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 )

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 )

Trident Layers Orchard Peach + Ripe Mango

Flavor : If you thought Trident Tropical Twist was outrageous, just wait until you get your hands on this. We’re rounding out the summer here, folks, and just today I enjoyed one of the last delicious peaches of the season here in Jersey. It was tangy, sweet, round with that peachy flavor that takes over your whole being during the duration of your snack. It’s been a while since I’ve have a mango, and I’m pretty sure those are out of season already, or well on their way. But boy, does this gum make me feel comfortable about the long, peach-and-mango-less winter ahead. Upon first bite, it knocks your socks off, just like that first sloppy bite of a juicy peach. Then comes the mango, as if it actually were a mango sandwich on two pieces of peach bread, aromatic and vibrant. It fades of course, but the lingering flavor is sweet and cool and enjoyable for a good long while. The summer can’t last forever, but this flavor sure can.

Texture : This is a really meaty chew, much more substantial than your usual stick of Trident. It has a fantastic bite, not too soft, not too hard, a really well constructed piece of gum.

Presentation : Oh, man, just look at that mango sandwich, so simple, so decadent, so ripe and delicate. This packaging, as Shannon mentioned in her review of Trident Layers Sweet Cherry + Island Lime, is simple and sophisticated.

Overall : I know what you’re thinking: “If you love Trident Layers Orchard Peach + Ripe Mango so much, why don’t you marry it?” Maybe I will. It’s too early into our relationship to tell. But I do know that tomorrow at lunch I’m picking up a freaking mango, slicing it up and slapping it between two halves of a peach at 4:00 snack time. Only a real mango sandwich could rival this gum.

Rating : ooooo (five gumballs )

Trident Layers Sweet Cherry + Island Lime

Flavor: A long time ago, a friend of Gum Alert sent us an email asking us about cherry flavored sugarless gums. At the time, there was really nothing to turn to. The only one I could recall, in fact, was a really disgusting mentholated Eclipse concoction that was downright offensive to the taste buds. Lack of a great cherry (like grape, as I mentioned in my review of 5 React 2 – Fruit) left a gaping hole in the sugarless gum world. Well, gum gurus and cherry lovers alike can rejoice! Trident has changed the game with this one. I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Layers line as a whole, but this new one is fantastic. The lime burst you get from what I assume is the candy goo layer starts off pleasantly strong and fades as you chew, leaving the awesome cherry to shine on and on. It rivals the Bubblicious cubes in cherryness and the flavor has decent longevity. Really nice.

Texture: Slightly tough and sticky at first, the chew mellows to a pleasant malleability. It’s easy to spread on the tongue to pop and crack. It does get a teensy bit too soft for my taste, but it might be just fine for you.

Presentation: Trident Layers’s packaging is cute and clever, with an admirable minimalistic style. Besides the Trident logo and text, the only graphic on the package is a cherry being sliced into by a juicy lime wedge. Gets the point across without any unnecessary obnoxious color, holographic fonts, or neon bursts.

Overall: As I said, I’ve not been much of a fan of Trident Layers. This one has made me a believer.

Rating: ooooo (five gumballs)

Trident Vitality Rejuve

Flavor : So this gum is called “Rejuve,” with the subtext, “A rejuvenating blend of luscious mint and white tea.” Uh. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is…spearmint. And I think subliminally, that’s what they’re telling you with the packaging– it’s the green package in the Vitality trio (alongside blue and orange). It’s a really good spearmint, actually, sweet and long-lasting. The taste reminds me a lot of those gelly spearmint candies that are covered in sugar, which my mom used to buy a lot when I was a kid. I loved those things, but I haven’t found the urge to buy those sugarbombs myself in my adult life, so it’s nice to have this throwback to an old classic, without rotting my teeth. That said, I don’t see anything “luscious” about the flavor, nor do I detect any semblance of white tea. At all.

Texture : The crunch at the beginning is really pleasant, and contributes to that memory of the crunchy sugar coating on the aforementioned spearmint leaf candies. It might be a little soft for some, but I think the consistency is just firm enough. Again, I wouldn’t describe it as “luscious.” The soft center varies from piece to piece, I find, some pieces pumped with a firm gel, others with almost no variation in texture at all.

