It’s Back, Baby!
From the stiff-backed waltz
to the trendy floss, America’s
original minty chewing gum
is here to stay.
Still lucky after all these years
For the love of licorice
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A spice so nice you won't think twice
FROM CHEMISTS TO COCKPITS TO CANDY STORES
Chew your way through history with Beemans, Black Jack, and Clove gums. Since 1884, our vintage gums have been a staple treat for everyone from students to pilots, and everything in between. So help yourself to a stick or two, and continue the American tradition of chewing our vintage gums.
Travel through time and discover the rich history of these three iconic products.
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Chew Your Way Through Time
A Brief History of Black Jack, Beemans, and Clove
1869 - Thomas Adams buys chicle, the milky latex of the sapodilla tree, from exiled Mexican President Santa Anna in the hopes of processing it for use as an alternative to rubber.
1884 - Thomas Adams begins adding licorice flavoring to his chicle gum, which he names Adams Black Jack—the first flavored gum in the United States.
1899 - The American Chicle Company is formed, putting Black Jack and Beemans under one roof.
1962 - The American Chicle Company is purchased by the Warner-Lambert Company.
1983 - Beemans gum appears in The Right Stuff via Chuck Yeager’s famous line: “Hey Ridley, got any Beemans?”
1990 - Mark Hunter, the pirate radio teenager played by Christian Slater in Pump Up the Volume, exclusively chews Black Jack gum.
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2018 - Black Jack, Beemans, and Clove chewing gums are reunited by Gerrit J. Verburg Co. to ensure that these timeless gums are always available to the public!