Orbit Mist Watermelon Spring

Flavor: At first, absolutely spectacular. Now, I know that this type of intense flavor experience isn’t for everyone. I get it. But one of the things I look for in a gum is the initial “flavor explosion” I get when I first put it in my mouth and bite down. Orbit Mist Watermelon Spring’s packaging calls out “A Hydrating Sensation with micro-bursts(tm)” and a hydrating sensation it is, indeed. Reminiscent of the flavor of a watermelon-flavored Jolly Rancher, it is intensely both sour and sweet, causing your salivary glands to shift into overdrive. If you were really thirsty, I’d bet this gum would at the very least provide temporary quenching of your thirst. Well played, Orbit. Unfortunately the flavor fades very quickly, and you’re left with a sickeningly too-sweet, almost bitter watermelon flavor.
Texture: The benefits this gum packs in flavor, it lacks in texture. When I put my first piece of Orbit Mist Watermelon Spring in my mouth and bit down, I thought I had found the Holy Grail in gum. The “micro-bursts(tm)” have a very pleasing crunchy/gritty texture that enhances the overall chewing experience. Unfortunately, this pleasure is short-lived. Once the micro-bursts(tm) dissolve, the gum loses its consistency and becomes way too soft. I’ve seen this with other gums, and if you continue to chew it, it will eventually disintegrate into a million mushy little gum flecks in your mouth. I chewed a piece for about 10 minutes, and I performed my “Tooth Test” on it- I placed the gum behind my closed teeth, and tried to push the gum through it. A quality gum will resist the force, and only a small fraction of gum will protrude through my teeth. Orbitz Mist Watermelon Spring failed this test miserably. The gum flowed through my teeth rather easily, and I have no doubt that if I’d continued this test, the entire piece would have ended up on the outside of my teeth.
Overall: A for effort and D for execution, Orbit. This is my first foray into their new “Mist” line (Katie did offer me a piece of the Citrus flavor last weekend but I regrettably don’t remember much about it to compare) and I have to say that first impressions were not favorable. If the texture held its own and the flavor lasted just a bit longer, I would have rated this 4 gumballs. I’m going to have to give it 3. I have to admit that I’ll probably be picking up another couple packs of this one, if not only to just experience that initial watermelon rush.Rating: ooo (three gumballs)

Trident Minty Sweet Twist

Flavor: In a word, perfection. It is, in fact, a minty sweet twist of flavor in your mouth. It has all the benefits of fruity gum (delightful after meals and to fix that “sugar craving”) while maintaining that fresh afterglow. It’s as pleasing as the mint inside a peppermint patty– cool, sweet, refreshing.

Extra Polar Ice

Flavor: The flavor of Extra Polar Ice is unlike any other mint gum on the market today. It’s sort of a sweet-mint, closer to a wintermint flavor than a pepper or spearmint. It refreshes the mouth from the very first chew, irradicating any hint of offensive odor your breath may have had. The flavor is not only pleasant, but it lasts and lasts. While the initial punch of flavor fades a bit after a few minutes, it never completely disappears. I cannot ever recall a time when a piece of Extra Polar Ice gave out on me when I’ve needed it – My mouth has remained minty fresh from first chew to wrapper-discard.
Texture: Again, Extra Polar Ice is truly a unique gum, and this especially is true when we consider its texture. Each slice of Extra Polar ice is embedded with hundreds of tiny flavor beads (for lack of a better word – Extra’s packaging does not name or call out these beads) that crack and pop in your mouth for the first few minutes of chewing. The outer coating of the beads eventually dissolve away, leaving you with a not-too-firm, not-too-soft wad of pure chewing satisfaction. The texture, like the flavor, does not falter with time; it remains chewable and elastic through the end of the chew. Extra Polar Ice is a chewing gum, not a bubble gum, so bubbles are all-but-impossible to blow. However, cracking this gum is a pleasure.
Overall: Extra Polar Ice is my all-time favorite gum, and it has been for quite some time now. It is the standard to which I judge all other gums. I am rarely without a pack of Extra Polar Ice in my purse. Rating: ooooo (five gumballs)

A little bit about us

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Thnx for to come to our gum blog. Let me introduce ourselves.

My sister Shannon and I have been chewing gum for about a quarter of a century now. We’ve always had an affinity for gum, dating back to the days of stuffing entire packs of Big League Chew in our cheeks and seeing who gagged first, the days of unrolling entire packages of Bubble Tape into our mouths, days of giant gum ball competitions (again, to see who would gag first). But it’s not all fun and games. We really do appreciate gum.

As kids we weren’t allowed to have sugar-based gums, and in hindsight it saved us a lot of time in the dentist. We have always chewed a lot of gum. A lot. of gum. I have been known to have upwards of nine packs of gum in my purse at one time. Shannon picks them up like playing cards at the check-out counter in target. We reminisce frequently about discontinued brands and flavors– Extra Original Bubblegum, which our father chewed when he quit smoking cigars, for example. We hope that someday they’ll bring it back.

Until then, we make it a point to try and rate every new gum on the market. From whitening gums in pop-out packages, to the many varieties of ripoff Orbit, we buy and try them all. With this blog, we present our findings to the world.

To find out about our own personal gum preferences, visit our profiles. For now, read on for some semi-objective analyses of the latest and greatest (and oldest and boldest) gums in your local drug store or newspaper stand.

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