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From Gumball To Rumball


By Tom Poland

web posted May 20, 2016
life down
                                                          southLIFE DOWN SOUTH Ė  Encase sugary, chewy, rainbow-colored treats in glass and chrome. Add a slot, handle, and chute. Position at little boy and girl eye level and station by doors to irritate parents. Out comes a quarter. Parents have long endured this ritual. The first gumball machines appeared in 1907.

So, whatís in a gumball? Sugar, dextrose, corn syrup, natural and artificial flavors, malic acid, confectionerís glaze, glycerin, tapioca dextrin, carnauba wax, food additives, and artificial colors. Sounds yummy.

The U.S. leads the world in gum consumption, but we didnít invent gum chewing. Ancient Greeks chewed tree bark resin. Mayans chewed sap from the Sapodilla tree. American Indians introduced settlers to chewing spruce resin.

Myth says a German grocer in New York invented the gumball. Frustrated that his flat, stick gum wasnít selling, he wadded up a piece and threw it across the store. Into the sugar barrel it fell whereupon he picked it up and admired its new, sweet taste.
Need to lose a few pounds? Gum tastes good and releases flavor for a long time. Just 5 to 10 calories per portion.

And kids? Seems they move from gumballs to rumballs faster than ever and soon itís their turn to hand out quarters



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