Aloha! No I’m not in Hawaii, but I thought I would mix it up a bit. I consider myself an avid gum chewer. I have always liked gum, even as a kid. I ran the gamut of flavors before settling in on one my favorite gums, Original Trident. I know that this is kind of an old school gum, but honestly the flavor is nothing like anything else on the market and I like it. So there. However, I do occasionally mix it up and like fruit flavored gums. Of all of the different flavors that Extra has put out recently with their Dessert Delights line, the Rainbow Sherbet appeared to be the least disgusting of them. Who wants to eat apple pie gum, or key lime pie, or any of the other odd flavors they chose. Not me.
I imagined that this gum would taste similar to popping a few sticks of Fruit Stripes Gum into your mouth. I absolutely loved that gum as a kid and when I found it recently on a grocery store shelf, I was pretty excited. I am also pretty sure that the package of gum had been made when the original production was happening with Fruit Stripes, as it was a bit stale, BUT IT CAME WITH TONGUE TATTOOS. Excuse me, I am easily amused. And keeping on with the amusing gum tales, when I was a kid I was convinced that I would be able to sleep with gum in my mouth and not have it get in my hair while I was sleeping. Despite my Mother’s urging not to, I defied her and hit the pillow for a night of rest, gum tucked into my cheek. Flash forward a couple of hours to me waking up in horror that not only had the gum mangled itself in my hair, it was stuck from my hair to my Ariel nightgown. It was a total tragedy – needless to say, I have not intentionally slept with gum in my mouth since then.
The package of gum smells kind of like an Orange Creamsicle. Citrus and vanilla mixed together to make an extremely yummy treat. So far I was sold on this gum as being a possible contender to add to the mix of my rotation of gums. I unwrapped a stick, slightly disappointed that it was not swirled with the colors for Rainbow Sherbet but just a plain pinkish red. Womp Womp. I popped the stick in my mouth and began to chew. I… I don’t even know how to describe this flavor. It kind of tastes like the bubblegum amoxicillin that you used to get as a kid mixed with fruit and kind of… minty? It is bad. If you can get past the inital flavor shock, it kind of tastes like Juicy Fruit gum. Kind of.
Texture: 3/5 – Nothing fancy about this gum. No flavor crystals, or weird flavor burst orbs or whatever else shenanigans that gum and mint companies keep trying.
Smell: 5/5 – YOU ARE DECEIVING. This gum smells really good.
Appearance: 2/5 – As I touched on above, I was rather disappointed that the gum did not have all of the colors of sherbet. Plain pinkish red? That’s all you can throw at me?
Taste: 1/5 – No. Just no. This gum is not good at all. If you make it the 2 minutes or so of chewing before spitting this gum out, you’ll lose the flavor all together in the gum. So if you like chewing on flavorless rubber for a while, pick up a pack of this and you’ll be set, provided you can get past the initial gross value. Dessert Delight? More like Dessert Nightmare. Extra? stick to mint gum.