One of the reasons chewing guns became so prevalent in our history is that both natural and homemade gum were easy to find or produce. Natural chewing gum could be an extract of the tree bark in many world areas (especially in Central America, where Aztec culture used chicle gum regularly). Creating gum in your house requires only the most simple ingredients and just a few minutes. Kids can even do the process to make things more enjoyable, which can transform cooking into a fun experience for the entire family. Another exciting development regarding the home production of chewing gum came from enthusiasts who devised an innovative way to transform chewing gum pellets into usable material for 3D printers. These materials enable home users to 3D print detailed designs of their chewing gums. Even though this opens many more opportunities for home users (skipping the mixing and cooking of ingredients), the availability of 3D-printed gum is still minimal. It will most likely remain such for the foreseeable future.
Ingredients for homemade chewing gum are inexpensive and can be purchased in local groceries, except for a few specific things that could easily be found in online retailers. The process can also be simplified by purchasing pre-made gum-making kits that are sold online. They can come in with both essential ingredients or can house components that are used in more advanced chewing gum recipes.
There are two recipes for simple homemade chewing gums. One formula creates a traditional gum that we all know from our local stores or gum-dispensing machines. At the same time, another famous recipe is focused only on natural ingredients and can be used to make excellent honey-based chewing gums.
Instructions – Place gum pellets into a microwavable cup and slowly melt them in 10-second intervals (stir the gum after each heating), add syrup and powdered flavoring, and pour melted gum into a mountain of powdered sugar. Slowly mix them until you get the chewing gum dough stops accepting more sugar. Spread the dough onto a flat surface, ready for cutting into rectangles, roll it into a stick and then cut it into small pieces with a knife. Wrap the chewing gum pieces into the waxed paper to be more easily stored.
Instructions – Melt the cup of beeswax in a pot, but make sure it does not become too liquefied. When beeswax becomes like goo, start adding honey and stir it. Repeat the same procedure with room temperature fruit juice. The mixture will quickly begin to thicken out. After the dough is cooled, it can be molded into any chewing gum shape desired (squares, rods, orbs, etc.) and wrapped in waxed paper.