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Old 10-04-2005, 08:19 AM
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How can you describe the "Bubblegum" flavor without saying "bubblegum"?

The title says it all. Everyone knows what the "bubblegum" flavor is. It's the way bubblegum tastes. But what the hell IS it? And don't say "pink."
Old 10-04-2005, 08:34 AM
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The taste of that particular variety of Crest toothpaste.
Old 10-04-2005, 08:49 AM
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Indistinct ester-fruity taste.
Old 10-04-2005, 09:10 AM
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I believe the industry term is "Mixed Fruit."
Old 10-04-2005, 09:23 AM
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Like cotton candy, but chewier.
Old 10-04-2005, 09:41 AM
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Like "Big Red" soda.
Old 10-04-2005, 09:43 AM
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I could have sworn there was SD column about this, but I cannot find it.
Old 10-04-2005, 09:53 AM
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This was discussed before. The flavor comes from the ingredient in Pepto-Bismol. I'll try to find the link.
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Old 10-04-2005, 02:58 PM
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Wrigley's Juicyfruit chewing gum (which is similar to a lot of bubblegum flavour) tastes exactly like Jackfruit.

I ate Jackfruit for the first time a year or so back, and was amazed to discover this.
Old 10-04-2005, 03:00 PM
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To me Bubblegum has a vaguely Banana & Rubber Taste.
That would be my try to describe it.
Old 10-04-2005, 03:28 PM
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Wrigley's Juicyfruit chewing gum (which is similar to a lot of bubblegum flavour) tastes exactly like Jackfruit.

I ate Jackfruit for the first time a year or so back, and was amazed to discover this.
Really? I've always wondered at the name Juicyfruit - while the gum isn't bad, it doesn't taste particularly like any sort of fruit I've ever tried. But then, I've never tried jackfruit. I suppose they could have been more specific in their labeling.

Actually, I've read that it's a mixture of various random fruit flavors - seems like banana and pineapple were in there. I dunno. Maybe I don't have a sufficiently discerning palette - I don't seem to taste much other than an amicable sweet flavor.
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tutti frutti
Old 10-05-2005, 05:14 AM
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IIRC, the original tutti frutti (Italian for all fruit) artificial flavoring was concocted by a baker using rum, butterscotch and vanilla extracts. My attempts to find this on google were futile, it seems tutti frutti and bubble gum flavors are propriatary blends from the flavoring suppliers. I guess they're not too keen on giving out recipies.
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The Dubble Bubble brand, tastes mildly like wintergreen (Specifically Sathers' Wintergreen Lozenges) to me, and pepsin. (I'm actually fond of Beeman's gum, that's how I recognize the taste.)
Old 10-05-2005, 08:35 AM
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It tastes like ylang ylang smells, with added sugar. Real ylang ylang essential oil, not the fake perfume crap.
Old 10-05-2005, 10:26 AM
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When I hear the word bubblegum used as a flavor I assume it tastes like Topp's Bazooka bubble gum. (Naturally since my Dad worked for them when I was a toddler). I'd like to know what's in it to give that unique taste.
Old 10-05-2005, 11:42 AM
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They sell a soda in South Korea that has that flavor. We called it bubblegum juice.
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Really? I've always wondered at the name Juicyfruit - while the gum isn't bad, it doesn't taste particularly like any sort of fruit I've ever tried. But then, I've never tried jackfruit. I suppose they could have been more specific in their labeling.

Actually, I've read that it's a mixture of various random fruit flavors - seems like banana and pineapple were in there. I dunno. Maybe I don't have a sufficiently discerning palette - I don't seem to taste much other than an amicable sweet flavor.
To me, jackfruit tastes a lot like a mixture of banana and pineapple, and this site agrees. If there is any similarity to Juicyfruit, I think it is because Juicyfruit is just a melange of various "fruity" flavors.
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Ok my curiosity was killing me this morning after posting last night so I tryed a little experiment in the kitchen.

2 drops rum extract
1 drop butterscotch
1 drop vanilla
in a glass of sugar water.

Hmm, pretty damn bubble-gummy but not exactly what I would call good. I dumped it out, now to drink enough coffee to get that rank aftertase to go away.
Old 10-05-2005, 03:12 PM
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They sell a soda in South Korea that has that flavor. We called it bubblegum juice.
There's a soda in Peru called Inka Cola that reminds me of bubble gum flavor. I think it's supposed to be fake banana, which a previou poster to this thread found to be one possible component of the bubble gum flavor.
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Back in my bartending days, when nights were slow and the boss didn't mind us burning through some of the lesser-purchased liqueuers, I would make a shot called a Bazooka Joe for people. It tasted almost exactly like Bazooka Joe bubblegum, if you're into that sort of thing. The ingredients are:
  • Two parts Creme de Banane
  • Two parts Blue Curacao (or Triple Sec, but the Curacao gives that nice Windex color) -- these are orange-flavored liqueuers
  • One part Bailey's Irish Cream

You can add some vodka too to give it extra kick, but it takes the edge off the bubblegum taste. You don't want to drink a whole glass of this stuff, just a shot. So I concur with those who suspect the banana and orange flavors.
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The Dubble Bubble brand, tastes mildly like wintergreen (Specifically Sathers' Wintergreen Lozenges) to me, and pepsin. (I'm actually fond of Beeman's gum, that's how I recognize the taste.)
probably a very good guess. One patent describes the use of oil of wintergreen in bubblegum flavours (US 5,128,154). Another discussion on googleanswers ( http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=525269 ) suggests a mixture of esters (ethyl butyrate, ethyl acetate, etc), oils(orange
oils, wintergreen, etc) and sweet-ripe-juicy chemicals(ethyl maltol,
vanillin, maltol, etc)
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Happy to see that somebody referenced my post on Google Answers from a trillion years B.C.

