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A promised sequel to the Vintage Chewing Gum Poll, featuring the dazzling hues and pliable chews of your (or at least my) childhood. There are too many individual flavors to poll in the different brands, but indicate your fave! Also, add any I'm forgetting.

Arranged by when they hit the market. (I'm defining the 1970s a little liberally here, but Carefree and Big League Chew definitely vibe with the era.)

Poll Results

Hubba Bubba (1979) 4
Big Red (1975) 3
Bubble Yum (1975) 3
Bubblicious (1977) 3
Big League Chew (1980) 1
Carefree (1969) 0
Freshen Up (1975) 0

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 19 February 2024 21:38 (one month ago) link

grape bubblicious was amazing, but the taste went away awfully quickly

mookieproof, Monday, 19 February 2024 21:39 (one month ago) link

I associate Dentyne with the 70s, but it was introduced in 1899 (!).

Hubba Bubba and Bubbilicious are indistinguishable in my mind. I loved them both.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 19 February 2024 21:43 (one month ago) link

And Bubble Yum too, alll the soft bubble gums were very similar.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 19 February 2024 21:45 (one month ago) link

Yeah, it was a real copycat cavalcade. I had a preference for Bubblicious, but I'm not sure why. It was like Coke or Pepsi, you had to pick a brand. Orange was my favorite — although like grape, the flavor faded fast. I always figured that was by design, because you could go through a pack in like 20 minutes.

It’s hard for me to think of a flavor other than original. Did someone make an apple flavor?

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 19 February 2024 22:07 (one month ago) link

There were several sour apple flavors, but I don't remember who specifically. I know the Big Soft 3 all had watermelon.

There was a pink lemonade flavor I liked a lot, maybe also Bubblicioius?

I think Bubblicious was the one that was engineered for bowing bubbles the size of your head that wouldn't stick to your face?

BrianB, Monday, 19 February 2024 22:39 (one month ago) link

I remember when Bubblicious came out with the watermelon flavor. Every kid in school lost their god damn minds. Nothing had ever been watermelon flavor before. We didn’t know the technology existed. (Like grape, it tastes nothing like the actual fruit but that did not affect our fervor.) Regardless, voting Hubba Bubba, big bubbles no troubles. Also shout out to Big League Chew for finally answering the question “what if chewing tobacco but for kids?"

orifex, Monday, 19 February 2024 22:46 (one month ago) link

The one that really blew me away from that era was Gatorgum.

henry s, Monday, 19 February 2024 22:53 (one month ago) link

A bit off-topic, but the candy cigarettes were so fucking cool.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 19 February 2024 22:58 (one month ago) link

god dammit tipsy now I have the Big Red song stuck in my head for the foreseeable future

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Monday, 19 February 2024 23:04 (one month ago) link

Had the exact same experience orifex recounts with Bubblicious Watermelon. That flavor just rocked my elementary school. It was like with Gummi Bears a few years later, you just kept coming back to this addictive new thing.

Josefa, Monday, 19 February 2024 23:06 (one month ago) link

Such a fan of the Popeye licensed Green Big League Chew “spinach”.

I think Hubba Bubba pink lemonade was my fave for several grades

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Monday, 19 February 2024 23:08 (one month ago) link

Another thing about Bubblicious Watermelon I remember is that it was exchanged among schoolkids like cigarettes in prison.

Josefa, Monday, 19 February 2024 23:14 (one month ago) link

A bit off-topic, but the candy cigarettes were so fucking cool.

I loved them. If they were fresh you actually do a little "puff" from them.

We lived in the country when I was a kid and there was a little country store about two miles down the hill from my house that I was allowed to walk to with friends once we reached a certain age (10 or so). Candy cigarettes were my favorite treat there.

The one that really blew me away from that era was Gatorgum.

