Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sugarfree Juicy Fruit

Flavor: I must begin by saying that a new colleague of mine told me about this gum after reading this blog, and following up on our conversation purchased me a large car-sized plastic container-full to test it out. And a fine endorsement it was. He and I, along with my new boss, all tried the gum out together, and the result was fairly unanimous. We all recall Juicy Fruit as it was in our childhood when it was made exclusively with sugar, and we all accept and appreciate the Juicy Fruit as it evolves with all the aspartame and malitol (and sorbitol, etc., etc....) That said, this fantastic sugar-free rendition of a classic flavor left us all reminiscing about our pasts, how we ate it when we were kids, warm and gooey out of a grandfather's car or secretly in choir class. The flavor is just really well done.

Texture: The only complaint that any of us had regarded the pellet shape. Why is this change necessary? Sure, folks are fans of the big econosize jars for their car cup holders or desktops, but why take that familiar stick from us, we loyal and moderately health-conscious fans? Taking away the sugar is change enough, Juicy Fruit. It's a traditional gum, and it should remain as traditional as possible. The pellets, in my opinion, are inferior, despite the crunchy start. Perhaps the guys over at Juicy Fruit felt the crunch might make up for the lack of sugar, but I really don't find it necessary. The pellets are too small, and disappear quickly despite a really balanced and enjoyable chew. I need two to really feel satisfied. But once I am satisfied, I'll tell you what, it's worth it.

Overall: Thank you, Juicy Fruit, for catering to my sugar-free needs. I can once again enjoy this unidentifiable flavor to excess without worrying about damaging my pearly (or slightly off-pearly) whites. If it weren't for the pellet structure, I'd give it five gumballs.
Rating: oooo (four gumballs)

**Check out Shannon's review of the classic Juicy Fruit.

10 comments:

molls said...

what is this pellet nonsense? the hip 80s lady folding a JF stick into her mouth was the height of gum chewing style. who didn't try to chew gum like that? pellets are for rabbits and astronauts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFr3oapzGc8

HudsonJoe said...
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HudsonJoe said...

Yippee! I made it into the gum blog, -"new colleague"

Rachel said...

I didn't like this gum - I felt like it had a minty flavour that was really strange. Maybe it's just been too long since I had Juicy Fruit.

Anonymous said...

Why do they only sell it like this? I searched everywhere for answer and can not find one. Also I think it had a minty flavor too, but I like it.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Hate the minty flavor, which gets more intense after a few minutes of chewing.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind the pellets as much as what Wrigley's did the the stick version of the gum. They changed the flavor & color all together, to a greenish color & the flavor is beyond nasty. It still has sugar so that was all pretty pointless. I had to spit it right out & tossed out the pack immediately. at least the pellets taste like juicy fruit... well for a couple minutes anyway.

Anonymous said...

I just found this gum after searching for gum that resembled my nicotine fruit gum (so I could taper off my nico gum.) I love this SF juicy fruit. I just hate the big bulky bottle in comes in! Not convenient for my purse! And a little too pricey. I do need 2 pieces to get a good chew. I do give the flavor 10 stars out of 10 stars. I just wish they'd think up new packaging and cheaper price! Thanks for this little blog.

Unknown said...

You can now buy the sugar-free Juicy Fruit in sticks, so I assume that that would bring it up to five gumballs?

Anonymous said...

I used to love trident the regular minty flavor. But like you guys i experience same burning issue.my tongue on the side is sore its scary like if i continue what more couldve happened i hope its not cancerous or something. Its just scary what they put on food nowadays.. :(