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The Teaberry Shuffle

Day 210

I woke this morning with the Teaberry Gum commercial playing on my mental film reel. This music was stuck in my head for years. In the 60’s when these commercials were prevalent, I was much younger and of course did the Teaberry Shuffle. Not sure I could do it today without my knees giving out! The song (Mexican Shuffle) was written by Sol Luck and performed by Herb Alpert. Herb Alpert’s music was heavily featured on television and radio back in the day. I loved the gum, too, so there was that!

From that thought, my mind went to gum in general. We chewed SO much gum back then. We all made chains from gum wrappers. The goal was to make one as long as possible. These days gum does not have the individual branding label on every piece, so making one of these treasures would take a long time.

I tried to find a video on YouTube to explain how to make a gum wrapper chain, but none of them matched the way we once folded the gum wrappers. Most of the images I found were not clear on the copyright, so if you are curious to see images you can do a Google search. I did see that making similar chains, purses and the like are now made with Starburst wrappers.

From there, I went on to remember Christmas ornaments we made. They were 3D paper stars made from strips of paper. At one time I could fold and weave these with my eyes closed. I thought they were Moravian stars, but in my research, the stars we made were German Froebel stars. After ours were made, we dipped them in hot paraffin wax and sprinkled glitter on them. Then, with needle and thread we attached a loop to hang them on the tree. Hmmm, wax covered stars with old strands of incandescent lights seems fraught with possibility of disaster now that I think about it.

I have no idea where we got the strips of paper to make these stars, but you can order packs of supplies online if you want to give it a go. I would recommend staying away from the wax dipping, though. The stars really are beautiful.

Now we come full circle. Back to gum. We had two choices of bubblegum. Dubble Bubble or Bazooka. I much preferred Bazooka because of the Bazooka Joe comic wrappers. Dubble Bubble also had Fleer Funnies, but I do not recall them as much as I do Bazooka Joe. Since I am lazy this morning and believe both are copyrighted images, I will not post images. There are a couple of YouTube videos out there, but some things are best remembered in our minds and not with irritating music or dialogue.

So, that’s my Wednesday nostalgia mind dump. Glad you were brave enough to tag along.

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14 thoughts on “The Teaberry Shuffle”

  1. I never could do the Teaberry Shuffle, but I love the commercials. For the longest time, you could buy the gum from the vintage candy sites, but I think they stopped making it altogether. Guess we’ll just have to make do with Black Jack, Beemans and Clove whenever Adams feels like making them again…

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    1. John, Teaberry was my favorite. I did see there was an unopened pack on EBay for $45 — isn’t that crazy? I was not fond of the other three you mentioned. Reminds me of when I hoped for cherry cough drops but my grandparents gave me Smith Brothers instead.

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    2. I so miss those gums. I don’t know why they ever quit making them. They were the tastiest gums out there, including the Teaberry. I so miss them all. Today’s choices are nothing like they once were.

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  2. I was a double bubble fan – a penny each back in the day. I can’t believe I use to be able to read those comics without glasses – I don’t think I could now with glasses lol Ahh the bubble we could blow!!! Great blog.

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  3. I did the Teaberry Shuffle, well, I tried, (and I loved Herb Alpert). As for the strips of paper, the teacher cut them with the paper-cutter THAT CHILDREN COULD NOT USE!!! Our big thing was to strip the foil off the wrappers – the person with the largest contiguous piece of foil won. I was a fan of Bazooka, but I would chew either – Bazooka Joe was the far better comic. The other bubble gum I liked was the little clot bags of Gold Nuggets.

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  4. Hmmm, I wrote a comment, but I don’t see any indication that it’s being processed or accepted, so this may be a duplicate.

    I did (try to) do the Teaberry Shuffle. I also liked Herb Alpert. Out thing was to peel the foil off the wrappers. The person with the largest contiguous sheet of foil won. I was a Bazook fan, but would chew either. Bazooka Joe was the far better comic. I also like the bubble gum (Gold Nuggets) that came in the little cloth bags.

    Fun post.

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  5. Hmmm, I wrote a comment, but I don’t see any indication that it’s being processed or accepted, so this may be a duplicate.

    I did (try to) do the Teaberry Shuffle. I also liked Herb Alpert. Out thing was to peel the foil off the wrappers. The person with the largest contiguous sheet of foil won. I was a Bazook fan, but would chew either. Bazooka Joe was the far better comic. I also like the bubble gum (Gold Nuggets) that came in the little cloth bags.

    Fun post.

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    1. Dan, another of your comments that for some reason got shuffled off to spam. I had forgotten about peeling the foil off the wrappers. Good gracious, you can tell we had some idle time on our hands! I had forgotten about the Gold Nuggets. Fun memory!

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  6. Wow, I wasn’t sure that I knew about Teaberry, but hearing the song and seeing the “shuffle” brought it all back! Lol. We were a juicy fruit family, unless it was bubble gum….then always Bazooka!! Thanks for the memories!

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