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Gum Review: Trident Passionberry Twist

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Trident Passionberry Twist Gum

The purist in me always tended to shy away from fruit-flavored gums, preferring the breath-freshening qualities of mint and cinnamon. But with my previously-held flavorism so completely obliterated by Orbit Citrusmint and then Stride Mandarin, I have found myself in a much more open place regarding gum selection. And it is with this spirit that I agreed to sample and review Trident’s new Passionberry Twist (with Xylitol).

Passion fruit is not one of those flavors I’m all that familiar with: kids didn’t just whip passion fruits out of their lunch boxes when I was growing up (at least not at my grade school) and, if memory serves, it’s one of those heavily seeded, hard-skinned beasts in the produce section that doesn’t exactly seduce neophytes. I have, however, sampled it on a few occasions (in the rain forests of Brazil, or Costa Rica, or Vietnam – I can’t quite remember) and in none of those places have I vomited, so I figured it must have been benign enough. Plus, I love berries, so it seemed like a winning – if mysterious – combo worthy of nothing less than a minute-by-minute review.

2:00pm: Post-lunch gum time! Off the bat, I’m kind of confused by the packaging: it looks like one of those cardboard packages with the flip-up back, but the ends are also wrapped in foil, like a traditional Trident pack. Hmmm.

2:02pm: Yeah, so what, it took me 2 minutes to figure out how to open the damn thing. Whatever. Once inside, I decide I like their packaging effort – these sticks look like little gum soldiers in there, just waiting to be called to duty.

Trident Passionberry Twist Gum Inside 2:03pm: Okay, the gum is a somewhat off-putting color that I guess some might refer to as “sunshine” or “buttercup” but, for whatever reason, I can conjure no other name than “urine.” Mmm, urine. It smells unidentifiably fruity, though not entirely pleasant. (Am I sure that I like passion fruit? Nopers.) And also minty, which is represented by a mint leaf on the package. Mint and… yep, unidentifiable tropical fruit. The more I smell it the less appetizing it is. I think it reminds me of Tropical Fruit Stripe Gum. (That was a flavor, right? It had a purple wrapper, I think. I could be wrong. My sister was the Fruit Stripe fan, not me.)

2:05pm: Chewing… chewing. Hmm… not bad. Flavorful. Fruity. A slight minty undertone which keeps it refreshing, but not outrightly toothpastey. Being fairly distanced from my firsthand passion fruit experiences, I can’t really speak to the authenticity of the flavor, but it’s nice. A good option for someone who likes a fruity gum but not necessarily a citrusy one, I daresay.

2:06pm: The texture is good – nice and rubbery. Not too soft, which I hate. Good resilience. Good for a demure bubble or two. Now let’s see how long the flavor lasts.

2:10pm: Whoa there, the mint gets stronger about 5 minutes in. Almost menthol-like. I can feel my sinuses clearing slightly.

2:19pm: All sense of fruitiness is gone. A mild, sweet mint lingers with the overwhelming generic flavor of gum. What is that flavor? Rubber? Elastic? The texture’s still intact, though. Bubbles galore. I’m sure my coworkers hate me, but I’m breathing more clearly now.

2:24pm: A very distinct transition has just occurred. I thought the flavor pretty much dissipated at 2:19, but I was wrong. It happened just now. No mint. No sweet. We have now entered the realm of rubber. I like to chew, so I’m gonna stick it out a while longer.

3:00pm: Blech. Time to spit it out and have a good mouth rinse.

So it’s not terrible, but Trident’s Passionberry Twist gum didn’t really do it for me. The flavor was pretty short-lived and that necessary (and it was necessary) mouth rinsing didn’t help its cause. If you like passion fruit, it might be worth a shot (in case the flavor is authentic), but I wouldn’t get my hopes up. It certainly won’t be competing with Stride Mandarin for my jaw time, but I may keep it on hand for emergencies.

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5 Responses to “Gum Review: Trident Passionberry Twist”

  1. 1
    Robert B. says:

    Okay Monica, great review. Now you have to try the Orbit “Sangria Fresca”! Doesn’t that name just SCREAM out “chewing gum.”

  2. 2
    Maya says:

    Well, I’m pretty sure I won’t be trying it. I’ve never seen it though. Stride “Forever Fruit” is very good. Have you tried it?

  3. 3
    Monica says:

    I think I have a pack of Sangria Fresca waiting for me at home – so I’ll look forward to popping a piece. And I haven’t tried Stride’s Forever Fruit yet, but since I’m so high on Stride Always Mandarin, I’ll definitely give it a shot when I come across it.

  4. 4
    Jeni says:

    Hi! Your review left me very curious about this gum. A sale at Long’s finally convinced me to try it. I am chewing a piece right now, I tried one as I reread the review… and I think you described the taste and texture perfectly! This gum is interesting, but I won’t be buying another pack.

  5. 5
    Maya says:

    I think this gum has a strange synthetic taste to it. But thanks for replying.

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