“ Brand: Wrigley's / Type: Gum „
I am not usually a fan of 'fruity' tasting gum and much prefer mint-type varieties as they tend to be much more refreshing, which is my personal preference.
That said, when I noticed that the 'Extra Fusion' was on offer in my local grocery store, priced at only 40 pence for a rather large-looking pack, I was tempted to give it a bash and see what this variety was like.
It is no wonder that the packet of gum caught my eye, given that the packet is a very bright orange colour, across which the bright green and white lettering proudly states the name of the product.
I believe that there are several varieties or flavours of the Extra Fusion gum, but the one on offer at this point in time was the 'Orange, Pineapple and Banana' flavour. Given that I had not tried any such flavour of gum before, I was happy to try it out as these flavours sounded appealing to me.
Taking the paper covering off one of the little sticks of gum which were contained in the cardboard outer packaging, I was pleased to note that the sticks themselves are a very pretty shade of peach, or light-orange. The smell was very apparent as soon as I had removed the wrapper and was indeed quite appetising - a sort of light and fruity scent.
Popping one of the sticks into my mouth, I was instantly aware of the fruity flavour of the gum but to be honest I thought it tasted very false and was a bit overly-sickly for my liking! I didn't find that any of the fruity flavours in the gum came through and it was all just a bit of a 'mish mash' of those flavours combined.
I did try to give it a chance and chomped on it for a good ten minutes or so but I didn't find that the taste improved any and ended up chucking it in the bin!
I did also find that the texture of the gum was a bit of a disappointment too - I found that after a few minutes the consistency turned quite hard and by the time it came to spitting the gum out, it had solidified quite a lot! All in all I couldn't get rid of it quick enough and would most definitely not buy this gum again as I found the texture (as well as the taste) really let it down.
Casting an eye over the ingredients list on the reverse of the outer cardboard packaging, I can see that the word 'acid' appears more than once, so possibly not the best choice if you are looking to care for your teeth! There are other ingredients such as aspartame listed, and I am informed that excessive consumption of this gum may well produce laxative effects... Sheesh!
On the plus side, these little tabs are suitable for vegetarians, so if you fancy some fruity flavoured cardboard then these might be for you...
I cannot recommend this gum at all, I found it to be a huge disappointment, and I certainly wouldn't buy it again! Therefore, this is only a one star product in my opinion!
I'm not much of a gum muncher, but I keep a packet or two in the car, mainly to curb hunger pangs and deal with dubious breath emergencies. When I was growing up, my choices were confined to Wrigley's Peppermint, Spearmint and Juicy Fruit, with the occasional treat of supervised bubblegum (it stuck to everything).
These days, supermarkets stock a bewildering display of gum, in all sorts of flavours and varieties. I was bored with the steady diet of Extra and Orbit mint-type gums, so, looking for something different, I found myself drawn to the colourful packaging of the "New" Wrigley's Extra Fusion range. The Fusion range claims that it is "Bringing together flavours for a fresh taste experience".
This review is predominantly about the Strawberry Peach flavour.
This sugar free gum comes in a predominantly red cardboard outer sleeve, covering nine (9) foil sealed plastic bubbles each holding an individual piece of gum. The front of the sleeve is bold, dynamic and quite appealing, and gives the impression of a juicy gum bursting with flavour.
The packaging boasts that the gum "includes real strawberry" but the wee little asterisk that follows this claim immediately raised an eyebrow. Sure enough, elsewhere on the packaging, we are informed that it contains "0.5% freeze dried strawberry powder". In my book, its hardly a claim worth making, and just another way of saying that this product is 99.5% strawberry free. Funny how it doesn't sound so hot when the claim is turned on its head. 8^)
This is also "The official chewing gum of the Premier League", though I'm not sure what Wrigley's gain from the association. If the thought of ferociously masticating, pampered, posey, and overpaid prima donnas' inspires your purchasing decisions, then Extra Fusion is obviously the gum for you.
