Juicy Fruit Gum - juicy secret

Juicy Fruit - juicy secret

I'm not sure if this gum is a response from Wrigley's to Stride's Mega Mystery Gum or not. I do know that they have the same basic idea. Create a gum, then don't identify its flavor and let the internet go wild trying to figure it out. I hope they have the same success that Stride had, because this gum is pretty good.



I'm a huge fan of Wrigley's products and I have a Doublemint and Big Red slim pack in my desk drawer at work at all times. I saw this new Juicy Secret flavor at the store and had to pick it up and try it. This gum says "sugar free" on the front which means they've upped the amount of aspartame in the gum.  It is now only 5 calories per piece, instead of 10. I don't really understand that, because 5 calories does not amount to much of a change in my book, it's not like I eat 10 pieces of gum per day.  I guess it is less sugar to cause cavities though.

Juicy Fruit - juicy secret

When I opened the flip pack, I smelled what I interpreted as Fruit Stripe where all the flavors are mixed together in one big fruit flavored smell. The taste is mostly berry with hints of citrus and what I can only describe as a "punch-like" taste. It reminds me of Berry Smoothies Fruit Sensations flavored Extra gum. The taste is really good.  But why is it called Juicy Fruit? Doesn't that dilute the brand? Juicy Fruit gum is an iconic name, one that has been around for 100 years. There are several flavors of Wrigley's gum, why not create a new name? Juicy Secrets could be standalone gum with lots of different flavors released in the future. I guess it is still fruity in taste, so I can see the reasoning, but I'd still prefer Juicy Fruit to be the iconic gum I've always known. I thought the same thing when the new Sweet Fruit Juicy Fruit gum hit the store shelves too. Hmm...I just realized I probably sound like Andy Rooney now.


Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1 piece = 1 serving = 5 calories, 0g fat, 0g sugars
Price: $1.49 purchased at convenience store
Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Web Site


Bubblicious Bursts - Mango Peach and Hubba Bubba - Island punch

Gum

When you travel do you look at each stop for candy that you've never seen before? For our family, that is one of our favorite things about traveling. We like to try new and different food and really enjoy trying to find candy and snacks we've never had before. You can see in the picture above that we found some interesting gum flavors I haven't seen locally before. We found these at a gas station just north of Nashville, TN.  We all love citrus flavors, so I thought both of these would be perfect for us.



The only problem is that the picture above is the only picture I have of these gums and now we've eaten them up. I've been trying to find them in our area but haven't had much luck. I would have really liked to get a picture of the "burst" part of the Bubblicious gum because pictures of ooze flowing out of gum are pretty cool. The mango peach Bubblicious was clearly our favorite. These 2 flavors are fantastic together and if you see this and like those flavors, I would highly recommend buying it. The peach is the predominant flavor of this gum and it was very enjoyable. It is a fake peach flavor but one of the best fake flavors I've had in some time. The "burst" was fantastic and I love that sugary syrup inside and what it adds to the gum. This gum has a whopping 20 minutes of flavor so we ate all 7 pieces pretty quickly.



The island punch Hubba Bubba reminded me of the red Hawaiian Punch drink my Grandma used to buy and keep in her fridge for when we'd visit. You could taste a very faint orange-cherry-citrus-pineapple flavor that was pretty darn good. I never know what these flavors will taste like since they are marketed to a different age group than me, but I thought this flavor was fantastic. I liked the peach flavor better, but that's just because it was a very distinct flavor that has a great taste to it. This gum lasted about 15 minutes and was incredible for our "who can blow the largest bubble in the car" competition, which keeps our son busy and makes the trip more enjoyable.



I try to make this point every few reviews but I'll make it again. Life is short, so try any and every food, candy and gum you can find. I know it makes our lives and our long car drives much more enjoyable.


