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“Big Red Chewing Gum” Food Review

Hey, Frayed Wire readers! This is a review Josh made on his old site, but is now being moved here!

A food review!? Yeah, that’s right. I’ve decided to do a quick food review to get people reading about non-technology-related things on this blog for once.


Big Red Chewing Gum has been around since 1975, but its flavor was changed in 2001 to make it hotter and more cinnamon flavored. Not many gums have a cinnamon flavor, so that’s why Big Red has become such a hit.

But how does Big Red cinnamon compare to more normal flavors of gum like bubblegum or wintergreen? In my opinion, I like those usual gum flavors better. Big Red doesn’t taste bad at all, but it can be a bit spicy to the point where it numbs your taste buds and you can’t really recognize the cinnamon flavor anymore. Other gum flavors don’t do that, and you can recognize their respective tastes for a long while after you first start chewing it (of course, the length of the taste depends on the gum). The Big Red taste lasts for a while, but you can’t taste it for that whole time because it messes up your taste buds with all that cinnamon. Big Red is a good gum, but keep in mind that your taste buds will be screwed up for a little while after you chew it.

(By the way, I was chewing a piece of Big Red gum the whole time as I wrote this, so don’t say I’m making this up.)

Final Score: 7 out of 10

By Josh60502

  1. December 2, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    So, what makes it so hot? When I chew this gum it literally makes me break out in a sweat. I’m serious. I’ve been trying to check all of the ingredients to see if there is a spice or something in the gum that I might be allergic to. Do you know of anyone having a similar issue? Thanks much, Rick

  2. bolter40k
    December 26, 2008 at 2:12 am

    i dont know rick but when ever i chew big red or even dentine fire i have a, well what i think is an allergic reaction. My gums and tounge start to hurt. My mouth swells up and i have a very soar throat. This last for several days and the only thing my docter says is to gurgle salt water.

  3. Arielle
    March 4, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Well I’ll tell you something funny, I recently developed an allergy to this gum. Actually having the same reactions as Bolter40k has… My tongue starts to hurt, my tonsils swell, and my throat gets sore.

  4. Hayley
    April 11, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I get the same reactions. But I get ulcers in my mouth also. Around my tongue and in the inside of my cheeks. I was concerned. I haven’t went to the doctor yet, instead just decided not to chew on it any more. But, I found myself sometimes getting a soar throat just from being close to someone chewing Big Red. I thought it was an allergy to cinnamon. What do you think?

  5. kenpete
    May 4, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I happen to have the same allergic reactions! I thought it was all in my mind the last time but I recently tried Big Red again and have ulcers on the sides of my tongue and difficulty eating, very uncomfortable. The last reaction spell I went to emergency room because symptom would not go away. Dr. gave penicillin shot. Don’t know why this would be necessary but it worked. Hesitant to try that again. Any suggestions??

    • Dmiserable 2/17/16 12:59 am
      February 18, 2016 at 1:00 am

      I am glad that I found all the comments regarding this gum. I have always enjoyed big red cinnamon gum and never had a problem. Yesterday, I purchased dentyne fire and after putting the gum in my mouth and started to chew it, it felt like a piece of glass cut the inside of mouth my mouth under my and/or a paper cut under my tongue. In addition to that my gland on my right side is swallon. In speaking with the pharmacist, she suggested to take alieve for the pain and if it doesn’t change to see my doctor. Of course, for a pack of gum is now the cost of a doctor visit and medication if it doesn’t go away. Not to say how scared I am. Well I am glad to see I am not the only one that has a problem. I agree it should be taken off the shelf and investigated. Something is terribly wrong. Hope everyone gets better soon. Sorry for the long story.

  6. gabe
    May 16, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I’m having the same reaction to Big Red, my tongue started irritating and it hurts when I eat. I sure hope I get over it soon because it’s a very uncomfortable feeling.

  7. Sharon
    June 18, 2009 at 12:20 am

    I also have the same reaction to Big Red gum. I used to chew it all the time when I was young and never noticed it until I got older. Now, whenever I chew Big Red gum, my tongue, inside of my mouth, and throat swells. I don’t ever chew the gum anymore after the last reaction to the gum. I was told that I am probably allergic to the red dye in it.

  8. milltown
    August 19, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    OMG!!! I’m so thankful I’m not just crazy. I was chewing this gum for the first time in many many years and my tongue, inside of my mouth and thoat swelled up. I thought I was just strange. It is good to know that I’m not the only one. I have a doctor appointment tomorrow to check it out. It really hurts and once everything is swollen I keep accidentally bitting my tongue when talking at work and it makes me want to cry.

  9. josie
    October 14, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    ME, TOO!!!! There should be a warning on the wrapper!!! It took me a few times to figure it out. I would buy the gum and have a piece or two…then my children would eat the rest. I ended up with what I thought were canker sores, which I haven’t had in years, and didn’t think much of it. Then I bought more Big Red…more canker sores…repeat…until I finally thought I figured it out. Now, I see that lots of other people have this reaction and I won’t chew it again!!! Ouch!!!

