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Review: Stride Sour Patch Kids raspberry chewing gum

Whether you appreciate or loathe Stride’s new Sour Patch Kids raspberry chewing gum will depend less on the flavour and more on what you expect from a piece of gum. Should it freshen your breath and make you feel all cool and minty inside? Or should it be a chewable little low-calorie treat to add […]

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Review: Excel Mist peppermint chewing gum

As a kid, Excel’s Chiclets-style pieces of hard-coated chewing gum appealed to me, partially because they had flavour that lasted longer than seven chews – a Chiclets-specific issue I was reminded of every October 31 as I found two-piece fun-sized boxes in my Halloween candy. Excel had the familiar buck-tooth/pillow form of Chiclets, but came […]

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Review: Juicy Fruit Desserts chewing gum

I first found these last year on a trip to Seattle, and I’ve been patiently waiting for them to show up in Canada. And, well, what do you know? Here they are! The pharmacy gum-rack shelf-talker showed three flavours available in Canada: Strawberry Shortcake, Apple Pie and Orange Crème. While I don’t miss the mint […]

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Review: 5 Vortex chewing gum, green apple flavour

And so, the 5 line of gum from Wrigley’s expands yet again with another interesting flavour. There’s a certain amount of intensity to the 5 flavour formulas that other gums don’t have, and the taste tends to last. I almost always buy new 5 flavours when I see them, precisely because I know they’ll be […]

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Review: Stride Spark vitamin chewing gum

Vitamin fortification has long been the domain of things like flour, breakfast cereal, milk, soy milk and various energy bars. But chewing gum? I’ve seen strange gum gimmicks, but seriously, what the hell? The Pitch: “An excellent source of vitamin B6 and B12. Vitamins B6 and B12 help release energy in the body.” Also: “Adults […]

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Review: Pur chewing gum

Chewing gum is one of the wonders of modern food science, so you’d expect gum to be “natural” in the same way you’d expect a Ferrari to be fuel efficient: it could happen, but it’s not by design. With all the curious chemicals used to make gum, it’s hard to find a gum that takes […]

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Review: Extra Dessert Delights chewing gum

One of the pleasures of travelling south of the border is checking out curious chewing gum flavours that have yet to make it to Canada, or that, for some reason, will never put in an appearance in the frozen north. These three Extra gums stood out at the counter of a Seattle gas station, and […]

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Review: Glee Gum

It’s hard to find chewing gum that isn’t packed full of artificial sweeteners. Gum has become a testament to the power of chemistry and flavour engineering, an ounce of calorie-reduced snack-prevention that’s simultaneously a sweet treat. I love gum, and I have a whole lot of it every day. Why? Because it keeps my mouth […]

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