Friday, July 24, 2009

Dubble Bubble Chewola Bubble Gum Crayons

Dubble Bubble Chewola Bubble GumI spied these at the check out aisle of the 99 Cent Store and figured they were Dubble Bubble ... and they know gum. The Chewola Bubble Gum box looks like it holds a small set of crayons like you’d get in a favor bag at a party or at a restaurant with your “shut up and let the parents enjoy food they didn’t cook” meal.

The problem with the package right at the start is that they look even more generic than Prang. Ever get generic crayons? They’re filled with pebbles, floor sweepings and smell like rendered road kill. (Non-toxic? Maybe, but not even the weirdest kids would eat those.) Happily these smelled like powdered sugar.

First real issue: they’re not fully styled as crayons (as the box depicts). I mean, what sort of twisted & cruel adult would give kids unsharpened crayons? 90% of the fun of a pristine box of crayons is the fresh point. How many of us eschew the colors that have the tips broken off before you even opened the box?

Dubble Bubble Chewola Bubble Gum

Instead they look an awful lot like candy cigarettes. They even have that satisfying “smoke blow” when you puff against one end to get the waft of corn starch through the wrapper.

Two of the crayons were red. That means 40% of the package is one color. How would you like it if you opened your box of 264 Crayolas and 105 of them were the same shade of red? How creative would you feel? Especially when you did those drawings for the nice talking doctor that your parents sent you to, don’t you think he’d be inclined to think you were abnormally angry because you used so much red in your drawings? Do you think he’d understand that it’s not your fault, that you can only use the tools you’re provided ... and if you’re given angry colors, then well, you’re going to make angry looking drawings? (But look at the box, it has happy kids that say happy things in red like “A TIME TO LOVE.”)

So packaging & childhood traumas aside (not my traumas ... those were for hilarious effect, right, you get that, right?) they’re just rods of gum.

Purple is an extremely mild grape. A kind of stiff chew at first with a vague fake grape flavor. It was sweet, very very sweet. So sweet that I reread the ingredients because this couldn’t possibly be just sugar. But it was.

A single crayon makes for a good sized piece for bubble blowing. It took a while to chew away enough sugar. The gum wasn’t grainy like many gums, so it was hard to know quite when it was ready without some trials. The final bubbles were decent, not huge but satisfying.

The gum didn’t stick to my dental work, so that was a plus.

Red is cherry. Again, very sweet but at least a bit stronger in flavor.

Orange was orange. It was really chalky and messy with all the corn starch on it, but after that it was pretty flavorful ... it reminded me of Froot Loops. Mmm, why didn’t they ever make a Froot Loops gum ... the little pieces could be shaped like little Froot Loops.

Green was a surprise. I thought it’d be lime or green apple, instead it’s wintergreen. Rather pleasant, the best of the set of flavors.

The gum was decent, the theming was pretty good. (Ultimately I think putting two reds in there is probably a good plan, especially when kids are supposed to share and then there are no fights.) I wish it was a bit fresher, but I bought it at the 99 Cent Store, so I give a little bit more leeway. They would make a nice themed favor or decoration at a party. There’s also a lot of gum in the box for the price. 

Special Bonus: because it’s a tuck-flap box, when emptied it works spectacularly as a noisemaker.

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Name: Chewola Bubble Gum
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Dubble Bubble (Concord Confections)
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only (Miracle Mile)
Price: $.60
Size: 1.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 104 (I don't think that's accurate for gum)
Categories: Gum, Canada, Concord Confections

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:09 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. OH SNAP!  I didn’t even know they still made this stuff!!!  I remember having this gum (not sure about the box, but the wrapping is exactly the same) when I was in elementary school.  That was 15+ years ago.  haha.  Wow, blast from the past and warm fuzzies of childhood candy…

    Comment by Elise on 7/24/09 at 3:16 pm #
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    Dubble Bubble Chewola Bubble Gum Crayons Review


    So funny.

    Comment by Rio on 7/25/09 at 5:07 am #
  3. Then again, the box shows two reds, a purple, and a green one, so you can’t accuse them of false advertising!

    Comment by Russ on 7/25/09 at 11:22 am #
  4. If I were a kid I would be pretty happy with a box full of 105 reds! Best crayon box EVER. Red is my favorite color.  When the teacher put out a box of crayons for our projects that we all had to share, I would have fought to the death for the red crayon!  I was usually the first to run over to the crayon box and snag the red.

    Incidently, cherry is my favorite candy flavor too.  Coincidence?  I think not. :O

    Comment by Rita on 7/25/09 at 12:15 pm #
  5. So where’s the picture of the bubbles you can blow?

    Comment by Eva on 7/26/09 at 3:30 am #
  6. Hi! I’m new to this site, but this blog is LOL material! BTW, these look cool, but I don’t have a 99 cent store where I live, so have any ideas where else I can find these?

    Comment by Danni on 7/30/09 at 8:10 am #
  7. Tricia's avatar

    I almost didn’t read this review, but the talking doctor stuff had me in stitches so I’m glad I did!

    Comment by Tricia on 7/30/09 at 4:38 pm #
  8. What I want to know is, did you try drawing a picture with these crayons?  Because I’m sure that’s the first thing I would have done.  If they don’t make a visible mark on a piece of paper, I feel like they should get some demerits, you know?  Like those soap crayons, the whole point is you can wash yourself AND draw a picture.  I think gum crayons should draw a picture too.

    Comment by JJR on 7/30/09 at 8:53 pm #
  9. Nice review, i work at the Dubble Bubble plant that makes these and sadly this product is no longer in production. Now the rights for this product could have been sold and it is being made elsewhere possibly ??? Neat product that took a long time to go from gum mixing to packaging

    Comment by gumbase on 6/14/10 at 12:08 am #
  10. those look exactly like the candy cigarettes we used to get when I was a child ( i’m not that old but even in the eighties I guess people weren’t as health conscious as now ). We liked to blow hard on them like blowing a spitwad through a straw, they would make little puffs of white “smoke”  ... I suppose calling them crayons will allow them to re-purpose the same candies, I always thought they just killed the idea off all together

    Comment by joni on 9/28/10 at 2:58 pm #
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