Home > food, Rant > The Best Popping / Cracking Gum

The Best Popping / Cracking Gum

I’m a notorious gum popper/cracker.  Give me stick of gum and I’ll soon be driving you mad with my consistent *pop* *pop* *pop* sounds.  It’s something I do almost unconsciously.  It’s a bad habit I can’t seem to break myself from.

You might ask, “How do you pop your gum?”  Well, if you look around the internet you’ll invariable come across the “spread the gum across your front teeth” gibberish, which is a bizarre method.  For me, I simply place the wad of gum around the third & fourth tooth back from the canine, compress the gum, creating a vacuum between the gum and my teeth by pressing sideways with my tongue, then unclench my teeth.  This creates a negative pocket of air that snaps the gum quite loudly.  It’s difficult to explain, but once you get it, it becomes second nature.  Popping this way allows you to snap your gum without having to open your mouth.  Some would classify this technique as “cracking” your gum, but whatever.

Here’s a quick scientific study I performed this weekend; curious to see which gums allowed for the easiest pop/crack, I gathered together this small selection of gums from the checkout line:

Orbit: This is the Gold Standard as far as I’m concerned.  After a few minutes of warming up the gum, it’s ready to pop.  Orbit has that perfect tackiness that creates a nice suction between the teeth and cheek to produce a consistent loud *pop* with nearly every chew.  This gum is so perfect for popping that it’s almost like cheating.

Trident: This is probably the worst gum to pop.  In fact, I couldn’t produce one single snap from this gum.  It feels as if there’s a thin film to it which prevents this gum from the sticking to the teeth.  Great if you’re chewing gum while wearing dentures, but it makes for a less than satisfactory chew for gum poppers.

Stride: A softer chew than Orbit, making popping the gum a bit difficult.  You really have to concentrate to get a good series of pops.  Pleasant to chew, but places low on the snapping totem.

Five Gum: Finally, a gum that produces consistent, meaty pops with just a bit of effort.  Traditional-sized stick of gum gives you more material than you need, but popping still occurs with ease.

Extra Fruit Sensations: This gum shares the same packaging as Five Gum.  A quick internet search shows that 5 Gum and Extra are both produced by Wrigley’s.  I’d have to say that Extra is on par with 5 Gum when it comes to popability (is that a word?).  If my life depended on making a choice between 5 Gum and Extra, I’d have to go with Extra.  There’s just something about it that makes snapping slightly more enjoyable.

WinterFresh: Again, another Wrigley’s product, and a standout to boot.  Easy to pop, but the winterfresh flavor quickly begins to wear on you.

Eclipse: Any gum that comes in a package that requires you to pop out a serving like you’re popping out a cold tablet is to be avoided.  You’re not given enough material to work with, and the gum is far too soft to get a good, consistent pop/crack.  Avoid this gum.

And that’s it.  What it comes down to is avoiding the “Bubbleicous”  sugary gums.  These are impossible to work with.  Gums that come in traditional sticks are harder to pop than smaller serving sized gums.  Do not buy gum with a candy coating, as those are usually too soft to crack.

Categories: food, Rant Tags: ,
  1. June 23rd, 2009 at 08:21 | #1

    I did enjoy your way of popping your gum Herman, and should start using some gum myself, as I read recently that it is good for the teeth :)

  2. Anonymous
    October 30th, 2009 at 07:43 | #2

    The trident gum is really good the flavor lasts fo a long time.It has a great flavor to it.Yum Yum!!!!:)

  3. Anonymous
    October 30th, 2009 at 07:46 | #3

    The five gum is awsome it has lots of flavor and lasts longer then any other brand.Its awsome!!!!I love the Five Gum!:)

  4. Anonymous
    October 30th, 2009 at 07:48 | #4

    hey i think that five gum is the best because it last the longest.then i like trident gum the new layered ones yummy yummy in my tummy.

  5. Anonymous
    October 30th, 2009 at 07:49 | #5

    Hi!!!!I love GUM!!!!!:)

  6. Anonymous
    October 30th, 2009 at 07:50 | #6

    ahh five gum rocks its the best if u dont try that ur crazy.TRY IT!

  7. October 30th, 2009 at 11:30 | #7

    Five Gum is definitely a standout, and it tastes pretty darn good. Love the packaging as well!

  8. Anonymous
    November 3rd, 2009 at 08:14 | #8

    five gum last the longest try it!