Bubblicious Bursts - Mango Peach
Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1 piece = 1 serving= 25 calories, 0g fat, 6g sugars
Price: $.75 purchased at Loves's Truck Stop
Bubblicious Web Site

Hubba Bubba - Island Punch
Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1 piece = 1 serving= 25 calories, 0g fat, 5g sugars
Price: $.75 purchased at a different Love's Truck Stop
Hubba Bubba Web Site


Bubble Yum Gum - Cotton Candy

Bubble Yum Cotton Candy

I'm a big fan of bubble gum. I consider it a confection/candy, although I know some people do not. I try to pick up as many new flavors as I can find.  I probably chew 1 or 2 pieces a day.  Usually Double Mint is my main "go to" gum, but like to switch it up too.  I was really excited to find this Cotton Candy flavor since I'm a huge fan of Cotton Candy in general. You can read a bit more about that and how our family has our own cotton candy machine in this review of the Mike & Ike Cotton Candy.



Like most Bubble Yum Bubble Gum, the gum in this package is gigantic. I have to tear these pieces in half for my 6 year old and sometimes I feel like the pieces are too big even for me. However, on this Cotton Candy flavor, I really couldn't get enough of it.  I wished the pieces were even bigger. I know the flavor is artificial and fake, but it tastes exactly like cotton candy. The flavor is unmistakeable. The flavor lasts about 15 to 20 mins which is pretty typical for this type of gum.

 

The one thing I cannot figure out about this gum is why it is blue (see picture below). REAL Cotton Candy is only pink, I don't believe the blue stuff is the real deal.  I wish it was pink....it even tastes pink.  I do, however, like Bubble Yum's slogan "Blow Your Own Bubble".  And with the size of each piece of this gum, you can certainly make a gigantic bubble that will pop and stick to your face, which is the beauty of this giant-sized bubble gum.  I think "Blow Your Own Bubble" also speaks pretty well to tweens and teens, who are the target audience for this type of gum.  I am guessing the punk rocker duck with a nose ring is also targeted at the tween/teen demographic.  Come to think of it....I've seen a few Carnies (those that work at a carnival), circus and state fair workers that had the punk rock duck's look and those are the main three places I associate with cotton candy.  I just don't think he makes a great mascot for gum.  Maybe if I were a teen, I'd think it was a great mascot...but he's not even blowing a bubble.

Bubble Yum Cotton Candy in Blue


Taste: 5/5 Loved It
Calorie Counter: 1 piece = 1 serving= 25 calories, 0g fat, 5g sugars
Price: $.49 purchased at a Five and Dime Store
Hershey - Bubble Yum Web Site


Stride Mega Mystery Sugarfree Gum

Stride Mega Mystery pack

Normally when I review candy or gum I have a pretty good idea of how to describe it. This is one of those times where I can't tell you exactly what it tastes like. I can give you a general idea of what this gum tastes like...but it is only my opinion.  I wrote down many different descriptions for this gum...rainbow sherbet, Fruit Stripes Gum - only with a better flavor, and Skittles in a blender were what first popped into my head. This gum has a wonderful fruit medley flavor with what tastes like mango, pineapple, citrus, green apple and maybe some watermelon thrown in. Basically this gum will confuse and impress you all at the same time. I loved the flavor, it was probably the best of the Stride gums I've tasted. My only complaint is that this gum only lasted 10-15 minutes and the packaging says "Ridiculously Long Lasting Gum" on the inside flap. That's a bit of a stretch, but I can forgive Cadbury this one time since the gum tastes so good. I used to be a big fan of Fruit Stripes when I was a child and this gum reminded me of all those packs I'd chewed in the past but like I said, it had a better flavor. I love how candy brings about such great memories.

The one thing I can tell you for sure is that Stride has done a fantastic job with the packaging and marketing on this gum. I really liked the packaging on the Stride Berry to Mint Flavor Changing Gum which is similar in the the entire product comes together into one nice marketing package. The swirls of colors on this pack remind me of the different flavors you taste in this gum. I think the question marks on the individual gum wrappers was genius. It really adds to the whole flavor mystery of this gum.




