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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.

                1. I just remembered that in the late 70's my mother bought a new kind of gum for us that was really good. I can't remember the name, but it had saccharine in it (which caused cancer in rats-if they ate, like, 80 pounds of it!) and was pulled out of production. It came in a rectangular box and the pieces were wrapped like those disgusting tootsie rolls. They were a shocking shade of bright pink and tasted very sweet. My brother and I loved it b/c unlike Trident, it made pretty good bubbles.

                  We also pretended to "smoke" those nasty cigarette gum that came in the fake cigarette boxes, although the only fun was blowing that "smoke" b/c the gum sucked. So not PC now. My brother ended up smoking for a short time in his 20's and I never smoked at all. Despite the "cigarette" gum affection.

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                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                    the tootsie-roll wrapped gum... was that Dubble Bubble?

                    1. re: truman

                      Nope. Double bubble was flat w/a raised ridge in the middle. This gum was cylindrical.

                      1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                        Are you perhaps thinking about, "Joe Balooka" gum, which also came in grape? It also had bigger Comic strips than, "Double-Bubble."

                        "Ton O' Gum," was the bubble-gum pig's brand for a while.
                        "Thrills," a purple, Chicklet-type gum that tastes like soap, is popular, but not as much as in years gone by.

                  2. Beeman's and Blackjack. Get them from groovycandy.com in bulk (when available).

                    1. I like the cinnamon stuff like big red. Can't really find it over here though.

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                      1. re: Soop

                        Really? Big Red is at every grocery checkout here in the US (Connecticut). It's like a staple here, and it's really good. My students also like it. So, note to self : don't move to the U.K.!

                      2. Teaberry is first choice, and thankfully it’s usually in stock at the local grocery. After that it’s Adams Clove Chewing Gum, found at the gas station.

                        I fondly remember Fruit Stripe gum and recently bought a pack. Beware!, it’s not the same as when we were kids, neither is Juicy Fruit. JF used to be gray, remember, but now it’s a sickly yellowish-green and the flavor lasts about as long as it takes to throw the wrapper away. Ugh.

                        Any one remember this Ice Cream Gum?

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                        1. re: cuccubear

                          I've never seen that ice cream gum, but we had a ice cream parlor in town called Farrells that sold gum and candy near the entrance. I loved that place! I bet they sold that gum. I'm going to track down that teaberry gum. Everybody loves it.

                        2. I have always loved Juicy Fruit but after spending thousands in dental bills I just on't chew sugar gums anymore. Just recently they finally came out with sugar free jucy fruit and I'm chewin' away.

                          1. I like green apple and watermelon flavors. I love Fruit Stripe, but the flavor doesn't last long. I can't stand Juicy Fruit. As a child, I got carsick one time while chewing it and since then I can't even look at a pack of it.

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                            1. re: vafarmwife

                              When I went to Thailand and tasted jackfruit for the first time, I kept thinking, "WHAT does this remind me of??" Then it hit me - jackfruit is the flavor of Juicy Fruit gum! I've read that it's the flavor of peach, banana and pineapple, but to me, it's a dead ringer for jackfruit.



                            2. Clove
                              Dentine shaped like the old Trident
                              Bazooka Bubblegum

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                              1. re: KristieB

                                Mmm, clove gum sounds like something I would enjoy.

                                I was just cleaning out the backseat of my car (the kids' domain) and stumbled upon a pack of gum w/ one stick remaining. It was Wrigley's 5 gum and the flavor is "Zing". It was pretty good. It's described as a sweet & sour, but I didn't find it too sour, but more herbaceous. Anyway, it was nice to me - not so sickingly sweet or fruity - ick. I get annoyed by chewing gum and so don't do so all that much. And when I do, the most I can handle is a half stick.

