There’s money in Menthol

Cool, Clean Feeling Menthol is the most important flavoring chemical. Without menthol it would be difficult to get that cool clean feeling when we brush our teeth or chew gum. Cough syrups and drops wouldn't cool the throat and open nasal passages. World Wide Production of Menthol In 2007, it was estimated that production of menthol was in excess of 19,000 metric tons.  Because of it's importance, there is a huge demand for this flavor chemical. It is a natural material and therefore subject to price fluctuations as a result of envrionmental conditions. Natural Menthol Naturally, peppermint oil (Mentha piperita) contains approximately 35-45% menthol and corn mint oil (Mentha arvensis) contains 65-75% menthol. Mentha arvensis is largely … [Read more...]

Orbit wildberry remix sugar free chewing gum review

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...]

Trident Splashing Fruit review

It's pretty good My eight year old told me, "actually this gum is pretty good" and that basically sums it up. Trident Splashing Fruit is a yellow gum with red flavor crystals and the aroma is much like fruit punch, wonderfully citrusy up front with hints of fruity notes underneath. The first taste impression I got of this gum was sweet. As I chewed, it got tangy and cool (not minty). The syrupy sweetness lingered for several minutes. This is a very sweet gum and it is no wonder my eight year old likes this gum. My impression of the flavor is that it is a mango flavor, very creamy, sweet and tropical.  I am amazed at  how long the flavor lasts and how the sweetness caries through. There is a coolness in the gum that tingles in my … [Read more...]

UP2U Mentos Gum (Fresh Mint/Berry Watermelon) review

Youthful and Fun Good thing I learned to text, or I might not understand what UP2U meant. I'm technical, but occasionally behind the times, preferring to talk rather than text. This Mentos gum is definitely youthful & fun. Mint Berry Watermelon The first pack I tried was the Fresh Mint Berry Watermelon mix. When I took the gum out of the cellophane wrapping, I was overcome with aroma (creamy peppermint with some sour fruity character). I knew the flavor was going to be strong. The berry watermelon initial taste was a jammy berry with some floral and melon notes. Quickly, it went to a cool, but sour berry gum with green character. Then there was a minty taste, but with a bad ashy character. Initially, I would say the flavor was … [Read more...]