“ Manufacturer: Trident / Type: Chewing Gum „
Trident Sweet Kicks Sugar Free Gum:
This is probably one of the weirdest tasting gums I have ever tried. It is chocolate and mint flavour, but it actually is a good combination. When I first saw it I thought how is that going to taste- but in actual fact this was lovely and I was happy when I got eight pieces for just 10p!
This was released quite a while ago and the sweet kick is probably just the right name for it as the chocolate is the sweet part and the mint is definitely the kick! Trident are very well known for making weird but wonderful tasting gums and this is definitely one to go down in history!
This comes in a green and brown coloured packet which symbolises the two flavours. There are eight pieces in one pack that sit in a plastic tray covered by foil in a cardboard sleeve. This is probably an advantage because they are easier to get out than the usual packs!
The flavour is quite hard to describe but the gum smells minty, as you pop a piece in, it is a little bit crunchy, the inside is liquefied in a chocolate flavour which then contrasts with the mint gum and it is absolutely wonderful. You would never expect it to taste nice but it really does- it is remarkable. The only thing I will moan about is the fact that the flavour disappears quite rapidly but that is all.
I got one pack of these for 10p from home bargains and I think they still do them in there. If not they sell these in newsagents, supermarkets and other convenience stores for around 50p which is also not too bad, This is a flavour that you have to try once in a while- sweet kick!
Currently B & M have started selling this along side the Lemon flavoured Trident gum, also at the price of 5p in what appears to be a desperate attempt at getting rid of them for as little as possible. After being incredibly impressed with the Lemon one I decided it was only fair to try this one too and at 5p what was there to lose? The flavour is officially "Mint Chocolate", though I've decided I'm going to re-dub them "After 8 Flavour" (after the chocolates of the same name) just because it seems a better name. Mint Chocolate is something we've probably all had at some point through something like Poppets, Matchsticks, Mint Aero, After Dinner Mints, Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream or infact the After 8 Mints.
Trident for those who are unaware, is a brand of gum sold by the Cadbury group, in which a hard sugar free gum keeps a liquid inside it. The liquid is flavoured (in this case of chocolate) which gives the gum it's huge range of different flavours, ranging from Apple & Apricot through to Chocolate. This rather unique selling point helped the gum when it first came out to sell as a bit of a premium gum, though with stores like B & M seemingly happy to get rid of it, it's a wonder as to what happened (though it needs to be said that major supermarkets and corner shops still sell it for around 40-50p a pack). The gum comes in a rather unique bubble packet with 9 bits of gum in each one, meaning each piece here was a mere 1.4p, so quite wonderfully even if it tastes disgusting there's no great loss.
The idea of the liquid is that when you bite into you are treated to the liquid's flavouring and then swiftly afterwards if mixes with the mint to really muddle with your senses. This may seem to some just a little bit silly, but it can sometimes work to wonderful effect as it did in the lemon flavour Trident.
Anyway I've been chewing this piece for about 20 minutes and much like the Lemon one it feels quite cheap in the mouth, much more so the Wrigley's seems to which is a bit of a shame and the only flaw I found with the Lemon one. However worst yet the chocolate flavour has vanished, it is no more, and that was sadly disappointing as the Lemon flavour lasted ages before the mint went solo. This one has gone all to the mint flavour in less than 25 minutes, hugely disappointing and not something I personally expected to happen. What I expected was that a long lasting After 8 Flavour that would last to much later than it did, sadly at 20 to 9 (I woke up at 15 past 8 funnily enough) the flavour was no more than a minty flourish.
Even worse than the chocolate subsiding was that the mint it's self didn't seem as strong as it was in the lemon version, in fact the mint seems to have pretty much gone to leaving more of a light mint taste rather than a fresh minty sensation.
It may well be fair to say I got what I paid for this time, a rather cheap gum that tastes nice whilst it lasts, but sadly lasts as long as I do in bed (I don't mean sleeping). If it's be possible for the company to extend the life of the flavours this would be an excellent gum, but as it is it's a slightly disappointing addition to the Trident brand name. I won't be stocking up on it in the future unless the do change it as it just doesn't seem to be worth the time, however don't get me wrong it's a nice taste whilst it does last, just the Lemon one at the same price is just far better.
