I'll be honest. I'm on a diet. I've been on it for about 3 weeks. It's at the point when I'd normally give up, so tired am I of "a handful of almonds" and string cheese and an apple to get me through the day. But I've managed to find a junk food-like novelty that can mitigate the impulse that would allow me to stab someone in the eye over a bag of M&Ms.
It's gum! Not just any gum. It's mint chocolate chip! I've been eyeing this gum ever since I saw a box of it on a dusty bodega shelf. When I saw a packet staring back at me in that gleaming Duane Reade at 59th street, I knew I had to take the plunge.
Perhaps it's because it's mint, as Features Editor Amber Ray suggested, that makes this gum not as gross as it sounds. Not being a fan of fruit, I haven't tried the other flavors, like Apple Pie, Key Lime Pie, Orange Creme Pop and Strawberry Shortcake in order to know if they are all this realistic in flavor.
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Coincidentally, on "Top Chef" tonight, I hear the quickfire challenge is to create a new flavor for the "Dessert Delights" line. I won't say any more lest I ruin it for you...
But when is anyone going to get around to making the Willy Wonka gum?