Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has had a great holiday so far.
Today I’m reviewing a candy that I’ve had sitting around for a long time. I have a lot of candy in my office that sits around for a few months before I get to reviewing them. I am not happy with this, so my “New Years Resolution” is to be better about reviewing candy closer to when I find them. I also would like to do more “classic” candies that we see everyday, instead of the more foreign and limited edition candies that I feel I’ve been focusing on.
Well, enough rambling! Today’s review is Orbit Melon Remix. It’s one of the “newer” gum flavors from Orbit, which I imagine resulted from the competition from other gum brands. It seems recently that gum has been trying more original and unique flavors to keep consumers interested. This package is thing and contains fourteen sticks of gum.
To be honest I was unsure what to expect from this flavor. It’s labeled as “Melon Remix” but doesn’t really understand the “remix” part of the flavor description. Before I open the package, I tried to smell the gum. I do really enjoy when I can smell the gum through the packaging. It makes the gum seem really inviting and yummy. With this flavor, I can smell the gum. It has the distinct aroma of bubblegum with a hint of honeydew. Opening up the package, the aroma only gets stronger. I’m surprised as to how much the scent leans towards bubblegum and less toward melon. It’s very interesting to me. Unwrapping a piece, the gum is a very faint pink. Modest and very, very pretty.
The flavor is very fresh and juicy when you first start to chew. Now that I can actually taste the gum, the curiosity in regard to the “melon remix” name start making sense. It’s about 75% watermelon and 25% honeydew, despite the heavy honeydew aromas it has. So it’s a much more sweet melon flavor, in my mind. It’s got the refreshing flavor of the watermelon with the added sweetness of the honeydew. I do taste some accents of a bubblegum flavor in there as well, but it’s also not as intense as the aroma suggests. Sadly the flavor on this one doesn’t stay around for very long. I chewed it for five minutes before the gum became tough and the flavor was very faint. I certainly enjoyed it, but I do wish it lasted longer.
I don’t want to sounds like a broken record in regard to gum, but I liked it. Not enough to start chewing it regularly, but if a friend offered me a stick of it I wouldn’t refuse it.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Orbit Gum Website
One of the candies I recall seeing ever since I was little is Big League Chew Bubblegum. I don’t know if its just been around for so long, or if it’s the fact that it’s so iconic. Maybe both! I just remember seeing a lot of classmates (from Elementary school) having the stuff at lunch or at snack time. I’ve seen it every so often over the years, but as time goes on it seems that it just gets rarer and rarer. I had completely forgotten about it until I recently saw it. In fact, I actually bought my package at a 7-11 on a trip to Big Bear Lake, CA. I know there’s several different varieties, but they only has the original bubblegum variety there. I saw my chance and I took it. I will have Big League Chew for the first time in my life, for my candy blog.
If I’m not mistaken I think I’ve heard some people are not a fan of this stuff. It’s kinda like with candy cigarettes, as I’ve heard this gum is meant to mock chewing tobacco that all the baseball players use. I felt really horrible considering this coincidence when read the back of the Big League Chew package. They put the reasoning for the shredded bubblegum pieces so innocently:
..“So they came up with an great idea-shredded bubble gum in a pouch-. Today, more and more professional and amateur players in all sports are turning to Big League Chew, a fun gum that keeps your mouth from getting dry when the game is on the line.”
The drawing on the front is hilarious. The ball player has this intimidating grimace on his many stubbled square jaw, as he readies himself for the pitch. His forearm, my god, someone get a doctor. It’s so short and full of muscles I’m surprised he can get a shirt over them. I’ts the same artwork as I remember from my youth in the 80s, and it’s charming that it has remained there all these years.
The bag is easy to open and immdiately you smell the scent of bubblegum. It smells sweet and fruity, with heavy notes of cotton candy and “pink”. The bubblegum is cut into thin strips and is really easy to sepeate and take however much you want.
I take a few pieces and and begin to chew. The flavor is exactly as it smells: sweet, fruity, notes of perfume and cotton candy. The texture of the chew is very silky and smooth. It’s really nice to chew and easy to stretch out to blow bubbles. The flavor disappeares after a bit, and the chew hardens a little, but it’s still really fun to chew. It’s also nice grab a few strips of bubblegum to “refresh” the flavor in your mouth every little bit. I have to amit, this candy is a lot of fun.
A gum like this might change the way I think about gum. Since there’s no sugar alcohols in here, I do’t feel afraid to eat a lot of it. Especially once the flavor runs out. There’s a big package of it so I can take a little, roll it up and save it for later. I have to admit, I approached this gum feeling a bit cynical, but I actually quite like it. I honestly can’t see myself having it very often considering how rate it is to find. But when I do see it again, I’ll be sure to try the other flavors and I recommend that you do the same!