    • Debbie
      September 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Same here! I got raw areas on the inside of my mouth, but it was with Trident gum. My mouth is swollen, the inside of cheeks get messed up from biting down on them, and now I know it is the gum for sure!

      • Ilytiger
        February 11, 2013 at 3:05 am

        My problem was with trident cinnamon gum, yesterday I had many pieces of it and today my whole mouth is left feeling sore with little white bumps on my tongue. I gurgled my mouth with salt water and used liisterine mouth wash it hurts to eat anything and idk what to do about it

  10. Dallas
    October 18, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Same here, I finally figured it out. At least I know now.

  11. Carey
    November 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Well, I’m so glad I’m not the only one. I went through almost 4 packs before this started, but it’s miserable. Guess I won’t be chewing this anymore. Thanks for the info!!

  12. November 12, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Hi! Guess what? I think that the entire planet will dwevelop an allergy to cinnamon after a few solid weeks of high-powered ingestion of the Big Red and Dentyne Fire level of cinnamon overload.
    I work as a chef/driver in the Toronto film industry. My position is know as craft service, and we feed and socialise with the cast, crew and office production staff of movies and television series being made in Toronto and the GTA.
    My point is that I work with 100 to 300 people every day on any gicven show, and food is free. Including massive amounts of Big Red or Dentyne Fire gum, and other hot cinnamon iitems.
    As we all know, free means gluttony rules. We all become gum pigs and stuff our favourite gum into our faces at every opportunity. We can even take some home and have it later.
    Within days or weeks, but never months, every single person on my show that eats cinnamon gum ends up with a big fat tongue and/or sores in their mouths. The funny thing is, they can all still sprinkle a little cinnamon on their oatmeal or in their favourite latte concoction. So the reaction is not like other allergic reactions. Then, the guys get bold and suck on a piece of raw cinnamon stick, not gum, and their throats shut.
    We have Benadryl on hand for such cases of allergic reaction. Epi pens will be the next step. This has been going on for over ten years. You would think that we would just ban the gum, but no. And don’t we all break down and give it just one more try?
    Oh, yes we do.
    I am going to look into why having almost died from a cinnamon overdose from the offending gums, and cinnamon sticks, everyone is still fine with eating the little sprinkle on the cereal.
    Usually, once one is allergic, even a little bit will bother you, or, a little bit will help your system adapt to a larger dose later.
    Neither scenario seems to apply to cinnamon.
    I’ll check out why and let you know on my website, if you like.
    It’s what I do.

  13. November 14, 2009 at 12:26 am

    It’s eugenol and cinnamic aldehyde that numbs and burns and is in cinnamon. Just a lot more in gum than a bit sprinkled on cereal etc. Not allergy for most people, but an actual valid known reaction to those specidfic chemicals. If we play with fire, we don’t say that we are allergic to the heat. Same here.

    • saty
      July 15, 2011 at 6:23 am

      Not the same here. Before I play with fire, I know what I’m about to do. How does that apply to the piece-of-shit Big Red “product”? The makers need to be sued, and the shit taken off the shelves. It’s poison, without labels.

      • Helga Aiken
        December 31, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        You are so right, this should not be on the shelves. My husband had this gum and I ate one small piece and my tongue and cheek are sore, numb but at the same time painful and I have a big swelling under the jaw towards the neck. I can’t believe no one has sued Dentyne and it is still on the shelves.

  14. November 14, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Can’t find an answer to a quirky question? i wasn’t a researcher for nothing back in the day. Got to watch my typos, though, I’m tired, sorry for typos in last two posts at this site. Catch me at Over The Hill Health Matters, if you like. Any subject is fine. — Pat

  15. November 14, 2009 at 12:58 am

    dot com.

  16. Jale
    November 14, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I hadn’t eaten big red gum for years and saw it advertised and ordered 40 packets. After eating only 3 or 4 sticks the next day I had mouth ulcers inside my cheeks and on the side of my tongue. I won’t eat this again for sure. !

  17. Lex
    December 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Hello there everyone! Well, I too have experienced the allergic reaction nightmare that you all speak of. On Christmas day my tongue started to feel as if I had burnt it; this made no sense for I had not eaten anything hot temperature wise. So giving no thought, periodically through the day I would pop another stick of Big Red gum in my mouth. I did take a notice that my tongue started to feel numb but thought, “hey it’s spicy gum, it’s supposed to feel like this.” HA! The next day, My tongue felt HORRIBLE!!! The pain, I can’t even begin to describe! However at this time I was unaware that it was the gum doing this to me, soooo, foolishly I popped at least 3 more sticks that day. By the end of the night, I was talking with a lisp.
    The following day was indeed the worst. I couldn’t so much as talk or eat for that matter! The pain was so overwhelming it brought me to tears! I couldn’t taste ANYTHING! The only thing I could eat (barely) was ice cream…and even that hurt. Seriously, ANYTHING that touched my tongue (even my own teeth) would send me wincing in extreme pain.
    Thankfully My loving mother looked up this gum product and found people with similar symptoms. Needless to say, NEVER EVER…EVER again, will I chew this gum! The excruciating pain as if my tongue were set on a never ending fire, was enough for me.

