« Partying With Your Internet Friends | Main | Bloggerama »

July 21, 2005



If you keep chewing after the flavor is gone, the gum kind of disintegrates in your mouth. I imagine it's what chewing ABC paper is like.

Jeremy Osner

Gumchewers beware the fate of Violet Beauregard!

Are you familiar with a candy called "Swedish fish"? They are red gummis shaped like fish and quite sour.

Nick Fox-Gieg

Hmm...I remember my dad mentioning a candy from the '40s that made kids' tongues bleed. I wonder what the magic ingredient is?

Matt Weiner

Swedish fish from my childhood were sweet, not sour at all. Make sure you're getting the ones you want.

Will Baude

In high school, my best friend and I used to eat sour-patch-kids until our tongues bled. You can hasten the process by letting them get a little bit hard and rubbing all of the sour grit off with your tongue. It's great.


Maynard's Sour Gums are rather enjoyable in the UK. Vinegar and wine gums - together at last!

des von bladet

There is no sour "candy" that can match the awesome might of salt lakrits which is salty liquorice, and quite right too.

We particularly recommend the "Double salted briketten" from hollandsedrop (and they do deliver worldwide, hoorah!)


Salty liquorice is one of those nasty things you love if your are raised on it and cannot fathom otherwise. Peanut butter, I'm told, sparks similar reactions. As do marmite, vegemite and similar vile concoctions. Unless you're Scandinavian, do not go near salt liquorice. It's not even cool & gruesome (like sour things that can hurt you), it's just pure unadulterated blech.

des von bladet

I wasn't born Scandiwegian, you know, and I haven't even had it especially thrust upon me, yet I like very much the liquorice of saltiness. (And I'm not, nor have I ever been, even single Dutch.)

I like Marmite also, as well.

ben wolfson

Salty licorice isn't really all that bad, and is actually kind of good, until you remember that you could be eating unsalty licorice.

Salty chocolate on the other hands is tops.

Adam Kotsko

I guess they weren't running the "So sour it makes your tongue bleed" ads in your neck of the woods.

Tom Scudder

I tried some salt liquorice the other day, at a big getting-to-know-other-cultures type conference. I think i was the only non-dane who asked for another.


I accidentially ... no, just stupidly ate a piece of something out of a bin in an underground supermarket in Philly's chinatown. It was a square, black little crud and it was near legit looking candy. I think it was this "salt licorice." It was potentially the grossest thing ever. And yeah, the gum loses its flavor about as fast as fruit stripe. But, hey, Belle: At least you didn't bleed out of your ears. Or ass.

ben wolfson

That she's telling us, anyway.


This is starting to sound like the "Disgusting English Candy Drill" in Gravity's Rainbow.

Since John is in Singapore, he can probably get the Asian equivalent of salted licorice, salted plum candies. Another thing you have to grow up eating. I am third-generation Chinese-American, and less assimilated older relatives used to bring bags of salted plums as presents. The taste is indescribably awful: on top of the prune-like flavor, sour salt. Since these were real plums, the stone was still in the center, and you had to nibble around it. Sugar candies also come in this flavor.

Green tea flavors (more popular in Japan) seem to have crossed over quite nicely.

The only indisputably superior Western achievement is desserts, and they owe chocolate to the New World.


I thought I had successfully repressed those plums. Gah. Give me flan any day. Or frozen custard, either.


I tried the Altoids Sour Cherry gum and also had a real bad experience! I had the same "painful cracks developed on the side of my tongue". My teeth hurt for days - something is seriously wrong with this gum! Now given I chewed the whole pack in about an hour, but I don't think it should have put my mouth is serious pain for days?!


Now this is the kind of blogging i like...
I love marmite ;)
and salty liquorice and all sour sweets. Swedish fish are sold in IKEA and are not salty.
Really want to try the lemon straw thing...sounds fantastic.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Email John & Belle

  • he.jpgjholbo-at-mac-dot-com
  • she.jpgbbwaring-at-yahoo-dot-com

Google J&B

J&B Archives

Buy Reason and Persuasion!

S&O @ J&B

  • www.flickr.com
    This is a Flickr badge showing items in a set called Squid and Owl. Make your own badge here.

Reason and Persuasion Illustrations

  • www.flickr.com

J&B Have A Tipjar

  • Search Now:

  • Buy a couple books, we get a couple bucks.
Blog powered by Typepad

J&B Have A Comment Policy

  • This edited version of our comment policy is effective as of May 10, 2006.

    By publishing a comment to this blog you are granting its proprietors, John Holbo and Belle Waring, the right to republish that comment in any way shape or form they see fit.

    Severable from the above, and to the extent permitted by law, you hereby agree to the following as well: by leaving a comment you grant to the proprietors the right to release ALL your comments to this blog under this Creative Commons license (attribution 2.5). This license allows copying, derivative works, and commercial use.

    Severable from the above, and to the extent permitted by law, you are also granting to this blog's proprietors the right to so release any and all comments you may make to any OTHER blog at any time. This is retroactive. By publishing ANY comment to this blog, you thereby grant to the proprietors of this blog the right to release any of your comments (made to any blog, at any time, past, present or future) under the terms of the above CC license.

    Posting a comment constitutes consent to the following choice of law and choice of venue governing any disputes arising under this licensing arrangement: such disputes shall be adjudicated according to Canadian law and in the courts of Singapore.

    If you do NOT agree to these terms, for pete's sake do NOT leave a comment. It's that simple.

  • Confused by our comment policy?

    We're testing a strong CC license as a form of troll repellant. Does that sound strange? Read this thread. (I know, it's long. Keep scrolling. Further. Further. Ah, there.) So basically, we figure trolls will recognize that selling coffee cups and t-shirts is the best revenge, and will keep away. If we're wrong about that, at least someone can still sell the cups and shirts. (Sigh.)