Bubble gum is a type of chewing gum that is made to be inflated into a bubble. To allow for this it is made to be less sticky and more stretchy than regular chewing gum. Bubble gum was invented by Walter E. Diemer, who was an accountant at the Fleer Chewing Gum Company. He was experimenting with new recipes and came across the perfect bubble gum by accident, which was later named Dubble Bubble by the president of the company. It was made pink because that was the only food coloring available for Diemer, and today many companies still make their bubble gum in pink! Let’s find out how bubble gum is made today.
How is bubble gum made?
The first, and most important, ingredient in the process is the gum base, which is what makes the gum chewy. This gum is either a natural tree resin, known as chicle, or synthetic, which is made of plastics and/or rubbers. The gum is placed in a large mixer with the artificial flavoring and coloring. As this is mixing the sweeteners glucose syrup and powdered dextrose are added to the mixture. The mixture is mixed for about 20 minutes and this creates the heat needed to blend it all together. When it is finished mixing it is completely combined into one large wad with a similar consistency to dough. The wad is then transferred from the mixer to a device that squeezes it through a narrow opening to create long thin strips. These strips are then further squeezed into the correct size and sent for cooling. Once they are cool the long strips are cut into the correct size and are wrapped for the final packaging.
The following video shows bubble gum being made in a large factory: