Chewing Gum in England is like getting punched in the face with mint

Posted on June 9, 2009 by yankeebean

yankeebeanJust a small observation, really… but do remember the first time you bought a packet of Extra chewing gum in England?

Same brand – Extra.  Same shape – tall and thin.  Excellent, just what I expected… surely this experience will not involve my expat outlook at all.

I was (foolishly) expecting 5 long, flat, thin, relatively squishy bits of minty goodness.  But what did I find?  Double-digits of tiny white pucks, stacked up… they seemed so small and unassuming.  But pop one in your mouth and


Mint extravaganza!

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it, I think English gum really delivers.  And the puck-ness means you have to work for it a little.  You have to EARN your mint…

Although I love Trident Original so I think America should get a mention, too…

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  1. Kristy June 10, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Oh my gosh, I had that exact same experience. I was so excited when I saw those small skinny packs of Extra, thinking it was good old fashioned soft sticks. But I was so ticked off when I opened it to find those offensive little hard white things.

    I’ve managed to find a good substitute for the soft gum. It’s called Trident Soft. Soft goodness, just like the name says, but it’s a bit tricky to find sometimes.

  2. peacefulyorkshire June 10, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    What does it mean when you have lived in England for so long that you don’t even remember the difference anymore between UK gum and American gum? hmmm.
    Wait, except for the 25cent packs of Wrigley’s gum. Who could forget those?
    Well yankeebean, Your post got me thinking about gum, and then I also recalled Bubba-licious, Bubble-yum and Big League Chew. That then led to Bubble tape. Then the memories kept rolling in…. the gum in Blow-Pops.. Gumball machines…

  3. pacificyorkshirebird June 10, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Those little pucks always make my jaw hurt from all the chewing. But the flavor is lovely!

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