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October 16th, 2001

Fruit Stripe

By far, one of my favorite gums to enjoy when I was a kid was Fruit Stripe. It had the best flavor – the very, very best – but there was one enormous problem with Fruit Stripe. After about 30 seconds, the flavor was gone.

It’s heartbreaking for an adult – you just spit out the gum and go about your day. But when you’re a kid, of course, you can just take another stick of gum and use it to reenergize that Fruit Stripe flavor. And to top it all off, that zebra on the package was practically begging you to do it. “Here – chew more Fruit Stripe! Buy more Fruit Stripe!”

Darn zebra.

Do you have a favorite gum from your childhood? -pm

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday October 16, 2001 -- 12:10:30PM
I declared Fruit Stripe the WORST gum available because the flavor, sucky from the start, died away so quickly. It doesn't live up to the rep of its Jamaican beer friend, Red Stripe.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday October 16, 2001 -- 1:55:33PM
IIRC, Fruit Stripe was also extremely stiff (ahem). A new piece of Fruit Stripe was like a 3-year-old piece of Doublemint.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday October 17, 2001 -- 9:26:39AM
Interestingly, there was a reference to Fruit Stripe last night on That 70's Show.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday October 17, 2001 -- 9:41:03AM
That makes it clear: That 70s Show rips off the Ping. Next thing you know, there'll be an Oreo episode.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday October 17, 2001 -- 9:56:17AM
And when The 70's Show gives up on staying in that time period, there will be a Bayside dances episode.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Wednesday January 16, 2002 -- 9:50:09 pm

FROM: liz
DATE: Wednesday January 23, 2002 -- 5:36:33 pm
you sir are jealous of the zebra...
u"if only i was the zebra then i wouldn't have to cover up my insecurities with some site divoted to making fun of a piece of gum"

zebra:"muah hhahhahahahahhhahahahahahahaahhahhaha...u loser

DATE: Friday March 29, 2002 -- 7:51:46 pm
I loved the zebra gum when i was little ... and recently my friends and I got talking about it and really wanted some ... but we can't find it anywhere ... where do you guyz get it from or were have u seen it recently?

FROM: cody
DATE: Friday April 5, 2002 -- 7:08:07 pm
i think zebra stripe gum is real good and full of flavorful, and i love the tattoos on the wrapper. but the only problem is their addictive and i have to drive 1 hour to buy some.

FROM: cody
DATE: Friday April 5, 2002 -- 7:23:11 pm
i just checked out the prices of fruit stripes on and 12 packs of fruit stripes was 17.50 without tax.

FROM: paige
DATE: Wednesday May 8, 2002 -- 7:57:38 pm
They sell fruit stripes on the east coast USA in 7 11s sometimes, and k marts but only the pink kind i k mart. My relatives in northern california have no problems buying it though.... they ship me 25 packs for christmas every year!

DATE: Monday August 19, 2002 -- 1:13:20 am
A friend of mine got me hooked on the zebra all over again. I'd love to find collectables that I could get for him. Or even find a web site with some cool pictures or info. on Fruit Stripe Gum that I could share with him. He'd love it!

DATE: Tuesday August 20, 2002 -- 2:31:22 am

FROM: Jamiie
DATE: Thursday October 10, 2002 -- 12:42:16 am
Hey what's ^ ? I am doing a report for school and I tink that fruit stripes rock man!

FROM: peggy lin - sue puggie
DATE: Thursday October 10, 2002 -- 12:45:06 am
I chew fruit stripe evry day until it comes out of my ears! I love it and I don't have to worry about my green braces! hehehehehehe! ~snort~
thanks .. oh yeah peggy loves kevin!

FROM: Peggy
DATE: Thursday October 10, 2002 -- 12:47:54 am
Hey this is peggy again ! Hey fruit stripes should make a cheddar flavored gum ! Butt you better hurry b4 someone else takes the idea! I love kevin + cheese! I also love my green braces! snort ~ heehehehehee!