I popped a piece out of its bubble with a satisfying snap as the foil gave way and immediately picked up a vibrant strawberry aroma. The gum apparently has a soft liquid "peach flavour" centre, and I felt the small amount of liquid ooze out as I bit into it. There wasn't much of it - the flavour lasted a few seconds - and it wasn't very peachy. The predominant flavour is definitely strawberry, and the gum is better described as "strawberry with hints of peach".
I think strawberry is one of the hardest flavours to get right as it usually comes across quite artificial. I think a lot of us are so conditioned by artificial flavourings that we think we know what strawberry tastes like, but, ironically, when we have the real thing, we are invariably disappointed because it never tastes "strawberry" enough. Fortunately, with this product, its actually quite pleasant - not too sweet and not too overpowering. You even get a slight, pleasing tanginess.
As a sugar free gum, I expected a whole load of sweeteners and exotic sounding ingredients and was not disappointed. There are enough different types of sweeteners included to have yourself a decent sized dinner party - maltitol, sorbitol, mannitol, aspartame and acesulfame K are the guests of honour.
Apart from gum itself, glazing agents, thickeners, waxes and stabilisers (why do I always think of a kid on a bike when I read that?) there are a couple of E numbers and a curious nod to "Elderberry Juice Concentrate". I'm assuming here can't be much of it as its listed dead last and, unlike the miniscule amount of freeze dried strawberry, it's not worthy of a mention on the front of the packaging
Two points to note - firstly, aspartame contains phenylalanine, which is an amino acid that can be lethal to sufferers of a genetic condition called PKU (phenylketonuria). Secondly, consuming too much of this gum can have laxative effects (courtesy of the "-ol" suffixed sweeteners) but, for practical purposes, I am reliably told you'd need to get through around three packets a day for there to be any <ahem> pressing toilet issues. There are warnings against both of these conditions on the packet, albeit in quite small (but admittedly bold) writing.
PRICE & RANGE
Extra Fusion is available in most supermarkets, petrol stations and corner shops and comes in a number of varieties and forms. The ones I use - Orange and Mango and the reviewed Strawberry Peach - have a "liquid burst" centre and come in packets on nine (9). These go for around 50p.
There are at least two other flavours that come in standard gum form - Orange and Banana, and Raspberry and Blackcurrant - which come in packets of fourteen (14), are individually wrapped and slotted into a cardboard packet - rather than foil wrapped like this one. These cost around 0.67p and also come in multi-packs of three (£1.32 - much better value)
I like a gum that keeps its flavour, but sadly, after a promising start, there was no trace of strawberry after about ten minutes of chewing. This gum also seems to go hard very quickly, and after about 15 minutes, my jaw actually started to get sore. On disposing of it (responsibly of course), I found what had gone in white, actually comes out a pale yellow - must be those interesting E numbers.
The Strawberry and Peach review sample has a pleasing initial flavour, but little staying power. I have also tried the Orange and Mango, which seems to be softer, lasts longer and consequently, is probably my preferred choice. In summary, I like it, but with reservations.
© Hishyeness 2009 - Previously published on ciao.co.uk under the same user name.
I was standing waiting to pay for my shopping in Co-op yesterday when I noticed the confectionary rack. I was very tempted to get a bar of chocolate, but remembering my pledge to go on a serious diet I resisted the urge to grab and a bar. As I gazed longingly at the chocolate bars Wriglys Extra Fusion chewing gum caught my eye and I purchased a pack.
I believe there are a few different flavours in the Fusion range, however it was the orange and mango flavour which caught my eye and I subsequently purchased.
The gum comes packaged in a cardboard sleeve, inside the sleeve is a plastic foil backed try with 9 blisters, each containing a piece of fusion chewing gum.
The packaging for this product is appealing, it is bright and bold , but the thing which most appealed to me was the flavour.
The centre of each piece of gum is packed with a juicy filling, the gum also has a hard sugar coating. As you begin to chew the gum, your mouth fills with the fruity liquid inside - delicious.
Reading other peoples reviews of fusion gum, I have noticed that in general people feel the flavour was not very long lasting, however my experience with the orange and mango gum was quite different. I found that the flavour was very long lasting indeed and I was really very impressed.
