Bubble gum

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Bubble gum
Type Chewing gum
Created by Walter E. Diemer
Cookbook: Bubble gum  Media: Bubble gum

Bubble gum is a type of chewing gum, designed to be inflated out of the mouth as a bubble.

History

In 1928, Walter Diemer, an accountant for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company in Philadelphia, was experimenting with new gum recipes. One recipe was found to be less sticky than regular chewing gum, and stretched more easily. This gum became highly successful and was eventually named by the president of Fleer as Dubble Bubble because of its stretchy texture. The original bubble gum was pink in color because that was the dye that Diemer had most on hand at the time.[1]

In modern chewing gum, if natural rubber such as chicle is used, it must pass several purity and cleanliness tests. However, most modern types of chewing gum use synthetic gum based materials. These materials allow for longer lasting flavor, a better texture, and a reduction in tackiness.[2]

Flavors

Various colours of bubblegum balls

In taste tests, children tend to prefer strawberry and blue raspberry flavors, rejecting more complex flavors as they say these make them want to swallow the gum rather than continue chewing.[3]

Records

In 1996, Susan Montgomery Williams of Fresno, California set the Guinness World Record for largest bubblegum bubble ever blown, which was 26 inches (66 cm) in diameter. Chad Fell holds the record for "Largest Hands-free Bubblegum Bubble" at 20 inches (51 cm), achieved on 24 April 2004.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "What was chewing gum originally made from?". madehow.com/. 22 April 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "TLC Cooking "What is chewing gum made of?"". Recipes.howstuffworks.com. 1 April 2000. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  3. ^ McGrath, Susan. "Stuck On Bubble Gum". National Geographic World 277. Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson). 
  4. ^ "Largest Bubblegum Bubble Blown". Guinness Book of World Records. Retrieved 2 November 2011.