Tommy Siegel — 7.1
The future is here. If you haven’t heard of this gum already, it’s billed as a ‘flavor-shifting’ gum, and it lives up to its promise. For the first twenty seconds, an impossible-to-identify citrus flavor engulfs your mouth before gradually sliding into a brisk spearmint (with the help of some strange, chemical-filled grains). Unfortunately, both flavors are mediocre — The citrus element only lasts for a few chews, and the mint is lacking some serious bite. This gum is still a long way away from the Everlasting Gobstopper depicted in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but it looks like some researchers are hard at work to improve the ‘flavor-changing’ gum experience.** So while this gum is a noteworthy development in the history of gum (akin to Radiohead’s transformation between OK Computer and Kid A…Or Cuba Gooding Jr’s metamorphosis from being in good movies to being in shitty movies), it’s certain to be dwarfted by future gums. Also, those flavor pellets in the gum that burst as you chew are very, very unsettling.
**We should probably note that though scientists are very close to accomplishing a three-course gum meal, there’s still no cure for malaria.