I belive I paid 49p for my pack of chewing gum, this was for 9 pieces and whilst it is more expensive than normal sticks of chewing gum, it is definitely worth that extra few pence because it is absilutly delicious.
Another good thing about this gum is that it is sugar free, so you can chew it without worrying that it is doing damage to your teeth.
I am looking forward to trying the other flavours in this range, but the orange and mango will stay a favorite gum of mine now.
This product certainly does taste nice but it has one unfortunate side effect.It gives you TERRIBLE wind/gas and it has a laxative effect!Moreover the gas seems to hang around for ages and is really stagnant. There is a warning on the packet of it containing an ingredient that has an laxative effect, I can't read the ingredient name is the print is so small I can barely make out the word Laxative.The biggest problem is that once it starts the gas seems to go on all day, even if you go to the loo.It makes me laugh when you think of the product name, it certainly gives me extra fusion!
I have been a regular buyer of chewing gum since about half way through my time at secondary school, so about the age of 13. I have tried a number of different chewing gums over the last ten years and I now usually only buy Wrigleys Cool Breeze unless the shop doesnt happen to have it, in that case I buy something else. Around a year and a half ago I spotted a new Chewing Gum from Wrigleys and being aware of the "Extra" of the Wrigleys brand I decided to try a pack of this new chewing gum.
In Total There are four different chewing gums in the Extra Fusion range, these are Orange and Mango, Strawberry and Peach, Orange, Pineapple and Banana and finally Raspberry, Blackcurrant and Grapefruit flavour. All these flavours are a little more expensive than the standard Wrigleys Extra and come in at close to 50p which is around 15-20p more expensive which isnt too bad as they are a little bigger than the standard chewing gum. You can buy these gums from anywhere that sells the normal Wrigleys Extra chewing gums which is just about every shop that sells food and drink.
**My Chosen Flavour**
For this review I have chosen to tell you all about my favourite flavour, This is the New Strawberry and Peach Flavour which contains nine pieces of sugarfree chewing gum, You will see a picture of the chewing gum with the fruity liquid which the gum contains. You may ask, isnt this just bubble gum? The main difference to bubble gum is that the main part of the gum is actually just like normal chewing gum with the difference of the liquid which adds the fruit flavour to the gum whereas Bubble Gum is just fruity gum. I like the combination of the Strawberry and Peach as it is unusual in terms of mixing fruits as Strawberries are known as a good partner to other berries like Blackberry and Raspberry. This gum gives your breath a nice fruity scent and last a long time although not as long as the normal chewing gum from Wrigleys Extra.
This is my favourite of the four flavours and This Gum is a nice alternative if you are looking for a gum that isnt minty, A tasty gum but I prefer the Wrigleys Extra Cool Breeze as it lasts longer than this one but this still has a lot of appeal. If you like this one then why not try the rest and also look out for more flavours coming out in the future.
I was never much of a chewing gum fan until I gave up milk in my coffee. (I've since given up caffeine in it too - coffee now is a truly joyless experience for me!) I found that after a black coffee, my mouth tasted so utterly disgusting I just needed something to cut through it. This was why I turned to chewing gum.
I don't know about everyone else, but I view chewing gum as a pretty boring essential daily item. Yes, it was exciting when I was a kid - purely because my Dad disapproved of it - but back then I didn't drink coffee and only chewed juicy fruit, because other gum tasted of mint, and that reminded me of toothpaste - which no kid likes. Peppermint chewing gum is just a bit, well, dull.
I love a novelty though, so the recent influx of "exciting" chewing gums has been quite expensive for me. I think Wrigleys started it all off with their Fusion gums, and then Trident have started bringing out all manner of crazy flavours, and suddenly it's almost impossible to buy gum in those thin soft sticks we used to have as kids. It's all in crunchy tablets now, with or without liquid centres. Over-packaged and over-priced, but exciting and new. I can't move for chewing gum stands in my local Sainsburys.
Needless to say, I've tried a lot of the ones on offer. A lot of the flavours are pretty much "hubba bubba for adults"-style, which I must say doesn't really appeal to me any more.
