Friday, December 22, 2006

Another Recipe to Make Bubble Gum

How to Make Bubble Gum

Materials Needed:

1 oz. package of bubble gum base
1 1/2 teaspoon of bubble gum flavor
1 cup of confection sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons of corn syrup


1. The corn syrup should be liquified, put the bottle in a pot of hotwater to liquify it.

2. Put one cup of confection sugar in the microwave safe mixingbowl and make a crater in the center.

3. Empty the one oz. package of bubblegum base into the crater and put the bowl in the microwave on medium to medium high for 15 seconds. Press against the bubble gum with a wooden spoon. If the bubble gum is soft and mushy, remove it. If not, microwave it like before until it's soft and easy to mash with a wooden spoon.

4. When the base is soft, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of liquified corn syrup and heat again on medium high for another 15 seconds and remove from microwave.

5. Mix the bubble gum base, the corn syrup and the sugar until they are about halfway mixed together, then add 1/2 teaspoons of bubble gum flavor and continue mixing until it is blended together. When the mixture has cooled and it gets hard to stir, kead it with your hands until its consistently the same texture. Take a lump of some of the bubble gum and place it on a sheet of wax paper dusted with confection sugar.

6. Shape the bubble gum. You can flaten it with your hands or with a rolling pin and cut it to the shape you desire.

7. After you have cut the bubble gum let the bubble gum dry for one hour, then lightly dust each peice with confection sugar and store it in a air-tight container. If you want to you can wrap each piece of bubble gum individualy in wax paper instead of storing them in a container.

The bubble gum should stay fresh for about two weeks.
Have Fun.

How to Make Bubble Gum?

How To Make Your Own Bubble Gum

Most of us chew gum, but have you tried making your own chewing gum? Well here's your chance! The bubble gum made on the Heartland Science Lab contains a specially formulated starch-polymer gum base, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavoring. These ingredients can be found in the Bubble Gum Kit .


Gum Base Pellets
Mixing Tool
Waxed Paper
Mixing Container
Corn Syrup
Powdered Sugar
Bubble Gum Flavor


STEP 1: Unfold a piece of waxed paper. Use it to cover a cutting board, dinner plate, or a part of the kitchen table. Dump about half of the powdered sugar on to the waxed paper. Create a well in the pile of sugar to relieve the melted gum and syrup.

STEP 2: Empty the gum pellets into a mixing container, then the corn syrup, and finally the bubble gum flavoring. The pellets need to be melted in order to mix the sugar.

Place the gum pellets and corn syrup mixture into a microwave oven set on high for 10 seconds. If not melted try another 10 seconds and a third 10 seconds interval. By the third interval it should be melted. If not try a fourth 10 second interval. BE CAREFUL IT IS HOT! HANDLE ONLY WITH AN OVEN MITT!

STEP 3: Slowly add the hot mixture to the powdered sugar using the mixing tool. Work the gum into the sugar until it is all absorbed. Add more sugar as needed. When it is cool enough to handle you can knead it like bread dough. Keep adding sugar until it doesn't absorb anymore.

Source: Steve Spangler Science

More Bubble Gum Facts

Chewing Gum Facts

The difference between bubble gum and chewing gum is the gum base. Chewing gum base is a natural gum called chicle harvested from the sap of a tropical tree called a sopapilla tree. This kind of gum is chewy, but it will not blow a large bubble.

Bubble gum base, on the other hand, is a mixture of starches and polymers made in a laboratory and specially formulated to blow bubbles.

Believe it or not, chewing gum is actually beneficial. It relieves boredom, eases tension and aids in concentration. It also helps to pull food particles from between your teeth and even freshens breath.

A stick of gum containing sugar has about 10 calories compared to sugarless gum which has only 6 calories. Contrary to popular belief, swallowing gum will not do any harm.

Ancient Greeks chewed the gum of the Mastic tree. More than 1,000 years ago the native people of Central America and North America chewed the sap and resins found in trees.

Today, the United States is the world's leading manufacturer of gum. With all of this fascination with bubble gum, it only stands to reason that bubble gum was invented in 1928 by Walter Diemer, an accountant from Philadelphia.

Source: Steve Spangler Science