Brian indulged my passion for gum and sent me some Japanese Lotte gum to review. Iâ€™d never had any before, and Iâ€™m glad I got to finally try it, especially since two of the wrappers said â€œyes,chewing!â€ – Iâ€™m a sucker for quirky marketing. I was especially excited about trying the Lotte, because I usually chew sugarless gum, so good olâ€™ tooth-rotting gum is a special treat. I tried five flavors:
Green Gum: nice, minty tea taste that got stronger as I chewed. It’s a different mint than American gum, and quite refreshing. The gum is a pleasant jade color and has a long-lasting fresh aftertaste.
Blueberry: more like raspberry, both in color and taste. I love this stuff. It has great flavor and consistency, but my tastebuds definitely say raspberry.
Sweetie: very light green sticks that are sweet but not super sugary. The product description says it’s a cross between grapefruit and orange. The taste is almost a little sour, and I like the blueberry much better.
BlackBlack: the grey sticks are said to be loaded with caffeine, but I didn’t buzz after the half stick I chewed. BlackBlack has a strong menthol overtone like cough drops, and it was hard for me to keep chewing long enough to give it a fair chance for review. The taste got stronger as I chewed, and it made my mouth water uncomfortably. I guess I can see how people could love BlackBlack, but it’s not for me.
NOTIME: This one is almost flavorless mint. Way too mild for me. I felt like someone forgot to add enough mint, but the gum still had a fairly strong, lingering aftertaste. Unlike the other flavors, which were sticks, NOTIME came shaped as rectangular cubes.
Lotte makes several other gum flavors, and you can check them out at Asian Food Grocer and JBOX. Most of the gum costs a little more than $1.25 per nine-piece pack. I’m game to try them all.
- Lotte website
- TV commercial for BlackBlack (featuring Van Damme)
- Lotte fruit gum commercial on YouTube
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