FROM: jason
DATE: Thursday January 2, 2003 -- 12:31:05 pm
Does anyone know how long the tatoos have been on the fruit stripe wrapper? Has it always been there? If not, a year would be helpful!

FROM: miguel
DATE: Saturday January 4, 2003 -- 3:41:56 pm
I can get it anywhere in Cincinnati

DATE: Wednesday January 22, 2003 -- 5:24:27 pm
Hi My local super market doesnt sell it.. i'm so mad.. my mom said she loved it when she was little, I found a website that sells 12 packs of 17 for $9.40. Just search for fruit stripe on

DATE: Wednesday January 22, 2003 -- 5:27:20 pm!

FROM: Adam
DATE: Tuesday February 11, 2003 -- 9:46:26 pm
FRUIT STRIPE! YEA DAWG. dat stuff's duh BOMB YOs!

FROM: Jes [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday February 14, 2003 -- 5:10:17 pm
Zebra Gum is the GROOVIEST thing! I just recently got back into it and now a few of my friends and I are creating a website dedicated to it (among other things).

FROM: Mustang Bob
DATE: Tuesday March 25, 2003 -- 9:12:43 am
I have several small plastic Fruit Stripe Zebras any intrest?

FROM: mustang Bob
DATE: Wednesday March 26, 2003 -- 9:43:43 am
check fruit stripe on e-bay

FROM: Peter Jennett
DATE: Sunday June 22, 2003 -- 11:18:23 pm
Does Wrigley make fruitstripe gum?

FROM: meghan
DATE: Thursday August 7, 2003 -- 2:35:20 am
i recently re-discovered fruit stripe! where i live (maryland) you can buy it in most drug stores, except i have a hard time finding the bubble gum packs! oh well, i can chew about a pack a day, it's quite addictive!

FROM: Caroline
DATE: Thursday August 7, 2003 -- 5:36:58 pm
Hubba-Bubba was by far my favorite childhood gym Do you remember the commercial where the cowboy with the beard was gonna have a "shoot out" with teh bad guy. The Hubba bubba guy won because his gum didn't stick to the beard. Grape was the best.

DATE: Monday February 9, 2004 -- 3:30:31 pm
Fruit StriPez is tha BesT!! but thA fLaVOr gO Out tO faSt...

FROM: Cassandra Lynn Ulen [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday October 4, 2004 -- 6:49:18 pm
I love Fruit stripe gum if I had hole lot's it. I will be happy it is so good and other's kind's it gum are good. I love all flavor's. I love the tattoos they are the best and I keep them they are so cool. I thank the tattoos are fun.

FROM: Gary Lobermier
DATE: Wednesday November 17, 2004 -- 11:05:17 pm
Fruit Stripes is awesome!!! the tattoos are the kewlest part about them though! what other gum, gives you a gift free? none! Long live the zebra!

FROM: Grace
DATE: Thursday February 3, 2005 -- 8:45:29 pm
Fruit Stripes is the best gum that i ever tasted,even though it lasted a short peiord of time.

FROM: fthhjioo
DATE: Thursday February 3, 2005 -- 8:48:10 pm

FROM: Someone Important
DATE: Monday February 7, 2005 -- 12:27:45 pm
I personnally liked the flavor even though it didn't last long. I give it a 7.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday February 7, 2005 -- 1:50:14 pm
On a scale of 1-100? I concur!

FROM: shauna
DATE: Wednesday February 23, 2005 -- 10:32:18 pm
does anyone know who makes Fruit Stripe Gum? Wrigley??

DATE: Thursday February 24, 2005 -- 12:37:40 pm
I absolutely love the bubblemint orbit gum. It has a good package idea, you can hold it in your pocket more comfortably. The it tastes really goood thugh, like it is mint and bubble, it sounds bad but omg i love it.

FROM: karen assels
DATE: Friday February 25, 2005 -- 4:06:35 pm
I go down to the states into Rite Aid and they have my favorite gum Fruit Stripes and i love it yum.

