Thursday, October 2, 2014

Extra Pumpkin Spice vs. Trident Layers Pumpkin Spice

This Halloween/fall season, both Wrigley (Extra) and Mondelez (Trident) introduced new pumpkin spice flavored gum. Here is a gum stick to gum stick battle of the pumpkin spice gums. 

Seasonal Edition Extra Pumpkin Spice Gum

Place purchased: Meijer 

Price: $1.00 for one pack of 15

Number of reviewers: 6

Appearance - 6.2

The stick of Extra Pumpkin Spice gum is very light orange with a white dusting coating the gum. 

E3: Light orange - good color. 
J: Looks like Juicy Fruit gum. I would like it to be more orange. 

Flavor and Taste - 6.2

The Extra Pumpkin Spice gum is very sweet with hints of clove, cinnamon, and creamy vanilla.  

D: I just don't think gum should be this flavor. Not bad, but not refreshing. 
E: Very clove-like! Nice, fall-like spices but not particularly pumpkiny. 
E2: Sweet, honey, slight hint of cinnamon and allspice. 
E3: Tastes like pumpkin spice, slightly orangey. 
J: Fruity and clove tasting. The cinnamon is present but low. Very sweet. 

Texture - 7.2

As the consensus shows, the Extra gum has a typical elastic gum texture. 

D: Like gum.
E: Like normal gum.
E2: Like normal gum.
J: Like normal gum. 

Aftertaste - 6.0

The aftertaste is mainly lingering sweetness with a hint of the spices. 

E: Warm and clove-y. 
E2: Sweet, a little sucralose metallic. 
J: Fruity and cinnamon flavor dominate in the aftertaste. 

Overall - 6.5

Overall, the Extra Pumpkin Spice gum is a good representation of pumpkin spice. Although, the gum is somewhat too sweet. 

D: Maybe as a drink, but not as a gum. 
E: Pretty good and very seasonal. 
E2: Surprisingly decent. 

Limited Edition Trident Layers Pumpkin Spice Gum

Place purchased: Target 

Price: $2.80 for three packs of 14

Number of reviewers: 6

Appearance - 5.7

The Trident Layers Pumpkin Spice gum has two layers of orange, pumpkin spice gum adhered together with an opaque white layer. Having never tried Trident Layers gum, I was expecting the center layer to also consist of a gum base. Nope, it is a sticky, viscous layer instead. In this case, the center looks like sticky icing or glue...

D: Too dark and sticky filling. 
E: Very orange.
E2: Looks like someone hot glue gunned two pieces of gum together. 
J: I like how this gum is actually orange. The filling is a strange opaque color I'm not digging. 

Flavor and Taste - 2.5

The first piece I tried, I chewed three times and then spit it out. The flavor is SO STRONG. It is a combination between a bunch of spices, bread or popcorn, and some sort of coolant. The gum is like chewing a pumpkin spice candle with added menthol. I hate it. 

D: Waxy, reminds me of Jelly Belly buttered popcorn. 
E: Plasticy! There are some faint spices in there, but I mostly want to spit this out ASAP. 
E2: Tastes like a candle. Like taro bubble tea. Weird menthol cooling. 
E3: Menthol, tastes like a candle.
J: Blech, tastes like I'm eating a seasonal candle. I don't even know what flavor is dominating, but it's not pumpkin. It's slightly cooling. 

Texture - 4.7

The texture is a bit denser and less elastic than normal chewing gum. 

D: Sticky filling and more dense than I would like in a gum. 
E: Plasticy! Rubbery! 
E2: Unpleasant. 
E3: Gummy. 
J: Normal gum. 

Aftertaste - 3.7

The aftertaste is sweet and oddly cooling. 

E: Cinnamon plastic. 
E2: Menthol, but still so much candle! 
E3: Artificial. 
J: Cooling candle flavor. 

Overall - 3.3

The Trident Layers Pumpkin Spice gum is plain gross. It is an overwhelming spice flavor with a strange cooling effect. I highly recommend not wasting your money on this. 

E: Wouldn't buy or try again. 
E2: Bleeck! 
J: No thanks. #pumpkinspiceproblems

Winner: Extra Pumpkin Spice Gum! 

Extra Pumpkin Spice defeated Trident Layers Pumpkin Spice on all levels. This was a clear victory for the Extra gum. 

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