GumAlert FAQ

We’ve had a recent influx of visitors, emails and comments lately, and we thought that it might help our readers if we had an FAQ. Please to enjoy.

Do you work for the gum companies? Can I suggest a new flavor?
No, we don’t work for any gum company, we’re just a couple of girls who like to to chew gum! We’d love to hear your gummy ideas, though!

I work for a gum company. Can I send you samples of gum to review?
Sure! We love free gumz and we’ll be happy to review it, just know that our reviews will always be honest and truthful. Send us an email at gumgirls@gumalert.com and we’ll work something out.

I have a gum or candy blog, too! Can I be added to your “Friend of GumAlert” links?
We’d love to check out your blog! Send us a link and we’d be happy to give it a read. If we like it, we’ll link it! Generally, it has to have been around for a while. If you have only a few posts or have been blogging for only a short while, we probably won’t link you. But keep it up!

I own an online candy store. Can you add a link to my store on your blog?
We’re sure that your store is great, but we don’t like to direct our readers to online merchants that we are unfamiliar with. What you can do is send us some gum samples for us to review, and we’ll add a “This review has been sponsored by…” link on the review itself. (Just know that our reviews are always honest and truthful.) If the relationship grows positively, we’ll add a link to your store on our sidebar.

I have a product or website that I would like to advertise on Gum Alert. Can I give you money to put an ad on your site?
Even though Trident Layers would like you to think that gum lovers prefer to be paid in gum, these gum lovers prefer to be paid in money. Send us an email and we’ll let you know our rates and policies.

You guys haven’t reviewed my all-time favorite gum! What gives?
We probably just haven’t gotten around to it yet! Send us an email and let us know what you want to see us review!

OMG there’s a new gum out! Have you seen it yet??
No, we haven’t!! Awesome!! Email us and tell us about it! Where did you see it? Did you try it? Was it good?? We always have our eye out for new gums, but we could always use your help in seeking out the cool new gumz.

I feel very strongly about a new gum or gum commercial I saw on TV, and I would like to post about it in your comments section using bad words and racial slurs. Is that okay?
While we love to hear your opinion about gum, our reviews, and gum culture as a whole, we want gum fans of all ages to be able to enjoy Gum Alert, so we ask that you keep your language in the comments section at a PG level. If we think something is offensive, we’re going to remove your comment.

How do you guys decide what gum to review, and how do you review it?
We usually go in this order: Samples companies send us, new gum, requests, and then anything else. We’ll try to mix it up if we get a few packs of the same brand or flavor, though, so we don’t do too many of the same thing in a row. We only have one rule when it comes to doing the reviews, and that is that we must be chewing a piece of the gum while we review it.

Are you guys related?
Yes, we are sisters, unfortunately for our parents.

Don’t you have anything better to do than write long-winded blog posts about gum?
Not really.

Get a life.
That’s not a question.

Why do you do it?
We started GumAlert in April of 2009 because we thought it would be funny. We thought that the ultimate goal would be to get free gum from gum companies, but that happened pretty fast. Now, our goal is to attend the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago in 2012. (We still love to get free gum, though. That never gets old.)

Does Trident Layers have pork in it?
From what we’ve been able to ascertain, Trident Layers does have a form of gelatin in its ingredients that is derived from pork, as do many other types of gum. Your best bet would be to contact the manufacturers directly just to make sure, if you avoid pork for religious or other reasons.

Aren’t you worried about artificial sweeteners?
Kind of. We chew a lot of gum. Really, a lot of gum, and we do sometimes question the safety of sweeteners. That being said, we’re not experts on the risks and benefits, and wouldn’t want to sway anyone one way or the other. We recommend that you do your own research and make the educated decision that’s best for you regarding your personal consumption of artificial sweeteners.

What’s the flavor of Stride Mega Mystery?
There’s a rumor that a Stride employee leaked the flavor as Strawberry Daiquiri. We don’t taste that particularly, but we do think that it has a definite tropical drink flavor to it.

Is Stride Shift Berry to Mint good?
No.

Is Stride Shift Citrus to Mint gross?
Yes.

What’s so special about 5 React gum? What does it do?
Right? We have no idea.

Can you eat gum wrappers, like Trident, Stride or Orbit?
We’re not sure the official answer to this one, but we don’t recommend eating any gum wrappers. We don’t think it would taste good, and it certainly would mess up the texture. EDIT: Brian from Candy Addict referred us to this post in his blog with the definitive answer. Thanks, Brian!

What is your favorite gum?
Shannon’s favorite gum is Extra Polar Ice. Katie’s favorite gum us Trident Minty Sweet Twist. However, we like all kinds of gumz. We’re partial to sugarless gum because we don’t like the dentist very much, but the amount of xylitol running through our bloodstreams on any given day might eventually make us sick, too.