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#125 – GUM Liquid Center: Sour Cherry

July 9, 2019 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!! The 125th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: GUM Liquid Center Sour Cherry. It’s probably the longest name of any candy out there, and I’m not sure it’s a distinction that this candy lives up to. These can be found in Italy and possibly other parts of Europe, but haven’t made it to the US yet (and I doubt they will).

There’s a lot of similarities between this flavor and last week’s flavor GUM Liquid Center Lime Mint and most of them are not particularly positive. We have pretty much the same ingredients (yay, 7 kinds of sweetener), the same monster-size/shape/color, and very similar packaging.

What is different here is the flavor and the “chewability” of this gum. The Lime Mint was pretty terrible, I had to spit it out almost immediately. For Sour Cherry, I was able to chew it for a bit before being repulsed. I wanted to see how long I could chew it before the flavor faded, and it was indeed longer than the previous flavor, but I couldn’t stand it after about a minute. Personally, I don’t like the taste of cherry and artificial sweetener. It tastes really strange to me, kind of like cough syrup. I could see how some might enjoy this though.

The liquid center wasn’t particularly liquidy. I didn’t get that “gush” feeling like you might get from other liquid-filled candies. Even the Lime Mint seemed wetter, so maybe this was just a bad batch.

I’m going to give them an extra point here because they’re branching out and trying really different things with this gum. Unfortunately, that still only gets a 1 out of 5.

RATING: 1/5

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#124 – GUM Liquid Center: Lime Mint

July 2, 2019 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!! The 124th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: GUM Liquid Center Lime Mint. That’s a mouthful…and so are these candies, they’re huge! This pack comes to us from Italy, just like the last few I’ve reviewed. Alba, Italy must be one Tic Taceriffic place with all these wacky varieties and flavors Ferrero has been putting out.

These packs are about the same size as the 200 candy packs, but they only hold FIFTEEN pieces of gum…because they’re monsters. I’ve compared them to FRESH+ and Freshmint below. I think things are getting out of control. I mean, the husky FRESH+ mints were big enough, now this? I’m waiting for Tic Tac shaped marshmallows next, just one in a pack!

The next thing we need to discuss is sugar. How many kinds of real and fake sugar are in this gum? SEVEN. Some of these are sugar alcohols and some are artificial sweeteners. Let’s list them, shall we? There’s xylitol, maltitol syrup, maltitol, isomalt, mannitol, acesulfame K, and sucralose. I seriously re-counted them several times because I look at that list and I’m thinking, “There’s no way they used seven kinds of sweetener in gum!” Yep.

I assume the rather astringent and offensive liquid center is made from flavored maltitol syrup, colored with E100 (Curcumin, which is actually not banned in the US and might even be good for you). Also, why bother coloring the liquid? Who is going to see it??

I taste-tested these with my 12yr old son and we both made the same face the second we bit into the gum…iewww. It was not good. I personally do like “lime mint” which debuted a while ago as one my personal favorites, Mojito Mint flavor. Something about the chemical taste of the sweeteners mixed with the far-too-acidic lime liquid, made for a rather unpleasant experience. If you are just hanging around Italy and pass these in a shop, keep on walking, buddy.

RATING: 1/5

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#107 – GUM (Tropical)

June 12, 2018 — 0

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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!

RATING: 2/5

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#106 – GUM (Cool Cassis)

May 29, 2018 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 106th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: GUM (Cassis). In the US we’re only able to get the basic three flavors of gum: Freshmint, Spearmint, and Cool Watermelon. In Europe, however, they get a little fancier, with a little cassis from Poland. For those that aren’t familiar, cassis is also known as blackcurrant, a small berry found in Europe and Asia.

The taste is pretty realistic and not very chemical-y, which is surprising considering the number of sweeteners used in this product. As with most gum nowadays, there are 5 kinds of sweetener used in Tic Tac GUM: Xylitol, Isomalt, Sorbitol, Acesulfame K, and Sucralose. Interesting that they left out the Aspartame/Nutrasweet. Personally, I’d be happy if they left out all artificial sweeteners and just used things like Stevia or sugar alcohols (like those first three sweeteners I listed)…or just SUGAR. I get it though, you’re chewing this gum for potentially a long time and having sugar against your teeth for that long is probably not helping prevent tooth decay, right?

The Xylitol they use in these gums leaves a really strong residual cooling effect in your mouth. The cassis flavor and cooling last a really long time, maybe 30 minutes after I chewed the gum for like 15 seconds (I can’t chew gum for very long, bleh).

One interesting thing I noticed in the plastic pack is that the bottom of the pack is built up in such a way as to keep the container from holding more candies. That keeps the outside the same size while reducing the internal space so that they can fit an exact “25 GUMS” inside. It doesn’t state in the back (based on my stark lack of ability to speak Polish) what the serving size is but I’d bet it’s 5 gums, which would come to an even 5 servings per pack. Overall not bad. It’s a very “euro-flavor” but if you dig gum, this would be a good one to try.

