10 bubble gums you will never chew again
Did you blow bubbles with Teaberry, Big Buddy and Adams Sour Gum?
There is no shortage of bubble gum on offer today, though they tend to be of the minty, sugar-free variety. We are looking at the past in pink-tinted glasses, however, remembering these sugary bubble gums. Back in the day, bubble gum was also a prize with every pack of baseball cards (and TV show trading cards). As baseball cards have faded away, so too have those stiff sticks of gum.
Here are some discontinued bubble gums from the 1960s, '70s and '80s — and some earlier ages. It's okay if you don't remember those.
1. Adams Sour
Mouth-puckering sour candy seems like an invention of the '90s, but this Adams product was all the rage in the 1960s. It came in flavors like Apple, Strawberry, Lemon and Orange. Check out a vintage ad.
Image: Adams Sour television commercial, 1960s
2. Big Buddy
If you were in the trading card business, you were in the bubble gum business. Topps cranked out these long (they seemed like a foot long) Big Buddies in wilder flavors like Watermelon.
3. Big Mouth
Another Topps product, Big Mouth required a lot of work to get to the gum. The stuff came shelled in about an inch of jawbreaker candy. Hey, you got your money's worth, time wise, at least.
4. Black Cat
Licorice flavored gum? That had to be divisive.
5. Bub's Daddy
Not to be outdone by Topps' Big Buddy, rival Donruss cranked out its Bub's Daddy.
Amural Products Company introduced Chu-Bops in 1980, and what a brilliant idea. Here was gum shaped like LP records, stuffed in miniature album sleeves, promoting everyone from Blondie to Rush. There was an entire set of Beatles Chu-Bops. Hey, vinyl is back. Why not these?
7. Coca-Cola Pepsin Gum
Okay, we're rewinding the clock way back for this one. The Atlanta-based Coca-Cola launched this gum 1903. Two years later, they sold it to the Franklin Manufacturing Company, who branded it Coca-Cola Pepsin Gum, which claimed to help with digestion. Unless, of course, you swallowed the gum.
8. Ice Cream gum
Gum flavored like other desserts is all the rage at the Walgreens checkout. Just ask Extra. The concept dates back decades, though, as Adams had this Ice Cream chew in the 1970s.
Image: The Imaginary World
9. Sputnik Gumballs
The Space Age touched everything, from the design of cars to the sci-fi on television. Even candy got kids excited about astronauts (as if that was a problem), though Leaf went with a Russian satellite theme for these little blue spheres.
10. Teaberry Gum
Up until very recently, like Black Jack, this 1960s favorite could be found here and there in finer shops. Alas, Teaberry and Black Jack are no longer being made, according to Old Time Candy.
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