Sour candies are the S&M enthusiast of the candy world. They don't gently seduce like chocolate, nor do they provide the sensual comfort of a chewy gummy. No, sour candies are for the masochistic eater, someone who wants a degree of intensity with their pleasure. Japanese candy, Puccho, is following this kinky tradition with two flavors of sour candy balls. Pucker up!
Puccho Grape & Soda flavor
The exterior packaging gives us a hint at what we're going to experience. In yellow text reads "Awawawawawa," or to put it in colloquial English, "bubbly bubbly bubbles." Interesting. The inside of the candy, according to the packaging, is soft and chewy. Hard bubbly outside and soft chewy inside, sounds like a well-crafted candy. Let's find out if it can live up to the hype.
Open up the ziploc top and out come several powdered spheres. If they weren't so hard to the touch, they'd look like a little ball of mochi. The white powder covering each sphere peaks our curiosity. Time for the first taste. Let's go with grape.
Resting on the tongue, an immediate sting cuts through my palate. Involuntary muscle spasms in the upper cheek and a mixture of laughter and bewilderment characterize the first few seconds. Just as I expected, the powdered exterior is the artificially-flavored sour substance.
The curious "awawawawa" text on the packaging soon makes its debut. The sour flavoring is imbued with a carbonation component that bubbles lightly through the mouth, with a tickling, tingling sensation. Perhaps described less as sadistic, Puccho's personality is humorous, like an April Fool's prankster.
As the sourness gradually subsides, the next layer is hard, sweet, and grape-flavored. Anyone who's eaten a hard candy will be familiar with this part, so there's no need to bore you with the details. Let's move on to the the exciting part, the chewy center.
I can't hold myself back any longer, so I let out a satisfying chomp, crushing the sphere into several splintered pieces. As the hard outer shell dismantles, the chewy center is revealed. My jaws set about chewing, and at first, it's difficult to discern whether this is gum or swallowable. Several moments later, and the rubbery substance breaks down into a more digestible goo. It's a pleasant ending to the end of a wild, fun adventure.
Puccho's soda flavor exhibits all the characteristics of its grape sibling, but the hard candy is, as expected, much more soda-ey.
Overall, Puccho is best eaten when you're feeling in the mood for a swirl of pleasant and strange flavorings to tease and challenge your otherwise mundane dietary habits. Find it at your local convenience store in Japan.
All photos shot @ Bakemono Co. Ltd.