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How To Make Gum

Learning to make chewing gum can be a fun project for a rainy day with kids or a great homemade gift at the holidays.

Homemade gumballs will look slightly different to those available commercially because they lack the glossy candy shell.


How To Make Gum

Recipe To Make Gum At Home

Bubble Gum Formula for 1/2 pound of gum 
What you will need from your kitchen: 
microwave safe or heat resistant dish. 
A spoon to stir the gum base mixture. 
Wax Paper or Ziploc Bag 
1/3 cup gum base 
1/2 cup powdered sugar 
2 Tbs corn syrup 
1 teaspoon glycerin 
1/4 tsp citric acid 
5-7 drops flavoring 

1. Into a microwave safe or heat resistant dish, place the Gum Base, Citric Acid, Corn Syrup and Glycerin. 
2a. Microwave Method Place all of the gum base into a microwave safe dish. Heat the gum base on high for 1 minute. Remove the gum base from the oven and stir it. If it has not melted, place it back in the oven and heat for 30 more seconds. Stir it again and repeat heating until the gum base is gooey.

2b. Stove top Method Place the gum base in a heat resistant dish that will fit in a sauce pan of boiling water. Cover the pan and bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat down so the water is at a simmer. Heat the gum base until it becomes gooey. This can take up to 10 minutes. Be sure not to let the water boil dry. 

3. Measure out 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and set it aside for later. Pour out about one half cup of powdered sugar onto your work surface. Make a well in the middle of the pile. 

4. Remove the gum base from the microwave and mix in 5 drops of flavoring. Pour the melted gum base mixture into the well. The gum base may still be hot but it will cool quickly.

5. Dip your fingers in the powdered sugar and begin kneading the gum base and sugar together. Work it as if your are kneading bread dough. Add more of the powdered sugar when ever the dough gets sticky. Continue adding sugar until you have a smooth, stiff dough. You must knead the gum dough until all the sugar is worked in. This will take at least 15 minutes. The more kneading the better. Kneading to little will cause the gum to break up when chewed.

6. Now it’s time to roll out your bubble gum and cut it into pieces. You can make a rope about 1/2 inch in diameter and then cut individual pieces about 1/2 inch long. Using a scissors make this very easy. If you like your gum in sticks, roll out the gum with a rolling pin and then cut out the strips with your scissors.

Remember you can buy Gourmet Gumballs is yours don't turn out quiet right !!



While commercial gumballs are made of a variety of ingredients, traditional gumballs are made from a few simple ingredients available in most kitchens. These ingredients are gum base, sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter.


The ingredients mentioned above are combined in a saucepan, or large kettle in a factory, and placed over low heat for about a half-hour. The gumball maker, or factory machinery, will stir the concoction to form the right consistency.

Forming the Shape

The gumball concoction is cooled to room temperature before the candies are shaped. In a factory setting, the gumballs go through machinery that automatically shapes them, but in a small candy store or at home the gum balls are rolled between the hands and placed on parchment paper.


The gumballs are given different flavors by adding flavored oils and extracts when the other ingredients are combined together.


Naturally the gumballs will be an amber or caramel color. To give the gumballs a color associated with the specific flavors, food coloring is added, along with the other ingredients while cooking.


Factory made gumballs are coated with a thin candy shell made up of sugars and then buffed to give them the colorful shiny appearance that we have come to associate with these chewy little treats.