Pros: Great flavor, nicely packaged, low calories, inexpensive.
Cons: Flavor doesn't last as long as I'd prefer.
Faced with a long drive to school every day, I often felt the need to occupy myself with something to do. Being that my hands were busy steering and I needed to do something that wouldn't be too distracting, I found that chewing gum helped keep my mind from wandering. I am pretty particular about what flavor gum I choose to use; classic flavor bubble gum and this Juicy Fruit are the only flavors that I really enjoy. Wrigley's has now released a new slim pack that holds 15 sticks of gum in a small cardboard container.
A half inch thick, 3 X 2.5 inch, bright yellow, box with a large, blue, Juicy Fruit logo on the front encloses 15 foil wrapped sticks of gum. A red background with other Wrigley's flavors lines the inside of the box and the gum sticks are held in place by 3 foil holders built into the bottom of the box, each containing 5 sticks. On the back of the box, nutrition and ingredient information is listed along with company information.
The gum itself is yellow and each thin, three inch long, stick has white sugar powder clearly visible on the outside. All sticks have wavy lines crossing them, similar to a tread pattern on a tennis shoe.
I have been chewing Wrigley's Juicy Fruit for a few years and started when it came in a paper wrapper casing with the sticks of gum supported inside, in white paper sleeves. The problem with that packaging was that it came apart easily and was hard to reseal. Those issues are now fixed with the new slim pack. Gone are the cheap wrapper, and easy to tear paper sleeves. The actual sticks of gum are still encased in silver foil to keep them fresh, but the cardboard box is a vast improvement in packaging. Additionally, the old packaging was a bit hard to get open in the first place because the ends were glued shut. The new package has a clear plastic covering that needs to be removed before opening the box, but this is easier to do and the plastic keeps the gum just as fresh while in the store.
Wrigley also claims that the flavor has been tweaked and is now stronger. My assessment is that the flavor does indeed come on a bit stronger, but doesn't seem to last any longer. I suspect that the better packaging may play into this as it keeps the sticks of gum fresher for longer.
Initially, the flavor of the gum comes on quite strong. It tastes very fruity as the name implies and I detect a hint of orange flavoring combined with a strong sweet taste. The gum really doesn't taste like any other food so I find it hard to describe. It is more subdued than a spearmint but has a strongertaste to it than plain bubble gum. It is very sweet and fruity as one would expect from the apparent sugar coating on the gum sticks. It is definitely a combination of different fruit flavors but a hint of orange and possibly banana are what stand out to me. The flavoring is definitely unique and for 96 cents I recommend you give it a try.
I do not like very strong flavors and often find mint to be too much to handle. At the same time, I don't like chewing on cardboard so the mild flavor of this gum really suits me. If you like bubble gum and want to take a step up to a slighly bolder flavor, I think this gum will work well for you. I usually chew one stick, which will last me for about 10-15 minutes before beginning losing most of its flavor; at that point, I will start on another piece for a burst of flavor that will last an additional 10-15 minutes. I will note that I chew quite vigorously and flavor duration will vary among people.
Above freezing temperatures, the gum sticks are relatively flexible right out of the package. I can easily chew on a piece of gum for well past an hour and it will stay pliable and keep in one piece without disintegrating or tearing apart. At very high temperatures, the gum can actually melt in your mouth (a very unpleasant experience) and below freezing, the flavor will weaken and the gum sticks will break apart in your mouth. Many instances of accidentally leaving a pack of gum in the car during both Winter and Summer months have taught me these lessons, so I recommend storing the gum in a purse or jacket pocket.
The gum is not so strong that it upsets my stomach as some others have done and it has no unpleasant after taste.
The packaging is easy to open and reseal, strong enough to protect the gum from damage, and the yellow color is easy to find.
The gum has a pleasant, sweet, taste yet low calories and is non-filling.
At a price of about 96 cents per 15 pack, the gum is very inexpensive and some Internet deals can bet you an even better deal.
The flavor is good but doesn't last as long as I would like.
It would be nice to have a few more sticks of gum per pack, 30 would last longer. I do believe that Wrigley's has some other variants in packaging so a larger package may be available.
Nutrition and Ingredients
A serving size is one 2.7 gram stick (15 servings per pack) that contains only 10 calories and 2 grams of sugars. There are 2 grams of carbohydrates and nothing else significant.
Ingredients include: sugar, gum base, corn syrup, and less than 2% natural and artificial flavors. This product contains phenylalanine.
This is a great, unique, tasting gum with low calories and clever packaging. Its low price alone should be enough to make it worth a try and I recommend it despite the flavor not lasting as long as I'd like.
Wrigley's also makes Spearmint, Big Red, Winterfresh, Double Mint, and other flavors of gum that you may like. For more information you can call Wrigley's at 1-800-974-4539 or go to http://www.wrigley.com/wrigley/index.asp