Stride Mega Mystery Gum

While I'm not a huge fan of sugarfree anything, this is one gum I wouldn't mind buying. I did chew this gum 2 pieces at a time since they are smaller in size than say Hubba Bubba, so at 14 pieces a pack won't last me long. I can't say that I mind as the flavor was so good. On a side note, Stride is very popular on Facebook.  They have almost 700,000 "Likes" (aka "Fans"), which is an awful lot. A lot of the comments I saw on their page were for this flavor of gum. There are lots and lots of people trying to guess what flavor it is. For me, that makes this gum even more of a success. If people will spend the time to login to Facebook, visit your page and post something, anything, then you've either created a great product or have some really good marketing, in this case, I think Stride has both.


Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1 piece = 1 serving = Less than 5 calories, 0g fat, 0g sugars
Price: Free Sample from Cadbury
Stride Shift Web Site


Stride Shift Flavor Changing Gum, Berry to Mint

Stride Shift Berry to Mint

I'm on a mission to try as many different gums as I can...and the next up is the Stride Shift Berry to Mint Flavor Changing Gum from Cadbury Adams. I previously reviewed the Citrus to Mint Stride Shift and found it okay, but a bit gimmicky for me. However, thanks to the Candy Professor for sending me this article from the NY Times on the marketing behind this gum. This gum is really targeting the 12-24 year old age range (which doesn't include me). This gum is for younger consumers because they "have a disdain for the ordinary and they like to be snapped out of boredom”. That's not really me, but I absolutely LOVE trying new candy and gum.



If you haven't guessed already, this gum changes flavor while you are chewing it. It starts out with a generic fakey kind of berry flavor and goes to mint in less than 2 minutes. The mint borders on a spearmint flavor which was okay in taste. After 4-5 minutes it had a bitter back-of-the-throat-hot-minty flavor. Honestly, I wasn't impressed, but I'm a simple Wrigley's DoubleMint kind of guy.

Stride Shift Berry to Mint Package

While I'm not overly impressed with the flavor, the packaging on this gum is absolutely fantastic. I love how the blue swirly theme is carried through the cardboard packaging to the wax paper on the gum (see picture above). I also chuckle at the TV advertisements and really applaud the marketing on this gum. In just 4 short years, Cadbury has taken Stride to the #4 spot for Sugar Free gum with 52 week sales hitting $211 Million. That is an awful lot of gum. So, while I might not enjoy it, there are an awful lot of people that do, and maybe you will too.



Gum Alert has reviewed the Berry to Mint Stride Shift and did not like it either.


Taste: 2/5 Did Not Like It
Calorie Counter: 1 piece = 1 serving = Less than 5 calories, 0g fat, 0g sugars
Price: Free Sample from Cadbury
Stride Shift Web Site


Bubble Gum Smarties

Smarties Bubble Gum

Oh...Smarties, you know how I love thee. I mentioned my love for Smarties in my Tropical Mega Lolly Smarties review. Who doesn't love those wonderfully tart compressed dextrose circles and lollys? So when I saw this package at Walgreen's, I had to buy them. I mean, they say "NEW" on them in a large bubble in the upper right hand corner right? Wrong! Imagine my surprise when I got home and did a search to find that Candyblog reviewed these in 2006. 2006! I checked my bag for a date, "please let there be a current date, please, please". I was horrified to think that maybe these had been on the shelves for 4 years. Luckily, my bag had a "Best By" date of April 30, 2011. Wow, I thought I'd made a huge mistake with this purchase.  I mean, could old gum go bad like old fruit or meat?



The Bubble Gum Smarties rolls are very similar in size to a normal roll of Smarties. The bubble gum circles are slightly smaller though, giving the entire package a slightly smaller size. You do need to eat an entire bubble gum roll to get a decent sized piece of gum. I love the bright colors, especially since normal Smarties are a bit dull in color. The taste starts out like what you would expect from Smarties although not nearly as tart. The tartness is what I really like about normal Smarties, which gives me a sad face on this gum. I thought these would be a bit like Razzles though, where you chew into them, they powder up, then turn to gum. Instead, this gum gives you a sweet somewhat Smarties-like taste, then goes right to gum. They are not bad, but they are not great either. I think that is the overall problem with novelty gum in general, it's fun, but just for a little while.  It's almost more about the fun than about the flavor.

