How to Make Chewing Gum

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Chewing gum has been around in commercial form for over a century.

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)

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Step 1: Supply List

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For this instructable you will need the following:

- Chicle Base (From Glee Gum) (Quick warning, Chicle is latex, if you have a latex allergy, please do not do this.)
- Sweetener
      -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

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The gum base comes in little pellets and must be melted to be used. You could do this in the microwave but i opted for a makeshift double boiler using a pot and an old jar.
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

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One the gum base is nice and gooey, take it off the flame and scoop in onto a powered sugared surface. If you are going sugar free, use cornstarch.

Knead the gum around till it becomes nice a loose like taffy, if it sticks to your hands too much add more powdered sugar.

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You could add colorfull dye and make it colorful.
Pay attention to the "chicle is latex" warning. Constant over-exposure to latex could cause you develop a latex sensitivity. So, chewing a lot of this homemade gum could possibly cause an allergy to develop, in some people.
Consider this, most people aren't born with an allergy to poison ivy. They develop it later in life due to exposure to it. This is also true for other substances.

Chicle isn't latex. It is a natural gum base from the sapodilla tree. Latex is from the H. brasiliensis tree and has nothing to do with chicle, except that they are harvested in similar ways. But no, chicle isn't latex and it won't cause anyone to become allergic to latex even with repeated exposure. By the way, chicle was the gum base used by Wrigley for many years until it became cheaper to use synthetic rubber.

bgbdbill679 months ago

To the comment cornstarch is a sugar. Wow that is simplifying things a bit. Cornstarch is a complex carbohydrate (yes a form of long chains of sugar)which it takes a long time for the body to breakdown. Thus it does not cause a glucose spike, that which is the most detrimental to diabetics. To just lump it as a sugar," so stay away", is lame. Why? Dietary fiber is also a sugar(an extremely complex carbohydrate ) that the body cannot convert to glucose so no sugar to the bloodstream at all.

dim202 years ago
first of all im greek...
second its chios
third nice :D
Drisingr3 years ago
Where would I buy some chicle, in a small amount?
praful7773 years ago
Great but consider a warning that chicle is latex (rubber) and most likely a real hazard to those with a latex allergy. That includes while it's being heated. Most chewing gums are synthetic these days.

chewing on mint or parsley
vdrain3 years ago
Hey I noticed a lot of you were talking about the lack of choices in flavors and I just happened to find a site earlier. It's and I know nothing about it except that they have a lot of flavors. Good Luck
sricciardi3 years ago
im following your guide using lorann oils (it's been extremely helpful, thank you). But, precisely how much lorann flavoring did you add?
what kind of question is that^?
legoboy14 years ago
awsome thanks for the help
kcls4 years ago
Nice 'ible. I can't believe there was no Altoids container at HQ!
SGutshall kcls4 years ago
There was no useless Altoids container.
CoolKoon4 years ago
Just a note: cornstarch is a complex sugar, hence substituting powdered sugar with it won't make it "sugar-free" (i.e. suitable for diabetics for instance). I don't know of any suitable powdered agent though.
frenzy (author)  CoolKoon4 years ago
maybe potato starch then? any ideas are welcome
CoolKoon frenzy4 years ago
I suppose I wasn't clear enough: STARCH is a complex sugar, regardless of its origin (whether it's from corn, potato, wheat etc.). Check this out: So a suitable substitute would be some fatty acids, glycerol, anything which prevents the bubblegum from becoming sticky.
I'd be careful with the peanut butter...
Great but consider a warning that chicle is latex (rubber) and most likely a real hazard to those with a latex allergy. That includes while it's being heated. Most chewing gums are synthetic these days.
frenzy (author)  1aminstructable4 years ago

Thanks for the warning, i knew that. but not having a latex allergy i forgot to mention it.
shortone frenzy4 years ago
chicle is latex? really? That could be why some kinds of gum don't get along with me, I guess... Does anyone know which gums contain chicle? I guess I can't eat them.
frenzy (author)  shortone4 years ago
Glee gum claims to be the only brand in the US to still use real chicle
All I know is that I got really excited about a gum that has no artificial sweeteners (Nearly everything including doublemint does now) and it proved to be chicle! I was sick and highly disappointed. :-(
BAZOOKA bubble gum does not contain artificial sweeteners. It's the only kind of gum I can chew
Thank you so very much for the info. I always like BAZOOKA even though it can be hard and not last very long. The comics were always cool. Or are you referring to the big chewy pieces? Thanks again.
shortone frenzy4 years ago
Thank you. I will avoid it then. :)
saperlipo4 years ago
lordzamiel4 years ago
Just a note about the "latex" comments and warnings, from Glee Gum's FAQ page:

Is the chicle in Glee Gum safe for people with latex allergies?

Yes, Glee Gum is safe for individuals with latex allergies. Although chicle is similar to latex, chicle is derived from the Manilkara sapota tree. Latex comes from the H. brasiliensis tree. People with latex allergies are allergic to the proteins of the H. brasiliensis tree, so they should have no problem with chicle.
HollyHarken4 years ago
zack247 and atombomb1945, LorAnn doesn't make any of the flavoings that you want in a gum. It would be nice to have a real gum base that isn't based on latex. No wonder we aren't supposed to swallow gum, it's plastic!
stotty4 years ago
Latex? Yuck! The original gum may have been made from Mastika which is a resin from the Pistacia lentiscus tree. Mastika today is only found on the Greek island of Chios. but It can be bought online and has been used for the treatment of many ailments. Could be worth a try.
komecake4 years ago
I'm not a big gum eater, but this could be fun to do something. Maybe a chocolate rasberry flavor or buffalo wings! :D
bowmaster4 years ago
Sweet, this is really cool. Now you can make 100% natural gum!
quesoman4 years ago
Cool. I might try this sometime. How long does the flavor last?
You are welcome/ Having a latex allergy, I worry about those who are unaware, Latex is sneaky in that each exposure increases the likelihood of a reaction.
zack2474 years ago
if i make this i know i'll be adding a LOT of flavoring. gum with a lot of flavor is the best
Flavors I have dreamed of for years: Coffee Rum Steak Ham Now, I can make my dreams come true.
dont forget about bacon, chicken and hamburgers!
Don't forget the Blueberry flavor that makes you into a big blue ball being rolled around by Oompa Loompas!
How true.
carljohn4 years ago
Culturespy4 years ago
Pretty awesome. :)
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