Slideshow: Japanese Snacks: Chewy Candy

Hi-Chew
Hi-Chew
Our favorite Japanese Chewy candy, Hi-Chew comes in over a half dozen different flavors (including the brand new peach!). The package at the top left is imported from Japan while the rest are Morinaga's version for the US.
Grape Chews
Grape Chews
Pop one in your mouth, and initially it has the rubbery, elastic spring of a piece of bubble gum, but chew it long enough and it'll eventually melt away. Perfect for those who like chewing fruity gum but don't know what to do with it 15 minutes later after the flavor's all gone.
Poifull
Poifull
Possible the cutest candy name ever.
Puccho
Puccho
Puccho is similar in texture and appearance to Hi-Chew, but inferior in most other respects. They're more artificial tasting and a little bit tougher on the jaw. Unlike Hi-Chew, they may be embedded with gummy or fizzy pellets for extra flavor and texture.

Here's a commercial for the "Miracle"-flavored Puccho (on the bottom) featuring the members of all-female pop group AKB48 turning into...candy.

Botan Rice Candy
Botan Rice Candy
These were one of my favorites as a kid, only because they come in an edible rice paper wrapper (that also happens to be wrapped inside a plastic wrapper, which kinda defeats the purpose of an edible wrapper, doesn't it?).