About once a year, I indulge in a pack of Fruit Stripe Gum. You see, it's not just your run-of-the-mill chewing gum – it's a visual masterpiece, a delightful experience that stands apart from the average stick gum. Yet, there's a hitch that's hard to ignore. If you had started chewing this gum as soon as you began reading this post, I regret to inform you that by now, the flavor would have vanished into thin air. It's a perplexing conundrum, given the leaps and bounds in gum technology. One might wonder why this aspect hasn't received an upgrade. Could it be a cunning plan to lead me to consume an entire pack in a mere 10 minutes? I admit, I've fallen victim to this plot on more than one occasion.