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      19.09.2005 15:36
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      Extra minty mint strips that turn to goo

      After seeing the Wrigley’s advert, and how they dissolve in your mouth, I’ve been keen to try these, but not so keen on the 75p price, so after Tesco put them on offer for 50p I decided to try them out!

      What are they?

      You get 24 aqua coloured sugar free thin strips, which have the texture of plastic, and smell slightly of mint. I chose the peppermint flavour, but I regret buying them at all. You’ll find them near to the chewing gum in most shops and supermarkets.

      What do they taste like?

      They supposedly dissolve in your mouth, but on sticking one on your tongue it does exactly the opposite, it sits there, and turns to a goo, when trying to get rid of it with your tongue it gets stuck to the roof of your mouth, in fact I wouldn’t eat these in public, because it took me ages just to get it stuck from the inside of your mouth and gone, dissolve as it is supposed too. The taste is a very very strong peppermint taste, which is in fact too strong, it overpowers your mouth with this incredibly strong mint taste, which even reaches your nose because its so strong, but within a few minutes the taste is gone, and so is the fresh breath.

      Packaging?

      A small plastic box, with a blue label, not very detailed, no ingredients, but this also comes in a plastic and cardboard packaging, which is useless, and doesn’t really need to be there.

      Overall?

      Overall I wonder why I bothered trying these. They are the worst mints I’ve ever tasted, and I won’t be buying these again, even members of my family disliked them, and for 75p it’s a total rip off, you’d expect something good quality, nice minty taste, but it’s just horrible, the rest of my pack is going in the bin! I did like how the packet is small, but I think the product needs improving! I would NOT recommend you buy these, maybe if you have a cold and you can't taste them properly then they won't b as strong and maybe a bit nicer ;)

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        11.08.2003 17:54
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        If the same has happened to you, as my title, then you will have tried this product. (What did you think I meant?) Well, everyone seems to be writing a review on this controversial product, so I thought I might as well join them! So, am I one of those who love it, or hate it! Well I absolutely hate it! So, what is it actually supposed to do? Is it actually a chewing gum? Is it a breath freshener? Well, if you’re handed one of them, like I was, knowing nothing about the product you won’t know at all! It’s rather confusing to define what it actually is and what it does. It certainly doesn’t help with anything. If it’s supposed to be a chewing gum, it isn’t much cop, because after a while you just swallow it, and it it’s supposed to freshen breath, it doesn’t do it very well! Well, after a lot of research I found out that it wasn’t a chewing gum, but in actual fact it’s a strip that is supposed to leave your mouth refreshed for the day, and leaving you free to snog whomever you want. Well, I would like my snog to last longer than 5seconds; because that’s the duration this lasts! **The Effect** Well, what is it, anyway? Well, it’s clear aqua coloured blue strip, which is supposed to freshen your breath. You are supposed to put it on your tongue and leave it there until it melts and freshens your breath. Well, sadly this doesn’t do what it says on the box, at all. When you do put it in your mouth, all you feel is something disgusting in your mouth, and because it burns so badly, you have to close your mouth and then something worse happens… Because you close your mouth, it all gets stuck to the top of your mouth, and that takes ages to get from there, and when it finally disappears your mouth now has no longer taste, and is anything but effective. To be true, the taste of the freshener would last a mere 3 minutes, an
        d no longer, and the taste that does stay for that time is not a pleasant one that will make you happy at all! **The Taste** Well, as I said not a pleasant one. I have only tried the spearmint one, so I can’t judge on the red flavour, but the spearmint one, only had a taste of a gone off spearmint sweet, so can you imagine? It also has a very burning sensation when you put it in your mouth, so it’s obviously not the greatest of things to put in your mouth!! **The Packaging** I think it’s a big shame that this is not a good product, because Wrigley has come up with top-notch packaging, with its modern and really cool little container! Well, the container is extremely small and has the 24 transparent slips in it! It’s a mere 2 or 3 cm in width, and is absolutely wonderful. It is modern, cool and compatible – the perfect package!! **The Price** Well, you buy 24 slips for 75p, which is good, but when it’s a shit freshener, it’s no good. I think Wrigley’s have started it so high to get more sales, but it hasn’t worked at all. The only money they’ll be making is the people that buy it to try it for themselves; they wont get anymore after that. ** My Opinion** This was Wrigley’s recent attempt to up their sales, and it just hasn’t worked for them, as the freshness, only lasts for a few minutes, and isn’t nice. I think Wrigley’s though that because this was something new and would really work, but sadly it hasn’t. It’s awful effect and taste lets it down, and although the packaging is good, that doesn’t weigh out the cons! **All in all** I’ll never ever try this again, and next time if I want to freshen my breath, I will just have a polo which is even 50p cheaper! Written By: Matt Roberts.