I think the flavor that we recognize as "bubble gum" is probably an attempt to recreate the original Fleer flavor, which is of course a trade secret.

I find it interesting that other things are now identified as being bubblegum flavor. It's so meta. It's like how we still describe cars in terms of horsepower. Do you think one day we will describe spaceships in terms of carpower?
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Like cotton candy, but chewier.
Cotton candy is pure sugar, unless you put some type of flavoring in it.
Old 04-25-2016, 02:37 PM
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The taste of that particular variety of Crest toothpaste.
Whatever the case, be aware that quick comparison tasting of Toothpaste Flavor X with any Non-toothpaste Flavor X without a complete mouth rinse between is hopelessly flawed.

"Why Does Everything Taste Bad After You Brush Your Teeth?" http://mentalfloss.com/article/20151...ush-your-teeth

Surfactants, baby.
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If you believe the rumors we passed around as kids, then I'd say bubblegum tastes exactly like spider eggs.
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It's that taste the lack of which causes you to kick ass.
Old 04-25-2016, 10:04 PM
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It's sweet with a mild light fruit flavor and a hint of cinnamon. That's not that useful of a description, but that's what I think it tastes like.
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There's this Peruvian soda called Inka Cola, which tastes like fake banana but also like bubblegum, so... wait a minute...I'm getting a funny feeling, like a dim memory, from when I was a young man and a Black American president was almost unimaginable...

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How do you describe the "tomato" flavor without saying "tomato"? How do you describe the "strawberry" flavor without saying "strawberry"? Most things just taste like what they are. Bubblegum is no exception.
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to me, prickly pear cactus fruit tastes a lot like bubblegum flavor.
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How do you describe the "tomato" flavor without saying "tomato"? How do you describe the "strawberry" flavor without saying "strawberry"? Most things just taste like what they are. Bubblegum is no exception.
I could find a way to describe any flavor but it doesn't help because I'd just have to refer to other flavors. It's the qualia thing, we don't have words precise words for sensations, but we can describe them comparatively.
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To me Bubblegum has a vaguely Banana & Rubber Taste.
You've eaten rubber before?
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The taste of bubblegum has the same character as the taste of the Peruvian soft drink Inca Kola, which is flavored with lemon verbena. So, I could describe bubblegum as similar to lemon verbena.

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Old 04-26-2016, 12:32 PM
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You've eaten rubber before?
Well, I have--namely the erasers on the ends of pencils. It's been a while, but it was a nervous habit, kinda like biting nails.
Old 04-26-2016, 01:33 PM
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Bazooka tastes like banana and cinnamon with a hint of methyl salicylate.
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The taste of bubblegum has the same character as the taste of the Peruvian soft drink Inca Kola, which is flavored with lemon verbena. So, I could describe bubblegum as similar to lemon verbena.
Ha! Look upthread -- I mentioned Inka Cola twice, eleven years apart. I never knew about the lemon verbena (I described its flavor as "fake banana"). Thanks for fighting my ignorance -- it's taken longer than we thought!
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Cinnamon+coriander is the key, plus as mentioned above methyl salicylate and essential oils of orange and lemon.
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I always thought it tasted like sarsaparilla, which I've only had a couple of times. It's apparently made originally from the smilax regelii plant. I'm going with sarsaparilla, even though I have no idea what brand.
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I always thought it tasted like sarsaparilla, which I've only had a couple of times. It's apparently made originally from the smilax regelii plant. I'm going with sarsaparilla, even though I have no idea what brand.
I've used real Smilax sarsaparilla root, which is pretty hard to find. The good stuff, anyway, is scarce. Its flavor and aroma are most similar to vanilla. Root beer is called sarsaparilla in some countries, and the mockups of "sarsaparilla" concocted here are just versions of root beer. The most characteristic flavor of root beer is that methyl salicylate again, primitively derived from birch bark and wintergreen. Combined with sassafras flavor, and vanilla flavor to stand in for the sarsaparilla, there's your root beer.
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I've had some wheat beers (Brooklyn specifically comes to mind) that had a bubble gum flavor.
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For what it's worth, I've always thought that both Red Bull and Southern Comfort tasted exactly bubbly-gummy. Vile stuff, both of them.
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I've had some wheat beers (Brooklyn specifically comes to mind) that had a bubble gum flavor.
That would come from the esters/phenols the yeast strains used in many style of wheat beers throw off. Banana and clove flavors are pretty common in wheat beers -- those are from amyl acetate and 4-vinyl guaiacol respectively. I find German-style hefes to be more on the banana-y side, and the Belgian being more on the clove side. Some people perceive these flavors as bubblegum, too (which makes sense, as it seems banana+citrus/orange is what many people in this thread are ascribing to the bubblegum flavor. I tried the bubblegum cocktail mentioned upthread and was surprised at how close to bubblegum it tasted to me. Those two flavors seem to be the key.)
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