                                1. Extra SuperMint, but I can't always find it... love it tho
                                  Extra Peppermint - didn't try for a long time because i don't generally care for generic peppermint flavor, esp mints like Breathsavers, but it's smooth and sweet
                                  Orbit Sweet Mint - smooth, sweet and delicate
                                  5 Cobalt
                                  5 Solstice
                                  Ice Breakers Wintergreen
                                  (these are the only gums that don't majorly upset my stomach... i don't mind Trident flavors, but they wreck a bit of havoc gastrointestinally speaking)

                                  1. I wonder if anybody ever came out with a root beer flavored gum? I think that'd be mighty tasty.

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                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                        In early Nineties there was a line of liquid center gums produced by Cadbury. I don't remember the full flavor lineup, but they definitely included some of the then Cadbury owned (now Dr. Pepper Snapple Group) sodas: 7Up, Dr. Pepper, A&W Root Beer, Scweppes, Sunkist, maybe others. I remember liking the A&W and Dr. Pepper, and thinking the rest were gross.

                                        1. re: danieljdwyer

                                          Ooh! You just reminded me of the Freshen Up gums from way back when (80's maybe?). They had spearmint, peppermint and maybe cinnamon too. Wow, yet another blast from the past.

                                          1. re: lynnlato

                                            Ahhh. Freshen Up--with the "refreshing drop of retsin!" Nothing like biting into a piece of Freshen Up and taking a squirt to the cheek from that stuff.

                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                              Can't forget the retsin - Ha! What the hell is retsin anyway? Years later they probably learned that retsin is a carcinogen. Hmm... :-P

                                              1. re: lynnlato

                                                I'm pretty sure retsin was in Certs mints (with the colored center), not the liquid-filled Freshen Up, which definitely hailed from the 70s, because I recall it from my childhood.

                                                1. re: lynnlato

                                                  Retsyn on the ingredients, is described in the ingredients as "activated vegetable oil", whatever the hell that is.

                                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                                    Ha! We are currently chewing "Icebreakers Ice Cubes WHITE w/"cooling xylitol". What the heck is xylitol? The ingrediants list (as dictated by my 13 y.o. daughter):

                                                    gum base: maltitol syrup mannitol
                                                    contains: 2%(O.L.O.):
                                                    silicon dioxide, nat.&art. flav., art. color (yellow 5 lake, blue 1 lake, blue 1, yellow 5), aspartame, gum acacia, cellulose gum, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, gelatin, soy lecithin, acesulsame potassium, BHT, sucralose, noetane.

                                                    Wow. When I checked spell-check for "acesulsame" it suggested "spacesuit"!

                                                    So...maybe xylitol is retsyn!

                                                    1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                      Sorry, it's not retsyn...it's a sugar alcohol used as a sugar substiute - as are maltitol and mannitol. Xylitol has that distinctive taste effect.

                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                        Interesting. The whole ingredient list reads a high school lab test. Yuck.

                                                      2. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                        xylitol is a no-calorie sugar substitute used a lot in the Asian countries. I'm not real particualr about artificial sweeteners, and i like it just fine, but woe unto you if you eat too much of it- it's a fairly rabid cathartic. I don't even have a problem with that, as long as I know to expect it. I got some sugar-free saltwater taffy at a fundraiser at work once, it was really tasty, but the next day I started snacking on it early and heavily and actually had to go home for fear of an accident (doing some lifting that day, etc.) although I felt fine. Then i remembered I used to get the Ricola herbal lozenges that they had by the Trader Joe's cash registers, and if I chewed up a yummy box of them over the course of a day the same thing would happen. It's fine in moderation, especially if you don't have a phobia about artificial sweeteners.

                                                2. re: lynnlato

                                                  Freshen Up is still in production accoring to this: http://candyaddict.com/blog/2006/03/1...
                                                  Amazon has it for sale: http://www.amazon.com/Adams-Freshen-u...
                                                  I do recall a general obsession with liquid filled gums and candies in the late Eighties and early Nineties, though. In addition to the gums listed at the first link, Gushers come to mind (also apparently still in production). This also reminded me of Keebler Magic Middles, which I see are no longer made. Not exactly liquid filled, but in the same vein of thinking.

