Jan 10, 2024

The Colorful Zebra Is Going Extinct

Fruit Stripe Gum
1969 - 2024
It's the end of an era in the gum aisle, as the Ferrara Candy Company has announced that they are discontinuing Fruit Stripe gum.

I remember this gum from my childhood, but I'm pretty sure it was called Yipe Stripe Fruit Stripe Gum back then.  It's not something I ever got for myself, but my grandmother usually included a pack in my Easter basket or in my Christmas stocking when I was a kid.  It had a strong and delicious fruit punch flavor that was unlike any other candy or gum that I've ever had.  Unfortunately, that flavor usually lasted about 10 seconds before it was gone completely.

It's probably been at least twenty years since I've had a stick of this gum, if not longer, but I would have picked up a pack if I knew it was going to be my last chance to try it.  There's probably still some floating around on store shelves, but ordering it online is out of the question.  The current asking price on eBay for one pack is about $80.