Well, here we are, in the midst of making room, rearranging and stocking up on Valentine’s Day candy, chocolate and gifts. We, actually, have some delivery orders already scheduled–that’s impressive; some folks are right on top of things! We love this time of the year. Everything is lovey, and happy, and pink and red. (Well…one year, I went through a break up right before Valentine’s Day–I didn’t love much about this time of year then. Okay, I guess I loved a few things back then–like my kickboxing class, action movies and chocolate, mostly. Oh. And wine.) Anyway, none of this has anything to do with the purpose of this blog–we were actually coming here to talk about Teaberry Gum. As we were rearranging the shelves, we realized we needed to find a new home for it and then we realized that it had been forever since we had a piece. SO long, in fact, that we didn’t even remember what it tasted like–which is unacceptable when you work in a candy store. You gotta be up on what everything tastes like! (Okay. This might just be what we tell ourselves to justify trying everything. ;) )
Have you ever tried Clarks, Teaberry Gum? If you haven’t, you should stop in and grab a pack–just to see what a gum that’s been around since 1900 tastes like. (To us…it had a light, wintergreen taste. Though, kinda tasted a bit like cinnamon and, a little like licorice, too. It’s nothing like any other flavors on the market–that’s for sure.) Like most sugar gums–the flavor did fade pretty quick. (It was exactly what we needed to get through our afternoon sweet tooth though, and lasted much longer than a cookie–as well as being much lower in the calorie department!) Despite being around since 1900, this gum’s popularity peaked in the 1960’s with the ‘Teaberry Shuffle’ commercial’s that were on air constantly. (See below for the actual, commercial.) Did you know that Teaberries are a real thing? (I think if you’re a tea drinker, you may know this.) They grow wild in the Northeast portion of the United States–from Newfoundland and, as far south as Alabama. They’re a low growing shrub that typically only produces berries in the sunniest of locations. Humans primarily use the plants for teas and even ice cream–squirrels, chipmunks, fox, turkeys and even black bears have also been known to eat the berries! Find out more info about Gaultheria Procumbens here. And, next time you’re in the Anoka area–stop in and grab yourself a pack to try!