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          22.07.2003 22:08
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          Right I don?t know what category you would put this ?food? into. Most supermarkets and shops put it with the chewing gum section.. But I think it?s a new product and should be placed on its own. ~~~~Look~~~ When you first see the packet you see cardboard with a plastic ?bubble? which in it contains the extra thin ice. From the beginning you can see that the product isn?t that environmentally friendly, with the large amount of packaging with the small product. Once you get out the outer packaging you get a small plastic thin rectangular container, holding the extra thin ice inside. This is because the extra thin ice is really thin blue and rectangular in shape. It looks just like blue thin plastic or paper. You get around 21 ?sheets? in each container. ~~~~~Taste & Texture~~~ When you first feel the product its peculiar it feels like a thin sheet of plastic. And there I was bringing it gingerly closer to my mouth thinking ?is this safe?. Well not for your taste buds. When you put it in your mouth the ?plastic? melts in your mouth to a form which feels similar to gel. It has a very strong over powering minty taste. So strong it makes your eyes water, and It feels like your mouth is burning. But its all over in a few seconds and you are left with very fresh breath. Not my favourite thing to have, unless I?m having a case of really bad breath and there?s no toothpaste available. I recon the manufacturers made this to deal with the chewing gum problem. As there is nothing to spit out when you eat thin ice it doesn?t leave a mess all over the pavement like gum .Although you?ve got to be careful not to get it stuck on your teeth as it takes a few minutes to get of and your teeth will look blue. Also don?t let animals or young children get hold of it. My cat licked some and started to gag. And it?s not a very good idea to put a strip on you?re eyeball as one of my friends stupidly did to ?see if it would melt then? if your wondering
          it did and we had to rush him to casualty as we couldn?t get it out. After those warnings I?ll tell you the facts They cost around 79p and you can buy them from most stores, well other stores which sell chewing gum and the like (spar, woolies ) for example. They come in two flavours normal minty taste. I don?t know what flavour this is called, but these are the blue strips, and the peppermint ones ( which I prefer) are the green strips. Its worth giving these a try, but I think I?ll stick to my normal chewing gum.

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            26.06.2003 20:17
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            Im like a kid when it comes to sweets, so after discovering these Extra ThinIce strips in my local shop i got rather alittle excited. After nearly passing out at the counter when i discovered the price 79p per pack, i regained my composer and actually left the shop with a packet being purchased. So when i finally got home and removed my first little funky blue strip from the packet i was expecting great things! I will after say the taste was good, very strong and instantly refreshing. Then it all went downhill from there. If u aint careful (which i wasnt) it gets stuck to the pallet of your mouth. I ended up looking like a fool trying to remove it with my tongue and pulling some quite unnerving facily expressions while doing so!Thank God noone was watching! So i warn you becareful where you are while using this product!

