Akron, NY — In time for National Chewing Gum Day on September 30, Ford Gum & Machine Co. is expanding its Jelly Belly chewing gum line with a sugarfree version in flavors that match four iconic Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors — Very Cherry, Watermelon, Island Punch and Berry Blue.
All four flavors are available in traditional 12-piece blister packs, while Watermelon and Berry Blue are also offered in 55-piece jars.
In recognition of National Chewing Gum Day, Ford Gum offers some facts about the history of gum from the National Day Calendar website:
- Chewing gum has been around for more than 5,000 years. In 2007, a British archaeology student discovered a 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum made from bark tar with tooth imprints in it, which was presumed to be the oldest piece of chewing gum.
- Many other cultures chewed gum made from the resin of the mastic tree, from plants, grasses, and other resins.
- In 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum, which was called “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.”
- Around 1850, a gum made from paraffin wax was developed and surpassed the spruce gum in popularity.
- December 28, 1869, William Semple filed an early patent on chewing gum, patent number 98,304.
- Studies show chewing gum helps improve memory, reduce stress, and increase alertness.
- Chewing sugar-free gum improves overall oral hygiene while also helping to curb cravings and improving digestion.