Marc Summers: A year round favorite for all ages is gum balls but around Halloween we always come with the shock in the center so let’ creep behind the scene to an earth what’s hiding inside some of this special juice. Nothing is fun as blowing gum but when it comes to Halloween there is an extra twist to this treat. You can grab gum balls that look like eye balls. Orange pumpkins containing crunchy seeds, filled with the blood like liquid. Yup, around October gum can get a little gross some.
Leigh Nykoliation: Scary treat certainly appeal to kids, anything that perhaps even mom and dad would be a little bit unsure of kids just jump right in and the more glow and the more guts and the more glory the better.
Marc Summers: Double Bubble has been making gum balls for over 50 years and Halloween has always been an important Holiday.
Leigh Nykoliation: Halloween is our number one selling season. We get pretty excited about Halloween around here. Gum balls are very popular in Halloween. It’s an affordable indulgence for kids that’s easily pass out.
Marc Summers: But just because gum balls are a timeless favorite, it doesn’t mean they can’t get a little updated. Modern machine remains gum balls can be more elaborate filled with secret flavors or covered with grounded pictures. All this gum balls start out the same however as masses of plain gum mixture, sugars, starches and little gum pellets are all mash together into a gum ball base. The sticky stuff is makes up stain and squeeze in the long ribbons of yummy gum. A system of formers works the ribbons at the round balls. The great gum is now ready to get these stinktive decorations.
The gum balls are put in the panning machines were coloring and flavoring are scope to an end, scope it around. Then the gum balls are given a finishing turning in polishing panders.
Leigh Nykoliation: Because that’s when you get that great shiny coating on the outside that makes our gum balls looks so pretty.
Marc Summers: Now, some of the gum balls are ready for that last terrifying touch. A trip through a gum printing press that puts on a scary face or an eke eye.
Leigh Nykoliation: And its stand by large print rollers that actually press a black food coloring on top of the white gum ball.
Marc Summers: Okay, so that’s how they make the outside looks so spooky but what about the insides? Beneath there colorful exteriors these gum balls are hiding a sweet surprise that just pumpkin red blood. But how do they get that stuff inside? Double Bubble is in telling.
Leigh Nykoliation: Everyone would love to know the surprise on the inside of our gum balls but that’s a part of our trick. It’s a trade secret and we won’t tell you.
Marc Summers: They may not tell but here’s a hint of how it happens. When the gum excess being squeeze out, special nozzles actually forms a small circle inside the larger outer circle eventually becomes the surprise center. And why go to all this trouble to make a true Double Bubble?
Leigh Nykoliation: I think the insides of the gum balls are very important but we know kids they want to get underneath everything so they bite through the exterior and there is a wonderful surprise inside.