So after trying around and getting bored, I settled on the slightly more conservative sounding Extra Fusion flavour - "Peppermint with a twist of Berry". Frankly, it sounded disgusting, but it was cheaper than Trident and sounded more interesting than the massive pack of boring peppermint gum I was carrying up to the check out in morrisons.
First impressions - it's hugely over-packaged!! Where I'm used to a little foil package for my gum, this stuff comes in a huge box (well, about 2 credit cards long and a centimetre thick), with a blister pack inside. What's wrong with foil?! This stuff makes me seriously worry about my carbon footprint! All this to package nine pieces of gum seemed a little bit much.
Once I'd got over the packaging shock, I popped out a piece of the gum. It's a little bigger than a normal piece of gum. With normal Extra (my boring gum brand of choice), I'm strictly a 2 pieces a go girl. With this stuff, I only need one, which is nice.
It chews like, well, chewing gum. It does taste pretty good though - the hint of berry goes surprisingly well with the peppermint, making it much much nicer to chew than their standard gum, without it being too sweet. The flavour lasts too - I tend to get bored of chewing gum after about 10 minutes, but after this time I still have a lot of flavour in the gum - more so than I would with their normal peppermint stuff. The flavour also seems to stick around my mouth for longer after getting rid of it than normal gum would - another bonus.
You should be able to find this stuff for sub-50p prices, which is actually ok - a little more expensive than "normal" gum, but not extortionately so. You will recognise it by the huge blue and red cardboard box proudly saying "Extra Fusion" on the front.
Because this is sugar free gum, it contains Phenylalanine - the stuff that is put into most sugar free sweeties which can cause laxative effects. It'll take a lot of Phenylalanine to send you to the toilet, but nevertheless I would advise against chewing 20 packs of this a day - try to stick to one or two.
All in all, recommended - the flavour is great, the longevity is great, the size of the pieces is perfect. Negative points are the ridiculous over-packaging and possibly the price (but not really!)
The Wrigley's company was set up in 1891 on April 1st by William Wrigley. They started to sell soap and baking powder products and as an incentive they offered free chewing gum with their products and soon realised there was a huge market for chewing gum when the gum became more popular than their soap and baking products.
Wrigley's sell their product too over 180 counties and have 14 factories worldwide one of which is in Plymouth (my home town) and is the main supplier for the UK.
One of their latest products is a Raspberry, Blackcurrant and Grapefruit Extra Fusion. The first time I saw this product was in my local Tesco. I thought that the combination of flavors sounded absolutely awful but as I enjoy trying new things I thought I would brave it and have a taste. To my surprise it was very nice and the flavors go really well together. After chewing for a while you can taste the flavors separately.
This is a very good product and the packaging it comes in is very easy to use and colourful. You get 14 tabs of sugar free chewing gum in each box, but one tab will last you a long time as the flavour's never seem to disappear and still feels refreshing even after 30 minutes of chewing it. They are a great mouth watering treat ideal for that quick moisture boost.
The product was brought at Tesco's and it came in a pack of 3 and the cost was only 99p. Although I am sure you could purchase them in other supermarkets and convenience stores. They have lasted me a long time so I would say that this is a good value for money.
Wrigley's Extra Fusion
I'm always on the lookout for sugar free goodies and as far as chewing gum goes it is usually just spearmint, peppermint or plain old 'mint'. So I was quite pleased to learn about this range.
Apparently there are a number of flavours, the one I have tried is: Raspberry Blackcurrant Grapefruit flavour (they do not use commas or 'and', somehow this bugs me).
Looks great on the front, very bright and colourful. When you get to the back of the packet a problem becomes apparent. Black writing on deep red background, in a font so small it is not possible to read unless you either use a magnifying glass or hold it right up to you face then you become quite disorientated.
Packet tells you it is 'new' and it's sugar free and that there are 14 'tabs', each one by the way is individually wrapped.
Strips of gum about an inch and a quarter long and quarter inch wide; bright blue with red flecks (raspberry). Actually it looks a bit like blue tack. No smell to notice.
This is quite bizarre; At first they taste really fruity and sweet, bit like I remember Juicy Fruit tasting, then, within a few chews, the Grapefruit tartness comes in (how do they do that?).