    • Beebop
      October 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      THE SAME!!! But I now have the shakes and nausea

  18. jackie
    January 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    since i started chewing big red i have been having the same reaction i thought i was just going crazy but i am glad that it isn’t just me during christmas holidays i stopped chewing it and my mouth got better but after the holidays i started chewing it again and a day later my tongue has a big white splotch on it and the side of my cheek looks pretty bad too and its only on the one side that i chew my gum on so it has to be the gum i think i will go back to chewing winter green by the way it is killing me to eat.

  19. Patricia
    April 19, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I am so glad i found this page. I have been chewing this gum for a few months now. I had also noticed that the side of my cheeks were very sore with little ulcers in them. Every time I ate something it was like i had a coating and the sores swelled up. Then i notice that i started to puff out my cheeks with air, because it made my cheeks feel better. I started to get scared not knowing what it was. But i knew it didnt make any sense it was on both sides of my cheeks. Eatting in my car one evening, I place my rear view mirror in the sunlight and I looked in my mouth, i could see the reddness and the swealling of my cheeks. I was so scared. I dont know what it was that told me to stop chewing this gum and try another one. I did for a week. My mouth healed. I made the mistake of chewing it again, and now the same thing has happened. They are all swelled up again with ulcers. What i cant understand is how come when i would eat , my cheeks really felt swollen. Kind of spooky to think this gum can do this to someones mouth. Makes me wonder now what it has done inside the body. Thank you for this site, I am glad now that i actually saw many people has this reaction too. What a relief. Thank you people! 🙂

  20. Patricia
    April 19, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Has anyone had the problem when you ate food, that your cheeks were really swelled up? It made it hard to eat. Good luck with this gum

  21. Mike
    May 10, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Big Red gum isn’t too common in Australia, however I was kindly offered a piece by a girl in class. Once I took the gum I noticed my mouth started to burn, in the past I have never had any problems with big red. My class was having a debate and I could not participate because my tongue felt so limp and swollen!

  22. Anura
    May 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Cinnamon allergy is very very rare. But cinnamon sensitivity is very common. The oil in cinnamon is can be an irritant and that is how it operates as a microbicide. Usually the irritation will disappear after 1-2 hours and in some cases overnight. However cinnamon has abundant medical benefits such a lowering blood sugar level and even modulating mood and behavior. If you like cinnamon gum and it causes irritation, combine it with a mint gum (mint acts as a mild anesthetic) and chew on it. However if cinnamon causes difficulty in breathing and nasal/throat congestion stop using it. However adding a pinch or two (not a teaspoon/tablespoon) into the coffee or on very sugary food helps quite a bit with blood sugar level. It is believed that most of the people who are allergic or sensitive to cinnamon have had a huge and overdose exposure to it in their childhood. SOrry about the note without reference. I did not have time to add references. You can always search pubmed. CHeers.

  23. Leesa G
    June 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I verified that fact that I am allergic to this gum also, I amost took myself to the hospital. My mouth and tongue swelled and burned, felt like I burned my mouth with hot liquid. next day my tongue was still swollen.

    I would advise people to be careful using this product.

    ps; I also had a reaction to Tic-Tic cinnamon breathmints.

    So even if Yo breff stanks, don’t use Big Red

  24. asheton
    July 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I thought I was the only one who had a reaction to this stupid gum, all my friends thought I was crazy. About four days ago I chewed almost a whole pack….it was so good, I couldn’t help my self. The next day my tounge felt strange and rough. It wasn’t too soon after that I got sores on the sides of my tounge…OUCH! My tounge feels rough like sand paper,I can barely talk and I cant eat anything! (But I have found that chewing other gums minimize the pain). The only other thing that I’ve had this same reaction to was the Red Hots candy. Hmm, never eating those again.

  25. Amanda
    August 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    wow I am so glad I decided to look this up…cause man my tounge hurts and even under my tounge..I really thought I was gonna have to see a doctor. I was telling my mom and husband about my tounge and they looked at me like I was a wierdo. How long did it take for your tounge to heal from the gum??

    • Luis
      September 10, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      Hey amanada, it takes only a few days to heal, not more than a week.

