The Laidback Gourmet: Extra Dessert Gums

Welcome to a new edition of the Laidback Gourmet, (Finally). Just a bit of a catch up, I was planning on doing a whole month of stuff I found at my Asian foodstore, and calling it the month of “Japanuary” The problem is that I got the flu, and that threw the plans completely out of whack. So we’ll be seeing a month of that stuff soon. Here’s a challenge for you, if you can think of a similar style pun like “Japanuary” that fits for February or March, send it my way either here in the comments or email, and maybe you’re idea will be immortalized for the ages.

Well, since its been a few weeks, might as well jump back in with a bang. Extra gum has released a new line of gum designed to taste like your favorite desserts. Strawberry Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. And since I love all of you, we’ll be reviewing all three of them today.

This should be a fun review as those are all some of my favorite desserts. Let’s chew this. We’ll start first with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

*chew chew chew*

My first impression is that the Mint Chocolate Chip really does taste like the ice cream it’s based on. However, the longer I chew it feels like I’m “eating” a really poor quality ice cream. Like the kind you find in the back shelf of a Dollar Store. Ice Cream who’s brand name is “Brayers”.

There’s something distinctly ‘off’ about the flavor. Something I’m having trouble putting my finger on. Maybe that it tastes like watery 99 cent ice cream. Maybe its that the mint isn’t strong enough or that the fake chocolate flavor is slightly nauseating or maybe its that they didn’t figure out how to make “creamy” into gum form yet and their attempt at it is painfully gross, but I would recommend skipping this one. 2/10.

Well, I suppose it can only get better from here, let’s give the next flavor a shot, which is Key Lime Pie.

As you can see its pretty much the same green color that the last one was. You can really smell the lime off this one, though I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not yet. Well, let’s give it a shot.

*chew chew chew*

Hm… it almost tastes like chewing on a green gummi bear, but not the normal kind of gummi bear. One of those fancy gummi bears which don’t taste as good as the regular 2 for $3 kind you get at the grocery store. There’s even a distinct hint of a crust taste that catches you in the back of the tongue, but since it reminds me of gummi bears that’s probably not a good thing.

You know, as I’m chewing this I cant decide whether this reminds me more of a green gummi bear or really crappy lime jello. Maybe its crappy lime jello that’s made out of melted down crappy gummi bears. At any rate, this one’s only slightly better than the previous flavor but that’s hardly saying much. 3/10.

Two down, two strikes. Let’s see if Strawberry Shortcake can be berry berry good. I swear, if this one’s green as well, I’m not even going to try it.

Ok, it’s red, which ironically is my green light. It almost smells like Strawberry Quik. Since I love Strawberry Quik that could be promising. Let’s give it a shot.

*chew chew chew*

Well, my first professional impression as I start to chew it is, “OH MY SWEET MERCIFUL GOD WHAT DID I PUT IN MY MOUTH, SPIT IT OUT, SPIT IT OUT!!!” but I brave on. I’m finding it hard to describe this one… it’s like that Strawberry gum you chewed as a kid but outgrew it as an adult except its mixed with that same attempt to make it ‘creamy flavored” that hurt the Mint Chocolate Chip… ok, hang on, I’m spitting this out now… Bleh. Anyway, you can tell its suppose to be strawberry flavored even though it ended up as some horrible Dr. Frankenstein abomination. 1.5/10.

Well that’s it, that’s all three, and all three are pretty terrible. Which disappoints me because Extra usually makes fairly good sugar free gum. Their standard bubble gum flavor is actually pretty good. These however aren’t good. They aren’t even OK. They’re basically terrible and if you see them at your local checkout… flip the cashier off and boycott the store. …or just don’t buy the gum, either way is good.

That ends the comeback edition of the Laidback Gourmet. Until next time please send all your comments, suggestions for future reviews, or to simply lavish they praise upon me at This is Ed DiFolco your Laidback Gourmet reminding everyone to exercise their choppers and really chew chew chew.

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