Dentyne Ice Mint Medley

Flavor: The packaging of this gum calls out a “sweet blend of flavors.” I don’t know if they’re referring actual flavor of the mint blend being sweet, or if they’re using the word “sweet” in a slang sense like all the kids are doing nowadays. (Get off my lawn.) Either way, I don’t get “sweet” from this gum very much at all. Like all pellet gums, it’s got a hard candy shell that is jam-packed with flavor. Once that powerful burst subsides, it’s just like any old mint gum. I suppose it’s a nice “medley,” I can sense spearmint along with the requisite peppermint, and if I concentrate hard enough I even think I can taste a little wintermint in there. It’s nothing special, but it certainly doesn’t suck.
Texture: Standard pellet texture. Starts off crunchy which I always like, and when the shell dissolves it’s got a nice, if somewhat firm, texture. One thing about this gums, like most other pellet gums, it’s that the pieces are small. I am generally a two-stick chewer, and even two pellets don’t cut it for me. If I’m going to chew this gum for any length of time, I’m gonna need at least three pieces, and that’s just not economical. Also? It kind of squeaks.
Overall: A decent gum. Nothing special, certainly not horrible, but not a gum I would tout very highly. It’s average, at best.Rating: ooo (Three gumballs)

Orbit Strawberry Mint

Flavor: I’ve purchased this gum before and it drove me crazy the first time—what the hell does this flavor remind me of? Every time I chewed it I couldn’t even really enjoy it because I was so focused on figuring out what the hell it was. Piece by piece, the pack dwindled until at last it was gone, the mystery unsolved, the question unanswered, and all too soon did I forget about it altogether. Upon peeling back the plastic outer shell of Orbit Strawberry Mint (another “mint” fallacy, by the way), I instantly remembered the mysterious reminder—oh, what is that—and didn’t even have to pop a piece in my mouth before I knew the answer. Strawberry Big League Chew. With a sigh of relief and a very genuine smile (a rarity during the work day), I put a piece in my mouth and silently congratulated Orbit on taking on an impossible and commendable task that they may not have even realized they were tackling—a healthy version of my beloved childhood favorite.

Texture: Of course, it’s not the stringy-to-grainy-to-gushy big league chew (which is admittedly a good thing). Texture-wise this gum leaves something to be desired, though, becoming too smooth and mushy for my tastes, but maintaining form nonetheless.

Overall: The flavor fades quickly and the texture too, but all-in-all I need to give this gum an ultimate rating just because of that childish glee that bursts into my mouth upon the first bite. Although I didn’t recognize it at first, it’s overpowering to the senses even sitting idle in the pack, unchewed—it’s that Strawberry Big League Chew, all over again, and it isn’t rotting my teeth in my mouth.Rating: ooooo (five gumballs)

Trident Splash Citrus with Blackberry

Flavor: The flavor of Trident Splash Citrus with Blackberry is pleasant. It’s a pop-out gum with a candy shell. It’s a pretty bland citrus base that has a fantastically tart liquid center. Unfortunately, the citrus flavor fades to a boring generic “sweet,” and the tart blackberry liquid is gone almost before you can even begin to enjoy it.
Texture: This gum has a LOT going on at first. It’s almost overwhelming – almost. You bite down on the shell and it crunches into a slighty too-soft gum and then… WHAM! You’re blasted with the liquid center explosion. It’s pretty awesome. Once the liquid dissipates and the candy shell dissolves, the gum you’re left with has a surprizingly good texture, for a pop-out pellet gum. It doesn’t lose cohesion, but it does get that waxy feel in it after a while. All in all, I was pleasantly surprized by the texture of Trident Splash Citrus with Blackberry.
Overall: I can’t see this being anyone’s favorite. It’s certainly not mine. But all in all, it’s a FUN gum for those times when you’re sick of cinnamon, bored of bubblegum, or just want something new and different than your usual mundane mint. (Alliteration.) It’s reminiscent of many sugary liquid-filled gums and candy of my youth, without the unpleasant dental side-effects. For those few and far-between times when I feel like being a kid for just a few minutes, I can see myself picking up a pack of Trident Splash Citrus with Blackberry and letting myself enjoy the multi-layered experience. I don’t think this gum was really MEANT to have a long-lasting, breath-freshening flavor or a steadfast, smooth texture. This gum was meant to KAPOW your mouth, and that it does. Rating: oooo (four gumballs)