RATING: 2/5

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#102 – GUM (Spearmint)

December 19, 2017 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 102nd variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: GUM (Spearmint). The gum has arrived in the US! Previously, you could only get the gum in Europe. I guess that’s cool if you like gum and are a fan of the FIVE KINDS OF SUGAR in this stuff. Personally, I do not like artificial/natural non-sugar sweeteners and this stuff is loaded with them: xylitol, isomalt, sorbitol, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), and Sucralose. I don’t mind xylitol and other sugar alcohols, but seriously Ace-K AND Sucralose too??

Spearmint is one of my favorite mint flavors of Tic Tacs and the gum flavor is no different from the candy, except for the sweeteners aftertaste. They’re like Chiclets, little crunch of the outer shell then nice soft gum beneath it. The flavor lasts pretty long, although I’m a “chew it for a minute and spit it out” kinda guy.

The packs are available in 56 pieces but I’m not sure if you can get them in the large 200 piece packs. The large packs would fit in well with their competitors on the shelf, Ice Breakers/Ice Cubes, but otherwise these regular-sized packs will get overlooked by gum enthusiasts. Curious to see if these stick around or are just a fad.

RATING: 2/5

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#96 – GUM (Licorice Mint)

June 6, 2017 — 2

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 96th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: GUM (Licorice Mint). I know that a lot of people here in the US are not fans of black licorice but overseas, in Italy where these Tic Tacs are sold, it’s a very popular flavor.
The flavor of these is a very strong black licorice, which I personally love, and there isn’t that chemical sweetener bitterness that the Watermelon GUM had. My guess is that the licorice flavor is so powerful that it’s masking any other off-flavors. One interesting thing is that the candies are white but after chewing the gum for a couple minutes, I spit it out and was surprised to see that the gum is black. This is a very similar experience to chewing Black Jack gum.
I don’t think this flavor would do well in the US, and would be more of a “dare flavor” like chewing Black Jack gum (which isn’t really popular anyways). I like it, but again dislike all of the sweeteners used in the gum.
RATING: 2/5

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#95 – GUM (Watermelon)

May 30, 2017 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 95th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: GUM (Watermelon). Italian consumers get to enjoy this new line of Tic Tac gum before we do here in the US (if ever). I still wish they had stuck with just xylitol as the sweetener or at least combination of just sugar alcohols and no artificial sweeteners. Spry gum is just xylitol and it’s excellent.

The taste is incredibly similar to the taste used in the candy watermelon Tic Tacs. The difference here, in this case I definitely detect the presence of the artificial sweeteners. I didn’t taste it at all in the Freshmint gum, but here I do and it’s pretty bitter. After the crunch of the candy coating fades, the chew is very soft and the flavor lasts a surprisingly long time. I do have to drop the rating on this flavor because of the nasty chemical/artificial taste I’m getting from the Sucralose & ace-K.

RATING: 1/5

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#94 – GUM (Freshmint)

May 23, 2017 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 94th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: GUM (Freshmint). These come to us from Italy and the home of Tic Tacs manufacturer, Ferrero. It looks like they’re dipping their toes into the “gum pond,” along with Mentos and Altoids.

The first thing I do when I get a new pack, before opening it, is check out the labeling & ingredients list. Sadly, these babies have FIVE kinds of sugar and it’s all sugar alcohols and artificial: xylitol, isomalt, sorbitol, acesulfame K, and sucralose. I really try very hard to avoid artificial sweeteners but when it comes to gum, that’s incredibly difficult. There are some brands out there that are all-natural or just have xylitol, like my favorite Spry gum. The label is pretty, with this neat prismatic pattern that looks like galvanized steel texture.

The flavor on this variety of the gum is exactly the same flavor used in the Freshmint candies. The difference here is when you chew them, they squish instead of crunch. It’s pretty much like eating Chiclets (remember those??). After a bunch of chews, the candy coating on the gum softens and you get a pretty nice textured gum. Like Chiclets, you have to eat a bunch of piece of this stuff to really get one equivalent “piece” of gum. I had 4 Tic Tacs and that was kind of close to a piece of Trident gum in size. So it looks like each pack would contain about 9 sticks of conventional gum since there are 36 gums in each pack (I’m smart with the maths).

I don’t know if these are ever going to come over to the US, but I bet they’d sell pretty well. I would have loved if they skipped the artificial sweeteners and just stuck with Xylitol (very big in European gum & candy) but the flavor and and texture of this gum was really good. Are there other flavors out there? You’ll just have to wait and see…

RATING: 3/5