The gum contains artificial sweetners for those who take note of this sort of stuff they are: Maltitol, Sorbitol, Erythritol (none of which I know anything about), the always controversial Aspartame and Acesulfame K (both of which I can now spell) and Sucralose. The product also contains 6 E numbers (150d, 171, 422, 466, 620 and 903) so could be a good idea to limit the amount your children have. And the product is not suitable for vegetarians due to the fact it contains gelatine from cows.
The packet also informs you that excessive consumption may causes a laxative effect, funnily I had an ex that believe swallowing gum caused it to be stuck to your heart and form a tangled white web. As you can tell, she wasn't exactly going to be part of MENSA any time soon, though does the warning mean that Cadbury Trebor Basset expect us to consume this as a type of food?
A nice tasting but short lasting after 8 flavoured gum that can make you need the toilet if you swallow it regularly. If you do intend to eat these I'd advise trying after 8 mints and getting some toilet roll that's better than the Nouvelle stuff I have.
On a recent visit to a new bargain shop, I saw this product on special offer at the till 10p per packet.........so I got me a few packets. The sweet kicks version of the ever popular Trident chewing gum is the sugar free part of the range, and as such I wasn't expecting too much since I have found that products advertised as sugar free have a funny kind of sweet taste to them not the normal kind of sweet.
There are nine pieces of gum in each pack and each piece is perhaps half an inch wide by just short of three quarters of an inch long, which is of course in old money. Lets just say each piece is 1cm by 1.5cm and we won't be far short. They are about a quarter of an inch thick in the middle but are sort of pillow shaped so the edges are much thinner.
Each piece is coated in a white crispy shell, which generally holds the mint flavouring in the chocolate mint flavour. The soft centre is dark brown and unless I've got it all totally wrong I'm guessing this is where the chocolate flavour is hidden. Being that you have to get through the crisp to get to the soft centre it will be no surprise to learn that the first predominant flavour is that of the mint. It is a soft calming mint not too harsh or strong and is quite pleasing. After a few chews when the crispy shell has been broken down you get a rush of chocolate and again it is a very pleasant taste, not too sweet or indeed not too much of whatever it is that gives sugar free things their sweetness.
I have found that the chocolate and mint version is and excellent combination, being that they both compliment each other very well, some of the other flavours on offer just seem a little bit too weird to try although at 10p a packet I just might indulge myself. As for the current flavour I'm enjoying it very much and a piece every now and then is a nice change from the normal run of the mill chewing gums currently on offer.
The normal retail price I believe is in the region of 40p and at that price I'm not convinced it is great value for money, but that said it is different and you might like me find it very pleasant. The flavour of the mint definitely outlasts that of the chocolate which is probably a good thing since having the taste of chocolate in your mouth for a long time could become a bit claggy. All in all a chewing gum I really like and will definitely be trying again.
I love chewing gum, well actually I don't, but I chew sugar- free gum throughout the day to prevent me eating biscuits or chocolates, so when Cadbury brought out a chocolate and mint flavour sugar- free gum, I simply had to try it.
At 50p a packet it is a little on the expensive side for just nine little pellets which come individually foil sealed in their own little blister pack which slips inside a visually appealing chocolate and mint green coloured sleeve. Although I like the packaging, I am afraid I prefer my gum to be wrapped in little bits of paper like the Trident Soft so you have something in which to wrap the gum prior to responsible disposal when you have finished.
The manufacturers advertising invites you to "crunch through a mint flavoured crisp shell and discover a delicious chocolaty liquid centre".
In reality you bite through a crispy white shell which then fragments inside your mouth to leave a gritty "Oh my God have I lost a filling?" kind of sensation which persists for a good few minutes of vigorous chewing. Once you have stopped panicking and satisfied yourself that you don't have to take out a small mortgage for remedial dental work, and the gravel in your mouth is not splintered amalgam but the disintegrating outer shell, you begin to appreciate the fresh minty taste and aroma.
But what about the liquid chocolate centre? I hear you cry. For a start it isn't liquid, or if it is it must be a monolayer, and the chocolate flavour although pleasant, is extremely short-lived so you don't really experience the choco-mint combination you were expecting from the product.
