If all the five-chunk packs of BUBBLE YUM ever chewed in the U.S. since its introduction in 1975 were laid end-to-end, they would reach more than seven times around the earth at the equator.
In the U.S., 1.3 billion chunks of BUBBLE YUM are sold each year. That's 3.6 million chunks a day. That's 10 billion bubbles a year blown by American BUBBLE YUM blowers.
BUBBLE YUM was introduced in 1975. It was the first chunk bubble gum in which five individually wrapped pieces were overwrapped in paper which insured a soft flexible gum.
The first known bubble gum, "Blibber Blubber," appeared in 1906. It failed to catch on because it was too sticky and too brittle so it didn't hold together when it was chewed.
The first successful bubble gum was invented by Walter E. Diemer in the summer of 1928. A 23-year-old accountant who knew nothing about chemistry, Diemer created his invention in a tiny laboratory in Philadelphia. The only food coloring he had on hand was pink. "It was an accident," Mr. Diemer said in an interview with The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal in 1996. "I was doing something else and ended up with something with bubbles."
Twist-wrapped like salt-water taffy and sold in yellow wrappers, Diemer's bubble gum became the world's biggest-selling penny candy. He helped market the pink stuff by teaching salesmen how to blow bubbles so they could demonstrate the new product.
In 1979 BUBBLE YUM introduced the first chunk sugar-free bubble gum.