When it comes to chewing gum, we all have our favorite go-to brands and flavors that we just can’t get enough of. Gum sales exceeded $4.1 billion in 2018. Now that’s a lot of chewing going on. Whatever flavor you fancy, you’re sure to find it, so let’s take a peek at the 10 Top Chewing Gum Ranked Worst To Best…
10. Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum
Get ready for a sugar rush because Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum packs some serious punch! There’s one obstacle you have to overcome to get your sugar kick, though… this gum is pretty hard and can be rather difficult to chomp away on. It doesn’t soften up very quickly, either. The gum remains quite tough and difficult to chew for some time. Basically, it’s not for people with sensitive teeth. It’s also quite large in size, so everyone around you will be privy to your gum chomping experience. Often found at the very bottom of a child’s trick-or-treating bag after a fun Halloween night, people seem willing to give away a few of these at a time. This gum really is delicious, but only if you persevere long enough to actually crunch through the tough parts. One of the perks of this gum is that it comes individually wrapped. This makes it a lot easier to carry around. Maybe that’s why baseball players love it so much. Throwing a few of these self-contained pieces of gum in your pocket is pretty easy to do compared to the larger containers of other gum brands. Those of you dedicated to tackling their hard exterior will be pleasantly rewarded for all your hard work.
9. Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape
Ok, let’s face it, this is a really, really fun way to dispense gum. Everyone raised in the ’80s and 90s knows this gum was all the rage back then, and the nostalgia factor remains strong today. Getting a Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape container was a huge deal back then, and now, well… most would agree this gum is as much about the experience as it is about the flavor. Having been described as being the ultimate “kid favorite,” this gum is sugar packed for the kick that we have all come to expect from the Hubba Bubba brand. This gum is loaded with aspartame, making it controversial due to its adverse health effects, but most people find it to be very difficult to give up. The color of this gum is uniquely distinguishable as well. This very pink gum is crafted to the perfect texture. It seems so natural to see it roll out of the tape dispenser. The experience of actually releasing the gum from the packaging and rolling it out is so much fun for kids… ok, and adults too. This gum is frequently found in convenience stores, and many shoppers will be happy to hear that it’s now vegan friendly as well. The flavor and the fun factor associated with this gum is enough to make consumers continuously want more, even in spite of the potential health risks. It’s a dangerous love story.
Anyone talking about fun gum would surely mention Bazooka as fitting the bill. What’s not to love? This gum is chewy, great for blowing bubbles, and is packed with so much sugar that it leaves your teeth feeling gritty. If that didn’t capture your full attention, perhaps the comics did. Consumers loved the Bazooka Joe comic strip wrappers. It made it feel like you were unwrapping more than just your typical piece of gum. What a bonus. Unfortunately, the last of the comic wrappings were seen in 2012, which incidentally means if you have any leftover, you may be holding on to some financially rewarding gum! Sadly, this “syrup sweetened” gum is as bad for your health as most other sugar-based gum brands. It’s also tough to chew at first, but once you get into the soft center, you will forget the past and go looking for more! If this gum doesn’t bring out the ‘kid’ in you, we just don’t know what will. Bazooka is an ode to the good old days when giving a child some gum was a real treat that would keep them happy and entertained for hours. Bazooka gum carries historical significance and was a true staple of its time.
7. Wrigley’s Big Red Chewing Gum
Quite different than the other gum selections we’ve discussed so far, are the Big Red gum sticks that were created by Wrigley’s. While admittedly very soft and easy to chew, the flavor of this gum starts off with a lot of punch but very quickly fades away. If you’re looking for an initial burst of flavor, this is the gum you’ll want to reach for. The cinnamon based flavor is very strong in the onset and is satisfying in the sense of initial appeal. The first few bites will have your taste buds happily dancing to the cinnamon-flavored party. However, after a few minutes, the flavor fades, and the gum becomes far less satisfying than it was to start with. If you stick it through even longer, most people will quickly discover that due to the quick flavor loss, there is a constant need to reach out for more and more gum. The appeal of the cinnamon burst of flavor is a short-lived one. This gum has been around for a while, so there are enough consumers who continue to purchase it, despite that fast-fading flavor. Initially introduced in 1975, it’s clear that this gum is here to stay.
Stride is a different type of gum altogether. A different breed if we may. This gum is packed to the brim with a very strong flavor. The flavor is so strong, in fact, that many find it to be way overpowering. There is another stand-out feature that comes to mind when we think of Stride, and that’s the fact that to most people’s palettes, this gum flavor will seem too artificial to be enjoyable. The strength of the flavor, paired with the incredibly artificial tasting blends, makes this gum less about freshening your breath, and more about an infusion of shocking flavors instead. One review described it as being “very overwhelming”, and declared that two pieces would seem like too much for most people. The blatantly artificial flavoring makes this gum one that most would reach for when looking for an immediate palette change, if a sudden burst of new flavor is required. When it comes to tantalizing your taste buds, Stride gum will not disappoint. This is a clear winner in the flavor department, boasting a strong, unique taste that has been perfectly captured within each stick of gum, Neither long-lasting nor breath-refreshing, this gum is likely more to be one that is occasionally desired rather than one that is usually purchased.
5. Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum
Oh yes, the taste is “gonna move ya.” Notably one of the most catchy gum ads ever created, the success of Juicy Fruit is as much about the advertising strategy and catchy jingle as it is about the delicious, flavor-punch that is found in every, soft, chewy, perfect stick of gum. The jingle created for this gum was so catchy that you’d be hard-pressed to find someone unfamiliar with the tune. Of course, this directly correlates to an increase in sales. Originally released in 1986, the song that stated you can “get your skis shined up, grab a stick of Juicy Fruit, the taste is gonna move ya” was telling you the truth. There is a whole lot of sugar in this gum, so it really will move you. The reason you may be so “moved” is the fact that there are a full 2 grams of sugar packed into each thin strip of this gum! There’s other stuff in there that you may not like, too. According to some reports, this delicious gum is loaded with a number of different sweeteners. There is also the misnomer in that the “fruit” doesn’t really exist at all, which makes us all wonder how the gum got its name in the first place! The yellow packaging has remained constant for over a hundred years and is easily identified by generations of shoppers.
4. Trident Layers
Layers of gum with different textures and in varying flavors… if this sounds good to you, you’ll love Trident Layers. This gum feels more like candy than gum, with all the different flavor blending going on here. For starters, it’s a soft, rectangular gum that has an oozing centre of flavor with another soft rectangular piece on top. It’s sort of like a gum-sandwich, with flavors packed right into the centre. In spite of the fact that this sounds really unhealthy and sugar-based, that couldn’t be further from the truth. As it turns out, this is a sugar-free gum, which makes it even more appealing to consumers across the globe. If a gum can taste this delicious and also be sugar-free, Trident Layers is leading the way with votes. It must be noted that many doctors are quick to point out the negative side effects of frequent gum-chewing – as the commercial says: “Four out of five dentists surveyed recommend sugarless gum for their patients who chew gum.” If that is the case, most will be on the hunt for some more of this “fun gum” that comes in some crazy flavors. It’s important to note, however, that in spite of this gum being declared as “sugar-free,” there are many artificial sweeteners and flavors that are used to create the tasty gum. There will be some people that are just not fond of the oozing center layer that is heavily packed within this gum, but for the fans, who think this is a tasty option, they can relax knowing that they will have many flavor blends to select from.
3. Wrigley’s Spearmint Chewing Gum
This is surely a familiar brand to people of all ages. The older generation, the younger generation, and the ultra-cool millennials alike would all agree that Wrigley’s Spearmint Chewing Gum is a familiar brand. Launched in 1893, this gum was initially given out for free to those who purchased Wrigley’s baking soda. Long gone are those times of getting freebies, but thanks to the tasty, refreshing nature of this gum, it still flies off the shelves with huge success. This gum is far more refreshing than most; you don’t get the over-sugary feeling that other gum brands tend to leave behind. While some gum is created for the purpose of making bubbles and getting instant gratification from the flavor burst, Wrigley’s Spearmint puts the focus back on helping to achieve sharper, fresher breath in the process of chewing. The marketing of this product relies less on a jingle and more on the visual image of the spearmint itself, alluding to the promise of fresher breath. This is certainly one of the longer-lasting gum choices we’ve come across, although it doesn’t maintain moistness like most others. When this stick of gum is done, it hardens in your mouth, leaving you with a dry, flavorless gum that needs to be replaced with another, and another… and another!
2. 5 Gum Peppermint Cobalt Chewing Gum
5 Gum isn’t just sold as a type of gum, it is marketed as a confidence boost, energy boost, and leading flavor choice. All promotional ads focus on the “story” behind this gum and what it symbolically represents. Did you not get that from their ads? That’s ok, the marketing lost more than a few people, and it clearly isn’t as catchy as some of the lyrics and jingles we associate with other types of gum. (cue the Juicy Fruit commercial) The premise behind this gum is that there are “5 Seconds” before you go on stage, or try something new, and just before you dive in to whatever big adventure you’re seeking, this gum is all you need to launch yourself to success. “This is the exhilaration of the moment of choice. The choice is yours. Make it count with sugar-free 5 chewing gum”, says some of the marketing material. That may be too much for some, so we’ll break it down for you… This is a soft gum, and it’s not likely going to launch you to success so, you may want to keep practicing, but it will definitely freshen your breath! The initial onset of flavor is a strong one, but after about 10 minutes, this stick of gum will fade in flavor quite considerably. It is certainly not a long-lasting gum, but if you’re seeking a unique, strong gum flavor, you will definitely not be disappointed. The box it comes in is also more flattened than any other gum packaging, making it very easy to slip one into a purse or the back pocket of your favorite jeans!
Extra gum can be purchased in either the soft or hard gum version, but the hard shell Extra gum seems to be the longer-lasting of the two. The first few bites of this gum are sure to satisfy those requiring a breath refresher and great for those in search of a surge of flavor as well. The good news is, the flavor of this gum lasts substantially longer than the ones we’ve looked at. Easily making this a top choice for many looking for both good flavor and longevity, this gum quickly flies off the shelves in many stores. The results are proven by sales, and the success of this gum speaks for itself. One business report from 2019 stated that “Wrigley’s Extra was the best-selling sugarless gum brand in the U.S., with sales estimated over $500 million U.S. dollars.” Whoa! Those numbers are staggering. The secret to this gum relies on the fact that, when compared to others, it seems to have found the perfectly calibrated balance between good flavor, refreshing flavor, and durability. The flavor options are basic but balanced. Being too overpowering in the flavor department has been one of the most detrimental elements to many other brands of gum. As one of the biggest players in the world of chewing gum, Wrigley’s Extra provides a variety of mint-based flavor options for people to select from. If you’re looking for a fierce and bold flavor, the natural qualities of this gum might not be for you, but, hey, wouldn’t hurt to give it a try, right?