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Reclaim American Jobs - Buy American Made Chewing Bubble Gum

Updated on January 26, 2016

Bubble gum and apple pie both are the essence of America. Yet, I purchased bubble gum made in China yesterday. Why? I don't know. I was unable to find any American made bubble gum. I will never return to that store. And I encourage you to learn and do the same thing.

Gum is an important commodity. It is the little things that make a lot of money. Look at the soap manufacturer who changed their business plan to go into gum - Wrigley.

Take a moment and look and demand gum made on our US soils.

When you cannot find an American brand, mention that to the store clerk. Do not leave that store without taking a stand, a stand for America, a stand for American jobs.

Topps Chewing Gum - Bubble Gum

Photo of Bazooka Bubble Gum by Topps Chewing Gum once American now headquartered in Europe
Photo of Bazooka Bubble Gum by Topps Chewing Gum once American now headquartered in Europe | Source

5 Star Made in USA Company

Five star company. Manufactures in the United States, incorporated in the USA Topps is a five star company! They are incorporated in Delaware!!!! Yeah! William Wrigley - Hubba Bubba is a five star company!

4 Star Made in the USA

Incorporated in the USA, pays corporate taxes in the USA and manufactures overseas.

3 Star Made in the USA

Incorporated overseas, pays no corporate taxes and manufactures overseas.

Who is Topps Chewing Gum? Topps Chewing Gum, Inc. is the manufacturer of Bazooka Bubble Gum. Topps began as a partnership between the four Shorin brothers and was incorporated in New York.

Originally operations were in Brooklyn, later in 1965 production was moved to Duryea, In 1994, the headquarters relocated to One Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan.

In 1987 a public offering and name change to The Topps Company, Inc. Wikipedia tells us they are incorporated in Delaware, headquarters remains in New York. Management remains in the hands of the Shorin family.

Topps is an international company with operations in Europe:

"Topps Europe Ltd

Topps has a European division, which is based in Milton Keynes, UK. From this office products are launched across Europe, including Spain, France, Germany, Norway, and Italy. This division also co-ordinates products launches across the numerous other international markets including the Far East, Australia, and South Africa.

In 1995, The Topps Company Inc. completed its take-over of Merlin Publishing. Merlin’s official company name changed to Topps Europe Limited, however some of its products still carried the Merlin brand as it was easily recognised by consumers.

Topps Europe Limited continues to produce a wide and varied range of sports and entertainment collectables across Europe. Its range of products now includes stickers, albums, cards and binders, magazines, stationery and even temporary tattoos!"

History of the Bazooka Bubble Gum

A marketing plan to increase the sales of bubble gum was created in 1950. Packaging gum with trading cards first began with a Western character Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd). The first celebrity endorsement perhaps here in the United States? Or at least one of the very first. The backstory of the card and the father of the modern baseball card is provided below from wikipedia:

"The "father of the modern baseball card" was Sy Berger. In the autumn of 1951, Berger, then a 28-year-old veteran of World War II, designed the 1952 Topps baseball card set with Woody Gelman on the kitchen table of his apartment on Alabama Avenue in Brooklyn.[3] The card design included a player's name, photo, facsimile autograph, team name and logo on the front; and the player's height, weight, bats, throws, birthplace, birthday, stats, and a short biography on the back. The basic design is still in use today. Berger would work for Topps for 50 years (1947–97) and serve as a consultant for another five, becoming a well-known figure on the baseball scene, and the face of Topps to major league baseball players, whom he signed up annually and paid in merchandise, like refrigerators and carpeting.

The Shorins, in recognition of his negotiation abilities, sent Sy to London in 1964 to negotiate the rights for Topps to produce Beatles trading cards. Arriving without an appointment, Sy succeeded by speaking in Yiddish to Brian Epstein, the Beatles manager."

Bubble Gum Cars - Toys and an Adult Size Car too!

As a side note, while we are on the subject of bubble gum, here is a fun piece - check out the photo below - a car made to look like a blob of bubble gum!

