Ah, the flavored condom—a tried-and-true novelty contraceptive found in bachelorette parties and gas station restrooms, alike, but not something people *really* use in the bedroom, right? Well, why not? Thanks to innovations in condom development, gone are the days of overpowering latex scents, nauseating fake flavors, and plastic-y lube smells.
What is the point of flavored condoms?
These tasty treats can bring some real flavor to the bedroom, keeping both parties safe and satisfied. "Some are very tasty and sweet," says sexologist Marla Renee Stewart, sexpert for Lovers, a sexual wellness brand. "They make oral sex more fun and flavorful [while] protecting your mouth from STDs or STIs."
What to look for in flavored condoms
But before you run down to the local drugstore to pick up a pack of mouth-watering rubbers, Stewart says to keep an eye on the ingredient label. Like anything else you eat, do your due diligence before you get down and dirty. One major red flag may be latex. If you have a latex allergy, stay far away from these flavored condoms. Depending on your body and your tolerance, other red flags could include the flavoring, spermicides, or scents. And if you're pairing condoms (flavored or not) with lubes, make sure you use a water-based one, which is safe for latex (and usually makes for easier clean-up afterward).
Do flavored condoms actually taste?
Also worth noting: "Most flavorful condoms contain glycerin or glucose, which is another name for sugar, so if you're a person that has to stay away from sugar, you should probably not use these condoms," says Stewart. Plus: "Flavored condoms are full of artificial ingredients, so if you have a hard time ingesting those, then you should stay away from them."
Can flavored condoms go inside you?
Flavored condoms are designed to be used during oral sex. The additional flavors, sugars, etc. may cause irritation or an adverse reaction so it's best to avoid them during vaginal sex and/or read the instructions on the box.
Should you decide to proceed, we’ve rounded up a slew of sexpert-approved options below.
These are Stewart’s all-time favorite flavored condoms, hands down. “They taste like the flavor they say—not a watered-down version of it,” she says. “They make oral sex fun, and the colors are also unique and vibrant.” Try grape, strawberry, or if you want something sweeter, vanilla.
Stewart also recommends these flavored condoms, which you can buy individually on Lovers’ website. “They’re great if you don’t like them as sweet, as their flavor and the sugar content are less than some of the other brands,” she says. Fruit flavors include strawberry and banana.
If you want to go the organic route, you can’t go wrong with Glyde. They’re made from a blend of plant extract and sustainably sourced latex that’s free from any parabens and chemicals. And the flavors? Each pack includes fruit favorites like blueberry, wildberry, and strawberry, plus black licorice and vanilla.
Cocktails during sex? Why not? These cocktail-inspired condoms have flavors like pina colada, passion daiquiri, and cherry sunrise, and will make a romp in the bedroom feel like a tropical vacation adventure. They’re flavored along the full-length of the condom, and they’re latex-free and lubricated for those who are sensitive or allergic to traditional latex condoms.
With five different flavors—green apple, chocolate, strawberry, banana, and bubblegum—this variety pack of 50 fun condoms will keep things interesting in the bedroom. In addition to being flavored, the NottyBoy condoms are clear and extra-lubricated.
This Adam & Eve sample pack will keep you stocked with flavored condoms for awhile. It comes with 50 condoms, and you’ll get 10 each of these five flavors: grape, vanilla, mint, banana, and strawberry. Each latex condom is lubricated with a fun flavor.
Never scour through your bedside table for a condom again with this nifty tube that fits perfectly in your most discreet storage spots. This variety pack includes dessert-worthy, sugar-free flavors like chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate, bubblegum, and banana split. Talk about tasty.
Can’t settle on condom flavors that are sweet, minty, or fruity? This pack makes choosing easy, as it includes six different flavors: vanilla, chocolate, mint, strawberry, grape, and banana. So you have a little bit of everything at your disposal.
Best flavored dental dams
These fun latex dental dams will protect your sensitive parts from STDs and STIs without sacrificing the pleasure. They’re made from ultra-thin latex that won’t disrupt any sensation during oral sex. And the flavors? Choose from grape, vanilla, strawberry, and spearmint.
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