Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stride Spearmint

Flavor: Well, it’s Spearmint, I’ll give it that. But compared to the other varieties that I’ve blogged in the spearmint spectrum, it falls far, far short. It’s a bit weak, for Stride, a brand that usually puts forth a notably robust flavor. Not to mention that the longer you chew, the more it starts to taste like cough syrup. I’m sorry, but to me, green cough syrup, no matter how much it takes like spearmint, always tastes much more predominantly of cough syrup. In a gum? Do not want.

Texture: Eh. It’s rubbery, and tough. It leaves much to be desired right from the start—between the stale taste and the stale texture, it’s almost as though it’s already been chewed. Stride swung with this one, and it missed.

Overall: I have to note a few things. One, this is a by-demand gum review, which means it’s already a fact that this gum is somebody’s favorite (Thanks Amanda!). Two, Stride gives me sores in my mouth, and based on the search results of our Google Analytics, it gives other people sores in their mouths too (Someone typed “stride gum sores on tongue” into Google and came upon our site. I feel your pain, friend.) Third, this gum finds itself pretty late in a long line of Gum Alert spearmint reviews, so it’s up against some serious competition. Taking all those things into consideration, I’m going to have to address you, Amanda, and you, anonymous googler with the sores on your tongue, and ask if you’ve tried 5 Rain. I implore you if you have not, to do so ASAP. I’m going to be merciful and give this gum two gumballs, since it was requested by a fan, and since I want people to keep asking my opinions on things. But Amanda, do get back to me on Rain, and perhaps we can lower the rating… together.
Rating: oo (two gumballs)



Rebecca said...

As a huge Stride fan (I actually love the hard-as-nails texture) I am terribly sorry to hear about the mouth sores! I cannot chew 5 gum myself because it gives me awful headaches -- though my partner loves it and buys it by the Costco-size package.

I wonder what unholy ingredients cause all this nonsense...

Lynnda said...

OMG! I love this gum, it just happens to be one of my favorites! I just love the taste; a minty, tingling, and sophisticated mint... I don't see how it only has 2 gumballs. Extra's spearmint was sickeningly sweet, which is why I choose this over it. But I've got to give Rain a try. Personally, though, I don't think there is a difference between Stride 1.0 and 2.0 :/

Lisa said...

I have been chewing Stride spearment for a while and my tounge has been getting really sore. I have been trying to figure out what it was. Tonight we went to a Mexican restaurant and ate salsa, I thought it would kill me! I came home and started searching for tounge soreness and googled stride and found this blog, well I'm giving up my stride!!!

schltzie said...

I have experienced the same things as Lisa, the spearmint gum has done the same thing to me. I called Cadbury to complain, they were to send me free gum coupons and wanted the unused portion of my pack returned. The gum really tore me up and it took about 3 weeks for my mouth to recover from whatever chemical is in that gum !