Every three years we can't control our excitement or our chewing. That's when the Cadbury Adams company lovingly creates single batches of three of our favorite nostalgia gums - Beemans, Black Jack and Clove - arrive. These old fashion chewing gums are packed with flavor are only made every few years are in very limited supply.
Chewing gum in various forms has existed since the Neolithic period. 5,000-year-old chewing gum made from bark tar, with tooth imprints. These gums were believed to have antiseptic properties and other medicinal advantages.
The American Indians chewed resin made from the sap of spruce trees. But it wasn?t until the 1860s that modern chewing gum can into play, as breath freshener, stress reliever and alternative to smoking.
We can?t promise any of those effects, but we?re sure these oldies will take you back to your childhood.
Made famous by pioneering test pilot Chuck Yeager, who chewed if before every flight for good luck. It has since been the lucky gum for many pilots.
Beemans was invented by Ohio physician Dr. Edward E. Beeman in the late 19th century. It was original knows as a digestive aid.
The brand has changed hands over the years and was discontinued in the late 1970s.
However, it has been prominently featured in several Hollywood films including; The Right Stuff, Hot Shots!, The Rocketeer and Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Black Jack Gum
If you like licorice and you like gum, Black Jack licorice-flavored gum, is for you. This is considered to be the first flavored gum in America.
Black Jack Gum, which was sold well into the 1970s, was the result of experiments by William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio. He never sold the gum, but instead persuaded Thomas Adams of Staten Island, New York to buy it. Adams boiled a small batch of chicle in his kitchen to create a chewing gum. He gave some to a local store to see if people would buy it. People liked his gum, and before long his business was quite successful.
Adams patented the first chewing gum machine and began to experiment with flavorings, beginning with sarsaparilla. In 1884, he began adding a licorice flavoring and called his invention Adams' Black Jack. At this time, chewing gum changed shape from lump or chunks, to sticks. It was also the first gum to be offered in sticks as we know it today. It was an instant success.
Clove Gum is a chewing gum that is flavored with cloves, was first manufactured by the Thomas Adams Company in 1914. Many people believe its popularity increased as people used this strong smelling gum to cover the smell of alcohol during prohibition.
So enjoy that delightful feeling of your childhood when the full flavor of a single stick (or two) tickles your taste buds and gives your mouth a mini workout.
We won't tell you to "spit out your gum, please" but we do ask that you not stick it under your chair.
Stacey Donda Date 6/28/2013
I would love to have some Black Jack chewing gum...Black licorice is one of my favorite candies!
Gretchen Featheringham Date 8/21/2013
Thank you for this wonderful information! I've always been a Clark's Teaberry Gum fan, but definitely want to try these 3.
Stephanie Parten Date 9/3/2013
Would love to have some old time candies
Grace S Apodaca Date 1/8/2014
I love these gums too. What I remember as a little girl chewing on a gum "FanTan" I believe it was called. Loved it. What was really my favorite candy and I believe it went out of business was the 'cherry candy lipstick" not the sweettart or clear kind. These lipstick had a foil wrapping but the flavor was one in a million taste of cherry. All I can hope for is that they bring the lipsticks back maybe in another form.
DIANNE Williams Date 2/9/2014
Oh yes, I agree the cherry lipstick candy was great! I have a customer looking for Teaberry gum, is there any out there? The wrapper was a lite pink and white. Lets try & find some please.
Joreka Hendrix Date 4/4/2014
now and later, bit-o-honey are still my favorite still love the product that was ship to me will order something else soon from old school, Thanks. Mrs.Hendrix from Louisiana.
Terri Korell Date 4/12/2014
1970 box brings me back to my childhood :)