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The Newbistar Blog: How To Crack Gum

All throughout my life, I’ve had people ask me how I crack my gum. Well first, let’s define «gum cracking». Gum cracking, different from gum popping, is a sport crafted mostly by black women. We understand that OF COURSE other types of people, including men, participate in this SPORT, I do believe, without proof, black women created this form of recreation. Anyways, gum popping is usually done by blowing a reverse bubble into your mouth using your front teeth and then popping the bubble. Gum cracking, however, is only done by chewing the gum. It’s actually quite scientific. You don’t manipulate the gum with your tongue at all during the gum cracking process.

Here’s how it works: you get a very decent piece (stick) of chewing gum. Unlike gum popping, gum cracking can usually be done with chewing gum only and NOT bubble gum. Sugarless chewing gum works much better than Wrigley’s (because all Wrigley’s gums have sugar). You get the stick of gum and chew it a bit to work it in. Then, with the back teeth, you work the teeth against the gum, almost the way you would if you were kneading dough. The top tooth and bottom tooth pull the gum apart, creating a pop. It takes a lot of practice and concentration.

The best gums to use for gum cracking: (sticks only! not bubble gum or chiclet type gums!)

Extra — All flavors
I really like peppermint Extra. The popping abilities are endless and the flavor lasts a really long time. I’ve also discovered a new Extra flavor, Berry Paradise. If you usually only chew minty gums, Berry Paradise can give you that fruity flavor to break up the monotony once in a while. Kinda reminds me of the bubble gum I use to chew when I was a kid. Try it.

Trident — the old school kind that comes in the 8 packs
The old school Trident comes in flavors like cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen and bubble gum. This was the gum I used back in the day, teaching myself how to crack. Works very well. The newer brands of Trident on the candy shelf at the checkout lines DO NOT WORK well for cracking. Some of you may have exceptional cracking ability but I don’t use those gums for cracking. I don’t have the patience.

Carefree Sugarless Gum — Do they still make this?
I haven’t seen Carefree gum in years but if you can get your hands on some, it works very well for cracking. They come in the same flavors as old school Trident if anyone cares.

5 Gum — New!
New 5 Gum is not only new and comes packaged in a really cool little gum kit with metallic wrappers, this gum is great for cracking. Try the Cobalt (peppermint flavor). Cracks like a champ!

Well we’re sure there are many more good cracking gums out there. Suggestions are always appreciated. Please let us know in the comments section. And for all of you aspiring crackers out there, KEEP PRACTICING! You’ll get it one day!

How to Make Mummy Pops

Looking for a dead-simple, DIY way to scare up some decorative Halloween treats this year? It only takes a couple of Glee Gum Pops, a few household items, and a half hour to create the cutest mummy lollipops this side of a crypt.

You’ll need:
– a bag of Halloween Glee Gum Pops (any Glee Gum Pops will do the trick!)
– toilet tissue
– a pen or marker
– scissors
– white thread (or dental floss, if you’re in a pinch)
– optional: a few wee, willing witches or game ghosts to assist you

Step 1: Roll out about 11 squares of toilet paper and cut them in half lengthwise to form two long strips.

Step 2: Begin by covering the head of the lollipop with tissue, then continue wrapping the sides until all packaging is covered. Kids don’t need to be particularly neat here!

Step 3: Tie a knot around the stick with the ends of the tissue, and trim any extra tissue as necessary.

Step 4: For extra freaky mummy flair, cut a length of white string (or dental floss). Wrap it in circles around the mummy and then tie it off.

Step 5: Add some eyes and a facial expression to the mummy with a pen or marker! If you happen to have googly eyes lying around your house, well, gluing those on could be a super good idea, too.

Step 6: Enjoy! Glee Gum Pops contain no artificial colors, flavors,sweeteners, or preservatives. They’re vegan and allergy-friendly, too. So, you can rest easy knowing that no matter how scary your creations may look, there’s actually nothing scary sneaking around inside ’em.

How did your mummy pops turn out? Snap a pic and tag it #MadewithGlee so we can see. With your permission, we might even share shots of your creepy creatures with our chums. Don’t be too frightened if they POP out at you later!

Why Does Gum Help Pop Your Ears?

Have you ever flown in an airplane? What about climbing a mountain? Or diving to the depths of the sea? Did you know that all these things have something in common? They all involve changes in altitude that can create a painful clogged feeling in your ears.

When this feeling occurs, it’s rather uncomfortable until you can get your ears to “pop.» When that happens, they return to feeling normal. Even if you’ve never flown in an airplane, climbed a mountain, or dove to the bottom of the sea, you may have experienced this feeling if you’ve taken an elevator to the top floor of a tall building or driven in a car through high mountains.

Scientists actually have a name for that painful feeling your get in your ears in these situations. It’s called ear barotrauma or barotitus media, and it’s caused by sudden changes in air pressure.

Normally, the air pressure inside your ear drum is the same as it is outside your eardrum. Your middle ear works constantly to make sure there’s a balance between the amount of air pressure inside and outside the ear.

When there are sudden changes in air pressure, however, it can take the middle ear a little time to adjust the air pressure inside the ear. When there’s a difference between the air pressure outside the ear and inside the ear, this difference in pressure causes an uncomfortable feeling that you may perceive as your ears being clogged.

When this happens, the pressure can be normalized again by popping open the Eustachian tube that leads to the middle ear. When your ears “pop» in this way, the pressure difference equalizes and relieves the uncomfortable feeling.

Sometimes your ears will pop on their own, as the middle ear works to normalize the pressure difference. At other times, though, the feeling resulting from the pressure difference is so uncomfortable that you may want to do something to get your ears to pop right away.

Anyone who has ever traveled on an airplane knows that one of the tried and true tricks of the trade when it comes to flying is to chew gum to prevent your ears from becoming clogged. But why does chewing gum help to pop your ears?

While some people believe that it’s the chewing motion that works your jaws in a way that makes your ears pop, it’s actually the fact that the chewing motion encourages saliva production and therefore swallowing.

The act of swallowing forces the Eustachian tube to open, which in turn makes your ears pop. That’s why other tried and true methods of getting your ears to pop include drinking water and sucking on hard candy. Yawning can also stretch your head muscles enough to make your ears pop.

If you have a cold, it may be harder than usual to get your ears to pop. This is because swollen mucous membranes in your nose and ears can make it harder to equalize the pressure in the middle ear. When you have a cold, a nasal decongestant can help to shrink those mucous membranes, thus allowing your ears to pop more easily.

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