Extra Dessert Delights Strawberry Shortcake

It’s been a long time, but I’m back with another gum review. Today’s subject is a new addition to Wrigley’s themed flavor series, Dessert Delights. These gums are similar to Fruit Sensations of yore, but the theme is now desserts instead of fruits. The three flavors are Mint Chocolate Chip, Key Lime Pie, and today’s subject, Strawberry Shortcake.

Wrigley’s SlimPack boxes should be familiar to most gum chewers at this point. Introduced with 5 gum, the fifteen stick packs were brought on to the rest of the Wrigley’s gum line in a reduced cost variant. Dessert Delights brings back one frippery not seen on the packaging of other standard Wrigley’s gum, and that’s metallic inks. A metallic silver along with embossing of the Extra Dessert Delights logo gives the package a little bit of class deserving of a dessert. The main package color is a mix of reds, pinks, and whites, the colors one would imagine for strawberry shortcake. Wrigley’s doesn’t use any cellophane tricks with these gums – all of the necessary info, including nutrition stats, are printed on the package. It’s a lower cost package that isn’t cheap.

Opening up the package reveals a new slogan – have your dessert and chew it too. The smell of the shortcake is pretty strong, with a distinct strawberry perfume. The pink sticks look indistinguishable from your usual pink gum. The flavor is not so much strawberry shortcake as strawberries and cream. It’s one that’s been done before in hard candies, but is perfectly done as a gum. I’m not sure you could even get the biscuit flavor into the gum anyway, but the point is rather moot. Like Fruit Sensations, the flavor lasts for a decent amount of time, though I think it loses more of the strawberry flavor and becomes creamier as time goes on, if that makes sense. Hardness is not an issue; this gum will stay soft and chewy so long as you’ve got some flavor in it.

For a first stab at a “dessert” style gum, Strawberry Shortcake is not bad at all. It helps that my store had the three packs for $2.50, which prodded me to try it in the first place. Now I’m going to have to seek out the Key Lime and Mint Chip, because I love both of those flavors and I’ll be interested to see how Wrigley’s encapsulates them in gum form. You can’t really go wrong with most Extra flavors, really.

Next up on the gum list is Trident Layers Cool Mint & Melon Fresco. Stay tuned!

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