Wednesday, June 18, 2008

An orange product recommendation

Did I ever tell y'all about my fondness for Trident fruit-flavored gum? It came in an orange package, and the gum was light orange in hue. The flavor was mellower than Juicyfruit, but because it's Trident, it was sugar-free. It was my favorite gum, but it was discontinued by 1997 or so. Don't give me that "Tropical" or "Strawberry Breeze" or "Citrusmint" malarkey—none of those gums have anything like Trident's old fruit flavor.

When I visited Prague in 1997, I was delighted to find Orbit sugarless gum with a strikingly similar taste. I brought a few packs back home with me...but soon enough I was out of fruit gum again. My dear friend Robin was living in Europe and tried—lord knows, she tried!—to get more of this gum for me. Alas, Orbit quit selling that fruit-flavored gum. There were other gums that claimed to be fruity or that had orange packaging, but they weren't the same.

After more than a decade of waiting, at last I have found a reasonable facsimile: Spry Fresh Fruit gum sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol is good for the teeth! (Really: There's a wealth of scientific data supporting xylitol's efficacy in fighting cavities.)

Sure, you need two pellets to have a decent-sized wad of gum, and the flavor doesn't last too long. But it transports me back to the halcion days of the '80s and '90s, when Trident fruit-flavored chewing gum was available at every 7-Eleven and gas station across the land.


Psycho Kitty said...

OH, and no nasty aspartame crap to rot your brain! Go for the Spry! The Boy actually gets this stuff in school (thank you, 504!) so he won't chew on pencils or his shirts.

E. said...

Dude! I recently discovered Spry's cinnnamon flavor, also very good. True, the flavor doesn't last long, but it's intense while it does (and juicy, unlike some nature-store gum). And, as my yoga teacher admonished me, gum chewing is bad for your jaw anyway, so it's probably better to chew for 3 minutes and spit it out than chaw away all day.

bitchphd said...

I think it's Trident? That has this new "whitening" gum that tastes like pineapple or something. Not bad. Right now I've got some Extra watermelon in my purse.s

For some reason I've started chewing gum lately. Weird. And yes, it's probably a smoking substitute.

Mona Buonanotte said...

I was a sucker for fruit-stripe gum. The flavor lasts for three-point-five seconds, but it's glorious!

Anonymous said...

I happened across your blog searching on 'smelly washer' some time ago and just happened to check it out today.

Not that it really has anything to do with orange trident, other than mentioning it in the lyrics, I figured since it made me think of the Randy Kaplan song Crushed Berries.

I don't have my music collection on the computer I'm at right now so I had to google to make sure I had the right song with those lyrics and I came across a review on Amazon where someone mentioned that lyric.