I have a confession. I’m addicted to chewing gum. Orbit gum to be precise. I’m not sure how this addiction started. I was always partial to Extra (which, ironically, is the name Orbit is sold under in Canada. Also ironic because Orbit is made in Canada, but I digress).
And then I loved Eclipse. And now Orbit. (Hey! We have the start of a solar system here.) Maybe it’s the television commercials. They make very little sense and leave most viewers with puzzled expressions. Maybe it’s the woman’s British accent. At least I think it’s British. “Dirty mouth? Clean it up with Orbit!”
Maybe it’s the flavors. At first, I loved Bubblemint. Then Cinnamint. Then Sweetmint. And now? Maui Melon Mint. Quite frankly, that shouldn’t be an allowable mint flavor. But then, Orbit isn’t about doing what’s allowable.
Some of the flavors are an acquired taste. Like beers and fine wines. Fabulous Fruitini. Mint Mojito. Sangria Fresca. Perhaps the names are double entendres? Grapefruit Mint is available in Germany. A mouthful of sour, minty freshness.
Interestingly—and according to the Wrigley Web site—Orbit hit the United States in 1944 as a replacement brand by the Wrigley Company due to the company shipping all the production of Juicy Fruit, Spearmint and Doublemint overseas in an effort to support the troops. Since the regulars were no longer available to civilians, Wrigley came up with a new product—Orbit. After the war ended, Wrigley discontinued Orbit to re-focus on its signature brands.
Too bad is what I say to that because Orbit’s flavor far-exceeds anything that could come from a stick of Spearmint, Doublemint or Juicy Fruit. Thank goodness Wrigley came to its senses in 2001 and brought the brand back to the U.S., where it became the most-consumed brand of gum. In 2007, the American Dental Association gave the brand it’s Seal of Acceptance, proving that the product helps to fight cavities, strengthen teeth and reduce harmful plaque acids.
Now THAT is something I can chew too. Delicious AND cavity-fighting.