Presentation : They’re going for sophisticated, healthy. “Rejuve,” “Awaken,” and “Vigorate” sounds like the names of the Tazo Teas they sell at Starbucks, but there’s nothing tea-like about any of these gums. It’s just gum–good gum, don’t get me wrong, but just… gum. The marketing here is just misleading.

Overall : I’d buy this again, but not for the reasons they want me to buy it. I offered it to folks in the office, and they didn’t seem to care about the added benefits, whether or not it wakes you up or spikes your daily vitamin intake. For the most part, when co-workers saw it on my desk, they picked up the package and just asked one question– “Is it any good?” Oh yeah, it’s pretty good. So good, in fact, that I took it out of the free gum and candy basket on my desk.

Rating: oooo (four gumballs )

Trident Vitality Vigorate

Flavor : The “burst of citrus and strawberry with vitamin C” here tastes an awful lot like the rainbow to me. The flavor at first is reminiscent of orange Skittles, in a good way, but is as fleeting as the goo inside the pellet. There is a nice cooling sensation that lasts throughout the whole chew, and the flavor is pleasant enough for a while, but it’s nothing that Orbit Citrusmint hasn’t done before (and better).

Texture : The first bite is a lot like a Skittle texture-wise as well, one that’s been sitting out in the sun for a few minutes and is nice and soft inside. But after the crunch is gone, it’s all mush. It falls apart as you chew, which to me is one of the worst qualities in a gum. Not everyone wants a firm gum, and it’s refreshing to see variety in textures that appeal to different preferences. “Crumbly,” however, is not a characteristic of gum at all. In fact, it’s the opposite of what a gum should be.

Presentation : Shannon discussed the misleading health claims that Trident is employing with this new line of gum in her review of Trident Vitality Awaken. Sure, there are maybe some traces of vitamin C here, but you shouldn’t be supplementing a good old fashioned orange with this a pack of Vigorate. I secretly expected a little burst of energy when I chewed my first piece, but it did little to quell the three o’clock work doldrums. The pack is clean and well designed, and I do actually like the aesthetic of the flap that clicks when you close it, even if it doesn’t actually do anything.

Overall : If you’re in the market for a mid-afternoon boost of vitamin C to get you through the day, don’t bother with Vitality. Have an orange, some tomato salad, or a handful of strawberries (dipped in chocolate if you’re feeling particularly droopy). If you’re looking for a sweet post-meal treat to replace that bag of Skittles you’ve been eyeing in the vending machine since breakfast, then go ahead and stash a pack in your desk drawer. It’s ok.

Rating : ooo (three gumballs )

Trident Vitality Awaken

Taste: The box says “A peppy peppermint with a dash of ginseng,” and it’s a peppy peppermint, indeed. You get the initial blast of freshness you do with most pellet gums, especially those with a liquid center, and when the candy shell dissolves you’re left with a soft mint that’s easy on the taste buds and sinuses.

Texture: Sub-par. It starts off nice, with a tiny burst of goo in the middle, and then just goes downhill. It gets way too soft, way too fast. I suppose some might like this kind of softness, but it’s really stringy and sticky. There’ll be no cracking, snapping or popping with this gum.

Presentation: I don’t know what’s going on here. It’s your average pellet pack, placed inside a fancy-looking box. Why? It seems like overkill. It’s also kind of annoying. Traditionally, pellet packs are in cardboard sleeves, so you can push the pack out from one end so that it pops out the other. With this box, it’s only open on one end, so there’s nowhere to push the pellet pack out from. You have to either shake it, or get a little fingernail’s grip on the pack to pull it out. The whole thing seems really unnecessary, and kinda pretentious to me. The graphics themselves are nice, a metallic silver with a simple dew-speckled peppermint leaf, but I think it would have been just as effective on your standard pellet pack sleeve. (ETA: I found an article that said one of the purposes of the box was so that the pellet pack wouldn’t fall out. Has anyone ever had an issue with pellet packs falling out of their sleeves? I haven’t… and we all know how much gum I chew.)

