Saturday, April 2, 2011

B is for Bubble Gum

Bubble gum was invented by Walter Diemer in 1928. Diemer was working as an accountant for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company in Philadelphia. In his spare time, he experimented with new gum recipes. The gum he invented was less sticky than regular chewing gum, and stretched more easily. He sold his gum under the name Dubble Bubble in 1928. Original bubble gum was pink because that was the only dye Diemer had on hand at the time. However, he wanted to make it blue because that was his favorite color.

So, get some bubble gum and go ahead and blow it!!!



Debbie Petras said...

I have to say this is a first Karen. Learning about bubble gum's history and how to blow a great bubble. But I laughed as I read and ...that's a good thing. Too cute!

Blessings and love,

Team Chastain said...

Yum! Guess what I can do? I can blow a bubble, inside of another bubble. :) LOL

Susan Anderson said...

Love bubble gum and bubble blowing.


Candyland said...

Well that's a pretty cool story! My husband loves useless facts. I'll have to tell him that!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

i have never been good with making bubbles... just a mess.

TS Hendrik said...

Good for blowing bubbles, but from my favorite for taste. Fun post.

Unknown said...

Great story. I love bubble gum.

Brianna said...

Now I want some bubble gum!

Candace said...

What a fun post, Karen! I didn't know the history behind it. Bubble gum is the best. I'm a habitual bubble blower whenever I have gum in my mouth. Can't help it. I'm always trying. Have a great week!

James said...

Sorry for responding a bit tardily as I just found this blog...very interesting indeed, Karen. I am a bubble gum historian who has been fascinated with this unique invention for most of my life and have researched it extensively.
I am also a blower whose largest bubble was 26 inches in diameter and have blown quadruples (4-in-1s).

I was born in the midst of the Second Bubble Gum Boom of the '70s...back when Bubble Yum was all the rave for being the first soft, non-stick gum ever in the then-50-year history of inflatable chewing gum. That resulted in the bubble gum sector swelling from just 10% of the net chewing gum industry circa 1970 to nearly 50% by 1980. What's more, in the early '50s, children dominated the sector by a ratio of more than 9-to-1 vs. adults; by the late '70s, this ratio had become 2-to-1 children vs. adults, respectively.

I currently use Big League Chew--which is very soft and blows big bubbles. BLC is so soft, you can chew an entire 2.12-oz pouch because it shrinks to the size of a ping-pong ball after all sweeteners are out (a prerequisite to inflating it).

Here I am on blowing a 20-inch triple bubble with Dubble Bubble gum in 2005:

And who can forget the infamous Sesame Street film "B Is For Bubble":

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