One of our fondest memories growing up was learning how to blow bubblegum and have competition on who can blow a giant bubble with gum. I think we can all agree with that.
As fun as blowing bubblegum is, it is pretty tricky to learn as an adult as it was a child. Some of you might be willing to learn to do so right now, so I will do my best to guide you step-by-step in this article.
History of Bubble Gum
Before learning how to blow bubblegum, let me enlighten you with a bit of history about bubblegum and few interesting facts.
The idea of blowing a bubble with gum was invented accidentally by Walter Diemer in 1928. Mr. Diemer experimented with different recipes for new flavors and bubblegum types when he made one batch, which was super stretchy and less sticky than the regular chewing gum. He also happened to have only one food coloring available with him and used that color – it was pink!
Hence, pink became a signature bubblegum color and is the most popular one even to this day. Nonetheless, bubblegum was invented, and a new flavor of happiness was added into the world.
Some Interesting Facts about Bubble Gum
Here are some interesting facts about bubblegum:
- February 5th is known as the Bubblegum Day
- Chad Fell, an American, is known as the man who blew a giant bubblegum bubble measuring over 50 centimeters. If you’re wondering how big that is, then picture a basketball and now imagine twice its size.
- In San Luis Obispo, California, there is a Bubblegum Alley where people from all around the world stick their chewing gum on its wall. This tradition has been going on for about 20 years now. The alley has become a landmark.
- It is medically proven that chewing gum is good for health as it relieves stress.
How to blow a bubble with gum
Blowing bubble gum is not that hard. You just need to practice a few times. Here we have discussed how you can blow bubble gum.
1. Find a flavor or brand of gum
It is important to remember that you cannot blow bubbles with all chewing gum. Each chewing gum has a different purpose that they serve. Similarly, there are specific brands of gum that are produced for blowing bubbles only.
Here is a list of some of the best gum for blowing bubbles:
- Dubble Bubble
- Bubble Tape
- Hubba Bubba
- Quench Gum
- Big League Chew
When you pick a bubblegum brand, make sure you choose a flavor that you would find delicious, enhancing your experience.
Here is a list of some of my favorite flavors that I’m confident you will enjoy too:
- Hubba Bubba Sour Blue Raspberry Bubble Tape
- Bubblicious Grape Bubble Gum
- Big League Chew Outta’ Here Original Bubble Gum
- Pop Rocks Bubble Gum
- Bubblicious Watermelon Bubble Gum
- Bubble Yum Cotton Candy
2. Start chewing it
Next, you need to chew the gum. Make sure you chew the gum thoroughly and adequately until it is soft. The gum must be moist and warm as a result. If you fail to chew the gum correctly, then it will not blow.
So, chew, chew, and chew!
3. Make the gum flatten
Once you think the gum is ready, close your mouth and bite down your teeth. Push the gum against the back of your teeth and flatten it with your tongue.
4. Lower the flattened gum down on the tip of your tongue
Once you lower the flattened gum down on the tip of your tongue, push the gum towards your front teeth firmly.
5. Finally, the gum blow away
Slightly open your lips and teeth and push a small portion of the gum through the gap to create an air pocket. Once the pocket is created, gently blow some air into it around your tongue. Make sure you do it slowly because your gum will tear, creating holes if you go too fast. If that’s the case, then repeat from the top.
If you manage to gently blow and tighten your lips simultaneously into an “O” shape, the bubble will begin to blow and take shape.
6. Warnings while blowing gum
Go slowly and steadily as you learn. Have patience and keep practicing as it will naturally take time to learn. Avoid swallowing the gum as that is harmful to your body.
If you wonder why you can’t blow a bubble with the gum even after following all the steps, try another bubblegum brand. Keep trying different brands and practicing. The only reason you might not create bubbles would be you are not giving yourself enough time. Here is a little secret about blowing bubbles – slow even breaths. Go slow and steady!
Once you succeed in blowing a bubble with gum, the next step is to learn a few bubblegum tricks. To name a few tricks that you should look up and learn are Frozen Bubble, Many Bubbles, Teeth Mold, Bubble within a Bubble, and so many more.
Some Concerns about Bubble Gum
Some of you must be dwelling over the question of whether blowing bubbles with gum is bad for you. While chewing gum generally is not best for your teeth, blowing bubbles isn’t particularly bad. However, you should know your limit while chewing gum and brush your teeth properly.
Learning and how to blow bubblegum will be one of those achievements that will bring you joy for the rest of your life. You can blow bubblegum to de-stress, to compete with friends, to entertain and teach children.
Can you blow a bubble with chewing gum?
Yes, if the chewing gum is stretchy enough and not too sticky, then you might be able to blow a bubble with the chewing gum.
Why can’t I blow bubbles with gum?
If you do not chew properly and blow slowly, you will not be able to blow bubbles. It will take practice and some time to get hold of it.
Which gum is best for blowing bubbles?
Dubble Bubble is considered the best for blowing bubbles.
How do you pop bubble gum?
You can pop bubble gum by pushing your tongue and poking a hole.
Is it rude to chew gum while talking?
Yes, chewing gum is considered rude while talking. It seems like chewing gum is more important than talking to the person.