Friday, August 11, 2006

Bear Bubble Gum

I actually went out and bought these. I saw that they were being introduced at the All Candy Expo and I kept meaning to go over to their booth and pick them up, but I just kept missing them.


I’m not a huge gum fan so I’m not sure what attracted me to these, but there you have it, I bought them when I was them at Powell’s late last month.

They’re just bubble gum, but they’re in such cute teddy bear shapes! The pieces are ample and there are four different flavors in each package. Each piece boasts “hand decorated” elements (the eyes, nose and bow tie). I was concerned that they would be hard crunchy bits that wouldn’t go well with the gum.

Each piece is isolated in a little blister pack dome. The package is nice, you can see each of the little guys in their own window and the fruity shapes and colors make them look very appealing and not too child-oriented.

imageGrape - tart and fragrant with a strong fake grape flavor. The chew was soft and bouncy and it kept some of its flavor even after the sugar was gone, but got a rather odd chemical/menthol flavor. Sure enough, the ingredients lists menthol. The bubbles were ultrasmooth.

imageTutti Fruitti - tangy but with a much stronger menthol element. There was little fruitiness to it, just a tart, sweet bite. I was hoping for a more mellow sweet flavor like a JuicyFruit. Yeah, his little eyeballs were kinda cockeyed, and one fell off before I chewed it.

imageStrawberry - very little trace of the menthol, sweet and flowery with a little pop of sour that fills out the flavor. The menthol flavor appears towards the end of the chew, just when the bubbles are getting good.

imageMelon - wonderfully delicate and fragrant but it turns dark with the menthol long before the flavor runs out. The little sugar frosting bits were also kind of nice. They were cool and smooth and didn’t distract from the gum at all, integrating well.

On the whole I think the whole gag is a little precious. You don’t get a lot for your money (however, the Mineco website says that they should retail for less than half what I paid for them) and of course with the flavor assortment they’re not really good for combining into super-pieces. The menthol flavor was a real turn off for me and I can’t imagine it being very compelling for children.

Name: Bear Bubble Gum
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mineco
Place Purchased: Powell's Sweet Shoppe
Price: $1.49
Size: 6.7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 76
Categories: Gum, China

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:09 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Those are starting to seriously wierd me out…

    If you showed them to me with no explaination, gum would be the last the thing I would think of them being, right after soap and bear shaped birthday cake. Novelty gum just doesn’t do it for me i’m afraid, not even “Bubbaloo” that gum with the liquid centre.

    Comment by GTO on 8/11/06 at 10:29 am #
  2. They’re quite cute, but I probably couldn’t eat them. It’s bad enough biting the heads off gummi bears, what would you do it they were looking at you right before you bite into them? No way.
    Pity about that menthol thing…

    Comment by Barbara on 8/11/06 at 11:59 am #
  3. They are too cute to be put inside the mouth.  By the way, have you tried Peach Buds?  It is that kind of old fashion hard candy in refreshing peachy flavor. Also comes with other fruit flavors.
    This candy can be purchased in gourmet markets.

    Comment by Patty on 8/23/06 at 3:13 pm #
  4. this food is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo not good!

    Comment by jessica thornton on 4/27/09 at 3:37 am #
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