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  • ipse dixit Jun 13, 2006 02:23 PM
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Gum chewers, you have a favorite brand of chewing gum?

I'm partial to Trident Bubble Gum and Dentyne Cinammon Ice.

And you?

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  1. For my everyday, it is Orbit.

    For special occasions, Teaberry

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    1. re: Tugboat

      That's awesome, never heard of a special occasion for gum!

      Might I inquire what would constitute a "special occasion"?

      1. re: ipse dixit

        I can never find it anymore so when I happen to run into it, I save it.

        I know. Weird.

        But the taste of Teaberry (even if it only lasts for 2 minutes) reminds me of the times my Grandmother would take me shopping and as a treat she would let me buy one pack of gum. She loved BlackJack (I didn't then but love it now) and I always got Teaberry.

        1. re: Tugboat

          You might be able to get it here:

          Link: http://www.oldtimecandy.com/teaberry-...

      2. re: Tugboat

        For any day it's Orbit Wintermint or Trident Tropical Twist.

        I have a pack of Teaberry in my chewing gum box that I've been saving. Could I have been saving it for a special occasion? I have loved that gum for most of my life. My mother loved Juicy Fruit or Double Mint and could not understand what I saw in Teaberry.

        1. re: Tugboat

          sweet mint hands down.

        2. For now, Orbit -- I love the new flavor: Sweet Mint

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          1. re: The Oracle

            I love that new flavor; it reminds me of those soft after dinner mints.

            1. re: The Oracle

              pace yourself. i seriously OD-ed on Sweet Mint and now I can't touch the stuff.

            2. Orbit Peppermint.

              1. Used to be a big gum chewer. My favorite was peppermint Chicklets. Also liked Beeman's and Black Jack which are back in limited supply. Found interesting flavors in other countries too: menthol Dentyne in England, many eclectic flavors in Japan and more. I lost my taste for it.

                1. I haven't chewed gum in ages (ever since it kept getting stuck in my braces, along with Jujubees and Jujy Fruits [grin]) but on occasion, to freshen the breath, I'll pop an Eclipse Peppermint.

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                  1. re: Linda W.

                    "Jujubees and Jujy Fruits"
                    Candy of the Gods!, dentists' favorite too.

                    1. re: BluPlateSpec

                      I once pulled a filling out with a wad of Jujubees. Let's just say Mom wouldn't let me buy them anymore. :-/

                  2. Beeman's Pepsin
                    Teaberry
                    Clove
                    Blackjack

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                    1. re: Gary Soup

                      Yes!

                    2. I love the Orbit eucalyptus flavored gum. Blasts open my nasal passages and gives me koala bear breath.

                      I would kill for teaberry--I haven't had it since I was twelve. Is it readily available in the US? This summer I'll be doing a mammoth roadtrip all around the eastern half of the US--I would love to have some classic gum to go along with all of the classic rock that I'll surely be listening to on the radio...

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                      1. re: butterfly

                        I don't know where you are geographically, but I know that Bristol Farms in Southern Cal has some of the old faves, including Black Jack, etc.
                        I have also seen these at Cost Plus. I know that they are available where retro-candy is displayed.

                        1. re: liu

                          I live in Spain, so I'm entirely out of luck here... But I'll be in DC, NC, Tampa, New Orleans, STL, Chicago and all points in between this summer. Anyone know where I could find it in DC?

                          1. re: butterfly

                            Good thing you're not in Singapore, chewing gum's illegal, really.

                            1. re: butterfly

                              If you run across a store called Cracker Barrel or one called the World Market, check them out- they have Black Jack and Beaman's gum- maybe Teaberry too. On line you can get Teaberry at http://www.candydirect.com/gums/Clark... http://www.mikefeinbergcompany.com/cl... amd http://www.candyfavorites.com/shop/sh... - I am sure that there are more on-line stores- just do a keyword search.

                          2. re: butterfly
                            j
                            JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                            I haven't seen eucalyptus Orbit around here (in the Phoenix area), but now you have me intrigued. Where do you find it?

                            Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

                            1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                              I live in Spain... I figured it was a global sort of thing, but maybe not...

                              1. re: butterfly
                                j
                                JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                Rats! Well, we could always do some sort of international food trade... email me off the board if you're interested.

                                Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

                                1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                  I will do that! Can you get teaberry where you are?

                                2. re: butterfly

                                  I finally got to go out shopping, and YES, we have Teaberry around here. My email is jkgrence at gmail dot com if you'd like to send along any other requests for the food trade. (PS- I would have replied to the proper post for you but for some reason the reply button is missing from that one)

                            2. j
                              JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                              I love the various Orbit flavors (I'm going to have to hunt down the sweet mint and eucalyptus flavors now thanks to some of you!). Cadbury just released a new line of gum called Stride, and it has good flavor that lasts for a ridiculously long time. I love the flavor of the Altoids gum (whether the Sinus Opening Peppermint or Hot Cinnamon Death), but their gum base has a tendency to break down after chewing it for a short time. Trust me, you do *not* want your gum to break down while you are chewing it, the sensation is quite unsettling for it to go from rubbery to ooze in seconds.

