Friday, September 5, 2014

You’re Probably Around My Age If...

...you loved the original Bazooka bubblegum as a kid.

Best. Gum. Ever.

Do you remember it? It was so tough to chew it made your jaw ache. And so packed with flavour because of the overload of sugar that you bounced off the walls for awhile after chewing a piece. Or ten. That was what the original Bazooka was like. Not the sissy stuff they sell these days.

I chewed so much of it as a child that I’m surprised I have any teeth left.


Bazooka bubblegum was first marketed shortly after World War II in the U.S, and packaged in a red, white and blue colour scheme. In 1953, a small comic strip was included with the gum that featured the character “Bazooka Joe”. There were 50 different comics, and we collected them. Traded our doubles with friends.


Well, Bazooka Joe is history. In November 2012, it was announced that this comic would be replaced by brain-teasing puzzle wrappers in an attempt to modernize the brand. There went a piece of my childhood.


This was so popular back then with its distinctive flavour and packaging that a psychological study of tastes and smells that bring back memories found that one of the most frequently identified items was Bazooka Bubble Gum. I’m not surprised.


Every year, when they start selling candy for Halloween (like now), goodies I loved getting in my trick or treat bag come to mind. Like this sugar-laden, jaw-busting gum. Kids these days don’t know what they’re missing.

Were you a Bazooka bubblegum fan?

A beautiful weekend to all of you!

39 comments:

  1. Interesting to read the history of Bazooka bubble gum!

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  2. yes I remember this one, I ate too much candy to begin with...so bad for teeth!

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  3. oh boy and when you managed to make it supple enough it was joy of Victory and all that sugar loved your mouth, how could i ever forget, yeah they knew gum back then...Gosh you bring me childhood memories....what fun! atta girl Martha!

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  4. not to mention the battle around who reads the comic first, and we were 4 kids....i never won but eventually \i got to read it in French of Course I didn't know back that that there were this language called English but then in my part of Montreal, there weren't a single English speaking person....it amazes me still, that i am so prefectly bilingual...still can't say "drawer' though it's like an English person trying to say 8 in french huit, always sounded like wit...ah memories...thank you for the memories....

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    1. The comics were so corny, but it was fun reading them. These are great memories, Lorraine. Innocent childhood stuff.

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  5. I liked Hubba Bubba. I would shove the whole pack in my mouth. A miracle I never choked. Now? I hate gum with a passion. I hate it so much that I actually have nightmares where it is filling up my mouth and I can't get rid of it. As fast as I pull it out of my teeth, more appears.

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    1. Oh my goodness. That's a horrible dream.

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    2. That is quite a nightmare! No wonder you can't stand gum. I chew some occasionally, but no sugary stuff anymore; the sugar-free gum.

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  6. Bazooka gum was the absolute best gum for blowing bubbles with. Although Double Bubble wasn't bad either. I was pretty good at that when I was a kid, LOL!

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    1. Most definitely the best gum for blowing bubbles! Not only could you blow HUGE bubbles, but they were tough, too.

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  7. Thanks for the memory, Martha! I had not thought of Bazooka gum in forever! I loved the wrappers, although I never traded them. And I remember the acing jaw - oh boy! And like Debra, I loved to blow bubbles! Have a good one!

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    1. After you chewed a few of these, your jaw definitely ached. But it was worth it!

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  8. I chewed that bubble gum and loved it ...the comics were great !!!!
    You brought back some great memories 'of my chewing days; LOL

    Have a great and wonderful weekend dear Martha

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    1. Hahahaha...yes, our chewing days! Hope you are enjoying the weekend, Margie.

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  9. Oh yes! I remember learning to blow a bubble with that gum! Fun times back then! I've heard that chewing gum in general is in decline these days.

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    1. That is possible. My kids never did like gum all that much.

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  10. I've never heard of Bazooka bubblegum :(

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    1. I imagine you're not the only one, Wendy! Maybe it wasn't sold where you live??

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  11. Oh ya, I do remember Bazooka! and absolutely loved reading the comics ... can't believe they'd change that? I can remember when Bubble Yum came out and it was soooooo much softer and crazy sugary ... I always preferred Bazooka instead

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    1. I was surprised to find out that the comics were discontinued; it was one of the endearing features of this gum. But, I guess as time went on, the interest in them was lost.

      I always preferred Bazooka, too. Those other gums were too sweet, and much too soft.

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  12. I remember having some (the modern version) maybe ten years ago. Awful, and the comics never really interested me.

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  13. Sorry, I did not chew bazook gum. I think it came after my time. We had the round balls of bubble gum.

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    1. That is probably true, Red. We all had our favourites during childhood.

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  14. I SO remember the taste AND the comics, Martha! I loved them both and thought the comics were so funny and 'with it'!
    I liked when I blew a bubble and it would break all over my nose and you'd have to peal it off!
    Great memories.

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    1. They really are great memories, Jim. Silly, childhood fun!

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  15. Yes! I remember how the comic was always coated in a thin layer of powered sugar and how we would read it while chomping away, often with two pieces in our mouths. Remember Mort?

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    1. Mort! Yes, I certainly remember him. One of the 'Bazooka Joe and his gang' characters!

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  16. Ah yes - the bubble gum with the comic - most important. I think I chewed something big and pink called Double Bubble and I think it had a cartoon too. Now I'm going to be wondering about it all night! :)

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    1. I hope you didn't wonder all night, Francie! And that gum you're referring to sounds like the gum that is given out regularly at Halloween. It has a HUGE burst of flavour, but becomes stale in seconds.

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  17. I remember it well! and the comics! Fleer's double dubble! ha! there were bubble gum blowing contests at the Fairs ... huge AND some would blow a bubble in a bubble and then on top ... all with one blowing ... you know what I mean.... they had to ... well? you had a limit of gums in your mouth, I think so... then you blew whatever you were going to blow without stopping!

    Big doins!

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    1. A bubble gum blowing contest! That sounds like fun. I can only image some of the HUGE bubbles that were blown by some candidates.

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  18. PS Martha you're a very special person, funny, and smart and loving and without a single prejudice in your bone, and if I disappear it's because my latptop once again will just stop working or worse send me to IE 8 oh yuk I don't know if it will or not but just know that you are a wonderful human being, and I am a better person for having know you...Stay happy, as well as the most wonderful man in the wold, and wow do you look good together, you never mentionned he was that handsome, either way stay happy you're the kind of human being the world needs...keep on plowing my friend!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine! You are very sweet. I hope your computer problems get settled, so you can continue to be around the blogging world. The world need you, as well :)

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  19. We did not have it here in Germany, but it definitely looks like something I would have loved as a child, too :) We didn't do trick or treats here either, but your post reminds me of all the sweets we loved getting for a few cents at the gas station or little stores in the streets on the way home from school :D

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    1. Every place has its own special treats that remind us of our childhoods. Bazooka bubblegum was the best gum because of all the memories surrounding it. Many good times.

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