Flavor: It’s difficult to call our assessments of classic gums “reviews,” because it’s really hard to give something that’s lasted the test of time in an increasingly competetive field less than a stellar rating. This gum might not taste as peppermint-y as Orbit, Stride, Extra, or any number of new, improved brands of gums. It might leave that undersirable sugary aftertaste in your mouth even as you’re chewing. It definitely won’t freshen your breath. But it’s like comparing Godzilla with Iron Man– one might look better on your plasma screen, but there’s just no real way to compare a classic with a Blockbuster hit. Chiclets are crunchy and sugary and gummy, they’re not good or bad they’re just– Chiclets.
Texture: To be fair, the actual serving size for Chiclets is two pieces, and it is a substantial wad when chewing two pieces (whereas just one Chiclet dissolves to almost nothing within minutes of chewing). The firmness is consistent throughout a lengthy chew, but it does create a slight foaming of saliva after a while. But again, the ingredients are basic, and the texture is fairly impressive given the circumstances.
Presentation: It’s a classic Adams package, simple, recognizable. You know what to look for when you’re looking for Chiclets.
Overall: Apparently, Chiclets aren’t widely available in the U.S. anymore, but they’re pretty popular in the Middle East. Luckily, we received some samples from our friend at BestCandyStore.com. As with all tried and true gums that have lasted, unchanged, in the marketplace against gimmicks and chemical advancements and flashy packaging, Chiclets have made a mark and don’t have to prove anything to us anymore. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If you want a super hydrating, minty, flashy pack of gum to match your outfit, there are plenty of gums for you. But if you want a sugary crunch in that old familiar box, pick up a pack of Chiclets.
Rating: ooooo (five gumballs)