Trident Vitality Balance

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Flavor: This is a nice, mellow citrus.  While it has a bit of a tang, there’s no real power behind the flavor, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  I’ve never really been able to pick out a “pomegranate” flavor in anything other than a straight-up pomegranate, but the tangerine comes through really nicely here.
Texture: This is softer than a standard pellet in terms of initial crunch, and it remains soft throughout the chew.  (We’ve seen this in other Trident Vitality varieties.)  It’s not terrible, though, and some chewers might prefer it.
Presentation: We’ve discussed the Vitality package design before– it looks nice but lacks real purpose.  I still find the “box” format annoying and would prefer the standard sleeve.
Overall:  According to the Nutrition Information, one piece of this gum contains 10% of your daily Vitamin C.  That’s nothing to sneeze at, especially if you’re a gum-addict like me.  I could easily chew through half a pack in an afternoon, and there’s half my RDV right there.  It’s a nice gum, but I can’t get past the softness.  I do have to give Trident credit for staying true to the formula with each new addition to the Vitality line (unlike other brands… I’m lookin’ at YOU, Wrigley’s 5). 
Rating: oooo (four gumballs)
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Trident Vitality Zen

Flavor: I was delightfully surprised when I bit into my first Trident Vitality Zen pellet to taste a coconut-mint-like flavor. Although I can see where the vanilla comes from (coconut and vanilla are close cousins in flavor, let’s be honest), I feel it falls more under the coconut umbrella, but not in an overwhelming way as coconut flavors often are presented. It’s a mellow coconut rounded out by a “smooth mint” as they skillfully call it, and it lasts a decent amount of time, twenty minutes or so. It’s not a marathon chew, but it’s a nice refreshing treat after a meal. I have to say I can’t seem to detect the “green tea” that’s advertised on the pack, and think it’s just another one of those healthy-sounding gimmicks they tack onto the names of gums to make them more marketable.
Texture: As with the other Vitality flavors, it’s on the softer side, but doesn’t disintegrate or become unpleasantly smooshy after a long chew.
Presentation: The Vitality packs are simple and elegant, and this one follows suit. I like the choice of lavender for the font– it complements the cream in the vanilla leaves and the silver background.
Overall: It’s not too bad. I can’t say that I’m on the path to achieving Nirvana with each piece of Vitality Zen that I chew, but I can say it enlightened my taste buds a little.
Rating: oooo (four gumballs )