How Bubble Gum is Made

Bubble gum is a favorite of people of all ages. So who made the bubble gum, how is it made and who made it? Bubble gum has a history that goes back way to 1900s. An owner of a candy company, Frank Fleer thought of making a gum in which bubbles can be blown. Despite the number of trials made, he had to settle with sticky gum that was not making much profit.

In 1928, Walter Diemer who worked for Frank stumbled upon a recipe that was less sticky and more stretchable. He brought it into a grocery store where the gum was easily sold. It was called the Double bubble gum. Walter Diemer had a great time in teaching his group as well as kids in blowing bubbles from the gum. Until the introduction of Bazooka bubble gum, the Double bubble gum had solely ruled the marketplace. The basic recipes of bubble gum used by manufacturers are almost the same. There are only slight variations in the flavor or color in order for them to stand out in the competitive market.

The ingredients of bubble gum are the same to the ingredients of chewing gum. The basic ingredients are all the same, though there is a variation in the proportion. There could be some additional substance in making the gum much less sticky. These ingredients include the gum base, flavors, sweeteners, colors and softeners.

The key ingredient of the bubble gum is the gum base. It has chicle or the rubber like substance that can be obtained from the sapodilla tree. The chicle will act as the elasticizer that allows the gum to stretch without tearing and the bubbles will not easily burst. Other gum bases used are gutta-percha, jelutong and pine rosin. The use of synthetic rubber bases such as polyvinyl acetate, polyethylene as well as butadiene-styrene rubber has been increasing nowadays.

There is about 79% sugar present in single stick of gum. The corn syrup or natural sugar is used to give the gum with the sweet taste. It can enhance as well the gum texture. Saccharin and aspartame are artificial sweeteners that are giving the same purpose as well.


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