While chewing gums managed to find widespread popularity at the start of the 20th century, it took several decades to create the first recipe for chewing gum that could be easily used. This feat was achieved by Walter E. Diemer (1904 – 1998), an accountant at chewing gum company Fleer who also dabbled in testing out chewing gum recipes in his spare time. In 1928 Diemer took the 20-year-old recipe of his company’s founder Frank Henry Fleer and improved it, enabling it to be more durable when in the bubble state and not stick to the teeth, lips, and mouth when the bubble popped. His invention enabled Fleer to sell $1.5 million of now legendary Double Bubble chewing gums in their first year, immediately attracting attention from competitors who flooded the market with their bubble gum brands.
Today after so many years after Double Bubble’s introduction, the industry that supports bubble gums is as strong as ever, with an incredible variety of products that enable customers of all ages to enjoy popping their gum balloons no matter where they are. While most modern chewing gum brands can be used for popping bubbles, not all have the recipe that fully supports this activity. Studies have shown that people who like creating bubbles tend to purchase gums with a more elastic feel and whose gum does not stick to the lips. Another important feature of chewing gyms specifically made for the regular creation of bubbles is that they have an aroma that quickly disappears. This is done so that users who pop bubbles do not leave much aroma on their lips.
This was the first chewing gum created to make it easier to use when blowing bubbles. The Fleer Chewing Gum Company founder originally tested the formula for this gum brand in the first few years of the 20th century. Still, the true discovery of the winning recipe was introduced two decades later, in 1928, by Walter Diemer, an accountant at Fleer who also tested his chewing gum recipes in his free time. The discovery of new recipes caused issues for Diemer, who could not repeat his accidental recipe mixture for the next four months. But he succeeded and added to his winning formula pink coloring (the only available coloring present at that time in the factory), thus managing to forever connect that color with many other popular brands of bubble gums.
Even though the most popular bubble gum brands are intentionally made to lose their aroma quickly, Stride is not one of them. The users can enjoy the taste of the gum for a longer period, and even the wrapper is edible! Stride is sugarless and contains Vitamins and other healthy ingredients. Some editions of stride gum feature Stride Spark, a special lining that contains additional Vitamins like B6 and B12. The famous Uber Bubble is specially oriented to users who like to create bubbles.
Stride gums are not only full of Vitamins and other beneficiary ingredients, but they are also great for creating bubbles.
Gums in the Trident brand are some of the first that introduced sugarless recipes in the world of bubble gums. They use Xylitol, which helps protect your mouth health and teeth from developing cavities. Trident gums also contain healthy components such as vitamins. The most popular brands are those with fruit flavors (and Trident Layers brand even combines flavors of several fruits, most notably strawberry and tangerine). The editions specifically tailored to popping bubbles are Cool Bubble in the Trident White brand and Bubble Gum in the Trident Xtra Care brand.
Extra brand of chewing gums was launched in 1987 as Wrigley Company's first sugar-free gum, making them very popular as the good gums for popping balloons. While the newer editions of the gum are mostly oriented on providing refreshments to the mouth and clearing airwaves, the original Classic Bubble is still available for purchase in the countries where the Extra brand can be found. Additionally, chewing gums from the Extra Deserts range of products are famous for their chocolate and cake-like tastes.
Since the 5 Gum brand was introduced in 2007, it immediately became popular. The version of the gum specifically made to be better for popping bubbles is called the 5 Gum Bubble in Europe. This gum is known as Zing in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, while customers in Canada can get it under the name Evolve.
Hubba Bubba brand has proven to be great for making bubbles, but the Max edition is the best. Its formula creates very large bubbles, making it very popular with children. The best-selling flavor is green apple.
Ice Cubes chewing gums have received much praise from all around the world from both bubble gum enthusiasts and dentists who praised the decision to use xylitol as the main sweetener component. Sadly, this bubble gum brand cannot be easily purchased worldwide.
High-peppermint dose inside Mentos gum makes this gum very long-lasting, with a chilling and airwaves-clearing flavor that lasts 2 hours! Many bubble gum enthusiasts prefer to use this brand of gums that come in many fruit flavors. Big League Chew – This bubble gum brand from 1977 became famous because of its unorthodox packaging. The shredded pieces of gum became an instant hit when it fully hit the stores in 1980.
In 1953, chewing gum Bazooka became instantly popular with youngsters attracted by a good gum recipe and flavors and the comic strip Bazooka Joe that came packaged with every gum. This chewing gum brand can be purchased even today.
Even though it was released recently in the early 2000s, Wrigley’s chewing gum brand Eclipse with its very strong mint taste represents a popular purchase for chewing gum enthusiasts.
Bubble Yum is a very important chewing and bubble gum brand because it was the first to crack the formula that made its gum incredibly soft. This easily distinguished it from the rest of its competition, and it quickly became the best-selling gum that Life Savers ever produced.
Not all chewing gums are created equal. While some aim to please users with sweet fruity flavors or to refresh their mouth and airwaves with a strong shot of peppermint, Cry Baby brand elected almost to make people cry with the initial sour taste that accompanies their chewing gums flavored with Lemon, Cherry, Green Apple, Blue Raspberry, and Orange.
As one of the most successful chewing gum brands in history, it’s not strange to hear that Juicy Fruit is very much loved by users who like to create and pop bubbles. Introduced in distant 1983 and receiving an incredible variety of tastes over the last 100 years, this chewing gum represents one of the best choices for bubble gum enthusiasts.
Some relatively recent and innovative bubble gum brands gaining popularity are: