Extra Winterfresh

Flavor: This is a cool, refreshing chew, but doesn’t proclaim to overwhelm you with any extreme elements.  It won’t clear your sinuses, and if you’re looking for something to kill particularly heinous garlic bread breath, you’re better off with a Dentyne Artic Chill pellet.  However, if you are looking for a nice mouth refresh in the middle of the day, this’ll do it.
Texture: The firmness of it is nice, it’s not too soft and not too hard, somewhere in the middle, leaning towards more firm.  What I don’t like about it is that it’s really sticky.  It sticks to my lips when I try to blow a little bubble, and it sticks to my teeth when I crack it.  
Packaging: Marvel at its beauty.  Gaze upon its splendor.  I happened upon this Plen-T-Pak on the shelves of my local Family Dollar.  I was taken aback, since it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Plen-T-Pak available.  I have to assume this gum is many years old (2008 maybe?) but it tastes okay, there’s no expiration date on it, and the pack is almost gone and I haven’t gotten sick and died, so I assume it’s okay.  I thought that maybe I had discovered one of the last vestiges of a discontinued flavor, but a Google search revealed that Extra Winterfresh is, indeed, still a thing. 
Overall: I was really surprised to see that Winterfresh is still readily available, because we’ve never reviewed it and I thought we pretty much ran through all the Extras.  If I didn’t come across this in Family Dollar, Winterfresh would most likely have remained unreviewed until the end of time.  While it’s nothing to write home about, it’s good to know that it’s a decent option if your old standby isn’t available on your checkout line.
Rating: ooo (three gumballs)

Trident Splashing Fruit

Flavor : Imagine for a moment that you’ve peeled a juicy, fresh tangerine right out of the fridge, and are about to take your first bite. What do you anticipate? A burst of flavor, tangy and full, overwhelming and refreshing, right? Now pop that first piece of Splashing Fruit into your mouth. Oh… it’s like… peach? It’s sort of… melony? I guess? The packaging here suggests this gum would mirror the experience of that bursting citrus flavor, as portrayed in the pictures of three very strong citrus wedges on the front of the package: grapefruit, lime, and orange. I’d say it’s risky to claim to represent those flavors in any gum, since they’re so strong and distinct. But here, it’s downright wrong. I don’t detect any lime at all, maybe a hint of grapefruit (maybe) somewhere in the there, and I suppose a sort of dull, tic-tac-like orange. Mostly, though, it’s a very subtle melon flavor that lasts a fair amount of time but at no point wows the tastebuds.

Texture : For the most part, the texture here is standard for Trident, a good, consistent chew. It’s a little soft for a short while after chewing, but forms back up into a good bite pretty quickly.

Presentation : Bold! Black background and bright aforementioned fruits misleads the chewer and leave you feeling disappointed in your purchase.

Overall : This gum might have had a fighting chance if it were marketed appropriately, but as it stands it just doesn’t cut it. I’d be surprised if this one sticks around, and it’s a shame, since it’s pretty decent melon flavor overall.

Rating: ooo (three gumballs )