“ Manufacturer: Trident / Type: Chewing Gum „
B&M are seemingly going through the Trident gum range selling them at 5p a packet, first it was the Lemon one the the Chocolate mine one now it's just the plain Spearmint flavour one. After first being available at around 50p a packet (which contains 9 bubble wrapped pieces) the fact B&M are selling them so cheaply shows that they probably over-ordered them when they were at their height of popularity a year or two back. The product famously had one of it's advert banned for racism but still managed to go with the "Mastication for the nation" tag line that could well have been bordering on offensive it's self.
The gum is manufactured by Cadbury Trebor Bassett who were attempting to break the monopoly of Wrigleys that have dominated the UK gum market for so long it's unbelievable and although it did break through for a while, Trident does seem to have lost it's appeal over the past few months. So what about this gum? It comes in what looks like quite thick pellets and when bitten into has a liquid centre with a strong fresh taste that. Though the taste doesn't last as long as the Wrigleys 5 gums it does last a decent amount of time, longer than most of the cheaper Wrigleys.
The gum is sugar free, which was one of the original appeals of the gum though it's not the only one on the market. However as it's sugar free it is full of sweetners, in fact the gum contains 4 separate sweetners including Sorbitol, Acesulfame K and Aspartame. This is added to 3 E numbers as well well as Soya, it also may contain Sesame Seeds and Nut traces so beware if any of them effect you. Also as is the problem with all gum, excessive consumption may lead to diarrhoea so it's advisable to not go over the top with gum.
Overall for 5p this is a great quality gum to have with a more minty and normal taste than some of the other Trident flavours available which have rather bizarre and un-gum like flavours. If you want a minty gum at a budget price this is brilliant, however it won't last as long as the 5 series or quite have as good of a flavour but when you consider the price different it's undeniable which is the better value.
Nutritional information per 100g
67.2g Carbohydrates (all Polyols)
0.2g Fat (0.1g Saturates)
The fact gum has a nutritional value section on the packaging is quite worrying considering we're advised not to swallow it, does this mean Cadbury's are advocating the "eating" (not just chewing) of gum? Which when added to the laxative effects of the gum...maybe Cadbury's are planning to sell some form of toilet paper "Trident toilet paper" in foreseeable future.
For years Wrigleys were pretty much out there on their own as the only big chewing gum brand. This changed however when Trident became hugely popular upon their release in the United Kingdom in 2007. It was however the first brand to release sugar free chewing gum back in 1960 in the United States. the sugar free nature of this chewing gum is something that Trident often play upon in their advertising despite Rivals Wrigleys also having many different varieties of sugar free chewing gum on the market.
Spearmint is a pretty standard chewing gum which was around before all the new flavours were even developed. These come in a small cardboard packet which has a flip lid which has two compartments of seven chewing gums each. I first remember buying this when I was in a shop and was at the counter, deciding to pick up some chewing gum I looked for my usual chewing gum but then saw this new chewing gum which I thought I might try and as there were more in the packet I was not too bothered about the slightly higher price than my usual Wrigley Extra Cool Breeze chewing gum which is also sugar free.
**The Chewing Gum**
On opening the packet you will see the individual chewing gums all wrapped up. On opening the wrapper you will see the chewing gum is of a very pale green colour and you will also notice the rather strong minty scent which exudes from the chewing gum. This is much different to the Wrigley's Spearmint. After several minutes chewing this Trident chewing gum I noticed the minty taste was eroding quite quickly which loses a mark compared to the Wrigley's chewing gum. I found the taste and scent to be nice before the taste began to lessen. I would say that it's a nice chewing gum even though it has a shorter life span than the competitor Wrigley's Spearmint.
After buying this a few times I have noticed that it does freshen your breath well although it does have a quicker loss of taste than Wrigley's and although it can sometimes have a slightly strange after-taste it is still a chewing gum I would recommend as it is sugar free and it freshens the breath. That's really one of the main jobs for a chewing gum. As this can be bought for just 10p in some places it may well be worth trying yourself. If you don't like it you could always get your money back by having a rant on here.
I just love gum and of late my local Nisa shop has had an offer on all it's Trident products which has meant I've pretty much been chewing gum endlessly for weeks now lol. Instead of the usual price tag of 59p I'm currently able to buy them for 10p a packet! A bargain for sure but my bloody jaw is killing me and well defined of late lol.
Lovely dark and light green light cardboard box that simply unfolds to give two compartments of 7 gums (so you get 14 in total). On the front of the box I'm told they are Sugarfree Trident 'Soft' and they are the 'Spearmint One' and there are 14 soft gums in the box. On the back of the box I'm given nutritional information, ingredients and warnings are given, contact details for Cadbury Trebor Bassett are given (the manufacturers of all Trident products), and I'm told the gum is suitable for Vegetarians, the packaging is recyclable and finally there is a bar-code on there. Distinctive packaging this is, with it's swirly pattern all over the outside and on the inside, smart this is! Each oblong gum is individually wrapped in white and dark green striped paper and basically everything matches up nicely!
The Gum Itself...
Not to thin but slim and oblong these are. Bright mint green with a hefty but natural smell of spearmint to each one they really do smell incredibly fresh and like you'd immagine spearmint to be.
Not too harsh in flavour, minty and sweet these are. Be sure to like sweet gums though cos this for me really is sweet though it is tasty enough to be fair to it. The gum is of good quality and you tell that as you are chewing it and it does go very soft and chewable almost immediately and doesn't break up into horrible gooey pieces in your mush!
Taste wise the flavour lasts less than an hour in these in my experience with them. They freshen breath but for me are too sweet after half an hour and I end up binning them after feeling a bit on the sickly side and me, I can really taste sweeteners within them after that time! If you do chew for about an hour your left with a near on flavourless gum with a slight bitter taste that isn't all that pleasant really!
Sweet fans should love this. The mint is pleasant enough and invigorating and is great for breath freshening without being to harsh but I don't like that when the initial flavour has gone I'm left with a slightly bitter taste in my mouth that is hard to get rid of. These are ok but by no means my favourite gum from Trident or anyone else lol.
Nutritional Information...Per 100g Of Gum....
of which is sugars: 0g
of which is saturates: 0.1g
Please note that nutritional information per gum is not given and neither is the weight of the box so nutritional content would be hard to work out...if your bothered lol.
Readily available in all good supermarkets, garages and corner shops etc.