Bubble Gum Essay

1108 Words May 17th, 2005 5 Pages
Have you ever wondered who invented bubble gum, or why it's pink? How do you go about getting the answers to these questions? Easy. Think way, way back, not to prehistoric times but close, 1928. Popular With Children, Unpopular with Parents and Teachers. The first known bubble gum appeared in 1906, and was a dud. Known as Blibber Blubber, it was sticky, brittle, and insufficiently cohesive.
In 1928, an accountant, Walter Diemer, invented an improved version of bubble gum. The only food coloring he had on hand was pink, so for many years, pink was the common color of bubble gums. Diemer arranged to market the bubble gum in Philadelphia candy stores and the product became wildly popular with children. Fleer Company purchased the recipe,
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As described by children "it sounds like a storm in your mouth. If you swallow them fast, they crackle all the way down." Later, General Foods rejuvenated its carbonated-candy technology and created carbonated bubble gum. This product also provided the crackling sensation of the original Pop Rocks and Space Dust. After the popping subsided, the product left a chewable pink, orange, or yellow bubble gum.
Novelty bubble gums abound. Some are produced in sticks, sheets, cubes, chubs, chunks, pellets, and tape dispensers with six feet of bubble gum tape. Others are packed in plastic tubes, and the bubble gum is squeezed out like toothpaste. Researchers have noted that children love to squeeze anything from tubes. Some tubes, made with eye-catching neon colors, have plastic ropes so that children can hang the tubes around their necks, and squeeze out luminous pink or green gum. One green bubble gum is shredded and looks like spinach. Appropriately, it is called Popeye. Other unusual bubble gums are Ectoplazm Tube Gum, Ouch Gum that looks like band aids, bubble tape in a role similar to a measuring tape, Slimer Tube Gum, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Giggle Gum, and pouring bubble gum with Candy Giggle Burst, Gibbl'in Silly Strawberry, and Tropical Tickle.
The popular baseball trading cards may be accompanied by bubble gum pouches, which serve as packaging for the gum, and later, to hold the trading cards. Other bubble gum packaging consists of a metal tin that

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