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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Wrigley's Extra Mints/ Jila Mints
Posted: 12:15 Wed 15-10-2003. Price: 59p (or was that the Jila Mints?). Location: Whistlestop shop, St Pancras, London. Sub-flavours: Standard Wrigley's Peppermint (blue) and Spearmint (green). Nutritional unusualness: None noted.
Snackspot reports: In accordance with Snackspot prophecy, this marks the official replacement of Wrigley's weird X-Cite Gum Pearls with these slightly rough-textured (but by no means chewy) minty ovoids. Taste is exactly what you'd expect from Wrigley's Spearmint and Peppermint standards - the Australian Jila Mints, on the other hand, are much more like tiny mint imperials, and come in a box that looks like a small packet of cigarettes (presumably figuring that smokers are big mint consumers too?). And the most interesting thing about either is the way the boxes satisfyingly snap shut thanks to an extra cardboard flap just inside the lid.

...In other minty mouth freshness: Funjunkie describes the startling results of accidentally purchasing the "Mountain Frost" flavour of Wrigley's Extra Gum (and we've had unconfirmed sightings of a "Professional" gum from them as well); while GlaxoSmithKline are reported to be bringing their Aquafresh Extreme Clean range to the UK, including a toothbrush specially designed for "cleaning the tongue" - which may come in handy now that KP Skips are launching a limited edition Prawn Cocktail flavour which "turns the tongue yellow by use of a safe food dye".

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Posted: 17:31 Wed 15-10-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: Yer they are 59p i brought a box from tesco, covent gardens
Posted: 17:41 Wed 15-10-2003 by "Kaptain Korolev" # permalink comment
Comment: Bought a pack of Wrigley's professional in a Mace (local convenience store in N.Ireland). It consists of a large blister pack inside a cardboard wrapper, a bit like a pocket pack of Anadin Extra, and contains ten pieces of normal Wrigley sized gum. The professional slant presumably comes from the fact that you look like you're eating real live drug when you 'pop a gum piece'. The gum also contains small green granules which allow you to really feel the gum cleaning the teeth, and presumably eroding them as well. I felt no such effects although the large wrappage made me feel special, it made me feel 'professional'.
Posted: 17:52 Wed 15-10-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: The wrigley professional replaces sweet mint, and the cherry airways replases spicey cocktail, and what happend to P.K. gum
Posted: 18:00 Wed 15-10-2003 by "Lee Maguire" # permalink comment
Comment: 'Professional' makes me think of those Calvin and Hobbes strips:

Calvin: "I'm filling out a survey for 'Chewing' magazine. See, they asked how much money I spend on gum each week, so I wrote, '$500.' For my age, I put '43,' and when they asked what my favorite flavor is, I wrote 'garlic/curry'."

Hobbes: "This magazine should have some amusing ads soon."

Calvin: "I love messing with data."


Posted: 18:09 Wed 15-10-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: I emailed d and w with a product request of pepsi blue (thecandyshop2003 (at!) yahoo.com) (dandw.0catch.com) email them with a product and ur name goes on the web
Posted: 18:49 Wed 15-10-2003 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: my pc is called calvin. my pda is hobbes. that is all.
Posted: 21:26 Wed 15-10-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I was wondering if they (the Jila mints, I mean) were named after the Gila monster, the "largest lizard native to the United States": http://www.drseward.com/New_Site/NHmorphology.htm
Posted: 23:52 Thu 16-10-2003 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: This morning I picked up a packet of Wrigley's Extra PEACH flavoured gum. That was quite a startling taste sensation - it starts out a bit like apricot but as the flavour starts to dissipate it becomes more like a not very good peach. I was hoping that the blob of gum in my mouth would match the orange colour of the packet, but it was the same old grey.

On the "Professional" tip - I saw some Indonesion clove cigarettes called Gudang Garam that were labelled "Professional". Which makes me wonder - are there amateur smokers? Or are they intended for professional people like doctors and lawyers, and everyone else has to choose from "Housewife", "Blue-collar", "White-collar" and "Dole Bludger"...?


Posted: 14:02 Fri 17-10-2003 by "Stasha "
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Comment: If you cant get a guy to 'Take your breath away'.....do it with with Wrigleys Mountain Frost, and, it is sugar free. ha ha ha
Posted: 17:23 Sat 18-10-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: What happend tho wrigleys P.K. gum?????
Posted: 12:45 Thu 20-11-2003 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: Spotted these on, a now familiar, partnerless shopping trip. You get 20 mints in the pack, with each one being rather 'chalky' in texture. They dissolve rather too quickly for my liking and remind me of Settlers than mints. The peppermint is quite strong, but the spearmint is far too weak to have any effect on your breath.
Posted: 12:26 Wed 28-04-2004 by "Rchard Tailby"
(apparently posting from 195.171.111.194: ) # permalink comment
Comment: I hope more drifter gum shud cum so more pele can tri them
Posted: 19:37 Wed 28-04-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: I read the handwriting and spelling of 7 year olds 5 days a week and frankly I have no idea wtf that last post means.
Posted: 21:36 Mon 09-Aug-2004 by "Martha Stewart" # permalink comment
Comment: I hope more drifter gum shud cum so more pele can tri them

look take it easy, the dude can't even get his own name right, isn't that so "Rchard Tailby"?

I'm getting some vague ideas of what poor Rchard may be getting at. Something involving Brazilian footballers who famously can't 'perform' off the pitch though I may be wrong...


Posted: 17:11 Fri 24-Sep-2004 by "sally gamble" # permalink comment
Comment: is there anywhere in nottinghamshire that sells jila mints?
Posted: 19:30 Thu 31-Mar-2005 by "Chewer" # permalink comment
Comment: anyone know why pk isnt on the internet? with all the yummy flavor i just cant get enough. ive only ever had them when i went to ghana, but i cant find them here in the UK???
Posted: 01:07 Fri 01-Apr-2005 by "> > Bob > >" # permalink comment
Comment: I loved pk (blue 1) !
Posted: 20:14 Fri 18-Nov-2005 by "edobrinen" # permalink comment
Comment: found pk gum for a friend at

http://www.simplyoz.com/ [URL display truncated]


Posted: 01:48 Sun 23-Apr-2006 by "Ethan Green of spokane washington HOME OF THE APPLE" # permalink comment
Comment: wrigleys extra peach flovoured gum has a warning on the back that say's may have a laxitive effect, wow well u have fun with that but i'd rather not shit my pants every time a chew gum thats all i'm out
Posted: 16:11 Thu 15-Jun-2006 by "hgoi" # permalink comment
Comment: nothing to add 47498 8 5
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