Monday, August 27, 2012

Bubble Gum Cigarettes

Victory Bubble GumI picked up these Victory Bubble Gum Sticks which are also known as Bubble Gum Cigarettes at Rocket Fizz last week. They’re a nostalgic item, now made by World Confections, Inc. and probably not very popular with a lot of parents.

There are a few different package designs, with different names like: Kings, Lucky Light, Target, Round Up and Stallion.

There were two kinds of fake cigarettes when I was a kid. There were candy sticks, which were like a Necco wafer sugar stick with a red tip that was supposed to look like it was alight. Of course the sticks were much thinner than an actual cigarette, so the effect was weak. The second is of course the bubble gum cigarette. It’s a rod of gum a little smaller than an actual cigarette, but each is wrapped in a bit of waxed paper with a light brown end to mimic the filter. Each piece of gum was coated in a little corn starch and the wrapper is loose enough that you could blow on one end and form a little puff of powder like smoke. Of course it only worked once.

The box construction on this Victory design box is a little bland. It’s a flip top box, so there’s no tab top that tucks back in or a flip top like real cigarette packs have. The artwork is minimal, but it works in the most impressionistic manner.

Victory Bubble Gum

There were three flavors in my box of 8 sticks. Orange, Lavender and Pink.

Pink is cherry and it’s just horrible. It’s sweet and crunchy at first, then softens up and gives up all of its sugar over the course of about 10 good chews. It’s then very stiff and bitter (from the food coloring). The slight medicinal flavor of the cherry disappears quickly as well.

Orange is orange. The flavor is vague to nonexistent. It’s quite sweet and sugary and tended to stick to a couple of my fillings until the sugar was gone. It didn’t get as stiff and difficult as the pink, but also did do much in the bubble department.

Purple is grape. There’s a strong grape flavor initially, plenty artificial but still exactly what I expected. But that fades quickly along with the sugar in the gum. This flavor also gets dense quickly so the bubble blowing window is very short. The piece of gum is also pretty small, so the size of the bubbles was always going to be modest.

The gum is marginally passable, but the packaging is quite cute. Really all I was looking for was that experience of blowing the little puff of starch out. The gum is made in Macedonia, I think my first Macedonian candy. I think the Bubble Gum Cigars are more successful overall as a novelty item that still maintains its candiness.

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Name: Bubble Gum Sticks (Cigarettes)
Brand: World Confections
Place Purchased: Rocket Fizz (Glendale)
Price: $1.39
Size: .9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 89
Categories: Candy, World Confections, Gum, Novelty/Toy, 5-Pleasant

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:32 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewWorld ConfectionsGumNovelty/Toy5-Pleasant

  1. I remember both of those types of candy cigarettes, also. Did you also have chocolate cigarettes when you were a child? I remember those even more because they were so much better than the gum or candy forms!

    Comment by Ellen Barth on 8/27/12 at 8:17 pm #
  2. Ahh candy cigarettes…these take me back. I remember using them in a skit my fifth grade class put on for the DARE program. Haven’t seen them sold much since.

    P.S. - You’re totally right about the “smoke” effect only working once. I seem to recall thinking that was a bit of a ripoff, even then tongue laugh

    Comment by glampire on 8/27/12 at 9:22 pm #
  3. haha, like glampire, I too considered the one puff of smoke a ripoff when I was a kid.

    I remember the 2 types mentioned in the review and also the chocolate ones (I was born in 1970, if that helps to determine what was on the market at that time).  I agree with Ellen that the chocolate ones were much better! They looked better to me too.


    Comment by Lillea on 8/28/12 at 2:26 am #
  4. These bring back memories, don’t think children today would want these.

    Comment by Sweet Caroline on 8/29/12 at 2:47 am #
  5. I don’t know about children *TODAY,* but as someone who was a kid in the 90s, I can attest that they were sold in the corner candy store down my block and we used to get them once or twice mainly to make fun of them/be all rebellious. We only ever had the candy ones though, not the bubble gum ones.

    Comment by Tia on 8/29/12 at 5:53 am #
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