Overall: Move over Extra Dessert Delights, Trident Vitality has caught the attention of the Gum World. Everyone’s talking about it. However, in the opinion of this Gum Girl, the “Latest and Greatest” falls short. In the interest of science, I popped a piece of “Awaken” on this fine Monday morning as I got into the car to drive to work, before drinking my coffee. I arrived at my job still as tired and dragging as I would any other Monday morning. It’s a Gum Gimmick, pure and simple. Much like Stride Shift, and 5 React, there’s really nothing special about Trident Vitality. They just like to make you think there is.

Rating: oo (two gumballs)

Trident Splash Summer Spearmint

Flavor : I could be wrong, but this gum tastes an awful lot like its cousin Trident layers Cool Mint + Melon Fresco . It’s a subtle sweet melon, much like a cantaloupe, with the cooling sensation of mint. It’s such a nice flavor, why not re-purpose this flavor into pellet-form? It’s common in the gum world to offer several varieties of the same flavor for folks who prefer pellets to sticks or vice-versa. But I really hate when companies try to trick their customers by re-packaging a flavor and wrapping it in a flashy “New!” label with a name that appeals to different senses. In this case, I’m not even sure what “Summer Spearmint” is supposed to taste like. It’s actually sort of gross to imagine a spearmint flavor combined with a watermelon flavor– they’re just not compatible, they’re no peanut butter and chocolate. Luckily, I detect no spearmint undertones here, so it works. But why not just offer the Cool mint + Melon fresco in pellet form? As a fan of that gum, I definitely would have been interested and would have offered it to my pellet-loving friends to whom I’ve never recommended the Trident Layer varieties.

Texture : This is a really substantial chew for a pellet, it’s hearty and maintains a nice bite for a long time. The outer shell feels thinner than others upon first bite, a nice delicate crunch at the get-go. I think my pack sat on the racks for too long, though, as the inner goo was all but dissolved in many of the pieces. In the pieces that did have the goo, though, it wasn’t even really that noticeable. Oh– and vegetarians, put the pack down. This one’s got gelatin, too.

Presentation : The packaging on this gum seems more out-of-date to me than Trident Layers. It’s got bold greens and pinks, large font-size, very little white space and no artsy-fartsy designs. If I weren’t hunting for new gum (as I always do…) I would have assumed this was an older gum that slipped by us until now.

Overall : Packaging and masquerading of delicious flavors aside, this is a really good gum. I think the goo falls a little short, but I love the flavor so much that I really don’t care. If it were between this and Trident Layers, though, I’d probably go with that.

Rating : oooo (four gumballs )

Trident Splash Pucker Me Berry

Flavor: It’s hard not to compare this to the phenomenal Orbit Mist Raspberry Lemon Dew,
because everything about that gum is just right, and it set the standard for “lemonade” in my brain. That being said, this gum is dull, dull, dull. With a name like “Pucker Me Berry” I expect at least some tartness, but even at first bite there’s little else but sweetness, and a vague sweetness at that. There’s a liquid goo center that I suppose could be classified as tart, but it fades away too quickly to qualify for a featured headline. The package features strawberry and raspberry, but I don’t taste either fruit very strongly. All that being said, it’s not a bad flavor.

Texture: We open with our standard pellet candy shell crunch, followed by a period of about 5 minutes of “This is waaaaay too soft.” It takes a good while for the gum to mature into anything that has any substance to it, and even then, it remains pretty sticky, and has a tendency to cling to your teeth and lips if you attempt to blow a bubble.

Presentation: It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but it is worth noting that this is the first time I’ve seen this incarnation of Trident Splash – previously, the Trident Splash logo was centered and large on the front of the package, with the fruit/ice cream/starlight mint graphics hiding behind. It doesn’t make all that much difference aesthetically, since from the get-go Trident Splash has always had one of the busier packagings, almost obnoxiously so. This is a tween’s gum, for kids who have outgrown Big League Chew-stuffing contests, but are too young to carry a minimalist-looking Orbit around.

Overall: Eh, it’s alright. If I was 12 years old, this would get 4 gumballs, solid. But I’m not 12 years old, I’m 31 (at least for another week,) and this flavor just doesn’t cut it with me. It’s a blister pack full of empty promises.
Rating: oo (two gumballs)