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Retro Candy Flashback: Fruit Stripe Gum

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Fruit Stripe Gum

Ah, Fruit Stripe Gum. How I loved you when I was younger. This has to be the gum I have the fondest memories of when I was a kid. There’s nothing like a flourescent stick of striped sugar-gum to get you going as a kid. Remember the zebra mascot? Remember his name? (Yipes!) Remember the slogan “Yipes, stripes! It’s Fruit Stripe gum!”

Back then, Fruit Stripe came in packs of 4 juicy flavors: wild cherry, lemon lime, and orange. Nowadays, they come in five flavors: cherry, lemon, orange, peach, and melon flavors. What’s that you say? “They still make Fruit Stripe Gum?” Why, yes, they do!

I actually had some Fruit Stripe recently when my wife bought some at a local drugstore to make a swimming pool cake. (She used the gum as the diving board – pictures/writeup coming soon). Remember how the Fruit Stripe flavor lasted just a few short minutes? Well, nothing’s changed – the flavor still lasts about 3 minutes … but oh what a fabulous 3 minutes! (the first ingredient listed on the package is sugar). Don’t forget – there’s a “Tattoo on every wrapper! – Collect all 10!”

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14 Responses to “Retro Candy Flashback: Fruit Stripe Gum”

  1. 1
    marilyn says:

    Fruit Stripe was my favorite, too. Cant wait to see the cake!

  2. 2
    David de la Fuente says:

    Funny, when I saw the headline my first thought was, The flavor in that gum was shorter than any in history, and I wonder if they’ll mention it. (I think three minutes is overestimating it by a minute or two.) I should have known you’d nail that point.

    RESPONSE: I actually timed it and it was about 3 minutes for me. Your mileage may vary :)

  3. 3
    Rhea says:

    As a kid I chewed lots of bubble gums and sweet gums like Fruit Stripe, but as an adult I rarely chew gum. This really brought back memories. Although Fruit Stripes were a favorite, I have to say my all-time favorite chew remains Bazooka.

    RESPONSE: Oh yeah – Bazooka was great too! :)

  4. 4
    Ash says:

    We used to put those tattoos on our tongues!


  5. 5
    Sunny says:

    thanks for the mini time warp :) such fond memories! i think orange was my fav… if they in fact had ‘flavors’ other than SUGAR!!!!

  6. 6
    Trish says:

    I used to love this stuff as a kid. I don’t know why, it never lasted long. But then, I’ve always like fruity gums, which is why the fact that my favorite gum brands (Trident, Extra, Orbit) have branched off into various fruit flavors makes me happy.

  7. 7
    Mia says:

    I hated this gum but it was my brother’s favorite. It did not taste good and the only good thing I thought about it as a kid was, “how’d they get those stripes on there?” The flavor was, as mentioned before, a flash in the pan. I wasn’t taken in by the hype of the stripe – I went where the flavor was and stuck with juicy fruit!

  8. 8
    Tiifany says:

    Oh my god lol I used to chew this kind of gum when I was young.
    I used to buy some like every day!
    Oh wow thanx for putting this up.
    I almost forgot about it :’( lol

  9. 9
    PaUka says:

    I LOVE CHOCOLATE ! ! ! !

  10. 10
    Julia says:

    My SIL and I just opened Stride gum’s new flavor, “forever fruit” and had flashbacks to fruit stripe gum. We loved it then, but this gum’s flavor lasts so much longer. :)

  11. 11
    Vanessa says:

    when i was little I used to chew fruit stripe gum all the time. but then I sort of forgot about it. then while i was surfin the web i found it on this website. now i want to go buy some!!!

  12. 12
    jawbone. says:

    I’m only 13 but I most definatly miss fruit stripe gum. Oh yeah what ever happened to the black and white stripe gum?

  13. 13
    Patti says:

    Loved this stuff when i was a kid in the ’60′s. Still do!

  14. 14
    Mitchell Hemingway says:

    Fruit Stripe’s like an orgasm: lasts 2 seconds, but such wonderful 2 seconds!
    Peter summed it up best: “Mmm!” *chews twice* “Aw. . .”

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