Times were easier for the pioneers. You had hardtack and cheese. It was good. Or it wasn't good. These days, food comes in a dizzying array of permutations.
Case in point -- bubblegum is no longer something that is just chewed. I decided to find out if this development is a good thing. So, today's battle is Baskin-Robbins Pink Bubblegum Ice Cream versus Jones Soda Blue Bubblegum Soda.
And just like on the Oregon Trail, I don't think everybody is going to make it through the testing.
Jones Blue Bubblegum Soda. This is neon blue in the bottle and the color isn't muted when it pours. My animal brain tells me that I'm about to drink antifreeze. My child brain is like, ooh...blue.
I'm brought back to earth by one of the other testers, who suggests that the smell and taste is that of the bubblegum fluoride used at the dentist's office. I taste something akin to vanilla cream soda, although the finish has the cloying sweetness of a piece of Hubba Bubba.
Baskin-Robbins Pink Bubblegum Ice Cream. Back when I picked foods by colors, this was near the top of the list. But then again I was six. So I will cut my past self some slack. Creamy bubblegum-flavored ice cream with hard pieces of Chiclets has evolved into a light pink ice cream with flecks of darker pink gum.
It's still enjoyable to hunt for pieces of gum, storing them in your cheek until you have an appropriate size wad to chew. Although I still had a sugar buzz hours later from just a few bites. This is kid espresso.
The Verdict? The bubblegum ice cream is a classic for a reason. And once the association with bubblegum fluoride was brought into the picture, the Jones Soda was ruined for me. Nobody wants their sugary drink to remind them of the dentist.