Smarties Bubble Gum - Unwrapped


Unlike the Hot Tamales Sugar Free Cinnamon flavored gum I have also reviewed, this novelty gum is great for bubble blowing. There's no point in chewing gum unless you can blow a bubble or two, in my opinion. Overall, I'd say buy this if you want a novelty candy to hand out or to give to that special Smarties fanatic you know. You wouldn't buy this to chew daily, it's not that kind of bubble gum.  Also, it's hard to store, since it comes in a bag. I'd rather be smart about calories and eat regular Smarties or a giant Smarties Lolly, versus the calories in this bubble gum.


Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1 roll = 1 serving= 25 calories, 0g fat
Price: $1.25 purchased at Walgreen's
Smarties Web Site (fantastic site, they just redid it)


Hot Tamales Sugar Free Cinnamon Gum

Hot Tamales Gum

When I saw this gum at Walgreen's, I knew I couldn't pass it up. I'm working on a bunch of chewing gum reviews, so I knew this would fit perfectly as a "novelty" gum. It's not a gum you chew every day, but it's always fun to throw something like this into the review mix. I recently reviewed Hot Tamales and still had a few of them sitting around, so I could get a great comparison going on this gum versus the classic Hot Tamales candy.



You can see in the picture below how this gum, which is on the top in the picture, compares to regular Hot Tamales. The color is about the same, but the gum is darker, sort of like the Hot Tamales Fire. It's also square instead of round, which is really odd. It looks more like those square pieces of peppermint you see at Christmastime than the normal Hot Tamales shape.

Hot Tamales Gum Compare

When you put a few pieces in your mouth, it takes a few seconds for the flavor to kick in. Once it kicks in though, woweeeeeeeeee, it's like the Hot Tamales Fire. I had to be careful because after trying this gum several times, I had the same problem I had with the Hot Tamales Fire, the cinnamon flavor was too much for my throat to handle and I went into coughing spells. I didn't mind it, but that's because I love cinnamon flavored candy and gum. For some people, this might not be what you are looking for. However, after the initial hot hot cinnamon flavor, the game starts to taste more like Big Red gum, with a very nice cinnamon flavor. I timed the flavor and it lasted for around 5 minutes. Again, this is novelty gum and that's what you can expect. This gum is horrible for blowing bubbles.  It's really only good for an intense blast of cinnamon flavor that tapers to a nice cinnamon flavor that tapers off to normal gum that gets really hard to chew after a bit of time. I liked the gum, but found the bag to be pretty annoying. With regular candy you buy in a bag, you might eat it all within a few hours or days, but I can't eat 50 pieces of gum in that time. So how do I store this? Also, where do I keep this gum? You can't keep it in a purse or backpack, it would go everywhere unless you wrapped a rubber band around it. I don't think the packaging was well thought out. This is fun for a change of pace. Walgreen's seems to always have this in stock, you should try it out.


Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 2 pieces = 1 serving= 5 calories, 0g fat
Price: $1.59 purchased at Walgreen's
Hot Tamales Web Site


Wee Glee Gum

Wee Glee Gum

I can't help but think of Chiclets when I have some Glee Gum.  They are similar in shape and composition.  They come in a paperboard box.  They are fun to eat because they are different from standard gum...but Glee Gum is better than Chiclets in every way...except for name recognition.  You may not have ever heard of Glee, and that's a shame. You can usually find Glee Gum at most health food stores and any decent sized grocery store. We can buy it in the organic/healthy section of our local grocery store. You can also order online at the Glee Gum Store.  Wee Glee (or any Glee gum) is an all natural, gluten-free gum that they make from sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. The idea is that if you harvest a product (tree sap) from the trees, it gives the native inhabitants a reason to keep the trees standing (rather than cut them down).