Totally forgot about it, but yeah. So juicy!

xp Grape flavor does taste like the actual fruit--Concord grapes, not regular table grapes.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Monday, 19 February 2024 23:46 (one month ago) link


I painted my teeth (sleeve), Monday, 19 February 2024 23:51 (one month ago) link

Write-in -- Dubble Bubble was my brand of choice growing up.

that's when I reach for my copy of Revolver (WmC), Monday, 19 February 2024 23:58 (one month ago) link

It's my personal fave — but it was polled in the Vintage poll because it dates back to the 1920s.

Meanwhile, here's that Watermelon debut!

when i was a kid i stuffed an entire pack of bubblicious in my mouth at once in a moment of experimentation/loss-of-self-control. it barely fit so i had to chew it over the bathroom sink and watch myself in the mirror while purple drool oozed from my mouth

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:26 (one month ago) link

^I did that with a pack of Bubble Yum. Amazing I didn't choke on it.

henry s, Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:48 (one month ago) link

Freshen Up, I feel like maybe my grandmother had that? Some older relative. It would be a dried up piece with a little bit of gel left in the center.

my recollection of Gatorgum was that it turned to cement after about 5 minutes, thought those first chews released considerable Gatorade delight

which gum had a dollop of corn syrup “juice” in the middle? fond memories of that.

my mom didn’t approve of sugary chewing gum, so most of these were rare treats for me

sknybrg, Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:43 (one month ago) link

which gum had a dollop of corn syrup “juice” in the middle?

Freshen Up!

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:44 (one month ago) link

apparently Hubba Bubba also did a liquid center thing but that's the one I remember

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:45 (one month ago) link

lol my username matches the thread

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:45 (one month ago) link

Fun fact: the director of Tár was involved in the creation of Big League Chew.

Big League Chew® was created by former Cornell University lefthander Rob Nelson in 1977 in the bullpen of Civic Stadium, home of the fabled Portland Mavericks. With help from two fellow Mavs, 13-year-old batboy Todd Field and former New York Yankee All-Star Jim Bouton, Rob’s idea got its sweet start.

The idea was simple – shredded bubble gum in a stay-fresh pouch. The very first batch was made by hand at Todd's house on Feb. 6th, 1979 (Babe Ruth's birthday!). Big League Chew hit retail shelves less than a year later, and instantly became a fan favorite across America.

jaymc, Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:46 (one month ago) link

Hubba Bubba is the one! So many memories

sknybrg, Tuesday, 20 February 2024 05:02 (one month ago) link

I also recall one with a liquid centre but we apparently had one called Spurt (though google tells me its a chewy not a bubblegum)

Grape hubba bubba was my goto in the 80s. Then I got orthodontics in 85 and my sugar eating days were over.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 05:17 (one month ago) link

None of the above. My gum in the '70s was Adams' sour fruit-flavored gum sticks; there were about 7 flavors available including sour grape, sour orange, sour apple, sour lemon, and sour cherry. Long-lasting, strong fruit flavors that weren't sickly sweet. Adams was owned by a succession of pharmaceutical companies, most recently Pfizer, before being divested, and in any case hasn't made most of these gums since about 1980 save for a brief revival of the orange and grape and that was about two decades ago.

I also liked Clark's Teaberry, which is still available though made by a different company. This used to be really popular - what happened?

Lee626, Tuesday, 20 February 2024 06:54 (one month ago) link

(oops, missed that this poll was for gums introduced in the '70s; Teaberry long predates that; Adms Sour i don't know when it was first sold.)

Lee626, Tuesday, 20 February 2024 07:00 (one month ago) link

Teaberry (1942) was in the vintage gums poll. Looks like Adams launched in the '60s, like Fruit Stripe.

I absolutely hate gum. That said, I was going to post "write-in vote for chiclets and fruit stripe" because those were my faves as a kid but Chiclets were first made in 1900!

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 13:41 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 26 February 2024 00:01 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:01 (one month ago) link

which gum had a dollop of corn syrup “juice” in the middle?

Freshen Up!

Also Chewels but maybe that was 80s?

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:17 (one month ago) link

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