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              19.06.2003 18:11
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              Luckily for me they say that size doesn't matter, although mrs P assures me that's a lot of tosh. But I do think that big isn't always best - it's quality, not quantity that counts (unless we're talking cash-money, then I'll take quantity every time). Which brings me neatly to the subject of this little ramble, Wrigley's Extra Thin Ice. Speaking of ice: A guy is lost in the Sahara desert, crawling around and moaning, "Water! Water!" He comes across an eskimo driving his dog sled and shouting, "Mush! Mush!" "Help me," he shouts, "I'm lost." To which the eskimo replies, " You're Feckin' lost?!?!" * The Packaging * I'm not falling into the trap of describing the minute packaging in minute detail and thereafter suffering the rating wrath of my fellow dooyoo'ers and being accused of padding out a review with piffle-poffle, wiffle-waffle and many other superfluous (and non-existent) words ending in 'ffle'. Not me. I can chatter away with garrulous loquaciousness and fill a review with more padding than a guest-room at Broadmoor without resorting to describing how Wrigley's Extra comes in a tiny, clear plastic container which measures 50mm x 30mm x 7mm (yes, I really did measure it). I could also tell you that the label is blue and, apart from the name of the product, has very little other information apart from stating that there are 24 - count them, twenty-four, sugarfree strips contained therein. It also warns us that the container may present a choking hazard so it's best never to turn your back on it in case it goes for your throat and attempts to strangle the life out of you. Actually, I think the warning is for those people who think you're supposed to eat the case and throw away the contents. * The Innards * So, is there any satisfaction to be had from something so laughably tiny?
              This is a question I've been asked many, many times and, with your indulgence, I'll try and answer as briefly and succinctly as I can. - No. Too brief? As previously stated, there are 24, yes 24, sugarfree strips of......erm...peppermint thingies inside the box. Let's open the box and sampled one of these SS's, shall we? Bloody hell! How the flip do you get into these.....I've tried pressing, I've tried sliding, I've tried cajoling, I've thrown a tantrum and I've even tried gently carressing it with a claw hammer....oh I see, just flip the flipping flip-top and.... OK, that's the hard part done, now to sample the ice-blue, plastic looking SS's. * The Consumption * I'll just pop the thing into my gob and.......it's like there's a party going on in my mouth and I wish I hadn't been invited. What the fu...URGH! It instantly melts to leave a sticky, gooey gunk which coats my tongue with an unpleasant and very harsh 'flavour'. Have you ever tasted Clove Oil? Disgusting. These are supposed to be peppermint flavour but I think someone swapped the label on mine with the turpentine flavour. I like peppermint - this is not peppermint. Impregnating a film of sugarfree substance with some chemical by-products does not a peppermint treat make. There's no list of ingredients on the packaging and I expect the reason for this is that none of the names of the compounds used could fit on the label - words like tetrahydrochloridicalethyloxidactepropyline spring to mind. These are revolting. Wait, that's not fair....they're not THAT good. * The Verdict * These look like plastic and they have the texture of plastic. If only they tasted that good! Eating one (or more accurately, letting one melt on your tongue) is like dissolving a piece of polythene in methylated spirit and dabbing it on your tongue - don't
              ask how I know. Does the world really need all these new and 'innovative' mint products? I think not. I can't stress highly enough how revolting these are - absolutively, posilutely GASH. Minging and honking. Bowff, rank and ganting. Pure guff. These should have a health warning slapped square across the middle of the dinky wee box - anyone with tastebuds should avoid. I'll bet anyone a pound to a pig's ear that this time next year, these little monsters will be consigned to the history books. Of course that means that in 20 years they'll be all the rage in retro-fashion - no wonder I like a wee drinky-poo. In case I've tempted you into rushing out and buying these, you can by them at most corner shops and, appropriately enough petrol stations for about 75p - what a rip-off. So, do I recommend them? - Yes, for child molesters, politicians and churners. Would I 'eat' them again? - I'd sooner pluck my eyes out, poach them in cat piss, and nibble them from a rusty skewer. Thanks for reading ©proxam2003

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                16.06.2003 05:42
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                Can't abide chewing gum at all either chewing it myself (yuk) or seeing others chewing. Mouths continually on the go like grazing cattle showing all inside their gaping appatures. At the very least it would be polite to keep mouths closed. Chewing gum ( Chuddy) is banned in most schools (yes, I am a supply teacher) and the reason being for the ban is the above mentioned plus the mess it makes on classroom carpets and furniture. However, Thin Ice is different. You get the fresh taste of chewing gum, refreshing zing on the taste buds and none of the mess associated with gum. There are now at least two flavours to choose from and they do freshen up the breath. A packet of 24 fits neatly into any shirt pocket and can be quietly slipped into the hand, a strip placed on the tongue, and the packet returned before the most observant teacher can suspect anything. Even then it is hard, if not impossible, to prove you have had one, they dissolve quickly and without trace in seconds. By comparisson chuddy is stone age and best left to when you are in history lessons. Thin Ice is more 'high tec' and better suited to the IT lesson. As a supply teacher I do not object to students (NOTE! I don't refer to them as 'kids' or 'pupils' ) taking Thin Ice, in fact I am well known as using it myself and even admit to having at least five packs on me at any given time. Sometimes I even hand them around the class. Some schools in Bradford allow students (Primary) to take still water in bottles into class and to refill them as needed and to drink whenever they feel the need. The results are fantastic, better concentration, better behaviour, better work produced and all things to the good. Why not then let them have a harmless 'Thin Ice'? They feel they are priveleged, feel they are more adult and respond in fashion. Of course if they abuse the offer in any way then it is withdrawn. Thin Ice, NICE!

