Thursday, May 28, 2009

Orbit Citrusmint

Flavor: Well it wasn’t until I started writing this that I realized this gum, like its sister Bubblemint, is supposed to be a fruit-mint hybrid. Although I gave Orbit the benefit of the doubt with Bubblemint (much to Shannon’s chagrin), I’m going to have to oppose the claim this time around. So, let me just say, if you’re expecting ANY of the qualities of mint—be it cooling, exhilarating, etc., etc., you won’t find it here. But if you’re interested in that sweet orange satisfaction that comes with an orange Tic-Tac (ok, maybe not QUITE as perfect as an orange Tic-Tac…) then this is the gum for you. It’s a burst of tangy orange at first that fades into a pleasant, subtle orange flavor that lasts as long as you feel like chewing.

Texture: A bit soft for me. It’s definitely solid, but the mushiness gets to be a bit much after a while and I wind up taking it out earlier than I would most gums, all because of the less-than-perfect texture.

Overall: Aaaah, Orange Mint, the good times we’ve had. You were my favorite for a long time, longer than my current favorite, longer perhaps even than Trident Tropical Twist. And yet, looking at the review til now, it seems you’re only a three-gumball or four-gumball gum at best. I chalk this one up to bias and set it as the example to which I hold all gums that I personally feel really suck but that I can appreciate other people’s affection toward (please excuse the rambling grammar, I’m just off vacation.) I must note that the packaging for this flavor endured a makeover a few years back, from a straight-orange pack to a fading white and orange package with a delightful, almost tribal citrus flair. The packaging alone makes it more desirable, I must give Orbit credit there. The verdict overall? It's all right by me, but don't take my word for it.
Rating: three gumballs (ooo)


Anonymous said...

Honestly, I like this flavor more than Stride Always Mandarin for a few reasons. 1. This flavor has a strong citrus flavor, that actually doesn't have much of a minty undertone to it. Stride Always Mandarin was a disappointment because I was expecting a stringer orange flavor. Although I'm not a huge fan of Orbit, I truly do like this flavor better, in comparison to Stride Always Mandarin.

Abby said...

O how I love Citrusmint. I thought it was interesting that you mentioned the soft texture. I chew it at work, and need something that is easy on my jaw - and this one definitely fits the bill. I tried another citrus gum when I couldn't find this one, and it actually made my jaw ache. I was very happy to find it again - so far, only at Target.