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Wrigleys Extra Ice Chewing Gum
For me the best brand of chewing gum has to be Wrigleys, and especially the best chewing gum for me is Wrigleys Extra Ice.
The chewing gum is tasty, freshens my breath, cheap to buy and overall a really good product. I buy this chewing gum whenever I feel like I want fresher breath or sometimes I just buy it for no reason in particular, just because I like chewing it now and again and I like how it tastes.
Wrigleys Extra Ice is the official chewing gum of the Premier League. It is sugar free and the normal size packs which are the ones shown in the picture contain 10 pieces of lovely gum.
The colour of each piece is a light, pale blue colour which lives up to its name because it is a frosty and cold blue - the colour of ice.
Lots of people think chewing gum is a modern invention and that in the good old days it wasn't invented, but actually chewing gum dates back a long, long time to when the Aztecs were around (the Aztecs were around about five hundred years ago, up to the 1500s). They noticed that the sap from the trees was chewy and hardened into a chewable gum for them to chew. Wrigleys Extra wasn't around at this time, though! It was launched in 1984 in the US and Canada and started to be sold in the UK shortly after.
Wrigleys Extra is a popular and well known brand of chewing gum which most people have tried or at least heard of before. Also they sponsor Hollyoaks on Channel 4 and E4.
What are they like to chew?
I like the taste of Wrigleys Extra Ice chewing gum because it is a unique, fresh taste which I enjoy and also like the fact that it freshens my breath.
It takes about three quarters of an hour - to an hour for the gum to lose its minty fresh taste and then it is bland and boring and not nice to carry on chewing and you have to spit it out.
They taste nice and minty fresh and are good to chew.
Why don't some people like chewing gum?
Apparenty, according to my sister, Daniel Radcliffe (who plays Harry Potter) absolutely HATES chewing gum and thinks everyone who chews it is mad and disgusting. I can understand why some people don't like it though. I hate the idea of it myself, sometimes. Because...
it is stuck all underneath the tables in school and when you put your hand on it by accident which sometimes happens it is disgusting!!
it is very annoying when someone is chewing loudly and with their mouth wide open as if to show everyone "Look at me I'm hard cause I've got chewing gum!" I find this irritating!
also because the idea of it being stuck inside it if you swallow it makes anyone think eww. And there is going to be a small minority of people affected by the loss of people who have died from freak accidents caused by chewing gum.
as well some people might think it for teenagers and chavs only!
Why do I LIKE chewing gum?
I like this particular chewing gum for the following reasons:
It tastes yummy - minty fresh and freshens my breath nicely for me
It is only cheap and doesn't cost too much to buy
If you put it in the bin then no harm done!
If I'm bored then chewing this gives me something to do and stops me biting my nails instead.
Does it get rid of bad breath?
Wrigleys Extra Ice is scientifically proven to help reduce bacteria that cause bad breath. There is definitely a fresher feeling in my mouth after I chew one of these pieces of gum, and they are handy sometimes, for this reason.
But you can't use one of these instead of cleaning your teeth with a brush and toothpaste, obviously. I think they help to get rid of a little bit of bad breath, but they don't clean your teeth for you.
What they do is leave a fresher feeling in your mouth so you don't have cabin breath at the end of the day.
I have typed out the ingredients exactly how they appear on my pack of chewing gum. Here they are:
Sweeteners, Sorbitol, Maltitol, Maltitol syrup, Mannitol, Aspartame, Acesulfame K, Gum base (contains soybean Lecithin), Humectant Glycerine (non-animal), Thickener gum arabic, flavourings, glazing agent calcium carbonate, colour E171, Glazing agent carnauba wax, anitioxidant BHA, colour E133Underneath the ingredients on the back of the packet it also says, which be may worth taking note of: 'Contains a source of phenylalanine. Excessive consumption may produce laxative effects'.
Where can you get them from?
You can buy these chewing gums from most shops, such as newsagents, corner shops etc and also supermarkets sell them as well. I have also seen these on sale in bigger packs which have four packets of gum in them in Pound Land.
The normal price for one of these packs with ten pieces in is usually around 40p which is only cheap and I think they are worth it.
Would I recommend Wrigleys Extra Ice?
Yes I recommend these breath freshening, cheap to buy chewing gums as I think they are tasty and I enjoy chewing them.
I wouldn't recommend them for young children as you aren't supposed to swallow them and little people might do this. I do it myself sometimes accidentally and it is apparently dangerous and they stick on your insides and take seven years to digest.
For this reason I am glad all food isn't like chewing gum!
So as a warning please be careful with this chewing gums, I have also heard of accidents - rare cases where people have swallowed it the wrong way and then died or been hospitalised for a long time afterwards.
But don't let this put you off these cheap and minty fresh gums!
I decided to buy these mints one day after needing a fresh minty outburst but didn't really want gum to chew on as I get bored with it sometimes. So whilst at the counter in Morrison's, I decided to try these as they were currently new on the market.
