What’s Your Favorite Flavor of Gum?

Chewin’, chewin’ on and on.

I’ve been trying to chew more gum lately. They say it’s good for your teeth, though I can never seem to find a concrete opinion on that one way or the other. It does, however, help me cut down on snacking a bit, giving me something sweet to taste without ingesting a bunch of sugar and calories.

Chewing gum as a commercial product has been around since the 1800s, but the act of chewing on, well, chewy stuff has accompanied mankind since caveman times. Neanderthal children chewed on sticky birch tar, ancient Greeks chewed on mastic tree bark, the Inuit tribes of Alaska would chew on discarded whale blubber, and so on. It doesn’t take a behavioral psychologist to know that chewing on stuff, even if you can’t swallow it (or shouldn’t, anyway), is a calming, cathartic process.

I never chew the same flavor of gum twice in a row. As nice as chewing stuff is, if it’s the same flavor every time, it just gets kind of boring. That’s why it’s fun to try new and wacky flavors of gum. Answer a few questions for us, and we’ll try to figure out your favorite chewing flavor.

  • What are you craving right now?

    • Something sweet
    • Something spicy
    • Something refreshing
    • Something interesting
    • Something fun
  • When do you typically pull out a stick of gum?

    • When you want a snack
    • Right before socializing
    • Right after eating
    • While you’re working
    • Anytime
  • How long do you typically chew a stick?

    • For a couple of minutes
    • Until the flavor’s gone
    • Until it gets stale
    • All day
    • Who stops?
  • Do you let people bum gum off of you?

    • I only carry it for that
    • Frequently
    • Only if it’s a flavor I don’t like
    • Rarely
    • Never
  • How do you dispose of your gum when you’re done with it?

    • Take it out and put it in the trash
    • Spit it into a tissue or napkin
    • Spit in some random direction
    • Stick it to something
    • Stick it behind your ear

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