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Big League Chew Website
I feel trident has been coming out with a lot of inventive flavors recently. It seems like every time I walk into Target I see a new flavor variation of the “Layers” gum line. This “Juicy Berry + Tangy Tangerine” is my most recent find. I have tried a few of the Trident Layers flavors, I think the “Melon + Mint” is the only one I have ignored thus far. This flavor combination certainly called out to me fro m the check out aisle, and before I knew it I was tossing it into my shopping bag.
The packaging for this gum is actually quite thick. It’s a compact little block, and it opens to show two “shelves” full of silver wrapped gum pieces. The aroma of this gum actually smells like blueberries and tangerines. There’s a note that reminds me of blueberry pie, and I smells a fresh citrus with it. The gum is very odd looking. It’s a stocky little rectangle that looks like a colorful little sandwich. The outer gum slabs are blue and the inner is a orange. The colors are muted, so they’re not super saturated and bright.
The texture is thick to start, and I taste the tangerine right away. It’s bright and zesty, like a tangerine should be. It has great notes of orange and a great sweet/sour balance going on. Once the tangerine calms down you can taste a bit of the blueberry. It’s sweet and has a nice berry taste that seems more “berries” than “blueberry” to me. Regardless, it’s still really yummy and blends beautifully with the tangerine center. The texture of the gums is smooth and soft and stays that way for several minutes. It’s a very nice, flavorful gum to chew.
I am very much impressed with this gum and with this new flavor. It’s tasty and it lasts for a bit so if you’re one of those marathon gum chewers, you can rest assured that this will have flavor for a bit while you chew. When I brought a bunch of my gum leftovers to work, this Trident flavor was one of the first to disappear. I think there’s something about the unique, but recognizable, fruity flavor that this gum offers appeals to many. It certainly was appealing to me!
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Trident Gum Website
Today is the last of my string of 5 Gum reviews, at least for now. I have been trying so hard to try candies that are a little out of my “normal” range, and for me, that means gum! Combined with the fact that it still a tad warm here in Los Angeles, having a candy that won’t melt is another plus. Swerve I saved for last for no particular reason, or maybe I should just say I did it all in alphabetical order. Either way, I’m curious to see what this also colorful man-centered gum has to offer.
Swerve. I am not sure about the name of this gum. When I think of “swerve” I think of an unsafe maneuver one does while driving a car. Its feels dangerous and full of adrenaline. I open the package to find three neat rows of gum wrapped in bright orange foil. It smells very tropical. I get notes of passion fruit, pineapple and peaches with a kiss of mint.
The stick of gum is a light orange color and is very pliable and soft. I begin to chew and I immediately get bright flavors of peaches, oranges and pineapple. I also taste a light hint of mint in there, but it’s very faint. I chew for about a minute and am surprised to find that the gum’s texture is getting tough and hard incredibly fast. The flavor as well quickly disappears. So sad!
Out of all the 5 Gum flavors that I’ve tried to date, this one was my favorite. It was sweet and tropical, like a good vacation. It’s really too bad that the flavor disappears so quickly. Alas, some gum is just like that. Regardless, if you want to give the 5 Gum line a try, this one would be my fruity recommendation for testing the waters.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links 5 Gum Webpage
Onto the third of the 5 Gum flavors that I’ve gathered to review. This one immediately confused me. RPM? What am I supposed to make out of that? What flavor am I supposed to surmise? What hint am supposed to glean? Other than, you know, the fact that this is clearly marketed to men with a name like that. Since I am not a man, maybe I am not meant to understand. Despite their marketing ploys, I do have taste buds, so I will get to the bottom of what RPM is about.
RPM can apply to a few things. I think of record players and car engines. Dude things, I suppose. The sticks of gum are wrapped in a lemon-lime yellow green and have an interesting aroma. It smells fruity with a spicy edge to it. Not sure if to say the scent is herbal or not, but it makes me think of apple pie for a strange reason. It’s similar to smelling a fresh cinnamon stick, somehow.
The gum’s aroma gets even stranger as I pull it out to chew. The spicy note I detected earlier is even more powerful now, and it reminds me of potpourri. I ask myself if I really want to taste this gum that badly. The stick of gum is a nice light yellow, and trying not to think more about it, I pop the piece in my mouth. The flavor stars off fruity, but it reminds me of how red licorice tastes. Something about it just tasted “red”. The flavor is metallic and has notes of cherries. Oddly enough the flavor gets somewhat sour the more I chew it, which I find interesting. Again, the flavor and texture quickly deteriorate as you chew, and soon it becomes faint and tough.
This flavor was, tasty but odd. I am not sure if it’s something I would specifically crave. But, if in a bind I’d certainly have it again. It’s not favorite, but it’s certainly tastier than many. If only it lasted longer!
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links 5 Gum Webpage