Special Feature: The Bubble Trials

Christopher, A friend of GumAlert, alerted us to the fact that although we’ve reviewed multiple bubblegums, we rarely touch upon the bubble-blowing qualities of the gum. This is an element that we’ve absolutely neglected, so I’ve gone out and bought a variety of sugarless bubblegums to compare.

In this special post, I’ll be comparing the bubbles blown by six different brands of sugarfree bubblegum: Bubblegum Trident, Stride Uber Bubble, Extra Classic Bubble, Orbit Bubblemint, Wrigley 5 Zing, and the yet-to-be-reviewed Sugarfree Bubble Yum.

Bubblegum Trident
In my initial review of Bubblegum Trident, I noted that this “might as well be a chewing gum.” This description still fits. When you first start chewing Bubblegum Trident, the consistency is really hard, and the bubbles are small and thick. After you chew for about 5 – 10 minutes, the texture of the gum softens and the bubbles increase in size but remain a hard, thick, almost latex balloon consistency. However, the bubble pops and you’re right back to a hard wad. Makes my teeth hurt, in fact.
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Stride Uber Bubble
This one is also tough to chew, and it has a slightly grainy consistency that makes blowing bubbles near impossible. You can barely spread the gum around your tongue before it forms tiny little holes in it. I chewed it for about 15 minutes and it stayed way too firm.
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Extra Classic Bubble
“Made With Real Bubbles” is printed on the inside of the packaging, and that’s pretty gross if you stop and really think about it. Anyway, this one is a much softer gum when you first bite into it, but again, it firms up to the point where I worry about my dental work. I had such high hopes for the bubble potential when I first started chewing it, but I was quickly disappointed. I think I blew about 3 bubbles before my jaw started to hurt and I gave up.
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Orbit Bubblemint
Still hard to chew, but definitely easier to spread. Bubbles are decent, but get thin and pop really quickly, and are really sticky. Since it’s technically supposed to be a bubble-mint hybrid, if you blow a big bubble that doesn’t pop and try to “suck” the bubble back into your mouth, your sinuses are blasted with mintyness. Similarly, if you pop a bubble just right and the air blows into your eye, it stings quite a bit.
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Wrigley’s 5 Zing
This gum fools you into thinking you’re going to get great big awesome bubbles, but they fall short every time, popping with a loud, disappointing SNAP when you just start to fill them up with air. Also very sticky.
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Bubble Yum Sugarfree
Bubble Yum is one of the main sugared bubblegums, so they know what’s what when it comes to bubbles. However, once again the bubbles are sub-par. This gum has the opposite problem of the others: it’s too soft. I feel like it might blow a decent enough bubble, but it wants to slide right off your tongue with the slightest pressure from the air.
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Conclusion
Now that I’ve chewed enough xylitol in one sitting to make me nauseous, I think I can say with some certainty that sugarless bubblegum is more about the flavor of bubblegum, and less about the actual blowing of bubbles. If you’re in a bubble-blowing mood, you gotta bite the bullet and risk a cavity and pick up a pack of Big League Chew or Bubble Tape.