The first thing that occurred to me when I purchased my trim, little magenta-and-white package of Trident Layers Sweet Cherry and Island Lime sugar free gum is that it sounds like a 70â€™s-era grindhouse action duo. Sweet Cherry is the prostitute-turned-undercover-inner-city-vice-detective and Island Lime is her hard-hitting, trash-talking, crime-solving Rastafarian partner.
I should invent a secret time machine and become a 70â€™s Hollywood producer. Iâ€™d make millionsâ€¦.. MILLIONS!!! (But maybe not if I forget to adjust for inflation.) The second thing that occurred to me is that it looks like the lime is violently bisecting the cherry on the package. This gum will be rated R.
The Sweet Cherry and Island Lime gum itself is shaped like a rectangular block. Upon first chew, you immediately taste a strong splash of artificial lime flavor. Not terrible, but a bit too strong. Then the cherry flavor comes in. Itâ€™s not as potent as the limeâ€¦ definitely more understated. The cherry is a subtle low note to the limeâ€™s sparking high note. Though I soon began to wish the lime would shut up.
Like other Trident Layers gum flavors, the taste disappears after only a couple minutes of vigorous chewing. I thought for a second that maybe I was chewing too hard, and then I remembered that this is America, and I will chew my gum as hard and as quickly as I damn well please. Nonetheless, I did attempt to chew another piece more slowly to see if the sweetness would stick around longer, but alas, it wasnâ€™t enough to prolong the fruity sensation. If this were one of those old gum commercials where the blast of flavor was portrayed as a bitchinâ€™ wave, I wouldâ€™ve bottomed out on the ocean floor and shredded my face on a coral reef in seconds. Totally NOT tubular, dude.
Trident Layers Sweet Cherry and Island Lime gum is all right, but its flavor lacks longevity, and even if it did last longer, I probably wouldnâ€™t like it because the artificial sweetness is too much. The overall flavor profile of cherry mixed with lime is that of a jaunty cocktail minus the alcohol (a mocktail), although I guess you could chew this gum immediately after downing a couple shots of straight vodka and really have yourself a drink. Iâ€™d imagine youâ€™re saving that kind of thing for the weekend. Or for when Sweet Cherry and Island Limeâ€™s Badasssssss Fruit Splash Song premieres in a theater near you, back in 1974. But perhaps Iâ€™ve said too much.
(Nutrition Facts â€“ 1 stick â€“ 5 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of carbohydrates, and 0 grams of sugar.)
Item:Â Trident Layers Sweet Cherry + Island Lime Gum
Size:Â 14 pieces per pack
Purchased at:Â Target
Rating:Â 4 out of 10
Pros: High notes of lime flavor accompany low notes of cherry very well. Exploitation cinema. Chewing your gum American-style. Mimics the flavor of jaunty, fruit-flavored mocktails. Time machines.
Cons: Artificial sweetness is overpowering. Flavor doesnâ€™t last long. Mocktails. Wipe out, dude. Forgetting to adjust for inflation.