The packing was well suited to the name of the product, it was silver and white which fitted the theme of 'ICE' as that's the name of the product. It's been a while since I bought them but they were around the 40p mark which I thought was very reasonable considering the size of the product.
I'd say there were around 10-14 of these mints in the pack and each one was an oval shape with a little dint in the middle; I used to like rolling them in my mouth over my tongue because they were such a so smooth feeling.
The first taste of this product shocked me a bit, they were very strong yet my mouth felt instantly fresh, it did burn a little bit at first but I eventually got used to it and had one after another because they tasted so nice. After the initial fresh burning sensation the mint really did cool my mouth down also, hence the 'ice' being mentioned on the packet, they were very refreshing.
These mints are available to buy at most supermarkets, usually at the counter and newsagents etc. Great mint to freshen you up with.
The Wrigley's company was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1891 by William Wrigley and still has its headquarters there. Initially they sold mainly Baking Powder and offered chewing gum as a bonus item with each can of baking powder but eventually the chewing gum became more popular than the baking powder and the rest is history.
William Wrigley became so successful that he owned the Chicago Cubs baseball team and the stadium is still named after him, Wrigley Field.
As far as I am aware the company is now almost entirely focused on manufacturing chewing gum. However, they have now taken the Wrigley's Extra Ice Chewing Gum Brand and Flavour and applied it to sugar free mints.
I bought a packet for the first time today and they cost me 29p from Wilkinsons which I thought was a very fair and cheap price.
I have eaten about half of the pack already and so estimate that there were about 14 mints in a packet. I do not have the packet weight but I can tell you that each mint weighs about 50% more than mint polo and is 23 x 13 x 5 millimetres in dimension.
They are oval racetrack shaped with a smaller oval shaped indentation on either side of the mint.
The taste is very similar to a polo mint, perhaps not quite as minty in strength and the texture is very smooth in your mouth. The mint is very suckable and will only break by applying a fair amount of force with your teeth. It does break more easily after a few minutes of sucking it.
The mints are sugar free so therefore exceptionally low in calories. They contain three types of sweeteners. Aspartame, Sorbitol and Acesulfame and there is a warning on the side of the packet that excessive consumption could cause a laxative effect.
I have found that the fresh breath effect is okay but not as good as other stronger mints that are available. I have enjoyed eating them and they are good to have as a sugar free sweet when you have a bit of a sweet craving but because of the sweetener chemicals in them I am not too keen to eat them on a regular basis.
A nice product overall from Wrigley's and at 29p, if that price is held, very cheap too.
P.S. My spell checker suggested "Surbiton" for Sorbitol !
No-one likes bad breath and as I don't really like chewing gum, I usually buy mints instead. I like to buy the sugar free versions as I want to try and preserve my teeth. Sugar free versions can be a bit hit and miss - especially the laxative effect!
I have been sucking (I'm sure that's the right phrase!) Extra Ice Mints for a few years now and are one of the best on the market.
The packet is pocket size and easy to open with the tear strip. The mints are held snuggly in the packet so none fall out into your pocket.
The mints themselves are strong in taste and dissolve slowly in your mouth. You get an initial blast of mintyness that may be too strong for some. I like the strength of the mints and means you don't need another for while, while your breath is staying fresh.
The price is also very good. The newsagent I buy them from charge 39p, which is cheaper than most mints and chewing gums.
The packet itself does warn of the laxitive effect but I have never noticed this and don't see myself eating enough to give this undesirable effect!
keeping up to the standards Wrigleys have kept for years, this ever popular brand kicks out a new gum sensation wrigleys a worldwide hit presents to the chewers WRIGLEYS EXRTRA ICE this new ice blast satifiys chewers once again. an avid chewer myself have tried all types of gum you can think of but always come running back to try out the NEW wrigley sensation the tingling sentsation and the cool icy flavour satisfys my taste buds and im sure yours as well. the dreamy blue and antartic white packaging really tells you what is is store inside the packet. their is no doubt about it extra ice is what chewers live for. im sure you'll all agree that everyone stops to pick up a pack of gum before their busy schedule begins. so if you haven't alredy tried it you must do so. wrigleys extra ice the gum sensation that helps you through the day.
As anyone who has read some of my past reviews will know, I am an avid fan of all things minty. It is therefore little surprise that I chew a lot of gum. Not only do I find the physical action of chewing somewhat calming, but it also has benefits for my teeth. I find that, particularly when I am stressed, chewing gum helps to relieve some of the tension and subconsciously makes my mind turn away from stressful thoughts.
Of course, chewing gum is an essential tool in the combat against bad breath. In particular, I started chewing a lot more gum whilst I had an infection in one of my teeth, which essentially lead to my breath becoming rancid to the point where I could smell it myself, so I can only imagine what it must have been like for other people. Thankfully, this problem has now been resolved, however, chewing gum has been a regular part of my everyday life since I started College six years ago.
