REVIEW: Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Cherry Starburst Gum

Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Cherry Starburst Gum

Over the past ten days, I’ve been trying to make Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Cherry Starburst Gum smell like vomit. I imagine two thoughts are popping up in your head right now. Why? And why don’t you just vomit on them to make them smell like vomit?

Why am I doing this? I’m doing it because a number of folks have left comments with our original post about the gum saying the Cherry flavor smells like vomit. I should note there’s also a strawberry flavor, but there haven’t been complaints about it smelling like puke.

So over the past ten days I’ve had this pack of gum either in my pocket or desk drawer, trying to bring out its worst. I even slept with it, hoping my body heat trapped under a blanket would activate something. But I have yet to be successful and the gum continues to smell like Cherry Starburst.

So far I’ve gone through nine of the 15 red sticks in the pack. And after chewing those sticks made of sorbitol, gum base, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, natural and artificial flavors, soy lecithin, malic acid, citric acid, mannitol, sucralose, acesulfame K, fumaric acid, red 40, red 40 lake, aspartame, and BHT, I think Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Cherry Starburst Gum is great…for a few fleeting moments.

Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Cherry Starburst Gum Closeup

The first couple of chews don’t remind me of Cherry Starburst, but by the third, it has that familiar candy flavor. I’m amazed this gum’s flavor is spot on. It’s like I’m chewing on a softer Cherry Starburst, and I want to swallow it.

But I don’t because all that wonderful flavor is gone within two minutes, and my desire to swallow it is replaced by the urge to spit it out. It goes from flavorful to flavorless in an amount of time I’ve only experienced with Fruit Stripe gum. The gum loses it’s flavor so quickly that I think it takes me longer to eat an actual Cherry Starburst candy.

While this gum tastes like Cherry Starburst, its short lasting flavor and the possibility of it smelling like barf will stop me from buying another pack.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 stick – 5 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of sugar, 2 grams of sugar alcohol, and 0 grams of protein.)

Item: Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Cherry Starburst Gum
Purchased Price: $1.12
Size: 15 sticks/pack
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 4 out of 10
Pros: Even though it’s sugar-free, it tastes like Cherry Starburst. Soft chew.
Cons: Flavor doesn’t last very long. Might smell like vomit. Sleeping with gum.

19 thoughts to “REVIEW: Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Cherry Starburst Gum”

  1. it DOES SMELL like vomit!!! i was wondering why my purse smelt like vomit and I finally figured it out, it was this gum

    1. I had this in my backpack, and after a few days it smelled so terrible I had to unpack and fumigate the entire backpack. It was awful. Couldn’t even use it for a few days.

  2. Chewing on a strawberry juicy fruit as I type. The gum literally loses its flavor in under a minute. Tastes exactly like a strawberry starburst, then sort of like a strawberry scented candle. Go figure.

    1. Truth. At first it really good like “Whoa this really IS a stra…wait.. wait.. aaand it’s gone”. Sadly after the first thirty seconds it goes to strawberry shower gel hell and never returns.

  3. Btw, the smell of the strawberry pack of gum is strong and super fake, but still really pleasant 🙂

  4. My daughter’s book bag smells like puke. I thought someone had some nasty-ass foot odor. I started to blame my son until my daughter said, “um…it might be my gum?”. WTF? why would she chew that stuff. omg, so nasty.

  5. The cherry flavor of this gum.smells like absolute vomit. I’ve has it in my backpack for about 30 minutes and it left such a strong odor in my backpack! Now I’m ashamed to open my backpack, I stillhave to get through 3 more periods. I do not reccomend this gum to anyone.

  6. This gum smells exactly like vomit! I can’t stand the smell of it sitting in my purse. Gross! Not buying it again.

  7. My cherry starburst gum smelled more like complete shit…..and it concerns me that I already ate a whole pack. It also concerns me that I gave this gum out to friends and family. I do not know what kind of chemicals they put in this gum but CLEARLY…CLEARLYYYY something is not right that there is a bad oder fuming from this pack of gum. I also feel like the flavor lasts approximately 4-6 mins. What kind of bullshit is that? Cherry starburst is my absolute favorite. But this gum although smells like cherry at first sight also smells fucken ratchet. FIX IT JUICY FRUIT.

  8. I bought it for the first time this week and I loved the flavor. I shared it with my brother and sister, gave them 3 pieces each. The next day I kept smelling some funky smell…somewhat like poop. Took us a while to figure out it was the GUM!!! How weird is that!!! I had that smell follow me everywhere…my purse, my car, my wallet where I had put 2 pieces…my room…what’s wrong with this gum!!!!

  9. So glad to hear I am not the only one who is smelling this weird scent. I noticed the smell on the bridge of my sunglasses (the little rubber part) about a day after I got the gum and was keeping both in my purse. I thoroughly cleaned my glasses and they were smelling fine until the next time I stored them in my purse. The only new item to my purse was the gum and the smell has definitely dissipated since I removed it.

  10. Because of the gum smelling of vomit, wrigleys changed the recipie. Now it tastes like herbal essence shampoo smells. I know it stunk, but the flavour was there. I won’t buy anymore, I don’t like the flavour of the gum now

  11. Chewing regular juicy fruit right now. It smells like cinnamon and tastes like regular bubblegum mixed with cinnamon. 2/10 no fruity taste whatsoever.

  12. I bought juicy fruit cherry last week because it sounded like a great flavor. My niece also bought some at the same time. I kept smelling vomit every time I opened my purse and finally discovered it was the gum!!! The next morning, my niece came out of her bathroom slinging her pack onto the table saying “omg this gum made my makeup bag smell like puke!!” There is no doubt I will not buy this nasty smelling him ever again, the taste is alright, but only for a few seconds. YUCK!!!

  13. The vomit smell comes from the cherry flavor package, with the red print inside. This gum also comes in a package with white print on the inside, which does not have that smell.

  14. The gum smelled fine at first but then i put it in my backpack for school when i woke up in the morning that shit smelled like puke ! the fuck discontinue this shit

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