Food of the Seventies, Ice Cream Gum

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i only saw this briefly in the earlier half of the 70's. Basically, it was a pack of gum, in stick form that came in 3 different ice cream flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. the packs had a picture of a clown and ice cream cone on them and were in the appropriate color representing the flavor indicated. the flavour and scent of this gum was amazing and it lasted longer than expected.
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Kelly - June 03, 2007 - Report this comment
Oh wow I loved that gum! It was from around 1971-74 that I remember it the most. I lived in Southern California and used to buy it all of the time. I found a couple of pictures of it (online) and will try to post them.
Audra - October 24, 2007 - Report this comment
Ice Cream Gum was awesome!!! I can still remember exactly how it tastes and I don't even have to close my eyes to do it. Oh how I wish they'd make this again!!!!
Robin - November 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Oh, I can taste and smell it right now! I would have been between around 4 years old in 1975 when a nice lady would bring vanilla ice cream gum to me at church. I would sit with her and chew on that gum - oh, what a great memory! I wish they would make it again, too!!!
Stephanie - November 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I lived in Phoenix Arizona from 1973-1977 and Smitty's grocery store carried Ice Cream gum at the check-out line, I was 4 1/2-8 1/2 years old,I remember begging my mom to buy it for me. I absolutely loved it, I ask friends now and again, if they remember the gum; when we start reminencing about the 70's. Great memories, of simple times and less choices.
Dee - November 29, 2007 - Report this comment
OH MY GOD!!! I loved this as a kid, and I have been trying to find at the very least a reference to it somewhere. This is the only thing I've ever seen aside from one person on a message board who knew it. I'll be e-mailing this link to her. Thank you! I was beginning to think I'd lived in some alternate universe! 8~D
Teesa - March 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I grew up in the Phoenix area as well.I found these posts doing a google search for this gum. I was in the checkout line at Walmart and purchased a chocolate mint flavor of Trident, hoping it would remind me of the Ice Cream gum from my childhood. Anyone know the proper name of this gum and who made it?
Nicole P. - May 03, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG!!! How that takes me further down memory lane. I'm so excited that some people "out there" remember this gum. My experience is the Vanilla ice cream gum with the clown on the pack. It was a white packaging with baby blue accenting. I used to go to Genovese drug store with my mom and it was sitting by the check out lane. I LOVE the memory. I am sooo, sooo excited to have others take me down memory lane. This was in the 70's, no doubt! That was my favorite, favorite era in life. I can see the ice cream gum. Does anyone know who made it or find a picture?
Jackie T. - May 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember this gum so clearly. I was about 7 or 8. My favorite was the strawberry flavor. I would love to have my kids sample the gum. Man I miss those times...thanks for taking me back!!!!!
Richard B - August 22, 2008 - Report this comment
Hey, is this subject for women only??? As kids, my brother lived for the chocolate, my sister for the strawberry, and I had to have my own flavor. I really did like the vanilla. This stuff is what childhood memories are made of. I'd pay ten bucks for a pack of it today.
frank - October 23, 2008 - Report this comment
For some reason This gum just popped into my head tonight. I forgot about it and tonight it just came up. I looked it up and found ur page. Thank you for posting a photo.Like everyone has said it was around in the 70s. I lived in Seaford New York at the time and loved this gum. You could smell the flavor without even unwrapping it. It was great. Wish they had it today.
Steve G. - November 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember this stuff as well. I really miss being a kid in the 70's!
jolynn - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
This gum rocked!! And it was a nice addition to the gum wrapper chains that I used to make--it kind of broke up the Juicy Fruit, Teaberry, etc wrappers.
Jill - July 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I enjoyed all three favors. I grew up in Indiana and would buy it from the A&P.
Pam - July 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in Southern Illinois and my dad owned an old time pharmacy that sold the gum. I was just telling someone about it and decided to look it up. No one I know remembers it so it was great to find your site.
Lynne - July 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone know who made the ice cream gum. Vanilla was my favorite treat when we would go to Carl's Drugs store in Amsterdam NY!
Andrea - July 19, 2009 - Report this comment
This gum was the best! I grew up in the Boston area and the corner store sold it. My favorite was the Vanilla, then Strawberry and my best friend liked the chocolate...think it was around 1972---I want the 70's back!
Judi - August 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Unreal...someone told me that this gum NEVER existed. I knew I wasn't imagining it. WIsh I remember who it was so I could send them this link!!!!!!!!!!! Miss the old days and all the good things like ice cream gum :)
Donna - September 11, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE that GUM!!!!!!!!! Vanilla was my favorite!!!!!!!! Bought it at the corner drug store when i was a kid!!!!!!! Those were the days!!!!!! Love to go back in time!!!!!!!! By any chance does ANYBODY remember BLOOPERS candy? They were round and tasted like sweetarts!!! from the 70s? Everybody thinks i'm NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Erik - September 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember going to the dime store and looking for the gum with the smiling clown. I believe the flavor lasted for about 12 seconds.
blake - September 23, 2009 - Report this comment
oldies im 13
Kevin - September 30, 2009 - Report this comment
You people are warped. This was the most disgusting thing I ever had as a kid. This made Necco wafers seem good.