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                  15.05.2003 23:18
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                  I'm a smoker, there I've admitted it and this means one thing. No, its not the fact that my fingers are yellow, nor the fact that I'm constantly poor, nor the fact that it annoys other people. Not even the fact that I annoy my colleagues by popping out for unofficial fag breaks! Its the fact that I smell, well bits of me smell. Mainly my hands, hair and breath. Hands and hair are easily enough sorted but unfortunately a good blast of Calvin Klein cant do much about whiffy tonsils! And of course having pleasant breath is rather nice for the people I come into contact with. I don't like chewing gum though, so I'm always searching for something to give me sweet halitosis and those little squirty mouth things are so passé! And I'm always a sucker for a new novelty hence I fancied, nay was drawn towards these Wrigleys Extra Thin Ice in Peppermint, the fact they're sugar-free is also a bonus. Unfortunately the replacement is the stuff that's likely to give you a very loose bottom, so beware excessive consumption. So I've handed over my 79p and got this disappointingly small packet.How am I supposed to look cool with this, but of course that's not the idea right? Anyway its so small, like 3cm across, and it does indeed pose a choking hazard but I do believe most people have the sense to open it and take a strip out rather than popping it all in their mouth! I put it in my pocket and forgot about it till I got home. I flipped open the top to be greeted by 24 strips of......mint green cellophane. And it feels like mint green cellophane! Bit slimy to tell you the truth, a bit greasy on the old fingertips. Still I always say its how it feels in your mouth, not how it looks. Here goes............ Aaaarrrggghhhh!!! It burns!! It burns and its stuck my tongue to the roof of my mouth and it still BURNS!!! Jesus H Christ, that hurt, I mean I've tried some strong mints in my time but
                  that was quite excessive. And its still hurting, last time my mouth burnt like that I'd sucked my fag in by accident. Thankfully its receding now. If I wanted something as hot as that I'd usually be washing it down by a couple of pints of lager and the odd chipatti. Right, time for an experiment, go to the kitchen, bear with me on this one. Get a bit of cling film, stretch it tight and suck it. That's right really stretch it over your teeth and tongue. Lovely eh? Well that's the nearest I can describe the sensation of having this in your mouth. If you have a tongue stud I don't suggest you put it further back on your tongue or anywhere near it, cos you are going to have a devil of a time getting it off again. I was expecting something like rice paper, well no I don't know what I expected. Whatever it was it certainly wasn't this peculiar, almost slimy sensation that coats whatever it comes into contact with. If you have a plate like I do, it gets a lovely coating, and just sticks there. As does your tongue, your lips, your teeth, etc. You get a lovely blue tongue as well. If I didn't know better I'd have thought one of the kids would have bought this in a joke shop. 'Surprise your friends, stun your family with these fun strips that coat your mouth and sting like hell' Oh yes, Great Fun!! Hum, as you've probably guessed I really dislike these, I can scarcely believe that I tried them again for the purpose of this op. I've gone into shops and seen piles of these stacked up along with the other flavour spearmint, and I foolishly thought it was because they were so popular. Now I know it because once you've tried them you're not stupid enough to buy them again. Unless of course torturing your friends is part of your repertoire! And 79p! For 79p I can get half a curry from Asda, now theres something worth burning your mouth for!! So Mr Wrigley, excellent ide
                  a but a failure none the less. DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WITH MOUTH ULCERS!! Owww!!!

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                    08.04.2003 22:49
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                    I would say these are disturbing. If you think about it chewing gum is quite odd as well, but Thin Ice are definately strange. You should have at least seen them on the tv by now - that annoying advert seems to be on every time I look at the screen. Mr semi-slobbish boyfriend meets beautiful exotic girlfriend's parents and impresses her father with his stupid dance and fresh breath. Can you guess that I find this advert a bit tired now? Wrigleys Thin Ice are "peppermint breath strips" - disolvable chewing gum is how I would describe it. According to the package - "each strip quickly and completely dissolves on your tongue instantly providing a great peppermint taste." They come in cool little plastic pots with flip up lids and are about 75p for 24 strips. Not that cheap but they come into the fun play with your food category so you expect to pay more than standard chewing gum. They look like little strips of plastic or paper in a vivid blue colour. When I first saw them I thought they were like those plastic fish things you get in christmas crackers you hold in your hand and see how sensual you are - I wondered why people were putting them in their mouths! When you place one on your tongue it curls up then starts to dissolve. It does not disappear as fast as they show on the advert - you are left with the melty gunky remains you have to scrape off your tongue. Never get these wet or they will dissolve in your hand! You don't taste anything to start with then it hits you - I think that it is more like extra strong mints than chewing gum. If you can't handle extra string mints then I advise you don't have these either. A friend was dared to eat 8 of these at once - down the side of his gums, under his tongue and on his tongue. His eyes watered and he couldn't eat anything for a while afterwards - this is the kind of mintiness that water only aggravates and it leaves your tongue feeling raw! Don't
                    try this at home! I think that Thin Ice is the novelty product of the moment. It's fun to play with, but quite expensive. You can eat a polo or chew gum and it will be cheaper, and freshen your mouth just as much. You also aren't left with a blue, gunky tongue and teeth! You would not want to kiss someone after they had just had one of these, however fresh it left their breath!

