Product Review: Extra’s New! Dessert Delights Mint Chocolate Chip Gum
Mint Chocolate Chip flavored gum might just be the best idea ever conceived in the known history of product innovation. I kid you not, and after just three days I have the wrappers of three packs of Extra’s New Dessert Delights Mint Chocolate Chip gum to prove it.
Not only does Extra’s new gum taste EXACTLY like the classic flavor of mint and semisweet chocolate which have made mint chocolate chip ice cream so enduring on the flavor meter, but at only five calories per stick, you can have up to thirty pieces of this gum to equal the same calorie total of a moderate scoop of your favorite full-fat mint chocolate chip ice cream.
I should know, because I’ve tried. And I have suffered the consequences. Notice how I began this review with might, because there is a big difference between might and is.
The problem, pray-tell? 5, it turn out, isn’t the important number here. 2 is. 2 grams of sugar alcohol per serving, to be precise. And, despite my horrible math skillz, I’m smart enough to know that 2 times 30 is 60. And when you’re dealing with a product with the first ingredient of sorbitol, “60” is not a happy number. Are you catching my, ahem, drift? Let’s consult Wikipedia for a moment…
Ingesting large amounts of sorbitol can lead to abdominal pain, gas, and mild to severe diarrhea. Sorbitol ingestion of 20 grams (0.7 oz) per day as sugar-free gum has led to severe diarrhea leading to unintended weight loss of 11 kilograms (24 lb) in a woman originally weighing 52 kilograms (110 lb); another patient required hospitalization after habitually consuming 30 grams (1 oz) per day
OK, and that’s enough of that.
Let’s just say that those health folks ain’t lying when then say “everything” in moderation. That being said, enjoyed in moderation, this gum is freaking amazing.It’s flavor is amazingly rich (can a gum flavor be rich?) and doesn’t strike you as a “classic” mint gum like spearmint, while it gets the most out of chew time by not losing its flavor too quickly. The chocolate notes aren’t overpowering but they do come through, and lend a complexity of sweetness that makes this more than just a “Breathmint” gum. Just make sure you go easy on it – I’ve had to put myself on a “diet” of just two sticks per day to avoid, shall we say, any unpleasant side effects.
Pros: Manages to convey "richness" of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream in a stick of gum. Good flavor lasting potential. Sugar-free, so I don't have to pay the dentist to clean out the massive amount of cavities I'd develop if I was actually eating 15 bowls of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream a day. Also saves me from a future emergency angioplasty.
Cons: The Wikipedia says it all. Like Violet Beauregarde, I have learned the hard way that the perfect gum still eludes modern science.
Price: 2.39 per 3, 15-pack set (at Smith's Grocery)
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75 (Good)
Extra Dessert Delights Mint Chocolate Chip Gum
Serving Size: 1 stick
Total Fat: 0 g
Sat Fat: 0 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Total Carbohydrates: 2 g
Sugars 0 g
Sugar Alcohol: 2 g