  26. Luis
    September 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Hey amanada, it takes only a few days to heal, not more than a week.
    I used to chew the gum when i was a kid, and i even tried it a couple of months ago and nothing ever happened, however, i just moved to hosuton from mexico city, ad remebered i love it, so i bought a big pack, and ate it all. the next day my toung hurt soooo much, i had kind of blisters on the side, and even kind of a hole in my tounge without the thing that makes you taste the food. I was worried and was about to see a doctor, but it went away after a while so i didnt.
    I never even imagined it was the gum, a couple of weeks later i bought another pack, a small one, i ate it all, and now my toung is hurting so much again, it hurts so much that i can hardly talk because my teeth touch my tounge when i speak and it hurts like a moderfker, so then i used my brain and thought, what the hell am i eating that makes my toung go like this, or is it a virus?
    So i came to the conclusion that in both situations i had recently eaten big red. and bam, i google it up and found this page. so i can be at peace now knowing it was the shitty gum that caused it…
    It takes only a couple of days to heal, but screwww chewing this gum again, no more cinammon gum for me 😦
    Good luck with this everyone,…

  27. Luis
    September 10, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Big Red, Americas #1 Tongue Fucker

  28. sana
    October 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    ok im not the type of person who has any allergies its not in me at all and i had this gum a week ago and got the worst reaction to it my tongue looked like it had all cuts on the side and went sour even if i hate soft rice it felt like sand paper on my tongue and my gums were in pain for about 3-4 days even if my mouth was closed my tongue would still be in pain as its pressed against my teeth, i was so confused what was going on and couldnt figure out what it was, then yesterday i had this gum again and it happened again! less severe this time as i only chewed it for about 15 mins this is so bad if someone like me can react to this am not surprised everyone else is.. i think this should be stopped or the ingredients should be changed?

    • saty
      July 15, 2011 at 6:17 am

      Yes, this should be BANNED,

      • Manuschka Jobinskiskaya
        September 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm

        totally agree!

  29. Beebop
    October 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I am off work sick because of BIG RED! its a new job I started last week, im violently ill, can hardly breathe, have a rash, the shakes, and acid style burns all over my mouth.


    I tried the gum once ten years ago, and was ok, but my friend brought me some from the USA, and iv’e been chewing all week, getting worse and worse, to the point that its now SERIOUS!

    Cant eat,sleep,drink, talk or barely breathe

    • saty
      July 15, 2011 at 6:18 am

      Class action lawsuit? Let’s do it..

  30. Fayth
    December 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Oh my goodness. I’ve been chewing Big Red for about three months now, but at first I chewed it in moderation, having one or two pieces every few days. Recently, I bought a huge pack of it and have been chewing it non-stop. The result? An aching mouth (so severe that I’ve been talking with a lisp) a sore tongue, (restricting the amount of food I can taste) a swollen throat, congestion, and a fever. I absolutely love this gum, but I’m very disappointed at the amount of pain it’s caused me. I really wish Big Red would modify its ingredients. I mean, come on. It’s the twenty-first century, I’m sure there’s something they can substitute this deathly substance with.

  31. Jhysrrn20
    January 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    OMG, I thought something super crazy was going on in my mouth. I forgot that I’ve been chewing big red all this week. It is the worst gum in the world. My inner cheeks are so swollen and I feel like my tongue has a hole in it. ugh.

  32. Turi
    March 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    OMG I am in agony…I bought 2 packs of gum last night because I was cramping and I did not have cinammon sticks. My tongue is so sore I feel like someone cut little slits and dipped it in hot water. Eating is agony! Thank you all for the posts my friend did not believe it when I suspect the gum was the reason for the pain and discomfort!

  33. tina
    March 10, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I chewed two sticks of Big red today……one before I ate at Mcdonald’s, the whole time the burger taste like nothing, my taste buds are messed up. Driving on my way home, traffic made me bored, so I chewed another Big Red, when I ate dinner, same thing happened earlier, that’s when I figured it was the gum…..and I checked my gum and tongue in the mirror, they are red and it feels numb….never again BIG RED..tsk tsk!!

  34. Bill
    April 4, 2011 at 3:51 am

    So, I have this sore mouth bad, what can I do for relief?

  35. Bill
    April 4, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Mine is a reaction to orbit cinnamon gum

  36. Denise
    April 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

    No wonder they named it Dentyne Fire-OUCH! Small ulcers on both borders of my tongue! (It happened once years ago when I brushed with Toms of Maine paste too). It’s definitely the Cinnamon Oil! I keep reading that ice or water neutralizes it but I’ll try mint gum too. I wonder if anyone has ever actually gotten any medical advice on it or if anyone has contacted the company? I would love the reference on overexposure to it in childhood being a factor! Thanks to you all for your comments!

  37. Denise
    April 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Oh, and I read, “don’t touch it with your hands”-that just introduces bacteria/infection-adding insult to injury! Use a mouthrinse it says, but what kind? I’m hoping prayer will work too! This is driving me crazy!

  38. katherine
    July 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I also have a issues with any type of cinnamon flavored gum or candy.. even the toothpaste at the dentist or mouthwash will put ulcers in my mouth and make my tongue swell… However, I can tolerate regular cinnamon in recipes, on food, in drinks, etc just fine. I think it’s a common ingredient or dye in these foods that is causing the issue.. I always tell people that I am allergic to “artificial or fake cinnamon” things.. Real cinnamon does not seem to bother me.. I have just learned to stay away from them.. Also, I have just recently learned that a very strong mint flavored gum made my mouth sore (not as bad, but close)… Must be a common ingredient..

