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Topps Company began selling Bazooka bubble gum in its distinctive red-white-and-blue packaging at the end of World War II. It wasn't until 1953 that the company began wrapping a small comic strip around the gum.


The original flavor of Bazooka Joe bubble gum is comprised of glycerine, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, gum base, titanium dioxide, glucose syrup, BHT, citric acid, Red 40 and Red 40 Lake. The Blue Raspberry flavor is comprised of artificial flavors, sugar, citric acid, glucose syrup, aspart


To win Bazooka bubble gum prizes, enter a prize code into the applicable field on BazookaJoe.com. Bazooka bubble gum is not running a contest as of June 2015. Entry rules may vary depending on the nature of a contest.


As of 2015, prices for boxes of 12-packs of sugar-free Bazooka bubble gum range from $18.75 at WholesaleCandyStore.com to $29 at CandyFavorites.com. Wholesale Candy Store requires buyers to have a retail license. These items contain 12 individual packs, each containing approximately 20 pieces of gum


As of 2015, Bazooka Joe bubblegum is still being produced by the Bazooka Candy Brands division of the Topps company located in Brooklyn, New York. With a new shape, flavors and packaging, the gum has changed since first appearing after World War II.


Gum disease refers to inflammation of the soft tissues that surround the teeth as a result of the accumulation of plaque on the gum line. The plague forms from a mix of saliva, food particles and bacteria. The other name for gum disease is gingivitis.


Gum was originally produced using latex sap from trees in the Amazon Valley, Central America, Indonesia, Malaya or British Borneo. In the mid-20th century, scientists discovered a technique for making synthetic rubber, which is the main gum base in most of today's gums.


Gum containing sugar should be used minimally, as it contains acids that may lead to cavities. However, sugar-free gum is beneficial because it stimulates saliva production that helps wash away the bacteria that harm teeth.


According to How Stuff Works, black gums are the result of black gum disease, otherwise known as acute necrotizing periodontal disease. An imbalance in melanin production or pigmentation in the gums is another likely cause.


Someone's gums may be black because of genetics, ethnicity, disease or medication, according to HowStuffWorks. Higher clusters of melanin or uneven pigmentation can result in dark gums, particularly for dark-skinned races.