Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 107th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: GUM (Tropical). In the US we’re only able to get the basic three flavors of gum: Freshmint, Spearmint, and Cool Watermelon…but in Italy, home of Ferrero, the makers of Tic Tacs, they get some cooler flavors. This pack was sent to me by my friend Trist Ethan Curless (of the Manhattan Transfer) while he was on tour in Italy.
The taste of these is interesting, the back label states that it’s a mixture of pineapple, mango, and orange. I had my kids try it with me and my daughter thought she tasted peach. Maybe when you combine certain fruit flavors they make other flavors (like how red and blue make purple)? I’m thinking that the combination of flavors just trips up her tastebuds and she doesn’t know what she’s tasting. It’s a pleasant flavor though, even though I don’t taste any peach.
Again, the Tic Tac GUM features 5 kinds of sweetener: Xylitol, Isomalt, Sorbitol, Acesulfame K, and Sucralose. Also in this flavor, as before, the Xylitol they use in these gums leaves a really strong residual cooling effect in your mouth. The tropical flavor didn’t last as long as the cassis flavor did in my mouth, after spitting out the gum.
After discussing the odd packaging in GUM Cassis, I noticed Tropical packs have “36 GUMS” instead of the “25 GUMS” in cassis. No clue why, not going to venture a guess either this time. Overall, not bad. I’m not sure where they’re going to go with the gum line, if they’re trying to take on Trident or some other brand by having many flavors. We’ll have to see!