Have I ever mentioned my mango phase? When I was in college, there was this local hipster video rental store near campus (I may be young, but I had a VCR) with an attached smoothie bar, and I was addicted to their more-tart-than-sweet mango lemonade smoothies. Bubble tea may have been trendier, but I was hooked on those smoothies.
Once I graduated, I got over my addiction, but I still like mango. It’s fitting that this Mango Pudding gum came in a package from a dear college friend. Even though it happens subconsciously, I love associating scents and flavors with memories, and mango reminds me of fun with college friends and good grades.
Now that I’ve gone off on a complete tangent, I had better get on with the review. The shape of the gum was interesting – sort of like Combos or Collon. According to the box, the outer ring was gum and the middle portion was soft candy, but it all chewed down the same. At first, it was on the hard side, and it was difficult to get the chewing started.
The initial flavor was a delightfully sharp, sour mango, but after a few seconds, the gum became much softer, and the flavor dulled to a mild, waxy tropical. The way the gum became so soft reminded me of the center of a Charms Blow Pop, as if the candy portion somehow altered the texture of the gum for the worse. That first burst of tart mango was great, but along with the satisfying texture, it was short-lived.
My experience with this brand was similar to yours. Initially, there's strong flavor and it dies all too soon. I felt like it was neither great candy (well, not past an initial blast) nor even passable gum. I think you liked it a bit better than me though!
I was going to give it a lower rating, but I really liked that initial flavor. I found myself eating the gum like candy just to get that first burst.
I had the blueberry one of this :) I agree, the first burst was super yummy, but it really does dull quickly. :(
Wow! Mango pudding gum?!?! That sounds very yummy. May I ask where you've gotten this gum?
A friend of mine sent it to me from Japan, but you may be able to find it in import stores outside of Japan.
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