Paige - October 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember I always wanted this gum despite the clown. My father worked for Warner Lambert which owned Adams at the time, so he was ok buying it for his excited 4 year old whinning daughter. It' was 1971 and I first saw it in a grocery store in Camden Mo in the Ozarks. Vanilla was my first flavor but Strawberry became my favorite. I can still remember the smell and taste of this gum. It was a sad day when they stopped making this. I tried to explain this to several people and they thought I made it up. You can find pictures in a book called Kiddie Foods. This book was my only saving grace to others that I didn't make up this great gum. Bring it back and let us enjoy a simple time.
Mary - October 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I am so happy I was able to search the net and find that this gum really did exist. Every person I have mentioned this gum to looked at me as if I was crazy. I remember a small convience store a few blocks from my house that sold all sorts of candy and this gum. Chocolate and vanilla were my 2 favorites :) I wish they would make this gum again!!!!
Cooper&Burnett - November 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Nobody I know, (even my mom who used to buy it for me) remembers it. I wonder which company made it. It was wonderful! Even the chocolate flavored gum was great! I remember the scent, and taste of this gum even today. I remember it had a clowns face on the package. I keep wanting to try it again. I also liked "the pop shoppe" stores (if anyone remembers that place). I don't really recall ice cream gum surviving into the 80s. I WANT IT BACK! Whick company made it?!
vicki - November 18, 2009 - Report this comment
The chocolate....mmmmm. I wore my stride rite clow sneakers with the removable fuzzy clown nose on the laces while chewing this gum.
Lisa - December 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I totally remember this gum. I can still taste the chocolate, which was my favorite although a little odd tasting! I wish there was some company out there that still made this! How disappointing.
Joy - March 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I have thought about this gum so much that I typed it in and this website came up. What a wonderful memory! I used to get this gum when I lived in East Tennessee. The gum and East Tn. are such wonderful childhood memories!
Mark - March 14, 2010 - Report this comment
The three material things I remember most about summer 1973: the vanilla flavor of this gum, Wacky Packages, and my yellow five-speed stick-shift Sting Ray bike. I think some other company tried their hand at "ice cream gum" some years later, but it was far inferior.
Lisa - March 16, 2010 - Report this comment
A friend of mine was just saying that they should make chocolate gum, which got me reminiscing about the chocolate ice cream gum. I thought I remembered other flavors, but I always got the chocolate. I remember getting this as a kid in the early or mid 70s (I was born in 1969) at the Osco in Rockford, IL.
El Robbo - April 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I really like the '70s Black Jack gum packaging in the picture.
Rose - May 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I went to the Five Below store with my kids and saw that the now make Fruit Stripes in sugarless form now. When I saw that and many other old favorites, I looked for my vanilla clown gum but none to be found. I still reminisce about that gum with my husband who also used to chew it although I remember eating a lot of pieces at once because the flavor didn't last long. I also liked the other flavors, but vanilla was my favorite!
Michelle - June 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I am so glad I found this site because I have told people for decades now that when I was a kid in the 70's I had chocolate gum and it had a picture of a clown on the wrapper. Well, NO ONE believed me or thought I was nuts. LOL!! No one remembered and here as dodo I find it!!! So I wasn't dreaming it! and I knew it... Thanks for this site and the memory of the chocolate gum I had as a kid!! :)
Lisa - July 15, 2010 - Report this comment
Im sure do remember a store in san antonio texas by the name of piggly wiggly, and my dad would take me there all the time to buy the strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream gum. Oh, how this takes me down memory lane. It was in the 70's I must have been between 6-9 yrs old. This gum was so good, sure do wish they would have continued to make it.
christine - July 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I've never met anyone who has heard of this gum! I used to get it at a small grocery store in town when I was about 6. I still think about it! I'm so glad there are others who have heard of it!
Gina - August 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I thought I was the only one in the world who remembered this gum!!! Awesome! I can still remember how it tasted. My kids says it sounds disgusting. Man, the 70s were great. lol
Michelle - August 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Good to see all the ice cream gum fans here. Thought I was the only one that remembered or cared! As a little girl in the 70's I would ride my bike to the little store down the street and get Ice Cream Gum! Loved it. Have always wondered why it went away so quickly and why it isn't available now!
Jeff - August 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm from northern IN and remember this gum from the early 70's, too. Obviously, I've tried to google a case of this stuff or I never would've found this thread. Like most here, if I can picture it, I can taste it. There are kits available to make your own chewing gum. I might attempt vanilla.
Joe Botz - August 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Good stuff! I remember this gum well. 8 Sticks for a dime. Such a deal! I submitted a couple of pics I dug up on the web. Enjoy.