Over the years I have tried several different types and makes of gum, but Wrigleys Extra Ice is definitely one of my favourites, along with a few other of the Wrigleys brands. The advantage of both mints and chewing gum is that they are both relatively cheap to buy, so it is easy to keep your breath smelling nice, whilst at the same time not having to break the bank. Wrigleys Extra Ice comes packaged pretty much the same as most other tablet form chewing gums in a small packet containing around ten little chewing gum tablets. The price varies depending on where you buy them but in general I pay 40p at my local station. This equates to only four pence per chewing gum.
As always with Wrigley products, the packaging is easy to spot on the shelves amongst the vast array of different chewing gums around today and it is more so the EXTRA brand name that immediately jumps out and hits you. This takes up much of the packaging in giant white lettering with the word ICE directly underneath and off-centre in blue. Not surprisingly the colouring on the packet is blue and white, which ties in with Wrigleys marketing the product with the ICE name. Subconsciously this gives me the feeling that for some reason the chewing gum would be cold to taste, and to an extent this is true. The taste of the mint is such that it creates an almost arctic blast in your mouth which hangs around for ages and leaves your mouth feeling very clean and fresh.
The only thing my teeth dont like is the coating on the chewing gum. AS with all chewing gums you expect it to be smooth and chewy, however, when you first start to chew a new piece the coating is a little crunchy and it just feels odd initially when you are eating it. Never fear, however, as this sensation soon disappears and you are left with a smooth feeling of fine gum going up and down between your gnashers.
Overall I would definitely recommend this gum to anyone who has a complex about the freshness of their breath, anyone suffering from stress or anxiety and anyone who just likes something to chew on. In general, the only things that make this chewing gum different from any other is the freshness of the mint combined with the fact that the flavour lasts long after it has been spat out.
WARNING: Excessive consumption may turn you into an ICE-aholic!
Being a bit of a chewing gum fan, although I realise a lot of people dont like to see others chewing, I do tend to stock up when in the garage
usually for tedious car journeys!
As with most of the Wrigleys chewing gums, this comes in a stick type packet, with an outer quite plastic feeling layer with all the gum blurb,(although I KNOW they are not water proof) and inside this is the foil wrapping. As ever, there is a bit of a struggle as I try to open the outer wrapper, and I am left wondering why the manufacturers dont provide us with one of those little tear strips which opens the packet for us. Once into the outer wrapping, the rest is, as they say, a piece of cake; this being merely some foil. However, there is usually too little foil to wrap those bits of gum securely.
~~The chewing gum~~
Here they are, small rectangular pale blue things and as I unwrap the packet, yes, there is a distinct but not overwhelming whiff of mint. Good, I know what Im getting.
So, into the mouth. It doesnt take me long to crunch through the very thin outer shell. Once bitten, the mint flavour is immediately released. Its almost medicinal in its mintiness, and feels as though it has the kind of vapour I would want if I had a blocked nose. I dont know if its a liquid being released, hence the name, Extra, but it does have that sensation.
The minty taste does last a long time, and I, who am renowned for rejecting chewing gum as soon as it loses its taste, have managed to keep chewing on this until it feels rubbery. Definitely no taste by this rubber sensation stage.
~~Price and Availability~~
Available from supermarkets, garage forecourts, newsagents; in fact, almost everywhere. If they stock chewing gum, they will almost certainly stock this.
It costs about 35p for 10 of the small pieces. Quite good value even if, like me, you chew two at a time one just isnt enough, because they really are quite small.
~~Other bits of information~~
Because its sugar free, teeth wont be rotted. However, dont chew too many because there is a small warning on the side of the packet informing consumers that excessive consumption could cause laxative effects. There is, however, no indication as to just what constitutes excessive consumption.
Definitely one I would buy again. Not overly good for blowing bubbles, but makes great snapping noises, to irritate whoever is unlucky enough to be in the car with me at the time!
The chewing gum has a pleasant not too strong mint freshness, and does have great taste longevity. The mint flavour just seems to go on and on. There is none of that feeling of chewing on tasteless rubber.
As with most chewing gums, I remain unimpressed with the packaging, preferring as I do the little tubs which keeps them all inside until eaten, and the individually wrapped gum. Once these fall out of the opened packet, unless carefully rewrapped, they will fall out of the packet. This gives me a solid reason to eat the whole packet quickly; best watch out for that aforementioned laxative effect!
My breath is left feeling fresh and minty, and even when I remove the gum from my mouth, the taste of mint remains.
For a mouth freshening, pleasant tasting, long lasting chewing gum, I would recommend this cheap and minty but beware the lost bits of gum
Thanks for reading.
