04. 13. 2007
Chocolate Bubble Yum!
A long time ago, I had a friend whose crazy mother had taught her that for her to be skinny and pretty, she had to keep food in her mouth for the longest time possible, without chewing or swallowing. My friend ate everything like it was a hard candy, even french fries. Not surprisingly, she ended up very sad, very overweight, and no longer speaks to her mother.
I bring up that sad and gross tale because while her ritual was obviously not healthy, there is kind of a logic to it which has resulted in all those "slim-sprays" which purport to work by satiating the appetite with the mere smell and near calorie-free tiny taste of something that would be fattening, if, you know, you actually ate it. It sort of makes sense- if Violet Beauregarde hadn't nearly been blown to bits in the Willy Wonka movie, the three-course dinner in a chewing-gum would have been a great idea.
All of this brings me to Hershey's Genuine Chocolate Flavor Bubble Yum. I spotted this the other night and it suddenly seemed strange to me that chocolate gum isn't a big big thing. Chocolate Bubble Yum is basically sugar and real cocoa mixed into a gum base. What's not to like? My old friend would have loved it- it's just like back in the days when she'd let one chocolate kiss sit in her mouth for 20 minutes. It tastes a lot like a Tootsie Roll and the flavor lasts about five minutes, enough time to have eaten almost an entire box of chocolate. And each piece is just 25 calories. My husband had the opposite reaction that my friend would have had; he said, "this is so good that I'm really sad I won't be able to actually eat it".
A 10-piece pack is about a dollar, and I found mine at Target. Crazily, I've seen it selling online for upwards of $10 a pack. Yum.