3 Ways to Make Gum

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3 Ways to Make Gum
3 Ways to Make Gum

It's possible to make any kind of candy at home, so why not try making gum? This sweet has been in human history for at least 5,000 years, and was consumed for medicinal treatments or to freshen the breath. Read on to learn how to make gum in three different ways: with gum base, with beeswax and with sweet sap gum.


classic ball gum

  • 1/3 cup of gum base
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of glycerin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid
  • 5 drops of artificial flavor

Natural beeswax gum

  • 1/2 cup of beeswax (food)
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • Cinnamon or Peppermint Extract

Minimalist sap gum

sweet sap gum


Method 1 of 3: Classic Gumball

Make Chewing Gum Step 1

Step 1. Heat the ingredients

Place the gum base, corn syrup, glycerin, citric acid and artificial gum flavor in a bain-marie. Put a pot on the stove. Stir occasionally with a spoon and let it warm until it turns into a sticky paste.

  • You can find gum base, glycerin and citric acid in confectionery stores or online. Choose a classic flavor or look for different things like lemon lime.
  • If you like, add a few drops of food coloring to the mixture to make the gum color.
  • To make a bain-marie, take two pans, one large and one small. Put some water in the larger pot and put it on the stove. Place the smaller one on top, letting it float in the water. Put all the ingredients, except the icing sugar, in the small saucepan and turn on the heat. Allow the mixture to reach the desired temperature, mixing well.
Make Chewing Gum Step 2

Step 2. Make a lot of sugar

Set aside 1 tablespoon of icing sugar and place the rest on a board or other clean surface, forming a mound. Punch a hole in the sugar mound with your finger.

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Step 3. Place the gum base in the mound

Slowly pour the melted base of the bain marie into the mound of sugar. Be careful not to get water in the mixture.

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Step 4. Make the gum dough

Pass some icing sugar over your hands and start kneading the gum mixture and sugar. Knead until the gum base is sticky, and add more sugar to continue kneading. Do this for at least 15 minutes, until the dough is soft and pliable without getting sticky.

  • If you don't knead well, the gum will be falling apart, so don't skip this Step.
  • The dough should be smooth and firm when finished.
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Step 5. Roll the dough

Place the dough in front of you and place your palms on top of it. Roll the dough using your hands to form it into a long, thin strip. Roll it trying to maintain the same thickness at all points. Use a knife to cut the strip into small chewable pieces.

  • It is also possible to open the dough with a rolling pin and cut it into squares, if you prefer.
  • Form the pieces of dough into balls.
Make Chewing Gum Step 6

Step 6. Finish the gum

Sprinkle icing sugar on the gum to prevent the pieces from sticking together. Make small packages by cutting out squares of waxed paper to wrap.

Method 2 of 3: Natural Beeswax Gum

Make Chewing Gum Step 7

Step 1. Melt the wax

Put the wax in a bain-marie and turn on medium heat. Melt the wax until it is sticky and pasty.

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Step 2. Add the honey

Pour it into the pan and mix it with the melted wax. Swap honey for corn syrup if you prefer.

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Step 3. Add artificial flavor

Beeswax gum goes well with peppermint. Also try cinnamon, lemon or licorice. Put five drops of artificial flavor in the pan with the wax and honey, mixing well.

  • You can add chopped herbs to the mix, such as rosemary or mint leaves.
  • To make medicinal gum, add pepper hotel oil or a few drops of lemon juice.
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Step 4. Add sugar

Put icing sugar into the melted mixture. It will start to thicken a little. Try and add more flavor or sugar, according to your preference.

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Step 5. Put the dough into molds

Use candy molds, an ice cube tray, or other small mold to put the gum. Put the same amount into each mold. Put the molds in the refrigerator to let the gum harden and take them out when you want to chew.

Method 3 of 3: Gum Gum Gum

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Step 1. Find a sapling tree

The gum from this tree has been used for medicinal treatments and to make chewing gum since ancient times. The sap is a dry-leaved tree found in North America.

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Step 2. Find a place on the tree where the gum is coming out

This substance is under the husk. Look for a place where there is no husk and the gum is easy to pick up. If not, use a pocketknife to remove a small piece of bark. You will see the gum running under it.

  • Do not strip too much bark or you will damage the tree.
  • Choose a high place so that it is not accessible to animals.
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Step 3. Wait for the gum to harden

This will happen after a few days. Go back to the same place three days later to look. If it's still running, wait longer. If it's hard, it's ready to be chewed gum.

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Step 4. Scrape the hardened resin from the tree

A knife will do the job. Take the pieces of resin by hand or place in a small pot.

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Step 5. Chew the resin

Put the pieces in your mouth and enjoy your simple and natural gum.


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