Food of the Seventies, Big Buddy

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Big Buddy Bubble gum, Oh boy was this a treat. It was about a foot long and came in flavors like green apple and grape.
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AJ - July 19, 2007 - Report this comment
The favorite gum of all the kids in my neighborhood. I think it came in Cherry, Grape and Green Apple. The grape was my favorite and no matter what, it was shared among the gang with enough for everyone to tear off a nice sized piece. It had an intense flavor that lasted a long time..I can almost taste it right now : ) Just the thing when riding my lavendar chick bike with the white banana seat and chrome "sissy" bar. Saturdays in the 70's rocked!
AMANDA - July 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I would have given a dozen Big Buddies for a lavender bike, mine was icky yellow with the white banana seat and ape hager handle bars. I remember the Big Buddys, green apple was my fav.. used to scrounge the sofa cushions for the .27 it cost for a foot of gum! Your right Saturdays sure did rock in those days!
Jennifer - May 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember riding to the store on my sting ray bike with the chrome sissy bar and a purple sparkly banana seat to get a Big Buddy, always grape to match my seat, YUM! I used to scrounge around in my Dad's car around the seat to find money, I only needed 5 cents for my Big Buddy (late '60s early '70s), sometimes I'd score a quarter! I could chew the entire thing while watching Speed Racer, Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeanie, the Mod Squad, etc.. I'd chew that wad until my jaws ached...
rich - May 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I held a record of 9 big buddys in my mouth a once
gina - May 17, 2009 - Report this comment
i'm 40 now but i remember the 70's well. i had a yellow bike with floral banana seat. seems like we all road our bikes to get our big buddys. cherry was my favorite, and man did they blow some big bubbles, and of course you really haven't experienced it until you fell asleep with it and it got in your hair. my mom spent hours once trying to get that out of my hair lol.
Tam - May 31, 2009 - Report this comment
Green apple was my fave...we would bite off a bit and keep the rest in our knee sock!!!
jolynn - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED the green apple flavor, and every time I chewed it near my mom, she said it smelled like dirty feet. The long sticks made it easier to share with your friends
CC - September 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved the green apple...I remember giving and getting them for birthday treats in elementary school.
Bruce - April 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I kept trying to remember the name of the Big Buddy bar. It finally dawned on me that I have a Wacky Packs parody sticker of it. It's funny how one fond memory of the 70 's can link you to another one!
Frank Nappi - April 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Was there anything better than Grape Big Buddy from the ice cream truck???
Todd - July 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved these! My favorite was a flavor called Hawaiian, it was sort of pineapple/coconut flavor. I ad a teacher if you were caught chewing gum in her class made you stick it on your nose. No way could you deny not having with a whole Big Buddy in your mouth. One girl had been chewing a Green Apple one once and fashioned a long Witchie-Poo nose out of it and wore it all day. She was my idol! I grew up in D.C. in the 70's
David - September 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Hawaiian flavor was pineapple NO coconut! and it was the juiciest. ....cherry, grape, original, ..was there a lemon-lime? I do not remember green apple (thankfully) I'm also from DC area (Md).
mcw - March 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I vaguely remember these! The name Big Buddy is so familiar to me. Too funny, I love this site!
Bob - April 06, 2011 - Report this comment
the days of big buddy sticking out of my back pocket of my baseball pants if you did not have it it was sure that you were going to toose that day wish i could find it today
Mark - March 12, 2012 - Report this comment
I was a big fan of all flavors of the Big Buddy, I also had a teacher in 6th grade that would have me pick her up the green apple ones, on my walk home from school each day. I remember when the sold for .15$. Amazing...Need to find the recipe for this and return it to all stores. Kids today have no clue what they have missed out on!
Jim - May 02, 2012 - Report this comment
Wow you all are taking me back. I remember my grandmother would give me some change to walk over to the shopping center ( It was safe to do that back then)and pick up my favorite flavor ( cherry) and I would put the whole thing in my mouth at once. I guess that why I have 3 crowns in my mouth as we speak
Thom Author - May 04, 2012 - Report this comment
“D’ja have any gum”? Mark pulled the long thick rectangle of gum from his back pocket. The Big Buddy was folded to allow the 14” of contiguous gum to be carried. Peeling back some of the plasticized paper he slide out about 4”. Frank pushed up from the wall and took the proffered mass of gum to tear off his allotted portion. Shoving the length into his mouth he began masticating dramatically. “ah nothing like gum right after breakfast. I love this flavor too what is it”? “this is Hawaiian” Mark refolded the yellow and green stick to put it back in his pocket as a reflex action. He moved over to the open doorway and looked appraisingly inside. “is this where you do your science” “Yup I make experiments here. We keep getting science kits from the churches in the lower 48” “They give them all to you”? “well they are afraid the other kids would hurt themselves, they are too little to play with chemicals. I am the oldest so I get the stuff”. Frank walked into his store room “lab” and Mark followed, intrigued.
Jody Agerton - June 04, 2014 - Report this comment
I would walk several miles to this convience store that was at a bypass going from Mpls to Wayzata, crossing from where i came from up towards Hopkins Minnesota, in thev dead siummer heat to get mycandy fix for the day and man did I ever eat canfdy still do, but does not tase anywhere as good as i did then, big daddy-hot bubble gum and the grape and then there were the razzles and jolly rancher, apple, cinnamon, cherry stixs and i could go on and on!!! mini jawbreakers…candy neclaces, cherry milk duds…okso you finish…
julie kasnik - June 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Oh yes I do remember that! I had a lime green bike with a black banana seat and a green strip on it with white basket and sissy bars- I would ride my bike to the super market with my dime and buy a big buddy after school cherry was my fav.
Anthony - October 20, 2015 - Report this comment
I discovered Big Buddy gum when my family moved to Long Island From Brooklyn in the mid-seventies. Green Apple, Watermelon, Cherry, Grape. I too rode my 5 speed Ross bike with banana seat and sissy bar to the candy store a 1/2 mile away with my brother and friends to buy our big buddy's and Now & Laters. Our Bungalow Bar ice cream man sold all that stuff too. Great old days when the world was a much safer place for kids.

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