Flavor: Katie knows that when it comes to watermelon, I’m much more of a fan of artificial watermelon flavor (a Jolly Rancher is the perfect example of this) than an actual watermelon. I actually don’t like actual watermelon very much at all. The new 5 flavor, Prism, is billed as “…an electric watermelon.” And I have to say, that of all the artificial watermelons I’ve tasted, this one comes the closest to natural watermelon flavor. Right there it’s got one subjective strike against it. Then it gets weird. The “electric” part of this gum is actually palatable. It’s another one of those scary-gum-chemical-reactions that you can feel going on in your mouth that makes you wonder exactly what kind of phenylketonurics they’ve got going on here. There’s a definite tingle in the chew – a quasi-carbonation, sort of a peppery tingle. If you leave the wad in the same spot in your mouth for too long it actually kind of burns. Very disconcerting, and just plain weird.
Texture: Nothing too interesting to say here. It starts off a bit too soft for my tastes but after a few minutes it firms up nicely.
Presentation: I’ve always been a fan of the 5 graphics, and this is no differently. Love the sleek black ribbed cardstock with the bright, almost tie-dyed color splashes. The matching foil is always pleasing to the eye.
Overall: As usual, I gasped with excitement when I saw a new gum in the checkout line today, and swooped it right up. I was super stoked that 5 had gone back to its roots after all the “React” shenanigans they’ve toyed us with recently. Unfortunately, this gum disappoints. Normally you can trust that 5 will be a worthy chew no matter what the flavor, but I’d probably stick to Extra Fruit Sensations Sweet Watermelon if I wanted a watermelony chew.
Rating: oo (two gumballs)