Regardless of flavour, in my opinion, each piece of Sweet Kicks gum is about the right size but after about 30 minutes of vigorous chewing it becomes quite tough and difficult to chew resulting in severe jaw-ache signalling time for a fresh piece - an ingenious marketing ploy I've no doubt, or am I being a bit too cynical?
To conclude therefore, I think it is a great novel concept which appeals to anyone watching the calories, but in reality it doesn't really deliver so I will be sticking with Trident Soft in future.
Where to start with this oh so strange gum.
The concept: Sugar free mint gum with a chocolate flavoured liquid centre. Supposed to give you a 'sweet kick' when you need one rather than indulging in chocolate.
How much? You get 9 pieces in each pack. They are foil wrapped a little like tablets. They cost approx 45p a pack.
So what do i think? I dont think these are as bad as i was expecting. The chocolate and mint is actually a decent combination. Once you have bitter through the minty outershell, gone through the gum and got to the liquid its only there for a few chews. This definately satisfied my sweet craving more than a usual piece of gum would.
The negatives: I felt this went very tough very quickly. The gum soon lost its flavour after a few minutes and the gum became so hard i had to throw it out. It's not one to have if you like to chew gum all day. However as a quick pick me up when you are craving sweets it amazingly did the job
When it comes to chewing gum I really am such a fan of it! I get through oodles of the stuff in a week and have to admit that really I'm a rather traditional girl deep down at heart and prefer minty fresh gums as a rule. However when I saw this reduced to 10p packet at my local Nisa store (usually about 59p a packet) I was intrigued to try it out though I have to be honest I thought I'd hate it!
Bright green and brown cardboard 'sleeve' that pulls on and off a foil and clear plastic tray containing 9 gums and to pop them out you gently push the gum through the green and brown foil wrapper which covers the one side and on that I'm told they are Trident 'Sweet Kicks'. On the front of the cardboard sleeve I'm told they are Sugar-free Trident Sweet Kicks which are 'chocolate and mint flavour' and that the pack contains '9 gums'. On the back of the sleeve in black and white writing I'm given a list of ingredients and given allergy advice, nutritional information is listed and contact details for Cadburys Trebor Bassett are given (the manufacturer of Trident products), the best before date is stamped on as is the recycle symbol and finally the bar-code is displayed on there. I do like the packaging of the Trident range and think this looks nice shoved in a handbag or whatever and it's very practical!
I was impressed when really as I said earlier I am a traditional gum chewer usually.
Each piece of gum was quite thick, oblong shaped and hard on the outside like they are coated with sugar and the inside was white and slightly squidgy. When you first break through the gum by chewing it, it's crunchy though not too hard (and I do have sensitive teeth remember lol) and it takes a couple of minutes of chewing to make the white gum completely smooth and glossy. I really do like the texture of these gums.
What gives each gum the flavour is a small amount of light brown liquid to the centre of each gum. It flavours the gum and in this the taste is chocolate with a hint of menthol mint that isn't too strong. I don't like chocolate and mint together as a combination usually but this was fabulous and I'd like to shake the hand of the inventor of this!
It holds it's flavour for a good hour and a bit and the chocolate taste is high quality and not too sweet whilst the mint freshens breath and helps me breath a bit more easily at the same time! With no weight stated on the packaging at all it's hard to say calorie wise what they are but I do know that per 100g of these it's 165 Kcal and only 0.2g fat of which only 0.1g of that is saturated fat so this has got to be healthy on the old waistline cos each one can't weigh much at all lol.
I found this to help me beat my sweet cravings big time and all round just found it really different, tasty and totally chewable and absolutely of great quality!
Worth a try people!
When I first heard about trident sweet kicks I thought, no way. I just couldn't imagine a gum that consisted of chocolate and mint. I mean when I want to freshen my breath I reach for a nice peppermint or spearmint. I definitely couldn't imagine chewing this. However a friend of mine decided to buy me some to try, I thought I might as well give some a go if only for reviews sake.