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                      13.03.2003 00:28
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                      If like you like a good chewing gum then let me point you in the direction of Wringley?s Extra Thin Ice. It?s excellent gum as well as that it gives you cool Ice breath. The Wrigley?s brand is renouned, Wrigley?s Extra Thin Ice is relatively new. It?s different but in my opinion just as good. PACKAGING It comes in a tiny pack which you can easily carry around. Inside the pack you get tiny little blue pieces. On the packaging it says ?Extra? (which is in white) and then ?Thin Ice? in blue and yellow. It looks quite good. COST Unlike the Wrigley chewing gum which costs just 30p, these cost slightly more at 80p. However, you do get more for your money. A gum and a breath freshner. The cool Ice taste is also worth paying that extra for. You get 24 pieces inside so you do get more than the standard seven sticks. TASTE I like the way they leave a tingly feeling on your tongue. It?s definitely Icy and refreshing. I like the peppermint taste, and it leave a good taste in your mouth. DRAWBACK Be warned your mouth will be turned blue. Some kids however love a blue mouth and tongue!!! OVERALL I have tried this product a few times and they are worth buying. But, for somebody who just likes some gum then it may be best to stick to the Wrigley?s stick.

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                        I have just bought a packet of Wrigleys Extra Thin Ice and I think it's a cool idea. After looking around for these in the shops I found them at the checkout in Safeways, I had first seen them on The Osbournes show, I thought they were a great idea and had to have a try. The price of a packet of these is 79p which you might think is dear but they do last a while because they are wafer thin and the taste stays with you for a while after you have put one in your mouth. I wouldn't discribe this as a chewing gum but more of a breath freshener, after putting one on your tongue it disolves to nothing so there is nothing to chew after, but your mouth will be nice and minty for a while. The packets for these are very tiny, which I thought was great, they can easily fit into your purse or handbag. They pop open to reveal the little minty blue squares of thin ice inside. These slide out one at a time and when you hold them up to the light they are see through, you put one on your tongue and the sensation you get is incredible. A hot minty taste which runs up the centre of your tongue to your taste buds, it wakes you up and the minty flavour is nice and strong. if your feeling a bit furry in the mouth then one of these wil get rid of that. I am really pleased with this new product it's a unique idea which will probably catch on quickly the more people get into buying them, this should bring the price down, but for a breath freshner experience then it's not too expensive. I will be buying them again as I used to chew a lot of gum, but these will do instead.

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                          16.02.2003 18:41
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                          • "Packaging is very small
                          • so you might lose them at the bottom of your bag"