  39. saty
    July 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Hello, fellow Big-Red sufferers.. I think this ‘food product’ should be fucking banned, and the ingredients investigated by the FDA. Motherfucking assholes – how can they get away with selling this shit without warning labels. Chewing gum should not lead to this much pain and misery.

    Like so many people describe, I too got sores on both sides of my tongue, on my cheeks plus lower lip.It hurt like fuck when I talk, swallow or chew normal food. WTF? This is an evil product, should be off the shelves.

    Thanks for this page. Now I know I’m not alone…


    • hottie
      October 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

      I’m with you Saty!

      • Alicia
        November 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

        I’m with you both! It sucks! 😦

  40. Manuschka Jobinskiskaya
    September 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    WOW* I am so thankful right now I found this! Here I thought I had some to everyone unknown problem, for which I had two long visits with different doctors, 8 big tubes full of blood taken, was given a mix of potent liquid mouth flush as well as alpha lipoic acid and special tooth paste (gross stuff!) free of a certain ingredient . They also thought to sell me on menopause as the reason of my demise, hey I am still quite young…
    Before my problem of swollen and very burning tongue on both sides +top, less in back or on the tip, some crack look lines across each side, and due to swelling some biting my tongues as well of my cheeks and lastly even purplish taste buds, like someone bruise my tongue; I had started to chew Cinnamon gum (Dentyne) approx. 2 weeks prior, due to quitting smoking and wanting something with a kick in temptation moments! I usually always chewed, if gum, spearmint flavor. Never much, if any, cinnamon. I have been through all my treatment almost 5 weeks and right around then I stopped the gum all together, for one it was painful to eat, but also because I ran out and never got more. Two days ago I bought two packs, had two gums in one day and another two yesterday. By evening I had the WORST case of burning tongue. I can barely eat anything, nor drink anything, that is how much my tongue burns/hurts right now! Funny thing is I mentioned that I ate this gum, but not much response from both doctors. I finally looked up the *burning tongue/ mouth problem* online and sure enough it talked about allergic reaction to gum. I am more then sure of it and will start an experiment for the sake of more then myself. I will stop the gum instantly until I am much better and start chewing it again, to be entirely certain. If anyone is interested, I will post what my findings in experience were!?
    Thanks all my fellow tongue problems peeps. Ciao

  41. Manuschka Jobinskiskaya
    September 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    WOW* I am so thankful right now I found this! Here I thought I had some to everyone unknown problem, for which I had two long visits with different doctors, 8 big tubes full of blood taken, was given a mix of potent liquid mouth flush as well as alpha lipoic acid and special tooth paste (gross stuff!) free of a certain ingredient . They also thought to sell me on menopause as the reason of my demise, hey I am still quite young…
    Before my problem of swollen and very burning tongue on both sides +top, less in back or on the tip, some crack look lines across each side, and due to swelling some biting my tongue as well as the sides of my cheeks and lastly even purplish/ blue taste buds, as if my tongue was bruised;
    I had started to chew Cinnamon gum (Dentyne) approx. 2 weeks prior, due to quitting smoking and wanting something with a kick in temptation moments! I usually always chewed, if gum, spearmint flavor. Never much, if any, cinnamon. I have been through all my treatment almost 5 weeks and right around then I stopped the gum all together, for one it was painful to eat, but also because I ran out and never got more. Two days ago I bought two packs, had two gums in one day and another two yesterday. By evening I had the WORST case of burning tongue. I can barely eat anything, nor drink anything, that is how much my tongue burns/hurts right now! Funny thing is I mentioned that I ate this gum, but not much response from both doctors. I finally looked up the *burning tongue/ mouth problem* online and sure enough it talked about allergic reaction to gum as a possible cause. I am more then sure of it and will start an experiment for the sake of more then myself. I will stop the gum instantly until I am much better and start chewing it again, to be entirely certain. If anyone is interested, I will post what my findings in experience were!?
    Thanks all my fellow tongue problems peeps. Call me nuts, but then I will know for sure! Ciao

    • Manuschka Jobinskiskaya
      September 17, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Sorry for the double post and now I got to add one symptom I forgot to mention_numbness of my tongue so I could taste nothing else really BUT honey drops for throat pains!

  42. Paula
    September 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I had to comment on this one……I thougth i was going crazy too. I just got 3 packs and started having a swollen tongue BUT never related the two together. Then today as I am chewing my gum, with my swollen tongue – it occurs to me to google. i find this site and i am shocked to find out the gum has been causing my swollen tongue. Totally surprised.

  43. d to the m to the c to the c
    October 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I think Jesse Ventura summed up my views on this matter, perfectly

  44. hottie
    October 14, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I’m so glad I found this website I just when to the Pharmacy to get something to calm down the burning. I have little sores and my throat really hurts. If a Gum can do that to you then it should be band!!

