Even as far back at 5,000 years ago the act of chewing tree sap has been common in the americas.
This instructable will show you how to make chewing gum using chicle base and flavorings to make your own exciting gums.
We will cover sugared and sugar free gum (using stevia)
Step 1: Supply List
- Chicle Base (From Glee Gum) (Quick warning, Chicle is latex, if you have a latex allergy, please do not do this.)
-Sugar free version uses Stevia and Cornstarch
-Sugar version uses powered sugar and rice syrup
- Wax Paper
- Container you don't care about
- Utensil you don't care about
- Pot with water
- Flavorings (We used LorAnn Oils)
- Citric acid (for fruity gums)
Step 2: Melting the chicle base
A word of caution, the chicle base is VERY sticky, the jar i used to heat it up i ended up throwing away along with the utensil i used to stir. It will ruin things, do not tread lightly.
One batch is about 1/4 of a cup, so i put that much in the jar, brought water to boil, and put the jar in the water.
After about 20 minutes the gum base begins to melt and gets very sticky.
Step 3: Kneading the gum
Knead the gum around till it becomes nice a loose like taffy, if it sticks to your hands too much add more powdered sugar.