Big League Chew Gum Assorted. Folding stay fresh Pouch with Shredded Gum. 12 Assorted Flavors in a display box. Flavors may include Original, Sour Apple, Watermelon, or Grape. Great for baseball themed events! (Photo may show different flavors)
Manufacturer Notes: In 1977, Rob Nelson and former New York Yankee All-Star Jim Bouton were teammates with the Portland Mavericks, an independent team in the Class A Northwest League. While sitting in the bullpen, they came up with an idea for an innovative new product to chew shredded bubble gum in a pouch.
Following the season, Nelson and Bouton made the gum in a frying pan, chopped it up, put it in pouches and pitched the idea to major gum companies. Amurol Confections, a novelty gum maker owned by the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, first released Big League Chew in 1980. While available originally in just one flavor, Big League Chew achieved $18 million sales during that first year.
A new Grape flavor was introduced the next year and strawberry followed in 1982. Big League Chew is currently available in Original, Grape, Strawberry, Watermelon, Sour Apple, Sour Cherry and Cotton Candy.
According to the 2005 packaging, over 450 million pouches of the gum have been sold since 1980.
INGREDIENTS: (Original)- sugar, gum base, corn syrup, glycerine, lecithin, artificial flavor, red 40 lake, red 40 and BHT (to preserve freshness). (Strawberry) - sugar, gum base, corn syrup, glycerine, lecithin, artificial flavor, malic acid, citric acid, red 40 lake and BHT. (Watermelon) - same as "original" except blue 1 lake (instead of red 40 lake and red 40).
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