  45. October 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    OMG! Thank goodness I found this. Here’s my story. I first tried Big Red in 1989 and thought it was totally disgusting, then a few years ago a ‘friend’ of mine told me they had changed the formula and that it would now make me a sexual tyrannosaurus. He was most insistent and persuasive and so I tried some. After chewing for about 10 mins my mouth and throat swelled up and I found myself unable to breathe. Unfortunately my ‘friend’ said I was a wuss and left me there, gasping for air like a beached fish. Eventually I died but St Peter said I was a big pussy and sent me back to earth to be reincarnated as a cat. Wouldn’t you know it, I had an owner who enjoyed Big Red chewing gum and because by now I had a very small brain, I stole some of his gum when he wasn’t looking. Both karma and St Peter are bitches because I retained my anaphylaxis and collapsed and died. Now I’m back again, and this time I’ll be avoiding Big Red.

  46. Linda
    October 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Took me awhile, but I finally realized it was the fucking Big Red gum that nearly had me heading for the bloody ER. I’ve burned my tongue any number of times, but this was really horrible for a couple of days. I am going to write a letter to Wrigley’s and let them know their gum needs to come with a warning. Most of us were lucky with a bit of pain, some ulcers and a couple days of being uncomfortable, but sooner or later, someone with a really severe reaction is going to wind up “BIG DEAD!”

  47. Katee
    November 16, 2011 at 2:17 am

    I have the same problem my tongue hurts and has ulcers on the side it’s very uncomfortable. Really stinks I love the flavor of this gum 😦

  48. Alicia
    November 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    The most recent time I chewed this gum, it not only made my mouth hurt and my taste buds go numb, but I actually was left with mouth sores down either side and under my tongue. These sores have lingered for several days now (up to 5 days so far.) It is completely miserable. I will never chew this gum again! I am not making this up.

  49. Jami
    January 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    My first reaction was swollen cheeks and burning tongue and numbness, After a few hours it went away. Weeks later My second reaction was much worse, it was halloween and I popped a piece in my mouth (not even thinking about it). Immediately my cheeks got numb I spit it out and within a couple hours my cheeks were so swollen and sagging over my jaw, my lips swelled and my tongue, I promptly took benedryl and zoomed over to the ER where they had to pump me with some stronger antihistimine type stuff and closely monitor me. VERY scarey experience to say the least. I never had a reaction to cinnamon before, don’t know what it is about this gum but I would strongly recommend avoiding it!!!!!

  50. February 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Four years since this blog post and comments are still full of people claiming to have the same symptoms – what is wrong with cinnamon gum?! My boyfriend knows I love cinnamon gum and a few days ago he spotted some Big Reds and bought me a pack. I had a couple sticks over 3 days and I am still regretting it. My taste buds are fucked up, my tongue is extremely irritated and sensitive. I can’t eat anything, and the thought of anything going near to my mouth puts off my hunger. I haven’t noticed anything swollen but I’m in a lot of pain, I’m actually surprised I can talk quite normally despite the hell my mouth is going through. I just want the pain and uncomfortable sensations to go away. Needless to say, I am never touching Big Reds again. I used to buy them last year and this had never happened. I don’t know what they’ve done with their formula but it’s not working.

  51. Caroline
    February 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I have a simular reaction but instead everything i eat is hard to taste. i chewed like 5 peices today so im guessing thats the problem ;D HAHA

  52. Sean
    March 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I can’t actually believe this. I’ve had an awfully sore throat, tongue and gums the past 3 days after chewing a pack and a half of Big Red the Saturday just gone. I live in England but had previously lived in North Carolina and loved Big Red so I thought I’d treat myself and order some from overseas. Obviously I couldn’t wait to chew it so went through a pack and a half in a day. I woke up Sunday with the worst pains in my mouth, I could barely talk and couldn’t taste my food. I finally went to the doctor today (Wednesday) because it was still sore. Although it’s slowly getting better, the doctor saw that my throat was sore and I even had a swollen gland! I’ve been subscribed penicillin to take for a week, but I think I’ll not take it if it was only the chewing gum.

    To deal with the pain I’ve been taking a couple of Nurofen a day which deals with the pain, and also drinking plenty of water and using mouthwash every time I brush my teeth.

    I’ll never be chewing Big Red again that’s for sure.

  53. Lucy
    April 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Reassuring to read all these posts. I’ve been chewing a cinnamint gum (not big red) for months now on and off. Yesterday I developed a really sore mouth and tounge, even my face was puffy. Shame I loved the stuff.

  54. T
    April 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Same here, whenever I chew this gum I get blisters all over the sides of my tongue, It hurts so bad when I eat or brush my teeth. After a few days it goes away then if I chew another piece it happens all over again. Never Again will I eat this gum!