                                                  1. re: danieljdwyer

                                                    Gushers - I remember! However the Keebler Magic Middles don't ring a bell. Funny how awesome that was back then. Today, the kids would think it was lame. :-)

                                                    1. re: lynnlato

                                                      And it wasn't even that long ago! Times changed very quickly in the last couple of decades. It's amazing what it takes to impress kids these days. Damn MTV changed everything ! LOL ;)

                                              1. re: BallardWA

                                                I cannot agree more, although most of my friends seem to think it tastes like soap. It's very perfume-y like soap, but there's no bitterness - it's just association, I think.

                                                I love having perfume-scented breath. This is part of the pleasure of drinking rose kheer or eating candied violets. If only they made sandalwood gum, rose gum, neroli gum, geranium gum, my aesthetic life would be complete.

                                                1. re: Sarah Perry

                                                  They probably do make a rose secented gum, If I was to hazard a guess as to where to look I'd say Turkey, or one of the Middle East countries. Certinaly I've bumped into confections other than locum from the "Arabian world" that were rose flavored, hard candies ans such, the existance of rose gum doesnt seem like much of a stretch.

                                                  I've often wondered. given the fact that essence of rose, violet etc all can be made in forms that are edible. If it would be possible to make an edible form of Ylang-Ylang essence.

                                                  1. re: Sarah Perry

                                                    Nope, that's soap to me. I despise perfume-flavored food of any kind. And perfume breath/ One day my parrot climbed on my shoulder and his breath was perfumey. He had been chewing up a magazine and got one of those nasty perfume ads. Oh, that freaked me out! OTOH, I love when he has cinnamon breath.

                                                    I loved Teaberry, although it didn't last long enough. Now I chew Extra Spearmint.

                                                    1. re: Parrotgal

                                                      Try Winterfresh gum- tastes just like Teaberry, which is one of my all-time favorites, too!

                                                    2. re: BallardWA

                                                      Violet gum? I want, I want! Where can I get it??

                                                    3. Weird and wonderful (and I would expect kid-friendly): Smarties (the sugar kind, not the choc) bubble gum variety. Smarties that change into bubble gum in your mouth. Bet you can't eat just one roll!

                                                      1. I'm not a gum chewer, but I used nevertheless to buy little packets of mastic-flavored Chiclets, made in Lebanon, from a store in Manhattan (Kalustyan's). They have a pleasant, slightly spicy flavor with a bit of je ne sais quois.

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                                                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                          Chicklets was great. I assume the brand name comes from the Spanish word for gum, which is "chicle," I believe.

                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                            actually while it is indeed the word used for gum in Spanish, Chicle is tecnically the word in Spanish or English for the orginal souce of the gum. The story is as far as I can tell as follows.
                                                            Chewing Gum apprently has its orgins in of all places the Native (North) amican communtiy who were known to chew the solidified resin of spurce trees as a breath freshener and for pleasure; a habit that they shared with some of the European settlers who took to it. In the mid 19th century parrifin based chewing gums were quite common and popular. The story goues that one day in the mid 1880's, a druggist named Adams was sitting around playing around with some chicle, which is the sap of the Sapodilla tree (If you've ever bumped into the S. American fruit called a sapodilla (the brown kind not the white kind) thats fromt he same tree) which a friend has sent him to run some tests on (it was though it might be convertable into a rubber substitute) while he was playing around, the story goes a little girl came into the drugstore to buy some parrifin gum for her father. Adams happened to be out of parrifin gum but since he had already figured out the the chicle was non-toxic (and roughly the same consistency) he chopped up some of the chicle into peices and sold that to the little girl. the little girls father like dthe sutff so much that he told his friends and so on. Because the market for unflavored chewing gum was a bit limted Adams added licorice and sugar to the gum base...and Blackjack, and the chewing gum industry, was born.

                                                            1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                              What about the story about it being included with baseball cards?