                              Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

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                              1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                I love the Cinnamon Altoids Gum- but I agree now that you mention it-it does not hold its consistency

                                1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                  Forget the bedpost-- my 12-year-old stepdaughter fell asleep with a piece of Stride in her mouth (she was so tired, bless her heart) and when she woke up in the morning it still had flavor! (She still had to brush her teeth, though.)

                                  I find I need at least two pieces, but I guess that's OK since they come 14 to a pack. :-)

                                2. Blackjack and Dragon Fire (Trader Joe's).

                                  1. Beeman's and Blackjack. About a year ago I bought 25 packs of each from groovycandy.com. Still have some Blackjack left.

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                                    1. re: sbp

                                      I love Blackjack gum, even if it turns my tongue black! Shouldn't admit that, as I date myself :--) A lot of old-time candies, gums, licorices, etc., are available from The Vermont Country Store. Remember those round, individually wrapped hard candies in cinnamon, root beer, butterscotch and other flavors? Were they *Reeses*? They have those, too. I LOVE the cinnamon!

                                    2. c
                                      Crepes Suzette

                                      Thrills! I'm not positive, but Thrills may only be available in Canada.

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                                      1. re: Crepes Suzette

                                        Thrills is hands down the best gum! It is only available in Canada, but you could probably find it on line.

                                        Thrills Gum: It still tastes like soap!

                                      2. AIR ACTION VIGORSOL!!! It has eucalyptus in it and really is quite invigorating!

                                        I first had it in Italy 3 1/2 years ago, and it still hasn't shown up on US shelves, thought it apparently is available in the UK.

                                        Link: http://www.boardsmag.com/screeningroo...

                                        1. Teaberry and Adams Chiclets' mastic flavor. I have no idea what mastic is, but it's a very nice flavor for gum.

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                                          1. re: Pat Hammond

                                            Mastic is a resin from a particular type of tree, and was the original gum source centuries ago. It's been used to improve symptoms of some gastric problems also. For instance, symptoms of H. Pylori.

                                            Also, mastic (not sure of the spelling in non-Hebrew letters) is the Hebrew word for gum.

                                          2. I am a chain chewer and love gums with the candy coating that crunches before you get to the chewy gummy part. Eclipse is the best of this category. Very good overall. They have some wacky flavors that I can't decide if I like or not - fruit mint combos: mint lemon, mint green apple, mint cherry. Dentyne is next I guess, but really only their Hot cinnamon. Trident doesn't cut it - the coating is not crunchy enough.

                                            1. Any fans of "Cowards" violet flavored gum out there? And how about "Stimorol" from Denmark and "Brooklyn" and "Hollywood" gum from France?

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                                              1. re: BluPlateSpec

                                                >> Any fans of "Cowards" violet flavored gum out there? <<

                                                I just noticed this thread, but I wanted to let you know that you're not alone. I like Coward's Violet Gum, too, but only in occasional doses - it tastes like some eau de cologne I had when I was 12. (Not a bad thing, just something I don't need to chew often.) I prefer the violet-flavored square candies.

                                                What flavors are Stimerol, Brooklyn, and Hollywood gums?

                                                Anne

                                                1. re: AnneInMpls

                                                  Just to help our spiffy new search engines, it's Choward's gum, named after C(harles) Howard, who started the company over 70 years ago. http://www.chowardcompany.com According to that website, "Mr. Howard , in search for a "unique and different flavored candy", concocted a delightful confectionary mint called, "Choward's Violet", in a small industrial loft on Broadway." It's not a mint, its a violet cachou, just like in Victorian novels, and it's delicious.

                                                  1. re: Brian S

                                                    I didn't know they still made this, but I am going to hunt down this childhood favourite! Thank you all for posting about Choward's Violet.

                                                    1. re: Brian S

                                                      Is this the same company that made Sen Sen? My grandmother always had those little boxes in her purse. They would slide open and then you would shake out one of those little squares. I always think of those and the Violet gum together.

                                                  2. re: BluPlateSpec

                                                    Violet is the best-

                                                  3. I'm big on Orbit too. I can actually blow bubbles with it, and the flavor lasts for a long time. I love the Spearmint and Cinnamon. I also just picked up one of their new flavors, Lemon-Lime. It's pretty good and reminds me of a gum Gatorade used to have. Anyone else remember that?

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                                                    1. re: LttlMichey

                                                      Wow I remember Gatorgum! It's just what I thought of the second you mentioned the lemon-lime gum!