Extra Ice is a well know brand of chewing gum, created by Wrigleys. They are also the creators of brands such as Orbit, Hubba Bubba, Airwaves, and Juicy Fruit. Plus all the other types of brands of Extra. They are also now the official chewing gum of the Premier League.
Now on with the Chewing Gum, The packaging is a blue icey colour, with the words extra going across in big white letters. Then below that in smaller blue letters is the word ice. The Wrigleys logo is above in smaller white letters. On the back you can find all the nutritional information, and ingredients, I wont bore you with this as you can find it all at Wrigleys.com.
The packet is real simple to open, and has two different ways; you can either open the flap at the top of the packet, or the easier way is to pull the tab that sticks out from the side. On pulling the silver tab, you will reveal a red line, this is like a guideline. Once you pull this you will reveal a silver like foil paper. Once you have done this, if you push one of the chewing gum pieces up, it will just pop out of the top of the packet.
The packet contains 10 pieces of a light blue chewing gum, with a soft crunchy coating. These are a rectangle shape pellet. Once you have the pellet in your hand, you can smell the minty smell, although the smell is not that strong, but it is present. Which made me think as the smell was not that strong, that maybe the chewing gum did lack in flavour, but I was wrong.
So I popped the chewing gum in my mouth, and started chewing, the chewing gum is quite crunchy at first, due to the crispy coating, but this soon goes.
Now on with the flavouring of the gum. What can I say but wow. The flavour came out of the chewing gum as soon as it entered my mouth. It tasted to start with of the pink mouthwash that you get when you visit the dentists. Then after a while of chewing it goes more into a minty taste, sort of like toothpaste. The chewing gum is slightly hot when you first chew, but its not too hot, just a warm feeling in your mouth.
I have now been chewing away for a full seven minutes and I can still taste the mint of the chewing gum, also this may sound weird, but if you put your tongue through the chewing gum as if to make a bubble, the taste gets stronger on your tongue, but if you dont like the heat of when you first started chewing the gum, then maybe you should not do this, as you do get the burning sensation once again on your tongue.
Also I would not recommend trying to blow bubbles with this, as I did and it does not work that well. The bubbles you can blow are only small, and once they pop it sticks to your mouth, and its very sticky loll. So unless you want a sticky lip, I would not try it loll.
This gum is sugar free, which means less fattening, although it does taste quite sweet. Sugar free gum is clinically proven to reduce tooth decay by up to 40% and is recommended by 85% of dentists. This is also good for if you are trying to stop smoking as chewing gum reduces the urge to snack, which is what most people do when they stop smoking. It is also good for when you do smoke, as it does seem to freshen your breath, and it made my teeth feel cleaner also. I also found that while chewing this gum I did not smoke as many cigarettes, so maybe this could be the aide to help you quit.
My mouth just feels really clean, and fresh, and my breath no longer smells of stale smoke. Now I bought this pack for a small 35p and it really is worth the money, the taste in the end lasted for a cool 20 minutes before I had to spit it out, and with 10 pellets per packet thats a good 3 hrs and 20 minutes chewing per packet. I dont think that could be beat for value. So why not have a try of these and decide for yourself. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
I used to be a smoker during my school days when it was cool to smoke and you did it because all your friends did it and whenever P.E came around it was always a good excuse to disappear off behind the bike sheds with your mates. Since leaving school I decided that in order to try and save some money and more importantly protect my health that I should give it up. Now after smoking for well over 5 years it wasnt going to be an easy task and after trying Nicorette gum, which I can only describe as vile, a friend of mine told me to try some 'normal' chewing gum instead to help combat the cravings and remove all traces of the taste of nicotine.
So I opted for Wrigleys, I feel I am a little too old to be popping bubbles from Hubba Bubba and as Wrigleys owns it anyway I was technically being loyal to a brand of chewing gum that I had used sporadically on occasions anyway. I would usually opt for Wrigleys Spearmint gum because it reminds me of toothpaste but decided this morning to give Wrigleys Extra Ice gum a try, purely in the interests of reviewing it here and seeing whether the icy blasts were as cold as people had said it was.
The packet of Wrigleys Extra Ice looks very similar in style to all the Wrigleys range in that it is slim and oblong in shape and encased within a silver foil wrapper with large writing in white which says 'Wrigleys' and then whichever make it happens to be, which I have to admit can sometimes be a pain to get into, however within each packet you will find 10 separate pieces of gum and the strong minty smell will hit you as soon as you manage to open the packet.
Once you have a piece of gum in your mouth and I recommend only putting one piece in at a time because the flavouring is quite strong and can be on par with an extra strong mint, the outer white shell which surrounds the actual gum melts away and as that happens the really strong minty taste will hit your mouth and if you have ever seen an advert for this gum then the description is correct in that you feel it could turn your breath into ice as you breathe out, but at the same time it leaves a clean refreshing feeling in your mouth.
