Invented Chewing Gum
Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patented chewing gum in
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
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.
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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