                                                      1. re: LttlMichey

                                                        I remember Gatorade gum. They still sell it at Sports Authority. Or at least I saw it at a location here in South Florida not too long ago.

                                                      2. Fan Tan

                                                        Wish it was still available.

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                                                        1. re: mar52

                                                          Fan Tan Royal Gum. By far the best chewing gum ever made! You can see a picture of the package and almost smell the gum at: http://membres.lycos.fr/chewinggumwor...

                                                          1. re: mar52

                                                            There is a great tribute song to Fan Tan: "Fan Tan" by Jan & Dean. The singer is telling a story about a great girl he met but all she wants to talk about is her flavorful Fan Tan gum. The "Fan Tan" song was finally released last year on a CD by Jan & Dean: "Carnival of Sound" on Rhino Records. The entire CD is good as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sOmta...

                                                          2. Orbitz Orange Mint...insanely good.

                                                            1. Stimorol, the licorice-flavoured gum from Denmark. Especially since almost everybody else hates it, so no one tries to mooch off me. ;o)

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                                                              1. re: carswell

                                                                Where do you find this licorice-flavored gum? I've been desperately in search of licorice gum but so far haven't found anything!

                                                                1. re: amandine

                                                                  Last I heard it was no longer being distributed in North America. A local retailer imports it for sale in his Montreal store and once told me he will ship. And there's also a mail order place in California that used to stock it. In neither place is it cheap. See the following topics on the Montreal board for background and links:

                                                                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                                                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                                                  1. re: carswell

                                                                    (what is it with Americans and black licorice? there's practically nothing out there aside from those horrid Altoids licorice drops...) thanks.

                                                                    1. re: amandine

                                                                      >what is it with Americans and black licorice?

                                                                      I'm not the person to ask. My Stimorol addiction notwithstanding, I utterly despise black licorice and have ever since I was a kid. I used to recoil in horror when siblings, parents and friends would so much as offer me some of their Good & Plenty, and have much the same reaction today when one of my French friends asks if I'd care for a Pernod or Ricard. Funny, eh?

                                                                      1. re: amandine

                                                                        are Sen-Sens still around? Tiny bits of licorice in a small shirt-pocket-size pkg. My teenage beer-drinkin' brothers used to use them to disguise tobacco and beer breath from my parents ( I guess they hadn't figured out that the folks knew what Sen-Sens were for!)

                                                                2. All you Teaberry chewers - anyone remember the Teaberry Shuffle?

                                                                  If I had my way, I'd chew Bazooka all the time. I used to until I got my last crown, and since then I have discovered the pleasure of gum "sticking to your dental work."

                                                                  Now I chew Orbit, which gives me no problem. I also love the packaging.

                                                                  Interestingly, Orbit's original flavor has a catnip-like effect on my cat. She rolls around with the wrappers, and has stolen the whole pack out of my bag a couple of times.

                                                                  1. My favorite gum is the original Elite Gum in the fruit flavor. It's an Israeli gum and so good. I also love Bazooka, though I haven't had it in forever. The first few chews are really tough, then the consistency gets great and lasts very long, along with the flavor.

                                                                    But I mostly chew Ecliple gum. I like all of the flavors, especially peppermint (w/ the little peppermint candy on the box) and lemon ice, for some reason. And for the licorice lovers on the board (I do like licorice), there's a new flavor -- I think it's called Midnight (has a black box)?

                                                                    1. When I was little (early 80's) I remember this really good bubble gum that had bubble gum syrup in the center. Anyone else remember this? I've long forgotten what it's called...

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                                                                      1. re: amandine

                                                                        Freshen-Up Gum!

                                                                        I loved it too and now placate myself with Trident Splash.

                                                                        1. re: Mooshmouse

                                                                          FWIW, you can still get Freshen up gum in specialized Candy stores in Canada. Sugar Mountain has it.

                                                                      2. Great Post! My faves:
                                                                        Bazooka Bubble Gum(comic papered squares)
                                                                        Chicklets (Fruit flavor)
                                                                        DoubleMint Spearamint
                                                                        Juicy Fruit
                                                                        Leaf Bubble Gum Balls (10 pack Sweet or Sours)

                                                                        1. Actually - as lame as this is - Big Red

                                                                          Mainly because it's the only one I can find that isn't loaded with sucralose.

                                                                          1. My husband brought home these Icebreakers Ice Cubes...they were awesome!

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                                                                            1. re: Covert Ops

                                                                              Yes, I love these too! I think they're pretty unique - they have a crunchy sugary coating like Peeps ( IIRC) which is different from the hard candy coated Chicklet descendants.

                                                                            2. Dentyne ICE Intense....brrrrrrrrrr

                                                                              1. One word:
                                                                                Stride.

                                                                                The flavor lasts forever!!!