  55. April 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Its so true! I chewed a pack of big red gum over a period of 30 hours and the next day all my taste was gone–which I expected because of the strong flavor of the cinnamon. Today, however, I woke up and my tongue was swollen and I have sores lining the side of my tongue. It is VERY painful because it rubs against my teeth when I talk and swallow–and it’s very painful to eat. Never eating Big Red again. Hopefully this will go away soon.

  56. Chizzygirl
    April 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    this gum has fucked me over…i have always wanted to go on a diet to lose more weight BUT NOT THIS WAY!!..i cannot eat anything because my tongue hurts !

  57. Keweyeverride
    June 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    … Listening.. er reading everyone’s story, It’s not just Wringley’s Company. It’s just anything that has cinnamon in general, and recipes for 1 product can be different. So I don’t THINK it’s the formula. It’s the cinnamon. I doubt anyone here is allergic to cinnamon. I just think that whenever you have the cinnamon in your mouth over a period of time causes the inflammation and sores.

  58. jeanne dorton
    October 19, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I started chewing the new Dentyne Fire….at first love it!—-and then one evening I was sitting in a meeting and was hungry …so kept putting new pieces in my mouth as the each ones’ flavor wore of…..in all had 5 pieces in my mouth for a couple of hours….next day….horrible red tongue and painful with a couple of sores on the side of my tongue….also…anyone have a nasty bitter taste in their mouth along with it? -it has been 5 days now,and the bitter taste is still there,and my tongue is still red…..please reply!

  59. Tiffany
    October 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I bought a couple of packs of big red gum on Saturday as I was going to a party. I chewed about dive sticks that night and when I woke up Sunday my tongue hurt so bad. I couldn’t figure out what I had ate to make hurt that way. Then I realized all I ate that night was the gum. I have blisters on the side of my tongue with small cracks on top. This pain is unbearable. I haven’t eaten any solid foods because it hurt. Ice only works for a while and it wears off. This hurts I want to get a lawyer after reading all the post. I thought I was crazy until I googles it. Glad I found this site.

  60. danayit
    November 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    so glad i found this site. until today i thought i had a sensitive tongue. but now i know that the problem is not me but the chewing gum. why is it still in the market?

  61. November 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Just come back from Hawaii where I bought big red, as soon as I started eating it I had my first reaction, but like everyone else I thought it must be something else like the spicy noodles I ate or the chicken wings or some virus, it took about 2weeks of eating this gum on and off before I realized what it was, and no one believed me, so I carried out my own experiment, I told everyone ok my gums are fine, now I,m going to eat this gum, within a couple of hours I showed them my tongue, and the blisters on the inside of my mouth, they were all go smacked. Never eating that crap again!

  62. December 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    We are all not crazy ! Ate Big Red gum 5 days ago and my tongue is still numb. My food tastes like cardboard. Hope this ends soon and I get my taste buds back. Does any one know if this feeling will go on past 7 days ? Please let me know. Thanks !

  63. January 7, 2013 at 4:53 am

    I think that what you posted was actually very reasonable.
    However, think on this, suppose you wrote a catchier title?
    I am not saying your information isn’t solid., but what if you added something to possibly grab people’s attention?

    I mean Big Red Chewing Gum Food Review Frayed
    Wire is kinda plain. You could glance at Yahoo’s home page and watch how they create article titles to grab people interested. You might try adding a video or a related pic or two to get readers interested about everything’ve got to say.
    In my opinion, it might bring your blog a little bit more interesting.

  64. marie
    January 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Wow im also glad im not alone…i chewed a piece of cinnamon Trident gum on Monday and my entire mouth swelled up…it was scary. i would never chew cinnamon again 😦

  65. February 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    You see, Mikey was wrong again there too is high humidity.
    Shirataki pasta helps with inflammation and scarring.
    Instead of sitting back and try gluten free Coffee Extract.
    I believe it or not it’s actually a fruit we buy them from working sluggishly.

    • jess
      March 5, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Wow cant believe years later still no banning of this gum or atleast warnings or less cinn oil chemical they use. My tounge is numb and on fire thanks to only 2 pieces of big red yesterday. Feels like the skin should peel its so bad, are there lawyers that could help with this?

      • January 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

        I agree its 2014 and this gum is still causing the same symptoms. I sent a comment to the company today.1/14/14 I can’t wait to see their reply.I know I’m not the first to complain about Big Red causing tongue sores. Somebody ought to stop them.

  66. Me
    March 6, 2013 at 3:45 am

    I realized more than ten years ago that I couldn’t chew Big Red. I had all the symptoms as described above … Now I have a terrible cold and I am taking cough medicine for relief. Just as I began to settle down for the night, the mouth sores appeared. WTF?? Like I need more discomfort? I was wondering if they are a symptom of this nasty virus, or maybe even from the cold medicine. Then I remembered that a friend of mine suggested that I sprinkle cinnamon over my coffee grounds before I set the pot to brew. Don’t you know that I would remember to give it a try this very morning?? It’s not the gum. I know a lot of people who can tolerate it. All of us either have a food sensitivity or allergy associated with cinnamon. I don’t seem have trouble with apple pie or anything — that is why it took me a minute to figure it out. I accidently overdosed on the cinnamon this morning; the cap came off in process, so instead of sprinkling I ended up dumping. The coffee tasted good anyway, so I decided not to waste the pot. And, here I am double-checking my reactions on every reasonable website I can find when I should be sleeping instead. I really hoped that someone would have offered a solution for the discomfort!!

