… penny bubble gum?
Of course, the question might be kind of moot since we abolished the penny!
But this certainly has fond memories for me.
- at the checkout counter, Mom would often throw in a couple for my brother and me as a treat
- we’d take pop bottles that we’d find in the ditch into the garage and exchange them for gum
- it took a while, if I remember correctly, but I did learn how to blow bubbles
- of course, it was forbidden in school, but that didn’t stop you from sucking the sugar from it and then snapping a quick bubble when the teacher’s back was turned
- there also was a never-ending supply of gum stuck on the bottom of our desks
- then there was the scare that there were spider eggs in the gum. It didn’t deter us though
- you had to unwrap these correctly so that you didn’t tear the comic wrapped on the inside – some were the original Dad jokes, I think
- bubble gum evolved – in pricing from 1 cent to 2 and then 5 cents a piece. It then came in strips like chewing tobacco and then a “log” of gum that you’d chew off just as much as you wanted
These days, I’m still a gum chewer – just not a bubble gum chewer. My gum doesn’t come individually wrapped anymore. It’s got a crunchy cover and comes in a plastic container holding sixty pieces. (I need at least two to get a good chew.)
How good is your bubble blowing memory?
- do you remember penny bubble gum?
- were you a gum chewer? Are you one today?
- what was the character’s name in the comic that came with Bazooka? Did you know “he” has a page devoted to collecting the comics here?
- who else made penny bubble gum?
- is Juicy Fruit a more mature entry into the gum chewing field?
- if you’re a teacher, is gum allowed in your class?
- if you’re a teacher, do you still peek under the desks or tables to see what’s sticking around?
How about sharing your thoughts via comment below?