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                                                                                1. re: hbgrrl

                                                                                  To be honest, I fault Stride for having stupid and harmful commercials. Worse is when little kids pick up and act out on them.

                                                                                2. I like Dentyne Ice Intense too.

                                                                                  1. Eclipse Cherry Chill. The second time i bought it, the clerk asked me if I knew what it tasted like because most people don't like it. I said I did, cherry-flavored Halls cough drops. Yum! This is also a gum that no one wants to mooch off you! I have given it up, though, since getting serious about eliminating artificial sweeteners from my diet. But now I am tempted to find this Midnight Cool flavor. Is it available in the States?

                                                                                    1. Good for you guys!

                                                                                      Keep chewing!

                                                                                      My older son is an engineer for Wrigley.

                                                                                      Mike

                                                                                      1. Leaf Fireballs
                                                                                        Original Bubble Yum
                                                                                        Adams Fruit Stripe

                                                                                        I don't think any of them are available any more.

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                                                                                        1. re: bogie

                                                                                          Fruit Stripe - I totall forgot about that! My old school bubble gum obsession was Hubba-Bubba. That blew the best bubbles.

                                                                                          1. re: bogie

                                                                                            Again you can get the Adams fruit stripe at Sugar Mountain in Canada. I wasn't able to find their catalogue on line, but a google search came back with a few hits.

                                                                                            1. re: bogie

                                                                                              I just bought SUGARLESS Fruit Stripe at a typical grocery store last week! It tasted almost exactly the same, and the flavor faded just as quickly as the regular type.

                                                                                            2. Neither of my favorites are available any longer, afaik:

                                                                                              Bubble Yum Wacky Fruit flavor (sorta peachy)
                                                                                              Bubblicious Orange flavor (so good...why no orange anymore?)

                                                                                              Replying to a couple things above, I haven't seen actual Gatorgum at Sports Authority but they have something similar called Quench Gum. Also, the bubble gum that had fluid in the center was different than Freshen Up. I forget what it was called, but it took Freshen Up to a new level.

                                                                                              1. Don't chew gum anymore- but from childhhood,
                                                                                                Bazooka!
                                                                                                Clove
                                                                                                Beeman's
                                                                                                Black Jack
                                                                                                Juicy Fruit

                                                                                                1. Love Denteyne Ice, Big Red and Doublemint. Also was a big fan on Freshen Up back in the day. And Big League Chew!!

                                                                                                  1. Almost all of the Orbit flavors are good. Mint Mojito is probably my fave, while the Citrusmint reminds me a lot of a Bubbilicious flavor I used to get when I was a kid (one that I haven't seen in years).

                                                                                                    The Sangria flavor is interesting; it freshens your breath while making you smell like a wino. :D

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                                                                                                    1. re: nickblesch

                                                                                                      it is sangria flavored gum, *honestly* officer!! must i exit the vehicle?

                                                                                                    2. i remember teaberry and clove gum from my granddad. i loved that stuff.

                                                                                                      look at this old teaberry ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk11Ac...

                                                                                                      and then ask yourself, didn't john cleese take this to another level as the man from the ministry of silly walks? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqhlQf...

                                                                                                      1. The famous Lotte Xylitol brand from Korea (esp. the Apple Mint flavour) is fantastic, and is available in many of the Asian supermarkets here in Toronto. Not to mention, it doesn't contain aspartame, and xylitol is actually supposed to assist in fighting tooth decay. There's a LotteUSA producer in New York as well.

                                                                                                        http://www.dimensionsofdentalhygiene....

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                                                                                                        1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                                                          I agree. Lotte's Xylitol is definitely one of the best chewing gums I've tried so far. It tastes good, sugar-free, has halal contents and doesn't melt after brush.

                                                                                                        2. Gold Mine Bubble Gum Sack. Tiny "gold" nuggets usually took half of the bag to create one chewable piece but great fun! We use to keep the muslin bags and refill them with other small candies.

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                                                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                            hillj, i remember those little sacks of gum! ;-).

                                                                                                            http://www.oldtimecandy.com/gold-mine... -- sort of looks like chicken feed here!!!

                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                              anything with Wintergreen in it :)

                                                                                                          2. Orbit Bubblemint

                                                                                                            1. Orbitz Sweetmint--all around best gum!

                                                                                                              1. Fan Tan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ulCY...

                                                                                                                1. In high school, I went through a try-all-of-the-Lotte varieties phase. Black Black was good, and Pepino, but I can't recall the numerous other ones.

                                                                                                                  Middle school was for Bubblicious, and elementary school was Fruit Stripe. However, before all of that was Trident.

                                                                                                                  Jonathan
                                                                                                                  http://buildingmybento.com

                                                                                                                  1. I wonder what President Obama was chewing at D Day commemoration

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                                                                                                                    1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                      Nicorette