                                                              1. re: Soop

                                                                It's the other way around. A single baseball card was included in packs of gum. Baseball cards started out as a freebie included in a pack of cigarettes, then later with tins of chewing tobacco, in the last two decades of the 19th century. Cigarette packs at the time typically had a stiff card, or "tobacco card" affixed to the soft pack to protect the cigarettes. These featured a wide variety of non-baseball images initially, with images of baseball players and their statistics becoming standard in the US by about 1900.
                                                                In the first decade of the 20th century, resistance to this began among both fans and players - most notably Honus Wagner, arguably the best shortstop to ever play the game. The thought was that children were being encouraged to buy tobacco products to get the cards. While the tobacco cards continued until around the Second World War, baseball cards included with candy or snack foods - caramel cards and Cracker Jack cards being the most widely collected - began to take over.
                                                                The first gum cards appeared in the Thirties. The two biggest names in baseball cards today, Fleer and Topps, were both originally gum companies. As demand for the cards grew in the postwar era, both companies realized the potential for profit from selling packs of cards. A single stick of gum was included with each pack both as a freebie and as a sort of a way of keeping up a tradition. This was largely done away with by the Nineties, probably because the gum included with either Topps or Fleer was the absolute worst gum ever produced.

                                                                1. re: danieljdwyer

                                                                  That was gum? I always used it as a putty knife.

                                                                  1. re: danieljdwyer

                                                                    Interesting! I love learning about foods (or food-like foods). I used to trade the Topps baseball cards at camp in the mid-seventies. The gum had to sit in the car (southern summers!) for awhile before I could chew it, but the card made it all worth it. Unfortunately, my mother gave them away to her patients for "brave behavior" years later when I was in grad school. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.

                                                          2. Hot cinnamon. The problem with the ones I've tried is the burn is weak and short-lived.

                                                              1. Teaberry and Beeman's are both great, if not so easy to find. And I still like Wild Cherry Chiclets, but I can't have that much sugar any more.

                                                                But if you ever visit Toronto, it has a couple of vintage candy shops that stock "Thrills". These are candy-coated rectangular sticks that are a pale purple. You either love 'em or hate 'em. I like them a lot; my kids, just like kids in my youth, complain that they taste like soap.

                                                                1. I just found out that a few years ago Hershey's teamed up w/Bubble Yum to produce a chocolate flavored gum. Sounds gross. Or maybe not. My friend tried it and said it was good. Bet the kids would love that!

                                                                  1. I used to like the old Wrigley's Extra Bubblegum flavor (the stuff that came in the darker pink packages than the stuff they have now) but as far as I know it got discontinued years ago. For the most part I stick to the Trident Bubblegum these days (although the Tropical Twist flavor is decent as well.)

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                                                                    1. re: Vexorg

                                                                      I used to chew Wrigley's Spearmint, Big Red, Big League Chew, Bazooka, Double Bubble, Big League chew (tried it once), Juicy Fruit, Trident Original ( I don't know if they even make it any more), Fruit Stripes, Chicklets, Bubble Yum, Hubba Bubba! grape, little Pal gum pieces at Halloween, but my favorite gum was either Dentyne or GATOR GUM! regular and orange-- so sour! Haven't seen it in a while. I chew Glee Gum or Spry now. Spry Cinnamon is sugar-free and very hot and cinnamony. Glee gum Bubble Gum is the best; Spearmint and Berry are good, too. My daughter likes Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream gum! I also buy her some tropical fruit gum without artificial color. But I think the best gum of all time has to be Dentyne. And the best bubble gum- I'm going to have to go with Double Bubble! I've seen those kits from Glee gum to make your own bubble gum. I'll have to try and make some all-natural wintergreen gum to remind me of that childhood flavor. I used to chew Hardies True Gum flavored with maple syrup. They had spearmint, peppermint, and cinnamon. But I can't find them any more.

                                                                    2. My favorite is cinnamon but we dont have it where i live (I always buy a whole box full when im in the US)
                                                                      other then that i like Extra honey lemon, licorice or mint

                                                                        1. This question took me by surprise. I don't think I know any adults who chew gum. Is this a regional thing?

                                                                          1. Bazooka--

                                                                            Now to find a place to stick it so it won't lose it's flavor overnight...