Monday, February 19, 2007

Short & Sweet: Gums

I’m a little sick, just bronchitis, nothing to block my enjoyment of candy but I’m a little tired. I’m spending more time on the computer and just read an interesting article about some of the benefits of gum to help build memory or as a delivery method for supplements. (Link to LATimes.)

So I thought I’d profile a few gums today, just in short because, well, it’s just gum.


I picked this Cool Cola Hubba Bubba up at Munchies here in Los Angeles. I rather enjoy cola flavor, though I rarely drink soda. This gum is from Israel and I can’t tell you what the label says beyond the flavor.

The chew is soft like Hubba Bubba but has a really good rounded cola flavor, complete with a tangy lemon element and the spicy cola notes. The flavor doesn’t last very long, but as it peters out it does taste a bit like old cinnamon gum, which isn’t unpleasant at all. The bubble blowing is pretty good too. I can’t say that the color is as appealing as regular pink bubble gum, but the size of the bubbles can be impressive. While I wasn’t a huge fan of this, I really think it should be marketed in the US, it fills a gaping hole in the flavor range of our bubble gums.

(A little housekeeping note, I like to put on some lip balm before blowing bubbles to keep the gum from sticking to my lips.)

Rating: 6 out of 10


I bought this gum in a Family Guy tin with Stewie on the front last summer at Powell’s Sweet Shoppe. It mostly bought it for the tin and this one was the least offensive of the Family Guy sayings there. (Not that I don’t like Family Guy, but this is a family-friendly blog.)

The little gum pieces are as cute as can be, light orange and shiny. The flavor says it’s orange, but I’d call it a juicyfruit plus orange. It’s not very strong gum and not really that good. It sticks to my teeth (I have fillings) and doesn’t last very long. But I liked the tin and will find something to stuff in there at some point when I bring myself to finish the gum that’s probably all tacky and stuck to the bottom now.

Rating: 4 out of 10


Talk about your unimaginative names. Cafe Coffee Gum! Whee!

I picked this up because I was actually curious about the new Wrigley Kona Coffee gum, but I’m not gonna buy that, because it’s got artificial sweeteners in it. So when I saw this, and that it had sugar, I figured it was destiny. And though I make fun of the name, the package design was rather pleasing.

It’s not strongly flavored, but rather nice and mildly sweet coffee-flavored. The flavor doesn’t last very long and when it peters out along with the sugar it’s rather musty tasting. But swapping for another piece solves that problem. I can go through a pack of gum in a matter of an hour that way.

Rating: 4 out of 10

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  1. when i seen this i thought woohoo this is cool, then i read it had sugar, it got less cool. so i checked out the wrigleys “sweetner” version but that says “coffee flavour mint” huh!? ew! how do you even get coffee flavour mint! Did that one taste like mint to?

    Comment by A on 2/19/07 at 2:38 pm #
  2. Lotte Sweetie (grapefruit) and Blueberry (duh) are both excellent.

    Comment by Dave on 2/19/07 at 3:40 pm #
  3. Interesting names those Japanese companies always come up with. Sounds tasty…too bad I don’t like gum.

    Feel better!! smile

    Comment by Sera on 2/19/07 at 4:47 pm #
  4. Mmm…Hubba Bubba!  They have the best fakey grapey bubble gum that is da bomb!  Love it!

    Comment by Julilla on 2/20/07 at 9:53 am #
  5. I tried the Wrigley’s Kona coffee gum and it was rather nice actually. I don’t know if the package I bought was stale or not but the gum had a firmness to it. It tasted like a mellow coffee with cream and sugar and slowly as the flavor mellowed it began to taste like double-mint gum. It was rather nice. Although it did give me coffee breath.

    Comment by Maria on 2/20/07 at 4:57 pm #
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