Here are some chewing gum fun facts from The Encyclopedia of Trivia
Six thousand years ago, chewing gum was being made in Sweden by heating birch bark inside a sealed container to make a chewy tar. Children and teenagers were the main users, and its purpose was help get rid of milk teeth.
For centuries Native American Indians chewed spruce tree resin, to ease hunger pains. When the New World colonists arrived, they started copying them.
State of Maine Spruce Gum, invented by John B Curtis in 1848 was the first chewing gum to be sold commercially in America. However it was not a success as it’s taste was too harsh and texture too tough.
John Colgan, a druggist from Louisville, Kentucky added in 1880 licorice flavor to chicle, thus introducing flavored chewing gum.
The first brand of Wrigley's chewing gum was called "Vassar", after the New England woman's college. Next were "Lotta" and "Sweet Sixteen Orange."
The chewing gum Juicy Fruit has ten calories. This is approximately the same as a bite of whole wheat bread.
Disneyland doesn't sell chewing gum as Walt Disney didn't want guests inconvenienced by stepping on gum in the park.
The king of skiffle Lonnie Donegan had a transatlantic hit in 1961 with the novelty song "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor (On The Bedpost Over Night)