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Elma

Chios Gum Mastic Growers Association

Taste: 2

Texture: 3

Novelty: 4

All scores out of 5

May 6 2011

To best understand this gum, one has to know about a little product known as Mastixa. Mastixa is a Greek discovery that they say is good for your teeth, as well as other health benefits. It comes from a particular island called Chios in the Mediterranean from pine trees. Simply put it's pinesap from a particular type of pine tree. The thing about this gum is that the moment you bite down on it you're very aware that you're eating pine from a tree.

When I first took a bite the only thing I could compare it to is a spoonful of Buckley's cough syrup. It wasn't pleasant at all. In fact I can honestly say that the first few chews of this gum where excruciating, and one of the worst gum experiences I can remember. The thing is, for this site, I decided to soldier on.

I'm glad that I did too, the flavour both kind of grows on you, and it dies down a little. This combination leads to a unique chewing experience. It's a little gross, but I don't need to spit it out. The other strange thing about this gum is the texture. It's a lot denser than most gums I'm used to. It almost feels more natural than most gums, although I can't explain exactly why.

This is a truly unique Greek treat and I recommend you give it a try, I'm not saying you'll love it. In fact I guarantee after the first few seconds you'll be ticked off that I suggested it at all, but who knows, you might grow to like it.

Chew time: 10min