                          All of my friends were talking about the new 'type of chewing gum that you didn't have to chew', so looking like a ninny, I went into my local newsagents and was about to ask them for the 'chewing gum that you didn't have to chew'. Luckily, in my favour, there was a box of 'Extra Thin Ice' on the counter, so I picked up a packet. I couldn't believe the size of it, or the lack of it. It was no bigger than the size of the joint in the middle of my thumb to the tip of my thumb! Normally chewing gum costs between twenty nine to thirty two pence where I purchase it from, and even cheaper if you buy it in the multi-packs for like four for one pound. I was expecting these new strips to cost about the same, fifty pence at the most, because with packs of chewing gum you usually get between twelve to fifteen pieces or five to seven strips. In these packs though there were twenty-four strips, which seemed ideal - not only small packaging but also a good enough quantity to last me a few days (bearing in mind I get through about three quarters of a packet of chewing gum a day - I love it!). So, I had my pound coin ready waiting for half of it to come back to me in change, but no, it cost seventy-nine pence, leaving me with only twenty-one pence change! I have seen it cheaper since though, but only four pence cheaper than what I originally paid. Anyway, forgetting the price and everything, I was all prepared to pop one in my mouth. The packaging is like a little clear flip lid container to seal the freshness in. I opened it up (with my long nails - which you need to get into it), and tried to pull out only one strip. It was very hard to make sure that only one came out though and not a couple, because they are so thin. I took one out and it felt just like film. It was kind of shiny but matt at the same time. The strips are almost clear but they have a blue tint to them. It felt a bit like greaseproof paper, and looked
                          slightly like those papers that you use for removing grease from your face (by Johnson and Johnson). I didn't really know what to do with it. It was resting on the end of my index finger and I wondered whether I should just place it on my tongue or try and swallow it. I stuck my tongue out (very rude of me, I know) and placed the strip in the centre. All of a sudden I felt a kind of bubbling sensation where the strip was fizzing and gradually shrinking into a nothing. I felt as if I couldn't keep my tongue out for much longer whilst this reaction was taking place, so I put my tongue back in my mouth and in the process flicked the roof of my mouth. Ah, the shock! Where it was so hot and minty, it felt really tingly and as though something had scratched the top of my mouth. I wanted to stick my finger in and give it a scratch, just like you do when you drink very hot tea. The taste was so nice though, extremely minty, like a strong mint rather than a casual peppermint, even though they are described as peppermint flavour on the container. It tasted a bit like those Smint's in the blue box. It definately proved to keep my breath fresh for quite a while though, because I could still taste it in my mouth after I had had a drink of water. Once though I had a can of cola after placing a thin strip on my tongue and it tasted awful! The best thing about these new thin strips is that they are totally sugar free, which means that I can eat as many as I want and still stay healthy - excellent! The only problem is that with a lot of mint products, they can cause laxative effects, so I am wondering if this product could be the same? Arghh! On a last note: A very imaginative idea, which I am sure, will be a success. UPDATE: I was very pleased to actually receive an e-mail from Lee Wickstead (a man who works in a managerial capacity for the Wrigley company). Quoting his e-mail, 'Just to let you know that the p
                          roduct is totally sugar-free and as for the laxative affect - you'd have to consume one hell of a lot of product in one day for the affect to work so don't worry about that too much.' This is very reassuring to know, along with the good news that Extra Thin Ice Spearmint are going to be released in April (not long to go now). Please 'watch this space' for a review which I will do as soon as I have tried this new product.

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                            13.02.2003 23:42
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                            I spent 80 pence on a tiny little plastic case full of little strips of nothing. Some would call me willing to try new things, innovative, some might call me weird, some might call me damn right stupid, and deserved that title would be, especially when you try one of these things and find out the truth about just how not on the likeable side of things they are! Try to imagine will you, me, holding one of these weightless little blue ‘things’ and on examination, dropping it, easily done believe me. I pop it into my mouth, stick it on my tongue, not to bad….that is until it turns to glue in your mouth and sticks to the roof of your mouth, your tongue, coats your teeth for you and basically takes over the area in which it’s sitting. You instantly want to get a wire brush out and scrape it out of your mouth, there’s no other way your going to get it out I can tell you! If that wasn’t bad enough, just as you think it’s letting you off from it’s torture and the glue stuff is actually dissolving it hit’s you with something else, something much more painful, something that’s going to make your eyes water…and no, it doesn’t grab you by your balls and lift you up, though it would probably be a nicer experience if it did…. You know when you were a kid, and you had got sick of polo’s and you decided to try the stronger, Triple X mints, you know the ones, the powdery things in the big packets…well, eat 3 of those at once and it’s enough to put you off mints for…well, a whole half an hour. Imagine if you stuck 10 in your mouth, being a bit dangerous aint ya, being a bit hard, now stick 20 in, go on….you just wouldn’t do it would you, well you might aswell be doing so with these little blighters. Talk about minty hot! It’s worse than the vindaloo down the local Indian….and what’s more, as you sit there with your e
                            yes watering, face curled up in a ball at the complete disgust, you can’t even breathe! Why? Because breathing hurts when your tounge has been put through this kind of torture! The answer? Have a drink of water! Easy…or so I thought! Pain…again…you see, cold water doesn’t go well when you have the very strong aftertaste of a Wrigleys Extra Thin Ice in your mouth! Needless to say, I won’t be buying these again. Who ever thought of these things obviously thought of a good idea. Afterall, it’s people like me who smoke in the car and don’t want to get out smelling like a week old ashtray would spend our money on. I always have mints for that reason and that reason only, to freshen my breath, whether it be after a fag or just when my mouth feels a bit grotty. I can’t see me sticking one of these in my mouth while driving, it would cause a crash! They are just too damn strong. They can’t seriously expect people to religiously buy these things can they? The glue effect is bad enough, but the minty taste is worse and just rank. There is a market out there for nifty mints in cases, as mints are not always consumed when they are opened, often they last us over a week, so need to keep fresh, this is probably what Wrigleys had in mind and the case is a good idea…however, it comes at a cost, 82p in fact, which for torture is a complete rip off as you’ll probably agree. I’m thinking that the wrigleys people have obviously eaten to many mints in their life time and their tongues have gone numb to the nasty minty taste these give you. Either that or it was a publicity stunt and they are all laughing at us! I’d give these a miss if I were you! They don’t seem to be around that much anymore anyway….if you do find a pack and are still curious, just try them for the novelty of it all, just to say ‘I’ve done that’, believe me, you won
                            217;t want to try it again, and I don’t think they will be around for long if you don’t want to miss out!! If your looking for mints, try the new Trebor 24/7 mints. They are pricey at 99p, but come in a handy little box and have a fair few mints in there aswell. What’s more, they don’t take the senses away from your tongue!

