The Ancient Greeks chewed mastic gum, for centuries. The chewy substance is made out of the resin from a mastic tree. This tree is naturally found in Greece and in Turkey. It is thought that Grecian women liked chewed this gum to clean their teeth and to help their breath.
The mayans made the quick discovery of gum as soon as their civilization began. This gum or sap is famously known as chicle; which happens to be the sap from the sapodilla tree. Chicle is essentially a latex.
Native American's are chewing the gum from native sap trees. Soon this habit is passed to coming settlers. Settlers improve the sap; mixing it with beeswax.
John B. Curtis makes and sells the very first chewing gum in America. John and his broth make this discovery in Maine on top of a Franklin stove. The flavor is supposed to be gross and distasteful to many.
Curtis changes his mind to a paraffin gum instead of his spruce gum. Some of the parafin flavors included: White Mountain, Biggest and Best, Four-in-Hand, Sugar Cream, and Licorice Lulu.
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna introduces Thomas Adams to the Ancient chicle.
Although Curtis is credited for the first commercial gum the patent belongs to William Finley Semple. The patent number is 98,304. Semple is from Ohio, his occupation was a dentist.
Thomas Adams takes his knowledge and patents a machine that makes gum.
This new victory is found by John Colgan. He finds a way to make the flavor stay even while chewing.
The Adams' chewing gum becomes the first gum to be sold in a vending machine. The vending machine was located in a New York subway station.
Dentyne gum is created by druggist Franklin V. Canning in New York.
Frank Fleer invented the first bubble gum called Blibber-Blubber However, the bubble blowing chewing gum was never sold to the public.
Wriggly Doublement dominates the chewing gum field. William Wrigley, Jr. and Henry Fleer are responsible for adding the now popular mint and fruit extracts to the unappetizing chicle chewing gum.
An employee of the Frank H. Fleer Company, Walter Diemer invented the successful pink colored Double Bubble bubble gum.The very first bubble gum was invented by Frank Henry Fleer in 1906 and called Bilbber Blabber. Diemer simply perfected the old recipe. Cheerleaders and Little Leaguers rejoice.
Trident White hits store shelves with patented ingredients to whiten and remineralize teeth. Imitations soon follow the original product.
UK scientists develop nonstick gum. Clean sidewalks at last. Of course, this means no more tucking a piece behind your ear while getting some action.