Stride Always Mandarin

Stride Always Mandarin
Flavor: A shockingly accurate “mandarin orange” flavor. Normally when we have such a specific citrus call-out in the flavor name (like tangerine), all we get is a vague “orange” flavor, but this gum actually does taste like mandarin oranges, the kind cute tiny ones you eat out of a can. Good job, Stride.

Texture: A little bit too tough for my tastes. This is a super firm chew.

Presentation: Stride doesn’t mess around with fruit imagery, “fashion packs,” or anything like that. Stride’s packaging is friendly and predictable.

Overall: A friend of Gum Alert requested this gum a long, long time ago with the warning that it was really hard to find. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for it, so it was like hitting the jackpot when I found a display with 3 packs left. I have to say that, despite the tough texture (which may, in part, have to do with the fact that I’ve had this gum opened in my purse for about 3 weeks [and we know from experience that, once opened, Stride tends to turn for the worst really fast]) this is a really great gum. Nicely done, Stride.

Rating: oooo (four gumballs)