Stride Shaun White mintacular artificially flavored sugar free chewing gum

Shaun White Mintacular

Shaun White is spectacular, but the chewing gum mintacular is not. It warms anyone's heart to hear the story of  Shaun White overcoming a heart defect and eventually become an Olympic athlete. Mintacular, however,  is just ANOTHER spearmint and melon artificially flavored chewing gum. The flavor reminds me of  a cleaning compound or a shampoo, it is very cosmetic. The aqua color seems a bit cosmetic as well. A current trend is spearmint gum is to combine it with an artificial melon flavor.  Spearmint gums from  Stride, Trident and Mentos all have this flavor blend.  Wrigley 5 Rain and Ice Breaker Ice Cube spearmint gums have an authentic spearmint flavor.  Spearmint and melon flavored gums on the market are reliant on synthetic l-Carvone … [Read more...]

Trident Layers Juicy Berry & Tangy Tangerine sugar free gum, flavor review

Trident Layers Juicy Berry Tangy Tangerine gum

Trident Layers gum is my daughter's  favorite gum. She loves the juicy, fruity flavor and the colored layers. She calls it the "sandwich gum" and jumps up and down when I give her a piece. The front label of Trident Layers reads "with real fruit flavor".  What does that mean?  Sugar free chewing gum is not natural.  Sugar free gum is an artificially flavored, sweetened, and colored edible rubber material. Its benefits are dental (does not promote tooth decay) and breathe freshening.   The ingredients in Trident Layers are: gum base (rubber) maltitol, maltitol syrup, sorbitol, mannitol(sweeteners that do not promote tooth decay) acesulfame potassium , aspartame, sucralose (artificial high potency sweeteners) Blue 2 … [Read more...]

Wrigley’s 5, Cobalt cooling peppermint sugar-free gum now in a jar

Wrigley's 5 COBALT in a jar

Wrigley's 5 Cobalt cooling peppermint sugar-free gum is an extremely popular gum. I had several requests to copy this flavor when I was in the industry. Wrigley decided it was popular enough that it would need a dragee form (candy coated pellet gum) and a jar. Thank you Wrigley! The taste of the candy coated pellet gum is a little different from the stick form of Wrigley's 5 Cobalt. The pellet form has much more initial cooling character, less sweet and slightly oxidized (pine needle character). It's still a great gum to freshen your breath, but harsher than the stick form of Wrigley's 5 Cobalt. I'm interested in seeing Wrigley's 5 Rain (Spearmint) in a jar as well. Rain is one of my very most favorite gums.       … [Read more...]

Extra Dessert Delights Sugar Free Gum, Root Beer Float Flavor

Extra Rootbeer Float sugar free gum

Root beer floats are a favorite summer treat in the United States. Believe it or not, root beer is not enjoyed by all cultures and countries. Native Americans introduced root beer and made it using birch bark or wintergreen(characterized by methyl salicylate).  http://tiny.cc/mp4ogw. Most of the world associates the taste of wintergreen with medicine or bathroom cleaner. Americans enjoy wintergreen and root beer flavor in their sweets. Personally, it's difficult for me to imagine not enjoying root beer. In order to provide a proper evaluation of Extra Dessert Delights Root Beer Float gum, I decided to start with a home made root beer float gold standard (vanilla ice cream and root beer). Root beer floats are cool, creamy, sweet, tingly, … [Read more...]

Stride Tropical Trance, artificially flavored sugar free gum, Flavor Review

Inside of Tropical Trance Pack

Be careful,because Stride Tropical Trance will hold you captive for a half hour. Tropical Trance has high flavor impact that lasts at least 20-30 minutes. This gum is shocking: high in sour, sweet, tropical flavor and cooling sensation. I'd describe the flavor as a very creamy mango with orange, pineapple, green cucumber and floral notes. The creamy notes are very high and I much prefer this gum after those flavor notes have dissipated. Twenty minutes into chewing Tropical Trance, I find it to be a delicious fruitty berry gum that is cooling. Since I've spent almost 20 years in the flavor business , I do not really like highly flavored food items. I feel I can taste the individual flavor aromatics. In this case it is a lactone, perhaps … [Read more...]

Wrigley’s 5 and Orbit new small pack (6 pieces)

Wrigley launches new Packaging

Aren't these cute?  Recently I found these little cuties on a recent trip to Walmart.  I don't think I'd be a regular customer, but it's nice to have an option. … [Read more...]

Extra Dessert Delights Rainbow Sherbet flavor review, limited edition

Extra Dessert Delights, Rainbow Sherbet

About six weeks ago, I heard Extra launched a limited edition dessert delights rainbow sherbet flavor; I couldn't find it anywhere and I was frantic. Finally, I saw it at Target in a three pack. Extra has developed a great new line of gum,dessert delights, using the most current flavor technology, sensates.  Sensates are flavors that contribute cool sensation without minty or off flavors. Therefore, a flavor scientist can blend sherbet flavor with a sensate and offer the consumer a refreshing, sweet gum that is cool and not minty. Menthol (the characterizing part of peppermint) and sensates affect the body's thermal receptors by stimulating ionic channels. Our body also feels cool through evaporation. Rainbow sherbet flavor reminds me … [Read more...]

Project 7 sugar free Fresh mint gum, flavor review

Project 7  Fresh Mint Gum

I'm a sucker for helping others on a global scale. Usually, I consider help writing checks to reputable organizations. Do I think buying gum will help the world?  Not really. Especially this gum. There is nothing unique about Project 7 gum and it tastes bad, like it's been a hot car all summer.  Will Project 7's goal of one million new fruit tree plantings in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua change much?  Maybe...I'm not certain.  I'd rather write a check, though, than chew this gum. When I first pop this natural & artificially flavored, artificially colored and synthetically sweetened gum in my mouth; my impression is pinesol and dirt! I imagine the mint oils sourced for this gum are from foreign countries and unprocessed. Very … [Read more...]

Trident Layers Orchard Peach & Ripe Mango flavor review

Trident Layers Chewing gum, Orchard Peach & Ripe Mango

As a flavor chemist, I have to applaud the flavorist who made this peach & mango flavor. This is a well-balanced, creamy, tropical, crisp, fruity peach mango flavor and would be very difficult to copy. As a consumer and mom, I am concerned about such high flavor load in a product that children would consume. Typically fruit flavors are a "top note" for beverages or fruit fillings that lose some potency during processing. In confection, though, added fruit flavors are the entire flavor system. Chewing gum in particular has an extremely high flavor load, perhaps 2% vs a piece of candy that has 0.2%.  Flavor load is high because it is desired that gum's flavor last 20 minutes. The United States government is very strict about what … [Read more...]

Orbit wildberry remix sugar free chewing gum review

Orbit Wildberry Remix

Often I hear "our world is getting smaller".  When people say that; they are referring to the ease of travel or transportation. How about food and flavor? When I visited Italy 10 years ago, a very popular confection & beverage flavor was forest fruits. Forest flavors is portrayed with pictures of blackberries, blueberries and raspberries and is always somewhat floral. My first impression of the Orbit wildberry remix is that it's forest fruits flavor from Europe. When I opened the packaged and smelled the gum, though, I changed my mind. Orbit Wildberry Remix smells just like grape soda or grape candy flavor for kids. Initially, the gum was juicy, sweet and flavorful. It reminded me of a berry flavored Starburst, and I love Starbursts. … [Read more...]