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Feb 13, 2010 08:55 AM

What's your favorite gum flavor?

I've noticed that my special ed students seem to focus better when they are chewing gum. So, I brought some in, only to be faced w/a huge revolt!

"Trident is gross! Yuck, that flavor is sick! Oh no, not the plain Bubble Yum again!"

Man, it's hard to please them! So I started thinking about MY favorite gum flavors. I actually can't find my fave grape Trident anymore, but that pink "Original" Bubble Yum hits the spot. But not for my students. And the smell of the fruity Trident makes me nauseous! Most of the kids are currently obsessed w/the Wrigley's "5" line of gum flavors. I liked Fruit Stripe gum, also (I think it's called that-there was this zebra on the package...or maybe I'm mis-remembering).

What was/is your favorite?

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  1. I read recently that most people's concentration seems to improve while chewing gum, so I don't think this is unique to your students. However, your students are young, so they have kids' tastes. Why don't you experiement a little bit with a few different kinds.? I don't chew gum, but everyone else in my family does. They seem to like either very strong flavors, such as Orbit (which I think are sugar free), or else they just love the big bins of gumballs you can buy in the warehouse clubs. If you are worried about flavor, this would give you an variety to choose from, and I admit that even I like some of them. I remember also loving Fruit Stripe and Fruit Flavored Chicklets as a kid, as well as Juicy Fruit, but the sugar free stuff was the more responsible choice.

    1. Teaberry, in the rare event I can find it.

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      1. re: Perilagu Khan

        They usally have it on the Vermon't country store website; you can buy it by the boxfull (that not as bad as it sounds as a box is only 20 packs and there are of course only 5 sticks per pack just like in the old days)

        I'm actually in more or less the same camp as you, my gum of choice is Blackjack (for anyone out there who has never bumped into it, that's licorice flavored) , the orginal flavored gum (134 years in production and still going). I'm lucky enough to know a little candy shop that carries these kind of vintage things, but if they were there I'd have as much trouble as you do.

        1. re: jumpingmonk

          licorice flavored gum? OMG! Our "local" WallMart (Hartford, CT) sells a large gum pack that includes a menthol flavored gum... It's kinda gross.


          I do like black licorice, though. Except I have avoided it since a college "overdose" of Jagermeister. I wish I had a local candy shop that sells grape Trident!

          1. re: stuck in Hartford County

            something simlar happened to me a few years ago. I was in a Japanese grocery store and saw a gum called "BlackBlack" which it though might be another licorice flavored gum. It wasnt it was supermenthol liket trying to chew a mouthful of cough drops at once!
            I still look at those "foreign" candy dispays when I see them though, some of those candies arent so bad and on the gum side I sorta would like to try Brain Panic gum (dont know much else about it, just like the name!)

            1. re: jumpingmonk

              How did you know I was shopping in the "ethnic" isle? It was some kind of Latin American gum. BTW, my roofers ate the entire box in one day. Hopefully they used nails on the shingles...

        2. re: Perilagu Khan

          I'm glad to know I'm not alone in my preference, and old enough to remember the Teaberry Shuffle <VBG>

          1. re: bagelman01

            Hey! You don't have to be THAT old to recollect teaberry!

            And I'll check out VCS, jumpingmonk.

        3. I love green apple-flavored gum (and Jolly Ranchers too). Both remind me of the early 70s going to grammar school and stopping for a bagful of penny candy on the way. I believe Trident makes a green apple-flavored gum these days.

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          1. re: ttoommyy

            Trident makes a "layered" apple and someotherflavor gum. It's kinda gross. To me. But I really like green apple gumballs.

            I have to get this teaberry flavor people are talking about. I'm still looking for a good grape flavor, though. Aside from those purple gumballs. Maybe that's all that's out there as far as grape goes.

            1. re: ttoommyy

              I used to love that green apple flavored gum, Have you tried the new Trident layeres, green apple and golden pineapple. I love it. Last a long time and is sugar free.

              1. re: othervoice

                Those Trident Layers flavors are quite tasty. And yes, the flavor lasts quite a long gtime!

            2. New favourite is Trident Splash Vanilla Mint.

              1. Pretty much all of the Orbit flavors of gum are good in my book. The standouts: Strawberry Mint, Sweet Mint, Citrus Mint, Pom, and Mango.