Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mentos Incredible Chew!

DSC_9698rbI found a new candy on eBay, they’re called Mentos Incredible Chew! and are available in Thailand and Australia (and probably other places). I picked up my packages on eBay from a Bangkok-based seller, so the packages are in Thai. 

Mentos new chews Incredible Chew! are more like Morinaga’s HiCHEW than Wrigley’s Starburst. The package are 45 grams and have 11 pieces of the same flavor. They boast no artificial colors, but I can’t say whether the flavorings are naturally derived. I did notice that the ingredients for the Australian version has gelatin in it, but this package and the Aussie version are Halal (so the gelatin is not from pigs). The three initial flavors are Strawberry, Grape and Green Apple.

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Mentos Strawberry Incredible Chew! is layered, a white outer layer with a pink center. The flavor also might be layered, though it’s hard to tell. The flavor is less of a jammy strawberry and more like a strawberry yogurt. There’s a creamy note, a sweetness and some floral notes and actually two tangy notes, one is a little bit like goat milk or yogurt and the other tartness is more like citric acid. The effect of this whole thing is only okay. It’s not as vibrant as HiCHEW and it doesn’t have the interesting texture that Mentos have.

The texture is a smooth and bouncy chew, rather like latex. It’s kind of like a chewing gum at first, completely smooth and sweet and flavorful, and then eventually it disappears.

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Grape Incredible Chew! comes in a mostly purple wrapper, with big, round purple grapes on it.The pieces are white with a medium purple interior. The flavor is definitely concord and not the American SweeTarts grape. It’s a juicy flavor that has a lot of the notes I associate with actual concord grape skins. It’s a little tangy, mostly sweet with a smooth chew that starts bouncy but stays smooth.

Of the three flavors, this was my favorite. It tasted clean and the flavor lasted through the texture changes as I chewed.

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Mentos Green Apple Incredible Chew! wasn’t even a flavor I was interested in, but when I ordered on eBay, half the cost of the initial package was shipping, so throwing in an additional package was purely an efficiency decision. The center is the same light green as the apples on the wrapper. The flavor is a cross between American Jolly Rancher Green Apple and the more subtle Japanese apple flavor. It’s tangy, and has a long chew but it’s also very artificial, especially towards the end when the sweetness that gave it an apple juice note dissipates and it’s just artificial flavor after that.

Overall they’re a decent candy, I just don’t understand why anyone would buy these instead of Morinaga HiCHEW, which are available in far more flavors and have a much better flavor profile in my experience.

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Name: Incredible Chew!
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Perfetti Van Melle
Place Purchased: eBay (user jringjaia)
Price: $2.00 (plus shipping from Bangkok)
Size: 1.59 ounces
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Perfetti van Melle, Chews, 6-Tempting, Thailand

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:31 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewPerfetti van MelleChews6-TemptingThailand

Comments
  1. These came out in Australia about 6 months ago, and they’re stocked at normal supermarkets: HiChew aren’t - they’re only available at Asian supermarkets and they’re also generally more expensive than these. So, chances are that the Incredible Chew! will find an audience that have never tried the superior HiChew. I’m still trying to work out Thailand, though. Here, they’re stocked next to each other on the shelves at 7/11 (and other places I’m sure, that’s just where I’ve seen them so far), and as a new brand, I doubt they’ll manage to get a great following.

    Comment by random_tangent on 10/06/15 at 4:54 pm #
  2. Ever since this comes out, i always nicknamed them “Halal Hi-Chew” as because the real HiCHEW has pig geletin and as such, i can’t eat this.

    But this…......i can eat it.

    Comment by Singaporean_Malay_Guy on 12/18/15 at 12:14 am #
  3. this is a chewing gum or a normal candy?

    Comment by ina on 11/09/16 at 8:51 pm #

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