Make Your Own Bubble Gum
recipe at a glance
4 stars - 8 reviews
ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes: 0.5 lb.recipe id: 45706cook method: stovetop, microwave
1/3 cup gum base
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1 teaspoon glycerine
1/2 teaspoon citric acid
5 drops flavoring
Into a microwave safe or heat resistant dish, place the gum base, citric acid, corn syrup with glycerine and flavoring mixture.
Microwave Method: Place all of the gum base into a microwave safe dish. Heat the gum base on high for 1 minute. Remove the gum base from the oven and stir it. If it has not melted, place it back in the oven and heat for 30 more seconds. Stir it again and repeat heating until the gum base is gooey.
Stove top Method: Place the gum base in a heat resistant dish that will fit in a sauce pan of boiling water. Cover the pan and bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat down so the water is at a simmer. Heat the gum base until it becomes gooey. This can take up to 10 minutes. Be sure not to let the water boil dry.
Measure out 1 heaping tablespoon of powdered sugar and set it aside for later. Pour out about one half of the remaining powdered sugar onto your work surface. Make a well in the middle of the pile.
Pour the melted gum base mixture into the well. The gum base may still be hot but it will cool quickly.
Dip your fingers in the powdered sugar and begin kneading the gum base and sugar together. Work it as if your are kneading bread dough. Add more of the powdered sugar when ever the dough gets sticky. Continue adding sugar until you have a smooth, stiff dough. You must knead the gum dough until all the sugar is worked in. This will take at least 15 minutes. The more kneading the better. Kneading too little will cause the gum to break up when chewed.
Now it's time to roll out your bubble gum and cut it into pieces. You can make a rope about 1/2 inch in diameter and then cut individual pieces about 1/2 inch long. Using a scissors make this very easy. If you like your gum in sticks, roll out the gum with a rolling pin and then cut out the strips with your scissors.
Dust all of the gum pieces with the tablespoon of powdered sugar we set aside. Store your bubble gum in a ziplock bag. You can wrap individual pieces in wax paper too!
ratings & reviews
|Nov 2, 2013 Guest Foodie
This looks like a fun project for my homeschooled kids!
Jul 1, 2013 Guest Foodie
It took a lot of searching but I found all the ingredients. I agree that the flavor runs out fast but nowadays most commercial gums do too unless they are full of chemicals. It was a fun experiment and I might try again since I have ingredients leftover to see if I can't get more flavor to stay.
Jan 30, 2013 razor sword
fantastic but the flaviour runs out quickly
Jan 18, 2010 Corridale
This gum is good but the flavor runs out quickley
Dec 25, 2008 locustgirl
how much water in the sauce pan? citric acid powder or liquid?
Sep 14, 2007 coolbum
cool im gonn a try that! one ting... can u add ure own bits and pices 2 the recipe like blooberry mush or sprinkles
May 10, 2006 Guest Foodie
delicious recipe! the whole family loved it (which is not a commonplace around here!)
Apr 29, 2006 tiffany
Very good recipe although the flavoring is hard to get right. The only hard pat is finding where to buy the ingredients from. You can purchase the gum base and glycerine from a website called leener.com for a reasonable price.