Bubblegum (or Bubble Gum) is a type of
chewing gumespecially designed for blowing .Bubblegum is available in many different colors and flavors. The most common flavor is the distinctive one also known as "bubblegum", which is a combination of wintergreen, peppermint, vanillaand cinnamon.cite web |url=http://www.cbsd.org/pennsylvaniapeople/level2_biographies/Level_2_biographies/walter_e_diemer_level_%202.htm |title=Walter E. Diemer |work=Pennsylvania People| language=simple English |publisher=Central Bucks School District |first=Melissa |last=YatesVerify credibility|date=February 2008] Bubblegum with this flavor is traditionally colored a light shade of pink.
Bubblegum tends to be more
viscousthan standard chewing gum: this facilitates bubble blowing. Some brands are designed to be non-sticky so they do not stick to one's face. Examples include Big League Chew, Bubble Yum, Bazooka, Dubble Bubble, and Bubblicious. In North America, the United Kingdomand Australia, bubblegum is often dispensed in gumball machines.
The first bubblegum was developed by
Peter A. MeijerDisputed|date=September 2008, the founder of the Meijer Company, in 1906. This gum was too sticky and broke too easily, so it was quickly abandoned. Accompanied by his assistant, Keegan C. Marr, Meijer strove to create a stronger, less sticky type of gum, but was forced to give up in 1908 and declare bankruptcy.
Bubblegum was first introduced to the American public in 1911, although it was not commercially successful. [November 7, 1911. "The Wichita Daily Times" (TX).]
The first commercially viable bubblegum product seems to have been produced by the Shelby Gum Company of Shelby Ohio in 1924 and was sold worldwide under the name "Blow Gum" and later as "Blo Bubble" [http://orbita.starmedia.com/~gumwrapper/m2page4.htm ]
The Fleer company later developed an improved bubblegum, which they marketed under the name
Dubble Bubble. The invention of Dubble Bubble is commonly attributed to Walter Diemer, an accountant at Fleer. ["Smithsonian" magazine, July 1990.Verify source|date=February 2008] It has been claimed this story was fabricated in the 1960s by the Fleer company so the "inventor" of bubblegum could appear on the popular game show " What's My Line?".Fact|date=February 2007 The true inventor, Fleer president Gilbert Mustin, had died by that time and Fleer did not want to lose the publicity opportunity.Fact|date=February 2007 The reason bubblegum is traditionally pink is that it was the original color used by Frank H. Fleer, as it was the only one in stock when he made it.Fact|date=September 2008
Up to the 1970s, bubblegum had a tendency to stick to one's face, if given the opportunity. But with the advent of super-soft, non-stick gum like
Bubble Yum, Bubbliciousand Hubba Bubba, bubble blowing became a less dangerous sport. In the years that followed, the fear of gum sticking to one's face actually ceased to be a cultural phenomenon, despite having been a common humorous reference in entertainment.
Indeed, with the introduction of
Bubble Yum, bubblegum became one of the best-selling sweets in the US and soon outpaced Life Savers eponymousflagship candy in annual sales.
The 23 inch (58.24 cm) bubble blown by Susan Montgomery Williams of Fresno, California in 1994 stills holds the
Guinness World Recordas the largest bubble blown (in 1979, she broke the then-existing 17 inch [43.18 cm] record); on 1 October 2008, Williams died of an aneurism at age 47. Joyce Samuels of Louisville, Kentucky is the current Guinness World Record Holder for blowing the largest bubblegum bubble from the nose, 16 in(40.64 cm). At the time this was written, Samuels is the only person to ever hold this record.
List of chewing gum brands
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