The Wee Glee Gum (or Baby Glee Gum, as we like to call it) is about half the size of the normal Glee Gum. It comes in a fantastic box that has nice bright colors and that super happy retro Glee Guy on it. I love how simple the boxes are and the little sayings they have on them, like "This way to Glee" or "Golly Gee! It's Wee Glee!" It plays very well with their marketing as an all-natural gum made the way gum used to be made.

I'm a huge fan of chewing gum/bubblegum in general so I almost always have some in my car, backpack, desk at work, desk at home, in a kitchen cabinet at home, candy jar at home, basically anywhere within reach. I've always been a Wrigley DoubleMint fan, but I pick Glee Gum up every chance I get. I love all the flavors, and the texture and size remind me of Chiclets I bought as a kid. I also pick up Glee Gum because I like gum that it has real sugar in it. It is very hard to find a gum that isn't sugar-free these days and I tend to avoid sugar-free gum (actually, sugar-free anything). My personal opinion is that my body knows what to do with sugar, so an all-natural gum really appeals to me.






Wee Glee Gum in Rows


Wee Glee Gum comes in 4 fantastic flavors. Bubblegum, Banana, Triple Berry, and Tangerine. The Tangerine was by far our favorite with the Bubblegum coming in 2nd. The other flavors were also very good. The only flavor I don't like mixing into the others when I eat a handful is the bubblegum flavor. I think the other flavors blend very well together, but the bubblegum doesn't go well with a handful. I usually pick those out and eat them separately. I created the matrix below to rate this gum. The one thing I will point out is that the "length of flavor" did not rank very high, but this is an all natural gum, so you wouldn't expect it to. Even though it should be a 3/5 based on the matrix, I really like this gum so I bumped up the score to a 4. (Hey, it's my opinion and there are no rules for candy reviews. :P ) This gum does not have fake flavoring or preservatives or anything else that regular gum uses to extend flavor. This gum is nice and chewy and I love the candy coated shell. It doesn't last as long as other gums I've had, but by the time the flavor runs out on this gum, I'm done chewing it anyway. I would highly suggest you try this gum out.



Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 5 Wee Glee pieces = 10 calories, 0g fat
Price: $1.25 purchased at local grocery store
Glee Gum Web Site
Glee Gum on Facebook
Glee Gum on Twitter


Hot Dog! Bubble Gum

Hot Dog! bubble gum wrapper

Everywhere I go I'm reminded that there is a very large variety of candy out there to buy. Since I pay for almost all of the candy I review out of my own pocket, there are some times when I'm going to purchase some inexpensive candy to review. So, while my son and I were waiting to be seated at a local restaurant we noticed they had a nice little $.25 candy selection. We picked our way through the glass jars full of candy trying to find something interesting and fun to try. It was like a giant grab bag of inexpensive candy all thrown together. I found this package Hot Dog! bubble gum in the bottom of a bin and thought it was the perfect thing to take home and review. My son grabbed something sour, of course, and ate it as soon as we'd paid for it (shhhhh, we won't tell SugarMama about that, since it was before we ate our dinner).

Hot Dog! bubble gum

I'm not sure my picture does this bubble gum justice.  In real life, they look almost exactly like a red foot long hot dog...not the ones you find at Quick Trip on a roller, but more like the real all beef ones you'd cook at home, only flavored red.  This is made by Farley's and Sathers and I'm not sure if they have more of this type of gum or not.  They make a million different types of candy and not all of it is listed on their web site.  This gum is a nice long length/size, almost as long as a roll of Smarties, but smaller in diameter.  It is a sugar coated gum that is nice and solid but gives way to a soft chewy inside once you bite into it. Oh... and we found out why it's called Hot Dog! as this gum has a nice spicy cinnamon flavor to it. I loved it, but SugarMama didn't care for it that much. My SugarKid spit it out almost instantly claiming it was "from the devil himself". I'm not sure where kids learn this stuff, but I blame the older kids on the school bus. The only downside to this gum, like all other inexpensive gums I've tasted, the flavor lasts for a few minutes and you are ready to spit it out and get another piece. It was a great buy for a quarter though!


Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: none given
Price: $.25 purchased at local restaurant candy jar
Farley's and Sathers' Web Site