Thursday, July 8, 2010

Musk Beechies Chewing Gum

Musk BeechiesBeechies are one of America’s older gum brands. Introduced in 1936 by Beech-Nut, maker of jarred food products like fruits, vegetables and most known for their current line of baby food. They invented the vacuum sealed gasket that makes modern canning ubiquitous.

Here in the United States the Beechies gum were like Chiclets, little candy coated rectangles of gum. They came in an array of flavors and were packaged in boxes that had a pleasant rattle to them. They’re still made, though I don’t see them often. Usually it’s the peppermint or spearmint variety in a little box with a corporate sponsors name on it, as a giveaway at a convention or trade show. Though Beechies in the US are run by Richardson Brands, in other countries they’re made by Kraft. This package of Musk Beechies is from South Africa.

Musk Beechies

Musk is a popular flavor in Australia, I’ve tried a few of their musk lollies and have a hard time getting over the idea of eating an air freshener for you car. But the gum version is something that’s a little easier for me to accept. I’ve had Choward’s Scented Gum since I was a kid and though it’s not something that I actually enjoy, I at least see that other folks might.

The little gum pellets are long rectangles, nicely rounded. They’re bright pink for no apparent reason, except to advertise the weirdness of what one might be about to consume. The candy shell is a bit thinner and less crunchy than Chiclets, but still crispy. The flavor and pinkess goes through and through.

Musk is a bit generic, it’s not earthy or animalistic like it sounds. It’s more commercial, like an incense from a store in the mall. It has honey notes, some sort of deep rose and sandalwood to it. It’s not mouthwatering, but also not as on-the-nose as something like rose or violet.

The flavor did actually last a really long time, at least twenty minutes, which is long after I lose interest in any gum I might be chewing. I’m more of a “chew the sugar out of it and spit it out” kind of person.

I don’t plan on chewing these again, though for some odd reason I bought two packages. So I’ll save the other ones for freaking people out.

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Name: Musk Beechies
Brand: Richardson Brands
Place Purchased: Mel & Rose Wine & Liquors
Price: $1.00
Size: 12 pieces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Candy, Gum, 5-Pleasant, South Africa

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:22 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyGum5-PleasantSouth Africa

  1. Just as a note - they are probably pink cause thats the colour off everything musk flavoured

    Comment by Rachel on 7/08/10 at 7:44 pm #
  2. You also get these in South Africa - I got a packet ages ago and forgot about it. When I eventually tried it about a year later I really loved it.

    I’m a fan of floral (rose, violet, lavender) - these are so much more sophisticated than your average gum and I bet make the breath smell great. I’m planning to stock up!

    Comment by Debbie on 7/09/10 at 1:46 am #
  3. Oh, these were from SA. Serves me right for not reading the post properly … wink

    Comment by Debbie on 7/09/10 at 1:47 am #
  4. o soooo they are peices of gum….made from along time ago.. there still avalible right???? wink

    Comment by charlie on 7/09/10 at 8:03 am #
  5. My grandfather always carried around a box of the Pepsin-flavored Beechies. He was very saddened by their demise. What I wouldn’t give to find taste that flavor again (aside from gurgling some Pepto-Bismol, that is)!

    Comment by Tim on 7/13/10 at 8:17 am #
  6. Musk is a popular flavor in Australia, I’ve tried a few of their musk lollies and have a hard time getting over the idea of eating an air freshener for you car. But the gum version is something that’s a little easier for me to accept. SINCE WHEN musk sweets are eaten , but if you look there are very few , if any variety of musk flavored lollies eaten here

    Comment by ALBY on 8/07/10 at 12:02 am #
  7. Hi

    my name is Jiri Kuba and I´am from Czech republic and I am a collector of chewing gum wrapper - classic shape - stripes.  In my collection, there are 13000 wrappers from all over the world and i am looking for other collectors from the world for exchange. If you want, pleas write me back yours sincerely

    Jiri Kuba

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    Comment by Jiri Kuba on 9/24/11 at 1:58 am #
  8. hi pls tell me if you can bring back the violet vlavour

    Comment by alta stokell on 2/19/13 at 4:01 am #
  9. For the past 20 years I have been enjoying Beechies Musk but today`s musk is different and boring! You must have changed something in the ingredients and I wonder what is that because the taste and quality is not the same as 20 years ago!

    Comment by shadrack sakwane on 5/01/13 at 4:29 am #
  10. I LOVE this gum but can’t find anywhere to purchase it,  even on line.  I would be ever so grateful if someone could help me.  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by Lisa bauer on 4/15/15 at 2:06 pm #
  11. Hi everyone interested in Beechies chewing gum - I am the owner/manufacturer of this brand and am happy to try answer any questions you may have - musk is still our top selling flavours followed by peach apricot. we have just launched creme soda and mango and hope you will all enjoy this - to shadreck I PROMISE Awe have never changed a recipe, we would never do that I am not sure what happens to our taste buds over time?
    Rgds Pete.

    Comment by pete mogensen on 8/17/15 at 6:48 am #
  12. we are considering bringing back the violet flavor that was particularly popular in Natal - although it is a complicated flavor to produce.

    Comment by pete mogensen on 8/17/15 at 6:51 am #
  13. Thanks for the follow up, Pete! Any chance you still make the pepsin flavor? Like the one seen in this ad?

    Comment by Tim on 8/17/15 at 6:51 am #
  14. Hi Tim - I remember the Pepsin flavor - it is unlikely as our research shows no demand for this - Beechies platform is a fruit flavored gum brand which is what we focus on - sorry to disappoint you!!

    Comment by pete mogensen on 8/17/15 at 7:00 am #
  15. OMG, I love this gum, especially the peach and musk flavour. My kids were born in America and I am always trying to expose them to everything I grew up eating in South Africa. Where can I buy some? In New York they used to sell some at a South African restaurant called Madiback but they no longer sell them.

    Comment by Felicia Majola on 9/01/15 at 8:22 pm #
  16. OMW beechies, guys why are you not making beechies musk? We’ve been looking for these bublegums everywhere with my sister we couldn’t find it. It’s the best bubblegum I’ve ever tastedin my entire life. Please bring it back!!!

    Comment by norma on 9/11/15 at 4:32 am #
  17. Hi. I have driven quite a bit in the past month and still haven’t found a small store, supermarket or gas station that sells my beechies musk. I thought maybe they were discontinued or something like that until I decided to look for them online and ended up here. I live in Fouways, Johannesburg, please help

    Comment by Thuli on 9/21/15 at 4:43 am #
  18. Musk flavoured things are always pink here in Australia.

    I came here because I wondered if such a thing existed. Musk is probably my favourite flavour.

    (But I also love Parma Violets and Lavender Lollies too… so I have an interest in floral foods)

    Comment by Kiko on 12/30/15 at 11:43 pm #
  19. PLEASE bring back PEPSIN flavour!

    Comment by Carla on 10/19/16 at 10:06 am #
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