Now I knew lots of people hate chewing gum because some ignorant blighters spit it out on the floor and it stays there forever more or they leave it on the seats of buses and trains and it sticks to your clothes and is a nightmare to get off and because some people who chew it have no etiquette and eat like they are an animal in a zoo, but there are some benefits to chewing to gum... they help improve oral health by reducing the growing of plaque which can destroy your teeth and it is also good for moistening and refreshing your mouth, for me they are good for stopping me from snacking constantly because my mind is taken off food when I sit and chew.
I have to say since I started my new hobby of gum chewing the cravings for cigarettes has been dramatically reduced and my breath is much fresher than it used to be and chewing is a much cheaper habit than smoking and it is much healthier for me and those who are around me when I did smoke. After trying this I have to admit that the mint taste and cool sensation was a bit too much for me and I don't think I will be trying it again, sticking instead to the spearmint Extra gum.
As a filthy smoker and something of a regular drinker you can imagine that my breath at some times of the day is not as fresh smelling as it could be and to be completely honest, at times it downright stinks. With only limited breaks to go outside and smoke normally I use Wrigleys Extra chewing gum to freshen up my breath and keep my mind occupied.
Chewing gum helps me take my mind off cravings and is also good exercise for the muscles in the jaw so when given a reason to try another brand whilst staying loyal to Wrigleys I couldnt resist the temptation to give Wrigleys Extra Ice a try, after all I needed chewing gum and the fact that a pack was the same price as my usual chewing gum at 35p for 10 of the little tablets meant that I wouldnt be getting anything less for my money.
Identifying the brand and make is easy for the potential consumer and as you would expect from a brand marketing itself as a cool, ice-like product the packaging uses bright whites and blues to distinguish itself from both other makes in the Wrigleys range and other products that sit alongside it on the shelf. Even for someone with such poor eyesight as me I had no problems spotting the Extra and Ice logo.
For a man with no fingernails to speak of getting into the packet was not as much of a chore as it normally is and once opened, the foil tears away easily to reveal the off white tablets. As soon as they are exposed a cool mint aroma starts to waft up my nostrils. Being a huge fan of all things mint related, I was happy with the natural fragrance that left my mouth desperate to discover whether they would taste as good as they smelt.
The crispy off white coating to the gum as soon as it is slipped into the mouth immediately gives off a mild flavour of mint, but nothing too strong and a quick clench of my jaw was all that was required to break the outer shell into lots of tiny, easy to swallow bits. As soon as I had bitten through the outer shell there was something of an aroma and taste explosion in my mouth. The mint smell coming out of my mouth was picked up by my nose in a split second whilst the taste moved from a mild mint to full blown cool mint sensation in moments. If you can, imagine drinking the final mouthful of a Mint Julep whilst running a large ice cube around your mouth. I cannot express how cool the gum makes your mouth feel, and so quickly. After a few seconds of chewing I found myself sucking air into my mouth to try and warm it up. Obviously the temperature of your mouth does not drop to sub zero levels, but boy it feels like it does for the first minute or so of chewing before it starts to die down.
Normally with my usual Extra gums the aroma, texture and taste alter within about 5 minutes but this is not the case with Extra Ice. The fragrance remains strong for a good 10 minutes and I am reliably informed masks the stale cigarette smells of a smokers mouth even if they have just put one out. Again, whilst the taste does over time fade, a rather subdued mint flavour is still being released as I chew 15 minutes after starting.
At 35p for 10 tablets of Extra Ice I really cant argue. I expected the texture to be similar to the standard Extra brand and was surprised to find that it is more chewable and for longer, the fragrance strong yet not overpowering and the taste simply put, out of this world. All that is left for me to say is that Wrigleys Extra Ice is suitable for vegetarians due to the ingredients, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to mint and gum lovers by the Badger and when you have finished sampling this delightful product please dispose of your gum responsibly.
Thanks for taking the time to read and rate.
Now I am not a chewing gum sort of guy. Ever since I was little I just thought that it was horrible and not pleasant at all. I remember trying different types at various points throughout my childhood and the taste to me was a bit dull. The problem was I just couldn't find it in me to chew gum which tasted like very mild mint mixed with plastic when there were perfectly good packets of Polos out there. So I am not amongst chewing gum's biggest fans. Also I don't like it when the sticky stuff is left lying around to stick by innocent bystanders who are not expecting it. I have had chewing gum stuck to my feet before and it's not nice, also I've had it attached to the back pocket of my jeans as I was leaving a bus once without realising and it was still attached to the seat where I was sitting! Everyone laughed, except one guy who looked sympathetic but hey, I left in a strop anyway.
So why have I decided to go against that which I believe in and take a chew of Wrigley's Extra Ice? Well I'm not sure really, I thought that it may well be time in my life to try a bit of chewing gum again. Apparently it can help you lose weight as it makes your brain think you're eating when in fact you're not. I will never argue with something that could make me stop eating as much! So I saw this on here and thought 'Why the heck not!' and decided to myself last night that I was going to go down to the local garage down the road and when I go and as well as the milk I desperately need I'll get myself some of this. Low and behold here I am, back from a pleasant walk at ten o'clock in the morning, finished my milk covered cereal and chewing a brand new packet of chewing gum.