Trident sweet kicks come in a brown box with deep green swirls and lips on the front. The packaging is rather funky and it would be definitely something that would tempt you into to trying the product. Inside the cardboard sleeve is a plastic see through compartment where the chewing gum is stored. There is 9 pieces of gum altogether and they can be released by pressing the back, just as you would with tablets.
The gum: so here we go, I'm not looking forward to this, as it seems so strange. I release 1 gum and bite. I am seriously surprised; the taste isn't bad at all. There is a small crispy area and once that is bitten a smooth chocolate and mint sauce is released. Once the sauce is absorbed into the gun you can still taste the delicious concoction. Even after the gum has been chewed for a while u cud still taste it. You have probably guessed that it didn't freshen my breath but then again this just isn't a gum that will do that.
My friend picked up this box of trident for 70 pence from a small store.
I think that the meaning of gum is to freshen breath and I can't understand the meaning of chewing chocolate and mint then spitting it out, surely it would just be easier to eat a mint chocolate bar. I do have to admit they do however have a nice taste to them.
Mint and chocolate is my favourite combination mint choc chip ice cream is the best thing in the world so when I was shopping and noticed a brown and green packet of chewing gum to discover it was Chocolate and mint flavour I had to give it a go!
Trident sweet kicks Sugarfree chocolate mint flavour was priced at 50p for 9 pieces this is slightly expensive but I was interested by the product and had to try it! The chewing gum is white tablets inside the blister pack. The chewing gum is white and hard on the outside inside is soft white gum with a tiny layer of chocolate.
When I placed it into my mouth and started chewing I did not like it the chewing gum was hard and crunchy. It tasted a bit like chalk but also has gravel like texture. I was then hit by the taste of mint which was very strong then there was a short burst of chocolate flavour then after 2 chews it was just mint. The chocolate taste did not hang around long at all. The gritty feeling in my mouth did hang around and it was not pleasant. It was a bit, like when a filling falls out it tasted like chalk and was a horrid texture. I persevered, continue chewing the mint was very strong, and was nice the chocolate had gone forever!
The chewing gum was very nice after I has been chewing it long enough to get rid of the chocolate and the grittiness! After a couple of minutes chewing it was like a normal mint chewing gum this has made me wonder why anyone would pay more and have this chewing gum!
Overall, I think this chewing gum is horrible I hated the texture and the chocolate just did not last. I think I will stick to plain mint chewing gum and save my cash. I would not bother trying a product it is an expensive gimmick and did not live up to the expectations. 50p for 9 pieces of chewing gum is too much money. The only good thing about the chewing gum is that it is chewy and tastes of fresh mint.
I'm not really a fan of chewing gum...which I suppose is not a great start to a review about gum! I don't dislike it but it just seems like I'm chewing for no reason and more often than not, it makes me feel hungry. And when other people make horrible clacking sounds whilst chomping on gum it drives me mad!
In recent months I've tried some more unusual gum flavours in the form of Trident Splash. Strawberry and Lime, Apple and Apricot...something a bit different and I really like them. Now I've discovered Trident Sweet Kicks!
The green and brown packaging caught my eye as I was waiting at a supermarket check out. It looks quite different to the other Trident variants as the colours aren't particularly bright. It still succeeds in being eye catching though. The design is quite 'playful' and it has a 70's inspired swirly effect (reminding me of Tales of the Unexpected) combined with tiny female silhouettes. I just had to take a closer look to see what the flavour could possibly be. As I edged closer...Chocolate Mint chewing gum?? Surely that's just wrong. But then I thought "Actually, it might be quite nice!" and stuck a packet on the conveyor.
Trident claim that their new release is "...a heavenly tongue-in-chic gum that is the perfect way to get that chocolate hit. It's gum-defying indulgence of the sweetest kind."
A little research tells me that Sweet Kicks is aimed at women and is to be sold as a snack substitute, attracting those who wouldn't normally buy gum. It apparently offers indulgence in the chocolate mint flavour but as it's sugar free and low calorie, it doesn't come with the guilt of snacking on a piece of chocolate. Sounds a bit too good to be true!
So can the Sweet Kicks moment of pleasure really replace good old choccie?...
