Remember Teaberry Gum?

One of my favorite gum flavors when I was growing up. Teaberry is a brand of chewing gum that was developed by the D. L. Clark Company c. 1900.

Its popularity peaked in the 1960s. A series of commercials using Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass who performed the song “The Teaberry Shuffle” (originally a Tijuana Brass tune titled “Mexican Shuffle” found on their third album, South of the Border [A&M 4108 - 1964]) In each commercial, a bored-looking person would unwrap a stick of Clark’s Teaberry gum and start chewing it. The chewer would abruptly break into a rapid, energetic dance with distinctive shuffling steps for several seconds, then would just as abruptly return to his or her original activity. Never caught on as a dance craze but EVERYONE back then knew what the Teaberry Shuffle was (remember – only 4 TV channels back then – if you were lucky.)

It’s really hard to describe the taste of Teaberry Gum. As I remember, it taste somehow combines the taste of wintergreen with a vaguely fruity flavor – really unique. “Teaberry” actually refers to the Eastern Teaberry bush (Gaultheria procumbens) from which the gum gets its flavor. The gum is pink in color individually wrapped in white paper, and wrapped again in a pink teaberry printed paper.

Teaberry Gum is still available. It’s a product of Clark Gum Company in Buffalo, New York and made in Mexico. You can try it yourself! The Old Time Candy Company has a great deal on 20 packs of Teaberry Gum for only $5.99! Would you send me a pack while you’re at it?

Teaberry Gum – box of 20 packs – $5.99
Retail Price: $15.99
You Save: $10.00
from: Old Time Candy Company

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Article by Marv Parker

TV/Video Producer and Host, chocolate enthusiast, truffle maker, wine pairing consultant, food photographer and corn bread maker.

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