I have recognised Wrigley's Extra as a leading brand in the chewing gum industry for a while now with big advertisements and adverts with 'Mmmbop' by Hanson as the backing music, who could ignore them?! Claiming in that advert that chewing their gum will get you closer to other people. Not quite sure how the technicalities of that work out but nonetheless they have been successful. I see friends with packs of Wrigley's Extra chewing gum all the time, they offer me a piece and I politely say 'no, thank you' every time. So the quality of the product is bound to be good or people wouldn't buy it and they wouldn't have the money to advertise, so what's all the fuss about? I can only wonder...
So moving onto the Extra Ice brand, as I have said popped out and got them fresh this morning. The product was easy enough to find, set apart from the chocolate and sweets in the traditional chewing gum section it was not hard to spot amongst the other Extra brands with the large blue 'ICE' standing out enough for me to read it. While I'm still talking about the shop, I should talk about prices. I am unsure as to how much chewing gum usually costs as I have never bought it before but at a petrol station you can hardly expect great prices so I'm sure you'll be able to pick it up for less than the 39p I had to spend on a pack of ten pieces.
The packaging then, is much what you'd expect from this product with the name that it has. Extra Ice has a outer packet of blues and whites. The Extra logo has shadows of light blue and the 'ICE' is set apart from the rest in a darker blue set over the images of what look like ice mountains in the background. As an A Level student of technology with a GCSE in graphics I should probably be able to say more than that about the design of the packaging but alas, I can't. A conscience clearing 'Sugarfee Gum' appears in the corner which helps me to not worry about what it is doing to my teeth and lets me enjoy the experience.
On the back of the packaging comes all the details as to the manufacturer etc. and what's actually in the gum. If anything could scare me away now I'm sure it could be this! Well with nothing to worry me in the ingredients list, though that may be due to lack of knowledge and understanding of the ingredients, I move hastily onto the nutrition section...
Nutrition Information per 100g
Energy: 615 kJ/ 147 kcal
(of which sugars): 0g
(of which polyols): 61g
(of which starch): 0g
(of which saturates): 0g
This information neither put me off or made me any fonder of the product. With no fats and no sugars it seemed like it wasn't going to do much harm to my figure... and it should leave the rest of me in tact too. Whereas the lack of protein, fibre and sodium left me also wondering how there was anything there! There is a 'suitable for vegetarians' label printed in the small text at the bottom of the packet so animal lovers can breathe freely. Also a due warning not to use excessively or you may be using the loo a little more often than you usually see as normal! So now I know what it's going to do to me it's time to actually get inside.
Moving inwards, taking one step closer to the pieces of gum I am dreading, is easy enough. A little flap appearing at the side of the packet on the back makes easy work of the outer paper packaging as it removes a helpful amount from the end of the packet and leaves you with what I assume to be typical for all types of chewing gum, a shiny foily inner layer. Opening the final barrier allows you to get a look in on the gum itself.
Deciding that I'd take as much time over getting in my mouth as possible I took a sniff. I had to admit that I was pleasantly surprised as it didn't have a stale smell that would have matched that taste I remember from years ago. The smell could have arisen from any of my favourite mint packets, perhaps at a further distance but still the smell was good and I was intruiged. Taking one of the pieces out I took a closer sniff to see if it was still as good and with no further arguments I put it hesitantly into my mouth.
The pieces are a pale blue colour most likely for aesthetic reasons than anything else, inside is white covered with the thin blue shell. They are of useful size and easy to put into the mouth. Much more pleasant that the strips of gum which I've tried before. Just the look of them always managed to put me off before I'd started but that's just me being behind the times.
I put the gum in my mouth and typical sweet sucking, strong mint eating me just sucked on it for a while. Quite disappointed at the lack of taste the fact that it was 'chewing' gum might be a bit of a hint as what to do! So I chewed it up slowly and the outer shell crumbled into the centre, there was a bit of a mild taste for a few seconds until the flavour really kicked in. Very strong mint flavouring filled my mouth and with a cooling of my mouth that I was foolish to not expect from a brand called Extra Ice, I was shocked at the flavour that this chewing gum had. There is a really strong burst of mint taste before resorting back to a reasonable level of mintiness, there is a pretty strong taste in the mouth for about five minutes at least afterwards and I'm sure a hardcore gum chewer would have squeezed every bit of flavouring out of it by now but I, being a gum virgin, am still finding spots of flavour some fourty minutes later. Most of the flavour is gone but I am enjoying just chewing the flavourless gum so I shall keep on chewing.