This taste kind of stays, with a residual sweetness for about five minutes, then there is like a menthol over taste, which whilst not nasty, is kind of unexpected.
I have to say, after 10 minutes I want to spit it out it is quite bland with a hint of sweet menthol, and it actually affects the throat too, bit like a cough sweet aftertaste. I can chew an ordinary mint extra chewing gum for hours, not this though.
Initially soft and sweet like, but quickly becoming like rubber, it actually makes your teeth squeak, not nice at all.
Fine if you only want a 5 minute chew, after that forget it. Quite cheap at around 60p (local garage), I won't be rushing out for more though. Expect to see these 'dropped' from the range in the next couple of months.
After spitting out, it is almost identical to blue tack, but doesn't stick, I've tried.
I was in my local Costcutter yesterday where I was idly looking at the display of chewing gum whilst I was waiting to pay. Now I don't normally buy chewing gum as I do find that it makes me feel hungry when I chew it and I already eat too much as it is!
Anyway I noticed a new product - well I hadn't tried it before - called Wrigley's Extra Fusion and the flavour I spotted was Spearmint with a hint of melon. I am not very keen on peppermint and much prefer the taste of spearmint so I decided to give it a try. It only cost 52p for a pack so it wasn't going to be a big problem if I didn't like it.
The gum comes in a flat cardboard box (remember to recycle it) about the size of two credit cards across and about half an inch deep. Inside this is a plastic and foil pack with nine pieces of gum in it. This is made like a tablet pack where you 'push out' a piece of gum through the foil back of the pack.
The box itself looks attractive in green and pink with the words New Extra Fusion written across it. It also tells me that the box contains 9 pieces of sugar free gum. Apparently it is also the 'official chewing gum of the Premier League'. Am I bovvered? Not really, but such information may impress some people.
When I decided to try my first piece I pushed the gum through the packet easily enough and straight away got a pleasant whiff of spearmint. I popped it into my mouth and my first reaction was 'ooh that's nice!' as the spearmint taste filled my mouth when I bit through the outer casing of the gum. As I began to chew the gum I did notice that a strong peppermint flavour came through but this did subside.
The initial strong flavours cleared my nasal passages which was nice for me as I have a bit of a cold at the moment and it also made me sneeze! Reading the back of the packet I found out that it contains menthol so this reaction would make sense then.
As I continued to chew a slight flavour of melon comes through and is very pleasant. The flavour remained as I continued to chew the gum so there is something new going on here! When I was young the flavour in gum only lasted for the time it took to chew it from its original shape into its sticky form in my mouth.
The thing that hasn't changed however is the fact that chewing it makes me hungry! Blast! It did make my mouth feel nice and fresh so it is something that I would use again, especially when I am travelling.
There is a warning on the back of the packet as the gum, being sugar free, contains Polyols which have a laxative effect. If you have read my review on Boots Diabetic Chocolate you'll know this is true - big time! Apparently 100g of this gum contains 60g of Polyols. I found this information on the packet quite useless as nowhere on the packet does it tell you the weight of the contents! Presumably you would need to weigh a piece of gum to work out how many grams of Polyols there are on each piece and, funnily enough, I don't carry a set of scales with me!
OK you know me I can't leave a question unanswered so I have just been into the kitchen with a piece of gum to weigh it and it only weighs 2g so that would mean whole packet of gum would only weigh 18g so would only contain 10.8g of Polyols so I wouldn't expect any strong laxative effect even if you ate the whole packet in the same day. I remember from the warning on the Boots chocolate that we shouldn't eat more than 20g of Polyols in a 24 hour period.
Anyway enough of that - would I recommend the gum? The short answer to the question is yes, I would. It tasted good, cleared my blocked nose (even though I wasn't expecting this side effect!) and freshened my mouth.
In conclusion I would like to say PLEASE DISPOSE OF IT RESPONSIBLY! I do hate to see a lovely pavement covered in spots of old chewing gum - yuk!
The Wrigley Company Limited
This review has also been posted on Ciao.