Friday, February 18, 2011

Wrapper and All

My husband and I have a ritual whenever we eat out. 

After we eat, I usually pull out a piece of gum (usually peppermint) from the deep dark depths of my cavernous purse and offer him a piece.

Last night was no different except I handed him a piece of Big Red which I had picked up the last time I stopped in a convenience store for something or other.  It had been years since I had chewed that particular brand of gum, a favorite of mine from when I was younger.

When I handed over the piece last night I had a flashback to middle school.  There used to be a gum in which you could also eat the wrapper.  In fact, I remember my sister telling me this and popping a stick of gum into her mouth, wrapper and all, and me being grossed out by it.   There was no way I was trying it unless there was a message on the wrapper saying it was indeed safe to eat. 

I mentioned this to my husband.  Then I asked if it was Big Red.

Bob cocked his head to the side considering the stick of gum in his hand.

"Nah.  I don't think so," he grinned before taking a small bite of the gum with the wrapper still on.

I couldn't resist wrinkling my nose at him.

"Hmmm...maybe," he responded after chewing for a few seconds.

"Uh...maybe not."

"Well it seems to be dissolving."


The definitive answer was no it wasn't.

Of course after my husband's little experiment he did the smart thing and pulled out his smartphone to find out what gum did indeed have an edible wrapper.

It turns out there wasn't any or at least none that were mentioned on any credible sites.  It had just been a rumor, an urban legend of sorts mainly around Cinnaburst gum which is probably why the stick of cinamon flavored gum brought up that memory. 

Silly kids.  See how having the Internet at our fingertips can be useful for finding out information before someone does something stupid like eating a chewing gum wrapper...or not.


Buckeroomama said...

I do remember some candies with a thin coat of "wrapper" inside around the candy (a separate one from the outer wrapper)... and you eat the candy with the inner wrapper. It's thin and it dissolves in the mouth. :) Haven't had those in a LOOOOOONG time, although I still see them in the supermarkets.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I thought that was Trident... I seem to remember popping Trident into my mouth wrapper and all... but, then, my memory is a little fuzzy...

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