DATE: Tuesday March 1, 2005 -- 5:39:34 pm
Your web site sucks

DATE: Wednesday March 23, 2005 -- 3:10:00 am
It looked awsome, but yeah, thats all the gum had going for it.

FROM: nora
DATE: Saturday April 2, 2005 -- 8:58:48 pm
i work at a grocery store, me and some other cashiers/baggers bought a pack each..we were chewing the gum and putting tattoos all over ourselves..customers thought we were crazy XD

FROM: Katye
DATE: Friday May 27, 2005 -- 6:57:36 pm
I still chew Zebra gum... though it does only last 30 seconds... I buy a new delicious pack everyday, because that's how I do it. It might be the greatest gum of all time... and it comes with FREE tattoos... I really don't know what else I or anyone else could actually ask for.

FROM: FSG Addict
DATE: Sunday August 7, 2005 -- 7:44:05 pm
I LOVE FSG! It does lose its flavor after about 15 seconds, but usually, I open a piece, pop it in my mouth, then start opening another piece, ready to pop it in after I'm done swallowing the first piece,after 15 seconds. I usually do this till my entire stomach is full of gum. They still sell it here, and it is very very fresh, not stiff or stale at all.

I'm not a huge fan of the tattoos, though. After I eat the stuff, I usually look like I changed my toner cartridges... :)

Long live FSG!

FROM: herman
DATE: Monday September 5, 2005 -- 1:54:47 am
Does anyone remember or have a copy of the Fruit Stripe gum jingle by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with "Let's Hang On" as the premise for the flavor hanging on???

DATE: Wednesday December 14, 2005 -- 4:46:33 pm
I just saw a web site that says Fruit Strips is made by Nabisco, but that could be wrong.

DATE: Wednesday December 14, 2005 -- 5:41:05 pm
Hey Nabisco. Need some advise on distribution. People won't buy it, if it's not in the store. It's disappearance from selves makes me think the gum may have some health implications. Just a thought.

FROM: ralph
DATE: Thursday December 29, 2005 -- 3:47:12 pm
FSG was trademarked in 1975 as FRUIT STRIPE ASSORTED GUM by Life Saver's. It's on it's 5th new holder - Nabisco.

FROM: amanda
DATE: Saturday December 31, 2005 -- 5:12:14 pm
but why isn't it in grocery stores? you have to go to a place such as "mast general store" for some.... nevertheless, it is tres delicieux.

FROM: Meredith [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday March 3, 2006 -- 8:29:30 pm
I just want to say hi to Ryan, because it always amuses me when I see The Daily Ping in my search results.

To stay on topic, here is the Fruit Stripe commercial as I remember it:
"Yipes! Stripes! Fruit Stripe Gum! It's the yummy fruity one - pick a pack of fun!"

FROM: chrarlie and the hippie
DATE: Thursday March 9, 2006 -- 2:18:03 pm
hello all!we are big FSG addicts. we are now researcing our gum of chioce and came upon this lovely site. glad to see that others love FSG just as much as we do (maybe). we just cant stop ourselves from eatting 5-10 packs a day. although we are concerned because our supply is running low and the dealer is out man. where will we get our fix? please help if possable. FSG for life yo!

DATE: Sunday April 16, 2006 -- 2:59:22 pm
I saw fruit stripe gum yesterday and bought two packs, if it were not for this site, i would have just walked on by...and the hanglider zebra tatoo is still on my hand!!!

FROM: brucewayne
DATE: Sunday May 7, 2006 -- 4:11:53 pm
Everything you want to know about fruit stripe gum is here:

Rock On!

erin April 19, 2008, 1:42 pm

dude i just bought some yesterday and its amazing but it isnt quite how i remembered having it in the 90’s
the flavors are stronger but fade alot faster

i LOVE fruitstripe the tattoos are amazing i found my collection of them lol

David December 30, 2009, 2:24 am

do you guys know of any stores that have that gum

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