HYPE: Magic sprinkles; Minty flavor

Baskin-Robbins new grape Magic Sprinkles change from blue to purple as you lick them. (MCT)

IT'S MAGIC, YOU KNOW

Summer, it's a time anything can happen: you're free from school and other everyday responsibilities (never mind the increased chore load from your parents). Baskin-Robbins is here to make your summer as magical as possible with its magic sprinkles.

Instead of licking and licking to get to the middle of a Tootsie pop, you can lick and magically watch the sprinkles go from red to blue (berry flavor), blue to purple (grape) or green to red (watermelon).

The sprinkles are good accompaniments to the lighter Baskin-Robbins soft serve. You can also now get soft serve blended with popular candy toppings like: Butterfinger, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Oreo and Heath Bar. The delectable treat is labeled 31 (degrees) Below, and like the magic sprinkles, can melt your cold, cold heart this summer at a Baskin-Robbins store near you.

MINTY FRESH

We have to admit off the bat we're very particular about our minty gums: no peppermint ever, spearmint is OK, wintergreen (or some variation on the flavor) is best. So we weren't sure how we would react to 5 gum's new minty Solstice flavor.

Verdict: We love it! It's not overwhelmingly minty fresh, but gives just the right amount of cool mint flavor. The company describes it as "a warm and cool wintry-mint flavor." The packaging is also sleek, coming in a black box with bright aqua gum wrappers. Our only gripe: We generally like our gum pieces small for a little pick-me-up; these pieces are of the long, rectangular and thin variety, so we had to chew pieces of pieces at a time.

Sally Dadisman writes Hype for McClatchy-Tribune News Service. You can write to her at sdadisman@mctinfoservices.com.

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