Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Eclipse Breeze: Exotic Berry Gum
So here we are on day three of our week's journey into the land of gum. We've had fruity, we've had minty. Now let's have something exotic...
What is it about the word "exotic?" It makes you think of far-away places filled with luscious fruits and palm trees, or luscious strippers with fruity names who dance beneath palm trees...
Eclipse Breeze Exotic Berry is exotic, not because it contains lady sweat from women named Cherry Candy or Lusty Melons, but because it contains cardamom. Cardamom, so says the package blurb, is a natural ingredient used to neutralize really strong odors like onions or garlic. And on a side note, it also makes Indian and Persian food pretty darn good.
I officially think it's a bad thing that this gum tastes neither like Indian or Persian food, nor even like lady sweat, because what it does taste like is far less appealing. You know that old fashioned ribbon-style Christmas candy that only ancient women seem to buy, but no one actually wants to eat because it tastes so nasty? Well, even that is still better. But it tastes a bit like the "spice" versions of ribbon candy.
The cardamom completely obliterates and overpowers the berry -- and everything else you plan on eating for the next hour. The berry component is very weak, and if I had to guess I think it's supposed to be raspberry. But it's not strong enough that you can be sure.
I can see how cardamom can be a good flavor for gum. But in this case it's just way too strong, and the berry combination is absolutely vile.