What Puts the Chew in Chewing Gum?
The “chew” in chewing gum is provided by a chewy plastic mixed with natural gums from trees. At the chewing-gum factory, the chewy gum base is mixed with sweeteners and such popular gum flavors as spearmint and peppermint.
Next, the gum batch is rolled into sheets and scored, or divided, into sticks for you to chew. The sheets are dusted with powdered sugar before scoring to keep them from sticking to the scoring rolls.
Bubble gum is made like other gum, but a little rubbery plastic is added to make it strong and stretchy enough to hold air. Gum base puts the “chew” in chewing gum, binding all the ingredients together for a smooth, soft texture.
Much company uses synthetic gum base materials for a consistent and safe base that provides longer-lasting flavor, improved texture and reduced tackiness.