So, so good, and gone so, so fast. Isn’t that just the way of things? But,
despite its lightening fast flavor expiration, Fruit Stripe gum is worth
every precious chew. Like no other, the 5 juicy flavors (the originals)
are so much more than their names would indicate (cherry, lemon, orange,
mixed fruit, and lime). Maybe it’s the painted-on stripes that add the
extra fabulousness. Whatever the source of all that flavor, the result
is a happy little party in your mouth.
Created in the early 60s, this chewing gum has staying power in
marketplace, even if not in your mouth. Or, maybe we’re thinking about
this all wrong. Maybe that’s the genius of the product. If the flavor
(so yummy and addictive) only lasts a matter of seconds, we are more
likely to pop a second or third, or tenth piece. They get to sell three
times as much gum. Genius.
Fruit Stripe gum is a treat for your senses; it goes beyond just taste. A
fresh pack of Fruit Stripe is best consumed first through its
intoxicating smell, with the taste as your second flavor punch. Simply
open up the end of the pack, bring the open pack to your nose and
breathe deeply. Hmmm. As if the taste and smell were not enough
they are), each pack come with tattoos! I’ve never been able to get one
to work, but the idea is nice.
I remain a little perplexed at the name of the happy spokes-zebra, Yipes.
Is it a combination of “yay” and “stripes?” Whatever it is, Yipes has
been the official mascot of Fruit Stripe since 1988 and adds his
handsome mug to each pack.
Fruit Stripe and its legendary flavor even made an appearance in the
Beastie Boys’ “B-Boy Bouillabaisse” off 1989’s Paul’s Boutique (best
Beastie Boys album), “Girl, you should be with me, you should drop that
bum / ‘Cause I got more flavor than fruit stripe gum.” What girl could
resist such logic?
So, the next time you’re buying gas, and reach for a pack of gum at the
checkout, make it Fruit Stripe. You will not be disappointed. You might
want to go ahead and buy a second pack. Given the rapidity with which
the flavor dissipates, you’ll need to reload regularly, and your itch
may not be fully scratched by a single pack. It’s best to be prepared.