Making chewing gum is a fun activity for families to enjoy together. People of all different ages enjoy the chewy, sticky substance of gum. However, many don't realize that they can make gum at home. All gum recipes include a gum base, a sweetener, and flavoring, although they vary on exact types and amounts of ingredients.
Gather your ingredients:
- 8 teaspoons gum base
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon glycerin
- 1 drop of citric acid
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar, more if needed
- 2 to 4 drops each: flavoring and food coloring
In a bowl, combine everything except the powdered sugar, flavoring, and coloring. Stir them together, and heat them in the microwave on the 'high' setting for one minute. Remove the mixture from the microwave and stir it. Continue heating in short intervals, stirring the mixture until the gum base melts completely, turning the mixture gooey. Be careful not to over-cook this mixture.
Add flavoring and coloring: Once the gum has been heated and mixed, add the flavoring and food coloring. Stir so that all of the ingredients are mixed together and your gum has a uniform color. Make sure your mixture is cool enough to handle safely before proceeding with the next step, as you will be using your hands.
Combine with sugar: Spread a quarter cup of powdered sugar on the table, making a small hole in the center, where you’ll pour your mixed ingredients. Now pour your bowl of ingredients onto the sugar. Using your hands, knead the gum mixture and the sugar together, adding more powdered sugar if the dough becomes gooey. Mix until all of the sugar has been worked into the gum, and the mixture turns into a dough-like texture. This process should take about 15 minutes. If you do not knead the gum enough, it will break into pieces when you try to chew it.
Roll into sticks. Roll out the dough into the thickness you want. Then, use a pair of scissors to cut the pieces. You can also roll the gum into a long thin rope, and then cut it to the desired length.
Finishing your gum: Lightly coat the sticks of gum with powdered sugar. Besides making the outside sugary, it will help keep them from sticking together. Enjoy!
Chewing gum is a fun project to make at home. It's very easy, and a great family activity. You can vary the recipe based on the amount of sweetness and flavor that you're trying to achieve. Use more gum base to make bubble gum, or less for chewing gum. The key is to make sure that your ingredients are mixed well at every step of the process.