And if you need a great gift for a kid - check out the Bubble Gum Racer. Just to keep a balanced approach the Bubble Gum Racer is most likely made in China. While I would love for it to be made here I now the tide is against that probably. I will simply stride to made tiny steps with new items such as bubble gum.

About the Bubble Gum Racer

Kid Galaxy My 1st RC Go Go Auto Bubble Gum Racer Kids on the go will love this miniature version of a real vehicle. It requires 3 "AA" batteries (not included) Controller requires 1 "9V" battery (not included) Operates on frequency of 49 MHz. Bubble Gum Racer is advertised as a soft and squishy RC car that can be used both indoors or outdoors. The remote controls include left and right controls lending itself to work on children's dexterity with 2 big buttons make the Race Car easy to maneuver for little hands!

Unusual Crazy Car - Bubble Gum Car

Crazy Pink Bubble Gum Car - Big, Pink, Round and appearing Fluffy
Crazy Pink Bubble Gum Car - Big, Pink, Round and appearing Fluffy | Source

Bubble Gum - Chewing Gum Quote

"TV is chewing gum for the eyes."

Frank Lloyd Wright

Chewing Gum Quotes

"For some reason, chewing gum for me gets my brain going."

Brie Larson

Buy Bubble Gum - Buy American Bubble Gum

A simple request to check each store and ask why they do not carry American made bubble gum is a plea made by the author. I have no financial gain tied to this request - other than the jobs of my grandchildren. My children are both retired from the US Post Office. The gum doesn't have to be Topps but I feel the need to ask for more American products wherever we can. A job, your neighbor's job, your children's job, your grand children's job may depend upon it.

America - speak up - use your voice. It is your choice. We can change the future with simply a voice.

Bubble Gum - Chewing Gum Quote

"This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum."

Elbert Hubbard

Inspirational Quotes by John F Kennedy

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

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    • American_Choices profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Fascinating! Very sad. I just don't get it. We have no jobs, our neighbors are hurting and yet the retailers are not offering choices.

      I want to buy American. I want the choice of buying American.

      I went to Olive Garden and was thrilled to see they promote California wines - but sad to report they don't label the wine as California! What is wrong with promoting Made in the USA? Why are stores not promoting California wines.

      I stopped into a local retailer and none of their wines were from the USA - ironically their focus was organic and yet the home grown wine of Wisconsin or California was no where to be found in this retail establishment.

      Mendards advertises Made in the USA - kudos to exceptional management.

      Stores such as the big boxes need to survey their customers and see the real values of their clients. Does the origin matter to the consumer? Most certainly. American citizens are starting to realize their neighbor's livelihood depends upon their individual purchases.

      If we all made a concerted effort we could turn this global tide away from the United States.

      Americans are strong and hard working. More importantly, we care about our neighbors and care for each other. When the back is against the wall, we push harder and stay together. America it is time to unite and demand from the retailers to ask - does the origin of the product matter? We the consumer would love a retailer who responded to the consumer and not to government regulation.

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      7 years ago

      2/2013: Just bought a box of Bazooka from a dollar store in Newark Delaware. Bazooka MADE IN MEXICO right on the wrapper and on the outside box! Would somebody post bubble gum made here in the States so I can buy it. Thanks.

    • American_Choices profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from USA


      Loved your sticky statement! Fantastic fun!

      It is important. It is the little things that take us down. If we can keep some industry alive here in the US, we need to take action, we need to speak up.

      Thank you for sharing in your creative style and for stopping by.

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      Chris Merritt 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I think this is a topic all Americans need to chew on for while. I have been on the bubble on where exactly I will buy my gum in the future. This can get quite sticky when I get to thinking too much about it. The bottom line is, it really blows that we are losing this business to other countries.

      Sorry, for that, I had to get that out of my system. This really is a cool hub, and I never dreamed to even check on the back of the pack of gum to find where it was made. It is really sad that it is becoming hard to find gum to chew that is American made. I appreciate you pointing this out to us. Again nice hub.


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