I've become a bit of a gum connoisseur. Frankly, some might call me a gum snob but connoisseur sounds so much more appealing so let's go with that instead.
Much like a wine connoisseur, a gum connoisseur knows which brands taste the best, hold their flavor the longest, and how to avoid something that's aged past it's prime.
I prefer to pick up my gum at gas stations. For some reason, I've found that they have the freshest and widest selection of flavors. The best gas station to hit happens to be right on my way to work in the mornings and I've been known to stop in there on more than one occasion to load up on packs to get me through the week.
As I've been losing weight, gum has been a staple in my purse. It's what I reach for when my brain starts thinking of sugar or carbs or whatever else might pass through unexpectedly. So, I keep about four or five packs of gum in my purse ~ all in different flavors.
I've found that spearmint and bubble gum are my favorites when I'm craving comfort food like pizza and mac and cheese. When I was kid, these were the two flavors my grandma had at her house and it was a "treat" to get them so it's pretty easy to trick my little brain into thinking it's getting "treated" to comfort food when really it's just sugarless bubble gum. Oh the things we tell ourselves, right?
I love how many different flavors of gum there are though. Extra has some amazing combos out there that can cure most any sweet tooth craving. My personal fav is island cooler. It's like a tropical smoothie with only 5 calories. Seriously, can you beat that?
My staple is Trident White in purple. It holds great flavor for the longest amount of time and I also feel special when I chew it 'cause I think I'm whitening my teeth (yeah, again, amazing what we tell ourselves, isn't it?).
And, if you didn't know, gum does go bad. Even sugarless gum gets hard and icky so when I go to purchase gum, I always give the pieces a squeeze test to make sure that they are pliable.
I know this might all seem a bit over the top, but hey, if it helps hold off one craving, I'm going to keep chugging ahead.
Plus, I've only made it half way through the gum racks at my gas station so there's gum chewing work to be done! I've made it my mission to try all the available flavors and brands so that I can truly own the gum connoisseur title.