  9. Anonymous
    November 3rd, 2009 at 08:15 | #9

    ahhhhhhhhhhhh try newlayred gum yummmmmmmmmmmm

  10. nely
    November 3rd, 2009 at 08:18 | #10


  11. Anonymous
    November 3rd, 2009 at 08:19 | #11


  12. JaneDoh!
    March 4th, 2010 at 09:25 | #12

    YES! Finally someone who actually cracks gum and yea I read all those “gibberish” steps. I wish you had a video because this is the kind of gum cracking I have been wanting to learn how to do. I got lucky once, completely by accident, I am not sure I even knew what I did to get it lol

  13. April 2nd, 2010 at 22:44 | #13

    @JaneDoh! It took me quite a while to teach myself how to crack my gum. I’d chew and chew and chew while at work. Eventually I happened upon the technique. It’s almost impossible to explain in words how to do such a thing. Just keep at it. The trick is to create the negative suction between tooth and gum.

  14. jessica
    May 31st, 2010 at 17:24 | #14


  15. anonymous
    October 19th, 2010 at 16:01 | #15

    I love Wrigleys in general, 5 gum, extra, big red, doublemint, winterfresh etc. Wrigleys is the best, and HermanTu, I know exactly how you pop your gum cuz my mom does it ALL the time and i keep asking her but she never tells me.

  16. December 1st, 2010 at 19:19 | #16

    @anonymous I take great pride in knowing not only how to crack gum, but also in the fact that it bugs the heck out of my co-workers. It’s one of those simple pleasures in life ;-)

  17. GumLoverrrr
    February 1st, 2011 at 01:36 | #17

    WTF?!?! Eclipse Spearmint is the $hit!!! I challenge any of you to a gum-snapping contest… I will dominate with this “little” piece of gum b#$tches!

  18. February 1st, 2011 at 14:01 | #18

    @GumLoverrrr If it’s a throwdown you want, then come at me bro! *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap*

  19. Charise
    February 2nd, 2011 at 15:26 | #19

    ORIGINAL WRIGLEY’S DOUBLEMINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I complained to the company that they shouldn’t have tampered with it and that it was the world’s best after-lunch popping gum! LOL Dunno if they knew what the heck I was going on about, though…And I refuse to buy any that horrible “New” Doublemint. Only thing that has come close for me is Peppermint Freedent, which eventually goes stale, unlike original Doublemint.

  20. stephanie
    July 13th, 2011 at 13:22 | #20

    Just wanted to share this gem with you all- this
    May seem far-fetched, but I accidentally discovered
    Recently how amazing CRY BABY Extra sour bubble gum
    Pops. Holy crap, it almost pops itself!! U can find a
    Big green bag of the sour gumballs it in almost every
    Dollar tree. If not, family dollar should have them.
    I’d love to hear your opinions on this!! I’ve been
    Popping gum for about 25 years now and this is
    Hands down the very best! I was only buying it on
    A whim, bc of the sour candy shell. It was a pleasant
    Popping surprise. Now I buy a bag every few days.
    Fyi, these are manufactured by dubble bubble and used to
    Be known as tear jerkers. Someone let me know! =)

  21. stephanie
    July 13th, 2011 at 13:28 | #21

    * extra sour not extra sout. Lol

  22. July 13th, 2011 at 18:36 | #22

    @stephanie No worries. Corrected! :-)

  23. January 17th, 2012 at 15:09 | #23

    I found from experience that Five ‘REACT’ is the best one to make the loud noise, I don’t know why but I guess its a bit denser, which makes it the easiest and loudest pop.

  24. January 17th, 2012 at 16:39 | #24

    I’ve seen the commercials for this gum. Will have to give it test run. Thanks for the heads up!

  25. MR P-TOWN
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:47 | #25

    Would you please do a VIDEO on YouTube that would be great, I am also a GUM SNAPPER I do it very well maybe We could compare Our SNAPPING abilities??????. I am the one on YouTube with the picture of the lips on the screen listen to that and You’ll see what I mean. You have to go under GUM SNAPPING, happy viewing.

  26. MR P-TOWN
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:50 | #26

    Would you please do a VIDEO on YouTube that would be great, I am also a GUM SNAPPER I do it very well maybe We could compare Our SNAPPING abilities??????. I am the one on YouTube with the picture of the lips on the screen listen to that and You’ll see what I mean. You have to go under GUM SNAPPING, happy viewing.

  27. ryan
    November 21st, 2012 at 19:00 | #27

    I am so sick and tired of all of that stupid spread the gum accross your front teeth then suck in crap. THIS is the kind of gum snapping/cracking I have looking for all over the place!! My dad can do it and he is pretty dang good at it. I ask him all the time how he does it and he just doesn’t know how to explain to me how he does it! I want to learn really bad and it would be so awesome if you were to make a step by step youtube video on how to do it! Also, is Extra Peppermint gum for for snapping? Cuz I just bought some. Please respond!

  1. No trackbacks yet.