Hubba Bubba

1980 commercial for Hubba Bubba.

Hubba Bubba is a brand of bubble gum originally produced by Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in the U.S. in 1979 but more recently produced in countries around the world. The main gimmick used to promote the gum is that Hubba Bubba is less sticky than other brands of bubble gum and so burst bubbles are easier to peel from your skin. The first portions of Hubba Bubba were produced in the traditional bubble gum flavor often referred to as Original, but different flavors of gum have been produced around the world. Many, but not all, of these flavors are based on fruit.

The earliest series of TV commercials for Hubba Bubba that aired in the United States were set in a Wild West town and featured a character known as the Gumfighter, played by actor Don Collier. At the end of each commercial, the Gum Fighter declared, “Big bubbles, no troubles,” followed by a jockular response from Western film veteran Dub Taylor. This was a reference to Hubba Bubba being less sticky than other brands. In the UK, football commentator Tony Gubba endorsed Hubba Bubba in TV commercials with the strapline “Have a Hubba Bubba with Tony Gubba.”
Hubba Bubba was rumored to use whale blubber to make their gum as it was seen as a cheap alternative to produce natural gum.[citation needed] It was taken from the idea of the Inuit Eskimo who would chew pieces of whale blubber almost like chewing gum. The blubber took quite some time to dissolve, so it helped pass the time and also gave the energy required to fight the cold.

The original bubble-gum flavor has been discontinued for many years in the United Kingdom, with only fruit based flavors available. In 2007, the flavors available in the UK are strawberry, orange and apple. [1], however, cola is also still available in some areas. Flavors available in Australia include cherry, cola, peach, strawberry, lime, pineapple, apple, orange, grape and watermelon. In 2004, flavors available in Croatia included lime, berry, cherry and generic fruit. Flavors available in Germany included cherry and cola. Flavors available in Canada included strawberry, grape, orange and blue raspberry. Other flavors seen over the years in various countries include lemon, cream soda, pineapple, cherry, peach, tropical, lime, salty liquorice, chocolate strawberry and watermelon.

At first, Hubba Bubba was only available in chunks, typically being sold in packets of five chunks, but packets of four chunks have been seen on sale in Croatia. More recently, it has been produced as shredded pieces of baseball, rolls of bubble gum tape, plastic jugs of crystals, boxes of tiny gumballs and stuffed with candy.

The Hubba Bubba brand was discontinued in the U.S. in the early 1990s. In the U.S., commercials use the same stop-motion style used in the Chevron commercials and Chicken Run, as the commercials are produced by Aardman. In Canada, commercials use cartoon characters named Hubba and Bubba. It was also used in the closing credits sequence on the popular YTV game show, Uh Oh!.

As of 2007, Hubba Bubba is available in its original flavor called “outrageous original” in the U.S. Other flavours are ‘Seriously Strawberry’, ‘Cool Cola’, ‘Crazy Cherry’, ‘Bubbly Berry’, ‘Oasis Orange’, ‘Cheeky Black


Info taken from Wikipedia

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