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Friday, January 18, 2013

History of Bubble Gum

History of Chewing Gum

Thomas Adams first tried to change chicle into synthetic rubber products, before making a chewing gum. Thomas Adams attempted to make toys, masks, rain boots, and bicycle tires out of the chicle from Mexican sapodilla trees, but every experiment failed. One day in 1869, he popped a piece of surplus stock into his mouth and liked the taste. Chewing away, he had the idea to add flavoring to the chicle. Shortly after, he opened the world's first chewing gum factory. In February 1871, Adams New York Gum went on sale in drug stores for a penny apiece.

Thomas Adams

...chewing gum manufacturers, formed as Adams Sons and Company in 1876 by the glass merchant Thomas Adams (1818-1905) and his two sons. As a result of experiments in a warehouse of Front Street, Adams made chewing gum that had chicle as an ingredient, large quantities of which had been made available to him by General Antonio de Santa Anna of Mexico, who was in exile in Staten Island and at whose instigation Thomas Adams had tried to use the chicle to make rubber. Thomas Adams sold the gum with the slogan "Adams' New York Gum No. 1 -- Snapping and Stretching." The firm was the nation's most prosperous chewing gum company by the end of the century: it built a monopoly in 1899 by merging with the six largest and best-known chewing gum manufacturers in the United States and Canada, and achieved great success as the maker of Chiclets.
The following is a quote from a 1944 speech given by Thomas Jr.'s son Horatio at a manager's banquet for the American Chicle Company.
"...after about a year's work of blending chicle with rubber, the experiments were regarded as a failure; consequently Mr Thomas Adams intended to throw the remaining lot into the East River. But it happened that before this was done, Thomas Adams went into a drugstore at the corner. While he was there, a little girl came into the shop and asked for a chewing gum for one penny. It was known to Mr. Thomas Adams that chicle, which he had tried unsuccessfully to vulcanize as a rubber substitute, had been used as a chewing gum by the natives of Mexico for many years. So the idea struck him that perhaps they could use the chicle he wanted to throw away for the production of chewing gum and so salvage the lot in the storage. After the child had left the store, Mr Thomas Adams asked the druggist what kind of chewing gum the little girl had bought. He was told that it was made of paraffin wax and called White Mountain. When he asked the man if he would be willing to try an entirely different kind of gum, the druggist agreed. When Mr. Thomas Adams arrived home that night, he spoke to his son, Tom Jr., my father, about his idea. Junior was very much impressed, and suggested that they make up a few boxes of chicle chewing gum and give it a name and a label. He offered to take it out on one of his trips (he was a salesman in wholesale tailors' trimmings and traveled as far west as the Mississippi). They decided on the name of Adams New York No. 1. It was made of pure chicle gum without any flavor. It was made in little penny sticks and wrapped in various colored tissue papers. The retail value of the box, I believe, was one dollar. On the cover of the box was a picture of City Hall, New York, in color."
In 1888, an Thomas Adams' chewing gum called Tutti-Frutti became the first gum to be sold in a vending machine. The machines were located in a New York City subway station.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

History Of The "SNICKERS" Candy Bar

Made with a nougat base, topped with peanuts and caramel, and surrounded by milk chocolate, the Snickers candy bar has become the most popular chocolate bar in the world. In order to look at the history of Snickers candy bar, it's a good idea to also take a quick look at the history behind the man and company that invented it. The Mars family has always taken a very private stance on their family, so pictures are not easily found of Frank Mars or other family members. What we do know about this confectionary giant is that Franklin Clarence Mars was born in Minnesota on September 24, 1883. At an early age, he helped his mother make candy in their home kitchen. After high school, Frank began selling candy and later started various businesses. In 1911, Frank and his wife were producing candy out of their Tacoma, Washington kitchen. Later, in 1920, Frank and his wife Ethel moved to Minnesota and started the Mar-O-Bar company. 

By the end of the 1920's, the Mars family was very successful, and they were on their way to becoming a world leader in chocolate snack bars. Can you imagine being the world leader in chocolate snack bars?! I can't.  Snickers was invented in 1930 and was a big hit. Over 80 years later, it continues to be a big hit! In 1934, a few short years after he invented the Snickers bar, Frank Mars died at the age of only 50. His legacy continues to live on in the MILLIONS of Mars candy bars sold every day! The Snickers was formerly called "Marathon" in the UK, but the name was changed to "Snickers" worldwide in 1990. Let me know if you like snickers as much as I do!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gummy Candy

The first gummi candy that was ever produced was the gummi bear in Germany. Although it is usually spelled  "gummy" the correct spelling is "gummi." This comes from the German name "gummibär" which in English is translated into "rubber bear." The credit for the creation of gummi candy goes to Hans Riegel, a German man. He worked at Kleutgen & Meier a candy industry in Germany. At the young age of 27 he decided to start his own company in 1920. His company would now be called Haribo and he soon began making hard candies. One of Riegels competitors was racking up money from the success of selling a type of gelatin fruit candy. Soon after this Riegel and his wife began trying to find a niche in the gelatin fruit candy industry. Haribo's hard candy had been successful while targeting children as their main consumer. Therefore, he decided that targeting adolescents to buy his gummi candy would be a good idea. In 1922, they used a "dancing bear" mold for the fruit flavored gelatin, and the first gymmi bear, soon to be known as the Haribo Goldbear, was born.

The Gummy Bear Song - Full English Version by gummimaci

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Intro; Candy History

Why even bother studying the history of candy? All it is, is sugar, sugar, and MORE sugar. Well, let me be the first to tell you sugah, candy is loved so much in America that we even have an entire day devoted to eating candy; Halloween! This made me think and wonder about where in the world did all of our favorite treats start out?

The history of candy dates back to ancient people who must have snacked on sweet honey straight from bee hives. The first candy confections were fruits and nuts rolled in honey. The manufacturing of sugar began during the middle ages. Did you know this was at the time when sugar was so expensive that only the RICH could afford candy made from sugar. Spanish explorers discovered Cacao, from which chocolate is made, in 1519 in Mexico. By the mid-1800s, there were four hundred factories in the United States producing candy.

Information About Myself:
Hi Followers,
My names Hayley I'm making this blog for
a high school class. My website design class.
Our assignment was to create a blog about
something (a topic) that were interested in.
I couldn't think of anything because most of
what I'm interested in I know a good amount
about. So then I resorted to things I really enjoy
and food came to my mind. And then I thought
about sour patch watermelon, and I instantly
wanted to research the history of how all of these
gooey-sticky substances came to be.
xox;stay sweet,