I have to say I am most impressed, not only does each single piece can last over an hour in my mouth, it actually has a flavour which I found rather pleasant and quite refreshing at this time of the morning. I am looking forward to a second piece without the hesitancy of the first and I can enjoy it, I quite hope that I don't get too fond of this and get addicted to it as I do quite quickly with other sweets but it is definitely a nice experience. The effect on my normally disgusting morning breath is noticeable even to me so it is definitely an improvement. I cannot adives you on whether it can remove cigarette breath as that's something I'm not willing to try in the name os a review. It fill my mouth with a fresh minty taste and keeps me full up when I would otherwise be craving my second breakfast by now... Unfortunately I am still a little put off when I actually take the gum out of my mouth but it may be something I have to put up with if I want any more! After disposing of it sensibley, the journey of the first piece has come to an end... I am happy to say that with my first taste of the Extra brand I am surprised. And now I say... onto the second piece!
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The Wrigley Company Ltd.
£0.39 for 10 pieces.
Wrigleys Extra Ice Mints
Having what I believe to be a pregnancy craving for all things minty especially mints themselves it was only a matter of time before I came across these wonderful mints which not only taste great but freshen the breath in a cool way.
These Wrigleys Extra Ice Mints have been out for a little while now but I have not seen them in that many places. I got this particular packet out of a multi pack, which I bought from Tescos costing £1.19 pence for four packets but they do also sell them singularly for around the 30 pence mark. This compared to other mints is a standard price, its not that cheap and its not that expensive. I would of preferred to have gotten them on a special offer as I have seen them on special from time to time and as I seem to be going through mints like there is no tomorrow it is costing me an arm and a leg.
These mints come in a packet around 10 cm in length and a blue and white coloured packaging. The wrapping is a silver foil lined paper type which works well for wrapping the mints up after you have taken one out and covering them well enough not to get bits in from the bottom of the handbag!
The mints themselves are about an inch in length and oval in shape. They are the perfect shape for sucking and fit into the mouth well making them easy to eat. They have a small well in the centre of the mint with a ridge surrounding it giving it a funny feeling inside the mouth against the tongue. The brilliant white shade that the mint is makes it look very appealing and very fresh.
The mint aroma is not that over powering when first opening the packet but on popping one in the mouth the cool minty explosion really does take place. The strong mint taste is released from the mint within the first few seconds and does come across very strong and quickly. The mint taste is that of a cool mint rather than a heavy mint and gives instant relief from any bad taste that may be in the mouth. They seem to melt in the mouth with ease all the time releasing the freshness that is held within.
I often can be found crunching on mints but I much prefer to suck these ones and take my time over them. The mint taste is far too strong to be crunching the mint up in the mouth and sucking them gives just the right amount of flavour. It also makes the mint last longer and give an all round fresher breath.
Mints are said to give a laxative effect if they are eaten to excess so I really should take head from this, as the last thing I want is to go into early labour with a bad case of diarrhoea!! Can you imagine!!! However the mints contain hardly any fat and you would have to eat 100 grams to intake 245 calories. The packet doesnt day actually how many grams are contained within this packet only that the pack holds 16 individual mints. They are though suitable for vegetarians.
Overall these mints taste fabulous. They really do freshen the breath to a good standard and you would be comfortable talking to anyone at close range after sucking on one of these. The price is set fairly for what you are actually getting. They are not my favourite mint as spearmint polos still hold that position but I would say they are running high at the top with the polos.
For years now chewing gum has been a strong part of my life, whether it was trying to make an image for myself at school by consuming it when I shouldn't be or just generally trying to freshen my breath up for that special someone on a Friday night out.. or if she wasn't that special I'd just leave the packet in my pocket. That's right, I'm one of those people who it would be unusual to find without chewing gum and this brings me to have a moment pretty much every day with someone going, "Lets borrow some gum, you always have some." How right they are, and as I'm a generous person (my mum pays for it) I had some out.
My first experience with chewing gum wasn't such a pleasent one though. I was young and had never came across the stuff before, so presuming it was just a typical food, I tried to eat it and nearly choked to death. Oh to be that age again. I was not put off from my experience though and as I said gum was the thing to have at school, although those long strips just weren't cool - you have to have the pellet versions. So if you had gum, Polo's, mints or even that 'thin ice' that Wrigley's produced (it's where you put a strip on your tongue and it would melt, I think it's been discontinued although I was one of the few people that liked it!) you would be one of the hip kids.
It's not until recently however that I have got stuck on just one chewing gum, every week my mum buys the multi-pack with about 5 little packs in them, and who am I to ask her for another brand? Besides, I like it. This brand is of course Wrigley's Extra Ice - the product of the review. Now you're going to have to bare with me because I think this is the first time in my life I've studied a chewing gum packet, and I've only got one that's already open but I'm pretty sure in the corner that is ripped off it says 'Sugar Free'. That's a good thing, right? I seem to remember when I was about 11 I thought that special chewing gum called 'Ice White', which was advertised as making your teeth really white, would be a good way to clean my teeth up. I don't really remember it doing anything, but I've noticed that this gum has no ill affects towards my teeth.
