Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dubble Bubble Gum Cigars

Bubble Gum CigarsI bought these Bubble Gum Cigars while on vacation last month, mostly because it’d be so longer since I’d seen the full array of the flavors in quite a long time. They’re made by Concord Confections in Canada which is now owned by Tootsie. (They also make Dubble Bubble Gum.)

I picked out three of them, in a standard array of colors orange, green and yellow. Each has a special name on the band, which is smaller than the standard cigar band (so I can’t wear it as a ring, even on my pinky). The wrapping is simple, just a clear cellophane sleeve, all were fresh and pliable (though if you’ll notice I dropped the orange one and it broke into pieces).

Cigars have faded a bit from pop culture, but starting sometime in the early 20th century it was common to celebrate a new baby with a gifting of cigars to friends (mostly by the father to friends, coworkers and contacts). As something that children today are aware of, it’s kind of an anachronism, as I know I can go months without even catching a whiff of the scent of a cigar, much less actually seeing someone smoking one. The relationship between real cigars and bubble gum ones is so far removed, I don’t think anyone can say that they actually improve the opinion folks have of tobacco. The reverse is probably true, the shape and association of a cigar with a children’s chewing gum is more likely a hindrance to sales.

El Bubble Bubble Gum

El Bubble is green and Apple Flavored. I admit that I’m kind of a gum purist. Chewing gum should be mint, cinnamon or that Juicyfruit flavor ... and bubble gum should be bubble gum flavored. None of these cigars is actually bubble gum flavored (I couldn’t find a pink one). The apple is actually rather more on the actual apple juice flavor side of things than tangy green apple. It’s sweet and light. Even after the sugar fades, it’s not offensive or even very strong at all. I don’t think anyone sitting near me would recognize the flavor.

The gum is soft and easy to chew. It’s gets very soft and grainy quickly, kind of made my mouth fill up with saliva. But a little chewing and the gum firms up into a stiff enough piece that makes decent bubbles.

El Bubble Bubble Gum Cigars

Gold Dragon is yellow and Banana Flavored. Banana is a rare flavor of gum in general, so it’s nice to find. I’m sure there are some sort of Freudian/Mae West jokes about cigars and bananas, as well. The chew is soft and sugary with a mild and sweet banana flavor. Eventually as the sugar fades the flavor is much more artificial and caustic. Bubble blown at this point end up filled with noxious vapors like walking into a poorly ventilated nail spa.

Wild Tiger is orange and Orange Flavored. It’s a purely sweet affair here, sickly sweet with only a touch of orange flavoring. Don’t worry, it’ doesn’t taste like Aspergum, that would be too intense. Instead it’s more like some sort of sugar paste that was next to something orange flavored at one point.

They’re a fun little piece of gum, mostly inoffensive and colorful. They could easily just be little rods of gum or tubes ... but the idea of the little bands and their colorful names is the one bit of novelty here I enjoyed. The gum itself was passable, but I’m sure something that kids would chewy like I do ... just long enough to get the sugar out, then blow a few bubbles and move on.

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  6. Dubble Bubble Chick Eggs
  7. Dubble Bubble Fluff
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Name: Bubble Gum Cigars (Apple, Banana & Orange)
Brand: Concord Confections
Place Purchased: Candy Counter (Cayucos, CA)
Price: $.75
Size: .7 ounces
Calories per ounce:
Categories: Candy, Concord Confections, Tootsie, Gum, Novelty/Toy, 6-Tempting, Canada

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:26 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewConcord ConfectionsTootsieGumNovelty/Toy6-TemptingCanada

  1. Wow what a double bubble oficianato (sp?) anyway my hubby hauls 40,000 lbs of double bubble from Concord to Buffalo once a week. That’s alot of bubble.

    Comment by Penny on 10/18/11 at 5:36 pm #
  2. I used to get these all the time from the candy shop down the block from my house!  And they always stocked the pink ones, they’re the only flavor I ever got.  It’s a true bubblegum flavor, if slightly mellow, and you’re right, the chew does get grainy-sugary very fast but I actually always liked that.

    Comment by Tia on 10/18/11 at 5:40 pm #
  3. did you happen to notice is these were made with real sugar?  i have trouble finding chewing gum or bubble gum with out the artificial sweeteners.  aspatrame and asculfame k will give me a severe allergy, and the others like xylotio, sorbital, saccharine, stevia, etc give me headaches or stomachaches.

    99% of the gum i find has at least one artificial sweetener.  i miss chewing gum :(

    Comment by vampje on 10/19/11 at 7:51 am #
  4. Wow, an Aspergum reference!  I used to love that stuff.  I wonder if it’s still made…quick googling sez it was discontinued in 2006.

    Comment by Patrick on 10/21/11 at 5:06 pm #
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