through chew­ing. This pleas­ant water­mel­on fla­vour lingers lightly in the after­taste.

Their ini­tial arti­fi­cial smell aside, these water­mel­on gummy can­dies strike a good bal­ance in their tex­ture — neither too soft nor too firm — while releas­ing juicy fla­vour with each chew.

This bag of Watermelon Gummy Candy by Kasugai con­tained 107 grams or 24 pieces. It was pro­duced in Japan and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2017.