Olders generations always say to me, "Why do you want to have gum? It's nasty stuff." And I think the general impression is that gum can make you bloated and gassy, because it makes your body think you're eating when really all you're doing is chewing a bit of mint. There's also horror stories you can find about chewing gum where if you swallow it the gum will stay in your stomache for 5 years because that's how long it takes the acid to burn it down. I don't know if that's true or not, although I tend not to swallow chewing gum. I have in the past, both on purpose and by mistake. By mistake usually ends up with me turning bright purple.
What do I hate about chewing gum though? Those people that leave it under tables so it gets stuck to you, and also there's nothing worse than stepping in it. I think I'd rather step in dog poop. I can understand why there's such strict laws against littering, but perhaps in schools if they weren't so strict on it you wouldn't have so many people rushing to hide it under the tables? Just a thought.
Chewing gum packets are typically nothing special, and Extra Ice is the same. It's blue with like an icey affect along the bottom. I'm not sure if it's meant to look like mountain tops, the North Pole or just ice in a glass - but all three of them have cold affects and I imagine that's what they wanted to achieve. The text on 'Wrightley's Extra' is white with a hint of blue, whilst the 'Ice' text is a darker blue. The text is also the same on the sides of the packet.
I think this is the first time I've read the back of a chewing gum packet, and if you have glasses it maybe wise to wear them if you're planning on doing the same. It features the address, and the Wrigley's Company Ltd. is apparently based in Plymouth. The ingrediants read; Sweeteners (Maltitol, Sorbitor, Mannitol), Gum base (contains Soybean Lecithin), Humectant glycerine (Non-animal), Glazing Agent Calcium Carbonate, Colour E171 and Glazing Agent Carnauba Wax. The product also contains a source of phenylalanine and warns that excessive consumption may produce a laxative effect. Lovely.
Extra Ice is suitable for vegetarians. The nutritional information per 100g;
Energy 615kJ/147 kcal
Carbohydrate 61g (Of which sugars 0g, Polyols 61g, Starch 0g)
So here's the important part. The taste test. The size of the pellet is typical of chewing gum and the gum itself is actually an aqua colour and has a rough bumpy texture that you can feel if you run your finger across it. The corners are all rounded off, because no one wants to cut their mouth just because they want nice breath. Extra Ice has quite a strong smell for gum, although it's not an overpowering minty smell.
If you bite it in half you can see it's white inside and typically after a few chews you get the rush of a minty flavour. Some people say this is too hot for them, and whilst on occassions if I have been drinking I find that it tastes horrible I would never describe it as 'hot' or 'spicy'. The gum is not difficult to chew, and crunches down easy and doesn't get stuck in your teeth. I have had packets that have been harder, although that was an unusual occurance and wasn't as a pleasent experience as I'm used to.
Opening the packet there is an opening indicated by a red line, and if you pull that it is easy to make a nice tear around the packet that makes it really easy to get the gum out. I typically keep my gum quite neat and don't have foil and paper everywhere, and I never have any problems getting to the gum. The 10 pellets in each pack are held into place by a silver foil pack, so if the outer packaging was different to other brands of gum the inside packaging definitly ISN'T different to other brands.
There's nothing worse than when a gum packet falls apart and you put your hand in your pocket (I always keep my gum in the left side pocket of my jacket, I have no idea why I never swap) to find loose gum. Perhaps it's because I keep my gum packet neat that the gum finds it can easily slip out, because it was just this past weekend when I had been out at a pub I was walking home to find the pack had pretty much emptied. Strange as I'd hardly been in that pocket all night. A good tip maybe to try and fold the top of your gum packet over so this doesn't happen to you.
I've been chewing for about 10 minutes now and I can still taste the minty frageance in my mouth, which is a good thing. I'm sure it won't be much more than 5 minutes until the taste goes away, but I generally keep the gum in my mouth sometimes as something to chew - forgetting the taste is gone. If you take a look at the gum when you remove it from your mouth you will see there's still a hint of that aqua colour that the pellet was when you put it in your mouth, although it has been slightly overpowed by the white innards. Your mouth will be left feeling refreshed after the gum has been removed and you can still taste it, so perhaps for some this maybe a little bit too refreshing. Gum is apparently good for those trying to quit smoking and lose weight, I'm not sure on how many occassions it actually works but if you are planning on trying it I would recommend using Wrigley's Extra Ice because for me, whether you're 11 or 100, as long as you're a gum lover you're not going to find many better products out there.
Wrigley's Extra Ice White Fresh Mint Sugar free gum with microgranules, extra ice white fresh mint chewing gum, made by Wrigley. Box option contains 30 sticks, each pack contains approx. 10 pieces of gum