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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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#113 – MIXERS: Berry Mix->Lemon Soda

September 18, 2018 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 113th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: MIXERS Berry Mix->Lemonade. I got this pack along with last week’s MIXERS flavor through my candy connection in Slovenia. These also happened to be made in Innsbruck, Austria so it looks like they did a little “summer flavors” run recently.

I had figured Limo was short for “Limonade,” but it appears that in Austria & Germany, Limo is the general term for soda/pop (usually a lemon soda). I would expect then that the lemon flavor, the second half of this MIXERS blend, would have some sort of fizzy quality to it. I wouldn’t know though because my candies never changed flavor from Berry Mix. WOMP WOMMMMP. The berry taste is actually very good, a general “berry” blend that doesn’t taste too synthetic but does have quite a long aftertaste. But then my MIXERS never switched over to anything else, especially any sort of lemon flavoring. Maybe I got a defective batch? Maybe the strong berry mix taste was just so overpowering? Who knows, but I was sad to not have the full MIXERS experience with this one.

Rating: 1/5

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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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#87 – The Simpsons: Homer (Donut)

October 18, 2016 — 0

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The 87th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios comes to us from Poland: Homer Simpson (donut). These taste pretty terrible. It starts out with a base of the bitter-ish butter flavor that they used in the Popcorn Tic Tacs, but then it changes to be sweeter. It’s almost a strawberry taste on the finish, but it’s VERY faint (and I might even be imagining it). These are not good.

RATING: 1/5

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#64 – Candy Cane (2015)

November 16, 2015 — 0

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The 64th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Candy Cane (2015 version). This flavor was released in 2014 but they were red & white candies instead of just white with printed candy canes. This is the only flavor I know of that includes Sucralose…and it tastes awful. Sorry not sorry. Thanks for Vanessa Kerstein Jacobs for bringing them to my attention!

RATING: 1/5

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#47 – Popcorn

April 14, 2015 — 0

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Latest flavor of Tic Tac added to the collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Popcorn!! Generously sent to me by Matt Atherton in Germany. These are really the only savory flavor of Tic Tacs that I have ever had…they’re interesting. Kind of like Popcorn-flavored Jelly Belly. Okay, they taste gross.

RATING: 1/5