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Who Invented Chewing Gum

W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patented chewing gum in 1869.

However, humans have been chewing various gums, resins and latex secretions of plants for thousands of years. Mastic gum has been chewed by Mediterranean peoples for thousands of years, and Native Americans chewed the resin from spruce trees.

The first commercial chewing gum, State of Maine Spruce Gum was introduced in 1850. Made using spruce tree resin, it had a harsh taste and tough texture. In 1871 Thomas Adams patented chicle gum, with sugar and sassafras flavoring. It had the right chewing properties with no harsh taste or texture, and it caught on quickly with the American public. This was soon followed (by other companies) with peppermint flavored gum in 1885, Chiclets (gum with a hard sugar coating in 1900, Juicy Fruit and Spearmint flavors in 1893, and finally bubble gum in 1928.

The country with the largest number of chewing gum manufacturers is Turkey, with more then 60 companies manufacturing chewing gum! The popularity of chewing gum was both helped by, and helped spawn the development of the vending machine. The first vending machines were used to sell chewing gum in the New York Subways.

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