Sliding the blister pack out of the cardboard sleeve I can see nine white tabs of gum. Slightly disappointing as I was envisaging Minstrels and expecting a dark brown shell to adorn the pieces, emphasizing the chocolatiness. The shape of each tab looks a little bit different to regular Trident - a tad shorter and fatter in proportion, but on the whole, just like chewing gum!
Popping a piece through the foil my nostrils are instantly greeted by a delicious, unmistakable smell. Mouthwatering mint chocolate reminiscent of a Mint Aero or an After Eight mint. Oooohhhh...this is so promising!
Placing the tab on my tongue it initially feels cool, minty and slightly tongue tingly. I cracked through the shell with my teeth to release a sudden lovely burst of chocolate flavoured brown liquid. A tiny splodge providing a really quick choccie taste (must be the 'kick') and then it's virtually gone. It lingers for a very short time, mingled with the mintiness of the shell. I can still detect a very, very slight hint of chocolate after about 10 minutes, after which it is gone completely and just a regular minty gum is all that remains. Not at all unpleasant but simply normal in terms of chewing gum. Perhaps a bit boring after the unusual introduction and I'd even go as far as to say that it was a bit of a let down for me.
The overall mint taste is good, lasting for about half an hour before beginning to lose flavour. The gum itself starts to get really bland after about 50 minutes but a refreshing after taste is left, accompanied by a tiny bit of tongue tingle. At this stage the gum is still chewable too. Breath does remain fresh for quite a while but I don't know if that is particularly important in relation to this product. I suppose it depends upon what you are actually expecting from Sweet Kicks and what you want it to achieve.
Due to the low calorie claim I thought I'd check out the nutrition figures. These are given per 100g (see below) which I find is a bit annoying - I want to know per piece!
(Of which: Sugars 0g, Polyols 65.6g)
(Of which: Saturates 0.1g)
My immediate thought is great, no sugar...but what on earth is a Polyol?? Google tells me that; "Polyols are sugar-free sweeteners. Polyols are carbohydrates but they are not sugars. They are used volume-for-volume in the same amount as sugar is used, unlike aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose which are used in very small amounts"
That explains it! But hang on, the ingredients state that other sweeteners are used as well...
Sweeteners (Malitol, Sorbitol, Erythritol, Aspartame, Acesulfame K, Sucralose), Gum base, Flavourings, Stabiliser (E422), Gelatine (Bovine), Colours (E171, E150d), Emulsifier (Soya lecithin), Glazing agent (E903), Flavour enhancer (E620), Thickener (E466).
And while I'm investigating the content I may as well tell you that from an allergen point of view, Sweet Kicks contains Soya and may also contain nuts and sesame seeds. It contains a source of phenylalanine. Oh, and excessive consumption may produce a laxative effect!
One particular gripe I have with Sweet kicks is the product consistency. As I worked my way through the packet over a course of a few days, I found that the tabs of gum were a bit hit and miss. The first piece I sampled provided a real squirty burst of liquid centre. Some of the following pieces seemed to have the liquid missing as there was no burst! Biting into them I could see that the filling was there but it wasn't runny enough, therefore didn't create the desired effect on release. It was as if the liquid had soaked in. The chocolate flavour was still present though...the sensation just wasn't quite as satisfying. This occurred with roughly 4 out of the nine pieces so a bit disappointing.
At 50p a packet it doesn't exactly break the bank and if you're looking for a change to your regular gum then I wouldn't discount Sweet Kicks. After all, we all have varying tastes and you may find that you enjoy it much more than me. Personally, I know this is not something that I will buy on a regular basis although I may purchase occasionally.
I'll admit that Sweet Kicks is a unique chewing gum experience offering a new twist on tradition but in terms of Trident's selling proposition, it doesn't hit the mark in my eyes and I just can't visualise the gum as a snack substitute. The balance of flavours isn't quite right in my opinion...more chocolate and less mint would do it for me! I think it's great that Trident are pushing boundaries and experimenting with exciting products and flavours. Although this particular one didn't overly impress me, it may be a winner with many people. I find that the whole thing is quite quirky and it makes me think of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. What will be next...three course meal flavour gum?!
Trident Gum is produced by the Cadbury Trebor Basset group.
For further information:
Trident Customer Service Team, PO Box 7008, Birmingham B30 2PT.