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                              13.02.2003 16:03
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                              • "The melting sensation"

                              I remember my first time. It was on holiday on one of the Spanish islands. I was 14 years old, and one of the boys I was with said he’d give me some. I was a well brought up girlie at a posh little school, and well brought up girlies at posh little schools hadn’t usually tried it at this age. Less well brought up children at less posh schools, well they’re a different matter. The boy in question had been having it for ages though, and not wanting to stick out as the private school brat in the bunch, I lied and said I had too. I am, of course, talking about chewing gum. Nothing ruder, honest guv’nor. I had never, until that summer, had any in my mouth. I’d had it on my shoes when walking though the rougher parts of town, but not in my mouth. That was 6 years ago and I now always have a packet in the house. I don’t often chew, but I have some on standby should I ever feel the urge. I read about Thin Ice on Ciao (and I’m almost certain through a few surveys from the UK and German sites too) and added it to my list of things to be brought to Rome. Luckily though, unlike various books and magazine, I didn’t ask for it in the carry-on. You’ll see why this is lucky later. Thin Ice is made by Wrigley’s, but it’s not gum – their official description is “Peppermint Fresh Breath Strips”. You get 24 of these for about 80p (or you did – although they’re labeled as “New” and not “Limited Edition”, they seem to be running out and not restocking in some shops), and the come in a tiny little plastic case with a snap fastening – a really tiny plastic case, about a third of the size of the palm of my hand. The strips are rectangular, about 3cm by 2cm, and ultra thin. The idea is you put them on your tongue and they dissolve in a matter of seconds, leaving you with minty fresh breath. This sounded odd, but I did as instructed. The sens
                              ation is at best “unusal” and at worst “disgusting”. Ever played with candles in a restaurant, peeling off the wax and letting it dry over your finger? That is just what this feels like. The strip melts down and spreads out as if laminating your tongue before vanishing. It only takes a moment or so, but it was long enough for me to start thinking, “Get it off, get it off!”. You get used to it after a while, but it still retains its odd feeling. I like mild mints if I’m having them – the Roman emperor in the Tic Tac ads has the right idea. These however are very, very strong. I felt like walking around with my mouth open for an hour just to get the air circulating and dilute it a bit. Again, after a while you get used to this, and it doesn’t last forever, but it’s strange while it does. The smell is rather overwhelming and the taste is a bit synthetic which you might expect since the strips are sugar free, but so is the gum in the Extra range, and it tastes a whole lot better than these. The contain a source of Phenylalanine which, in simple speak, means that if you eat packet after packet in quick succession, you may find yourself spending the rest of the day on the loo. They’re suitable for vegetarians but not suitable for those who like all natural foods – the ingredients list looks like one long Chemistry lab inventory list. I thought they were novel, but nothing more, and they seem to have a number of disadvantages over conventional gum. They cost more and because you ingest them rather than spitting them out, you get more calories. 100g gives you 32g Carbs, no protein and no fat, so I’m left wondering what the remaining 68g are. Also, the only reason I usually use gum is when flying to keep my ears from hurting. Since it’s the chewing action that helps here, and since there’s no chewing involved with Thin Ice, I can’t use them for this. I&
                              #8217;m glad I’ve tried them, if only to satisfy my curiosity and know I don’t want to buy them again.