  67. Me
    March 6, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Chammomile rinses are recommended … Doc says to steep the tea and refrigerate. Swish the cold tea four to five times a day for some relief.

  68. April 14, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Wow, it’s been a year since I had those Big Red. I’ve been reading your comments, and just like a few have pointed out, it seems to be cinnamon itself. I don’t discard the fact that the companies that produce cinnamon products, such as Big Red or Trident, might alter the formula, though. I used to chew Big Red constantly 2 years ago, and Trident before that, and I never experienced anything similar back then – which is why I find it weird and I don’t want to discard this other possible cause.
    I’d like to try the gum again, I really miss it. Hopefully I won’t go through the same hell as last year?

  69. May 27, 2013 at 7:29 am

    i had dentyne fire gum, because i LOVE cinnamon candies and gums.

    i chewed a whole pack in one sitting..just kept freshening it with new gum and spitting out the old gum. i did this while i was reading a really good book.

    my problem with cinnamon gum is while it tastes good for about 15 minutes, it runs out of flavor so quickly.

    the next day – my tongue felt like it was all burned, and it was hard for me to eat without feeling uncomfortable.

    i’m on day 2 now and my tongue still feels weird, but not as bad as yesterday.

    glad i’m not the only one!

    but i LOOOOOOOOVE cinnamon things. i love the the smell of cinnamon things in my house (during the holidays) too.

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  76. Elizabeth
    August 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    First time i ate this gum it was a school day and i chewed it all day. Big mistake. The roof of my mouth became very sore and white stuff started to peel off. Added onto that my tongue swelled up. I decided to try it again awhile later and now my tongue is numb and the roof of my mouth. Its also sore and hurts to eat. I also think my throat is swollen. Im sure im having some allergic reaction but if i am what in this gum is doing this?

  77. August 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Wow. The same thing happens to me. I used to chew big red gum daily for years and never had a problem with it. About 12 years ago, I chewed half a pack in a day and it felt like I had third degree burns on my tongue, cheeks, lips, throat and gums. I couldn’t eat because of the pain for 4 days. Everything was swollen.

    The same thing happens with toothpaste with hot cinnamon flavor, red hot candy, other brands of hot cinnamon gum and other candies.

    I wish I knew what the ingredient is but I just stay away from anything with spicy hot cinnamon on the label!

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  82. TR
    January 18, 2015 at 9:24 am

    My tongue and sides of my mouth have been on fire, swollen and sore after chewing on Dentyne Fire gum a week ago. I thought I was going crazy until I stumbled in this site and read other similar stories. Whew… These gums if not banned should at least have a warning on the package. This is ridiculous!!!

    • Dee
      July 17, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      I have very painful sores on the side of my tongue and on the inside of my cheeks so decided to google ‘side effects of chewing Big Red’. I did this because i could not believe i had the same symptoms last year after chewing Dentyne Fire! and feared i must have developed mouth cancer – the sores were that bad!!! Thank you for sharing guys because my sanity has been restored! Its a shame because i love the flavour and always ask a relative to bring loads when visiting from the USA! having read all of your posts i will forget the visit to the GP and instead dump my 3 boxes of Big D and gargle with TCP to heal the sores😉.

  83. December 6, 2015 at 3:47 am

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  84. Evelyn
    October 5, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I am glad I found this. I thought it was just the Cinna-Burst gum but found it was not only the cinnamon flavored gums but the mint ones as well. If I chew the mint flavored gum and drink a soda (Mountain Dew, Pepsi, etc.) my mouth and throat burns unbearable. I had to stop chewing all gums. I hate that, I used to keep my breath really fresh, not I have to use candy mints like Tictac, or peppermints. (Yes, I brush my teeth often.)

  85. November 17, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Well well well! So it’s the Big Red Gum. So glad I found this site. I have been so baffled. I’ve experience all of the mouth, tongue, and cheek problems described by the other Big Red users, and add sore gums to that. My doctor said that it was thrush and prescribed medicine. I hadn’t had that since I was a child and couldn’t figure out why I had developed it now. My speech was so impaired that I feared that I was having another stroke. Today I put a piece of Big Red in my mouth again and guess what – my tongue is now numb, my throat is aching and I am so afraid that I may have another attack. Using the gum preceded the original episode that lasted for a week. I decided to do a little research on this gum. I bought it at one of those everything is a dollar stores. Now I can say that the mystery is solved. Why is this health hazard still on the market?
    Thanks everyone!

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