Fruit Stripe Gum


Fruit Stripe was an artificially flavored fruit chewing gum that was notorious for its great, but fleeting, fake fruit flavor. In the 70's the gum was packaged in colorful" zebra wrappers ." Fruit Stripe is the only gum with painted on stripes. Yes the stripes were added after the gum was formed. This gum didn't squirt, sparkle, crackle or fizz. It just had stripes.
Fruit Stripe gum was invented by James Parker, and launched in the early 1960s as an extension of the Beech-Nut gum line.
The line was sold to the Hershey company then in turn sold to the Farley's & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. The mascot for this gum was an animated fruit-striped Zeba that went by the name of "Yipes."
" Yipes the fruit-stripes zebra."


They Always Come back:
Your tastes have changed but Fruit Stripe Gum has not. Aside from the packaging the gum is still the same. It still loses its flavor in a record 5 minutes 27 seconds.
Try it for yourself Buy the bubble gum version on Amazon quick before it goes away.

14 comments:

Luke said...

Five minutes? More like thirty seconds.

Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

It's been a long running joke in documentary film circles for years, but I'd love to see Ken Burns do a series called "Gum". I can hear David McCullough's voice now intoning over grainy black and white photos from the Lower East Side in the 1880s "As they opened that first thin strips of tin foil, the children of Avenue C observed the gray, sugar dusted strips tentatively until the first boy, Reuben Markowitz, bravely stuck it in his mouth. What followed was an eruption of young voices in ecstasy as every child on the block tried this mysterious new substance that would soon be as familiar as the knitches hawked by the many push carts along Delancey Street."

Gavin Elster said...

LOL. Eventually it will come down to that.

WAT said...

I just bought a pack of this gum not too long ago.

Now the wrappers have these neat Zebra tatoos fer yer hand or arm!

Dave said...

They still make that stuff? Excuse me, I need to make a trip to the grocery store.

Anonymous said...

Hey some of you said you bought it at a store. What store? I've been looking everywhere. I looked at Toys R Us and they don't have it either. Where did you get yours?

RacHel said...

Fruit stripe gum is the best!
This gum is pretty bangin!!!
So what if it only lasts a little while, its worth it.
oh, and i love the tattoos!!
Woo Hoo, fruit stripe gum!

Anonymous said...

It is sad this stuff contains aspartame. It is a addicting ingredient that is very harmful to the body. It can cause headaches, comas, and eventually death. The more you chew, the more of the ingredient you get in your body.. just like Diet Drinks.

The aspartame over time can make body fluids turn into formaldehyde, which can lead to death.

Anonymous said...

I'm chewing some right at this moment!
It has natural flavors too, not just artificial. I wish the taste would last longer though :(

Anonymous said...

yes it did lose it's flavor somebody walked miles and saved pennies for this gum even though the flavor only lasted for seconds.i will never forget it. i even took money out of my mammas purse, shame on me. i will never condone this behavior. but how could i resist i am now 45 years old it was my favorite. it was so fun the packaging...etc..........klllmmmm

Anonymous said...

idk where you guys are from but i can buy fruit stripes gum pretty much amywhere!

Lusylu said...

I have a stuffed zebra from fruit stripe gum before he was Yipes and multicolored he used to be red and white for the cherry stripe gum. Can't find any one who knows about this toy. any help?

Melissa Curtin said...

Market Basket/DeMoulas in massachesetts/new hampshire

Anonymous said...

I found the Fruit Stripes gum in Big K-mart at the register check out