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                                • "Turn your mouth/teeth/tongue blue"

                                I was just about to purchase a pack of my regular chewing gum Wrigley's Extra (Blue) as today my mouth feels like a camels flip-flop. I?ve (almost, nearly, completely) given up smoking a couple of weeks ago I've been chewing like a cow in a field of particularly tasty clover ever since. Frankly the last thing my little jaws could do with is more gum. But I'm lost without my ciggies and if I eat much more I'll be resigned to working from home wearing a muumuu (pronounced moo moo) and a fat-man hat* My mouth does so horrid and I really want chewing gum. Actually, that's a bit of a lie, what I really REALLY want is a cigarette, but can't really have one and to be honest, even if I did, I'd probably want some gum for afterwards as they taste nasty! *Reference to an episode of "The Simpsons" where Homer puts on a lot of weight to become clinically obese in an attempt to work from home. (Which may be a career option I'd like to consider anyway ;o)) Anyway, back to the opinion. While waiting in the queue in the shop I was about to grab a packet of....oh, I've done this bit... I noticed this new display amongst the standard chewies and this Strange little package caught my eye (not literally, but you know what I mean) It's a piece of card, measuring about 7.5cm squared (that's just under 3" to any of you who haven't got the hang of these new fangled measurements ;o)) and the packaging is similar to the standard Wrigley's Extra Blue. The Wrigley's logo in white, "Extra" in white and the words "Thin Ice" in blue and yellow. There's also a little banner in the corner in yellow and white telling me that this is a new product. The rest of the packaging is blue and looks a bit icy. It also tells us on the packaging that there's 24 pieces inside, but it was also the grand old price of 75p so fresh breath doesn't come cheap! Th
                                ere's a clear piece of plastic on the front (with a convenient tab to pull it off) this houses the "breath strips" which are upon closer inspection in a small, sturdy, transparent plastic case. The case has the same logo on it as the cardboard packaging and through the case I can see the strips - they are a rather bright blue. Now according to the packaging, "Each strip quickly and completely dissolves on your tongue instantly providing a great peppermint taste." We also find out from the packaging that they?re sugar-free and should be kept away from heat or humidity. So not really something you could keep in the car or really in your pocket like you could a standard packet of gum or mints. When you open the plastic case (which could be a choking hazard so beware!) there's quite a pleasant smell - it's very subtle, and smells a lot more natural than standard gum. More like peppermint herbal tea than peppermint sweets. The strips come out quite easily although I managed to tear mine on the packaging and purely from a tester's point of view I tried to fold it in half and it snapped. They not only look like cellophane, they feel like it too - aside from the snapping bit I'd challenge you to tell the difference. OK, now to taste - well, I've just popped one onto my tongue (albeit in bits) and watched it in the mirror (yes I know I'm sad) I must say, it?s a weird feeling - the breath strip curled a bit like those fortune telling fish you get in cheap Christmas crackers then my mouth really started to water. The peppermint flavour is slow to come at first, but then develops into quite a pungent taste. Being a sugar-free product it is incredibly sweet. I also found the sensation of it on my tongue a bit weird and was unable to talk (perhaps this is a good thing - well, for Mr Fish anyway) also, somewhat unsurprisingly, it turned my tongue smurf-blue. Up until that po
                                int I would probably have suggested that they would be ideal for consumption prior to job interviews, meetings etc. But walking around looking like you've just eaten a raspberry slush-puppy (or indeed a smurf) is somehow not a look I'd advocate for professional encounters. After trying a second one an hour or so later I noted that placing it further back on my tongue and not on the tip the flavour was a little more bearable. I should probably also point out that although after use my breath is minty-fresh, the actual consumption of the product isn't too nice. It makes your tongue feel all furry, claggy and a bit warm while it's dissolving. It's only afterwards that your mouth feels clean. I must say though that for a brief period, your mouth is extremely fresh, but perhaps not as fresh as it feels after chewing Wrigley's Extra Blue (which is the same flavour) I've now seen the advert for this on the television. A Guy goes to meet his girlfriend's parents, and pops one in his mouth. Instead of a handshake, the father offers a bizarre dance including sticking his tongue out. The boyfriend copies and his mouth is empty. All I have to say to this is "Pah". They must have filmed it in a couple of shots, because there's no way on God's green Earth he could have made it dissolve so quickly - I tried and ended up with blue gunk on my teeth! On the website (http://www.wrigleys.com) there are adverts for the different flavours of this product, but they've only just been released in the US, so expect to see "Winter Ice" & "Spearmint" flavours here soon. For novelty value, these things are top-notch, and I'm sure would make an adequate substitute for a breath-spray should that pickle your cucumber. If however, like me, you prefer the more traditional breath freshener of sweeties, then stick with them! (I am smoking again by the way, but inte
                                nd to give up again soon, if anyone has any (sensible) advice, I'll gladly listen!)

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