Naturally and Artificially Flavored Fruit Chews. How It All Began. Hi-chew was developed in Japan in 1975 with the goal of providing a candy that offered long-lasting real Fruit flavors and a one-of-a-kind unique chewy texture. Since then, Hi-chew has become an international sensation and has been produced in over 170 flavors around the world! With products available in a variety of stick and bag formats, there's a Hi-chew option for everyone to love. Chew on this. Dispose of properly. (hashtag)hichew. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram.