Did You Know – Bubble Gum
Did you know that Bubble Gum starts from a gum base, called polyvinyl acetate, which is made from plastics and synthetics. It is also used in the manufacturing of glue, water based latex paints, adhesives, plastic bags and plastic bottles, along with other products. It is proven to be safe to eat and safe for the environment but it makes you wonder.
If you swallow gum it will not hurt you, however, your body will not digest it and it will move out of your body, whole, through your stool.
The way they make bubble gum is they pour the gum base into a large mixer with coloring and flavoring. As it begins mixing, they add glucose syrup which helps keep the gum base soft.
Next they add dextrose, a powdered sweetener. It all mixes for about 20 minutes and is ready when it gets to the consistency of bread dough, they then transfer it to a machine called the pre-extruder. This machine transforms the bubble gum into smaller, more manageable strips.
Next it goes into the extruder, which squeezes it down to the actual width of the bubble gum. The extruder causes the gum to heat up and get too sticky to cut and wrap so they run it through a cooler. Next it is cut and wrapped by a machine before being packaged for the stores.
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It is an American thing I expect . I never saw in in England .Seems to be avoided at all costs, reading the ingredients you mention . How could be sold under health act ?
They can sell it because the government said it is safe for our bodies, even though we can’t digest it!
Hmm, when I read your first paragraph I understand why my mother didn’t really want us to chew bubblegum when we were kids – she probably also heard where bubblegum originated 😁.
You had a smart mother! Lol
No wonder I’ve never liked gum!
It makes my jaw sore. Lol
My first thought: How do they think of/come up with these things?!
Who knows how they do but the are very rich! Lol
Thank you for the reblog!
Pretty yucky! My mother used to tell me that bubble gum was the horse’s tongue so that I wouldn’t chew it. Worked pretty well too.
Oh that’s disgusting! Yet I love to make cows tongue for a meal. Lol
Yah, knowing about the core ingredients does make you wonder, doesn’t it? But yet, pink bubble gum is a key part of any childhood experiences! 😊
Double Bubble pink bubble gum is the best gum to blow bubbles they said. I used to hate getting the wrapper off the little pieces of gum and of course we never chewed just one piece as a kid.
The pink ones are always the best. I loved Bazooka Joe growing up.
Plastics? What they put into our foods.
I had no idea.
I guess we never know what we are putting in our body! Thank you Dorothy.
Wow….that’s kind of disgusting. Interesting though.
It really is Katelon, glad I don’t chew it! Lol
I enjoyed this info on bubble gum! Glad swallowed gum will not hurt you!
Right and it all comes out in the end! 🤣
Interesting and strange story. Now I’m glad I never managed to blow bubbles and therefore was never really attracted to bubble gum. But I will confess to enjoying Bubble Gum music. 🤣
Hahaha I love your response!
I’ve never thought about how bubble gum was made, but your trivia is interesting, Diane!
Thank you Kelleye, makes me glad I don’t like chewing gum! 🤣
Sorry, that I missed some of your recent posts while traveling the last few weeks. I plan to catch up and see what’s been happening on your blog.
Well traveling is definitely first in my eyes! Hope you had a great time.
WOW, that is appealing. And to think I used to put the used gum on my bed post over night.
Now you have me singing the song “Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?” Hahaha
Interesting information. I can’t imagine working where they make bubble gum and smelling that sickening-sweet smell eight hours-a-day.
I guess you would get used to it but I agree with you!
When I was a child, adults would tell children that swallowing gum could kill us!
I read that back then people thought it would kill you. Makes you wonder why you would want to chew it. Lol However, some parents said that just so the kids don’t swallow it. Lol
Oh yuck! Knowing this information will keep that stuff out of my mouth.
Love your educational blogs. This one was particularly interesting to me as I do not like to chew gum. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to chew plastic, ya think? 😀
Hahaha I feel the same way Linda. When I used to put a piece in my mouth, I threw it away within minutes. Gives me a headache chewing it now. Thank you Linda!
Very interesting info on bubble gum Diane. My radio station has a feature spotlighting local businesses and recently they interviewed a woman who now has a business making salad dressings. Her ad claims she was making salad, realized she’d run out of dressing, turned the bottle over to check out the ingredients and found out they were mostly chemical names, so she made her own dressings. Sigh. Probably a millionaire now.
What a smart woman! I hope she is a millionaire!
I thought so too – why don’t we just say “I can do that too!” and run with it?
The name of the salad dressing was “Drench” … I remembered after I pressed Send. No oddball ingredients. She is at idrenchdotcom
Oh Wow! What a story with breast cancer and beating it. She sells at 300 stores including Meijer’s and that’s where we shop! Terry love’s the sugar though so I doubt I could convince him to change. Lol
They didn’t mention her battle with breast cancer in that radio interview, so I only learned of it when I found her info to send you the website. Pretty amazing to create this business just because you checked out the ingredients and were horrified at the ingredients. I was reading the comments and someone used one of her dressings as a marinade.
Yes, I admire people who work thru their pain to maintain as normal a life as possible.