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Christina

How to Make Homemade Bubble Gum

We’ve been having a crazy winter here in New Jersey this year. Lots of icy cold weather with plenty of snow makes for pretty landscapes – but it also makes for stir crazy kids.

There are only so many outdoor winter actives one can do with the kiddos, especially when the temperature dips below the freezing mark. I try and have a few, fun indoor activities up my sleeve for the days I think I’ll lose my mind being stuck inside the house with two very energetic boys.

It saves my sanity to plan ahead, and it’s fun to try new things out.

Recently, we decided to make homemade bubble gum. My kids aren’t really into chewing gum so much yet, but I figured it would be a great opportunity to do something science and history related (check out my Gum History Facts at the bottom of the post!). When the end-result is something sweet, they are usually happy.

This activity does require adult supervision because the gum mixture gets very hot. Your best bet is to let the kiddos do everything but melt and mix the gum base (I labeled what steps are best done by adults below).

This activity is best for kids ages 8 and up, but there are definitely steps that the smaller ones can do. I tried this with my 5-year-old and he loved it.

All of the ingredients can be purchased in your grocery store with the exception of the powder flavoring and gum base pellets. Those items can easily be purchased online or at  many local craft or baking supply stores. You can also very inexpensively purchase gum making kits online, which come with all of the necessary ingredients in one neat little package.

Homemade Bubble Gum

Ingredients

1/2-1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup base gum pellets
1 tablespoon powdered flavoring
2 tablespoons corn syrup

Kitchen Supplies

Small, microwavable container
Waxed paper
Wooden popsicle stick

Instructions

1. Place 1/2 cup of powdered sugar onto a piece of waxed paper.

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2. Place 1/3 cup of gum pellets into a small, microwaveable container.

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3. Add in corn syrup and powdered flavoring.

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4. (Adults or teenagers) Microwave the mixture in 10 second intervals, stirring in-between, until it is fully melted.

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5. (Adults or teenagers) Make a well in the center of the powdered sugar (like you do when you make homemade pasta), and pour the hot gum mixture into it.

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6. (Adults or teenagers) Work the powdered sugar into the gum mixture by stirring the mixture with the wooden stick to avoid burning your hands. Keep working the powdered sugar into the mixture, using more if necessary until it will no longer absorb any more sugar. You can switch to needing with your hands as the mixture cools, and even have the kids do the final kneading.

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7. Then, break the gum into small pieces and wrap it in rectangles of waxed paper, twisting the ends to seal and keep the gum fresh.

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Your basic, finished piece of gum will look like this.

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But, if you’d like to add some additional flair to your gum, cupcake wrappers make for fun and easy adornment.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Place the gum into the center of the wrapper.

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2. Press the wrapper down to flatten.

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3. Roll the wrapper around the gum.

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4. Twist the ends until the gum is secured tightly.

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Enjoy!

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And Now, a Quick History of Gum

- In 1200 A.D., the Aztecs chewed chicle – the sap of the sapodilla tree

- In 1869, the first patent on chewing gum was filed

- In 1948, sugarless gum was invented

- Now, more than 3.74 trillion sticks of chewing gum are produced annually (Source)

7 Responses to “How to Make Homemade Bubble Gum”

  1. Jeri says:

    PLEASE RACHAEL WHEN WILL U STOP CALLING EVERONEGUYS? WOMEN ARE WOMEN ADDRESS AS SUCH .ALSO STOP PLEASE, UNDERMINING YOUR GUEST
    BEFORE THEY CAN FINISH ALSO DIRECTING WITH YOUR HANDS. PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THESE ESPECIALLY CALLING & SAYING “GUYS”) TO MUCH.

    SHOENUT.

    • Bonny Lee says:

      Shoenut,

      You may find some of Rachael’s mannerisms and habits annoying, but I am finding your lack of correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation very annoying. You should proof read anything you type, and post, before hitting the submit button.

      Rachael is Rachael. You are you. If you are aggravated by her, change the channel. No one is forcing you to watch her show.

      Thank you,

      Bonny Lee

    • April S. says:

      Christina – loved your contribution! Fantastic step by steps instructions and pictures. My whole brood joined in the fun – ages 4 to 54…the neighbors even joined in the fun! A huge thank you from all of us guys :-)

      dictionary.com = guy [gahy] noun
      1. Informal. a man or boy; fellow: “He’s a nice guy.”
      2. Usually, guys. Informal. persons of either sex; people: “Could one of you guys help me with this?

  2. Nikki says:

    Stop being so gosh darn sensitive about everything. I mean why make a big deal out of the woman’s usage of the word “guys”. There are so many other IMPORTANT things in life to worry about than how a recipe addresses its readers. Maybe if you got a life focusing on it wouldn’t be so hard. Grow up people.

  3. Dianne says:

    Jeri –

    Jet on over to your dictionary. ‘Guy’ is a genderless word. In other words, ‘guy’ can apply to male or female. I like that Rachael knows this and uses it appropriately!

    As far as the hands go, it’s an Italian thing…you wouldn’t understand! LOL

  4. Geri says:

    For the record, I don’t like the use of the word “guys” to refer to “guys and gals” any more than I like “men” to refer to “men and women.” However, I’m especially annoyed when two or more women are called “guys.”

    Rachael, dude, get it together. ;-)

  5. pat says:

    What about adding some type of coloring to the gum? How would that affect it? Thank you.

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