Vebina - September 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow! I am so happy to have found pictures and stories about the "good old" days of the 70's. I no longer chew gum as an adult but I was reminiscing about my childhood and telling my young children how I loved this chewing gum that came in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry with clowns on the package. This was sold at a dept. store in the 70's in California. Perhaps, it was Sears. Anyway, thank you for the information. Great times!!
Sherry - September 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I was thinking about ice cream gum from the seventies and I found this page. I think what jogged my memory was the yummy smell of some strawberry lotion I bought recently. The scent reminded me of the gum and then I remembered the chocolate and vanilla flavors. Good memories.
Allison - October 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember as a kid, being in bed sick on my birthday and my dad asking if he could bring me anything from the store. I asked for some ice cream gum. He brought me chocolate and strawberry. I remember the chocolate tasted weird but I really liked the strawberry. The 70's were the best!
Laura - October 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I was just talking about this today at work .. wish they still made it! Of course I felt OLD when NO ONE had a clue what I was talking about!
Violet - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember buying this gum as a child at this little grocery store. I miss the great ice cream flavors. They should make this product again.
GumAholixAnon - November 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow! I remember this stuff too! I liked the vanilla and strawberry the best. I've mentioned this over the years to others and they always thought I was crazy. I can still close my eyes and remember the smell and taste of it, perhaps someday it will exist again.
Jeff - November 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I just saw that Wrigley's Extra has a mint chip ice cream gum and some other dessert flavor. Will pick them up this week.
Kathy - December 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I don't remember ice cream gum being sticks... they were GUM BALLS ! Like SNOW BALLS with some kind of texture on them! Anyone recall that? MMmmmm vanilla ice cream gum!
Fausto - January 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I was just telling my daughter and my girlfriend about a vanilla-ice cream chewing gum I had as a toddler and the chocolate flavor, when I decided to google it and I found you guys, I thought I was imagining that it ever existed because no one I told the story to remembered it, until I found you guys and gals, nice to no i haven't completely lost my mind
Brandi - January 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm so glad I found proof that this gum existed because no one ever believes me when I tell that about it.
KIM - February 15, 2011 - Report this comment
John - March 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Alexandria, Va., early 1970's, Burgundy Villiage High's Dairy Store, Chocolate and Vanilla over and over and over. Vanilla my favorite but you had to snatch a few when they had them cause it was popular. Our elementary school had an Ice Cream Gum / Cinamon Toothpic dealer. He'd could hook you up, but it was gonna cost you. And his lips were always broken out (from too many toothpics hanging right there).
Robin - March 07, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved this gum! My grandfather was in the candy business and brought us a case of this stuff when it first came out in the very early 70's. The gum came in sticks, packaged in white, pink, and brown with a blue and red clown smiley face on the vanilla package. The wrappers were plain paper without foil. The vanilla flavor was my favorite, very sweet and delicious. The strawberry came in second, but the chocolate had kind of an odd taste, like they could never get it quite right. I believe it was the first of the three flavors to disappear.
tina-wisconsin - March 17, 2011 - Report this comment
WOW!!! I would love going to the store with my dad just so I might get a chance of getting a pack of this gum. Chocolate was my favorite.I wasnt able to blow bubbles but having chocolate gum was FUN!!!
Gina - Chicago - April 08, 2011 - Report this comment
i talk about this gum all the time & people think i'm crazy because nobody else remembers it. it was out in the early to mid 70's. the reason i'll never forget it is because it was the gum that i learned to blow a "bubble" with. it tasted so good, the flavor lasted pretty long. wish they'd bring it back! :)4G
Diana - July 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I totally remember this gum!!! It was the best thing when I was growing up in the 70's. We used to walk to the E-Z convenience store and I couldn't wait to get the chocolate and strawberry. I think someone else above mentioned that it was made by Adams. I would pay big bucks to get some of that gum right now!!!!
denise - March 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I totally remember this gum...Vanilla was my favorite although i liked the other 2 flavors as well...It didnt last long so you would go through the whole pack in a few minutes..I always think of the gum with the clown on the wrapper i can still taste it in my mind..I wish they would make it again...The 70's were the best time to be a kid :)
Tom - August 13, 2012 - Report this comment
I am so glad so many others were influenced the way I was. Chewed it in Boise, ID in the mid 70's. All I remembered from this gum was the 3 flavors, it was sticks, the clown and the wonderful smell and taste of the Vanilla. Would love to see a picture of the wrapper.
iPadCary - March 12, 2013 - Report this comment
You absolutely NAILED It!!! Clown with baloons on the label .... Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry .... I thought I eas the only one who's fond of this! lol This website ROCKS!!
Jill - March 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I am so happy to finally find other people who remember this gum like I do. South Orange, NJ (1971-1974) and I chewed this gum like nobody's business. Over Thanksgiving 1972 we drove from NJ to Bryce Mountain in the Shenandoah Mountains (Va) and I chewed the same piece of gum the whole way there......until it turned to paper and fell apart in my I loved this gum. I miss my childhood and the 1970's!!!!
Beverly - April 13, 2013 - Report this comment
I totally remember this gum. We used to buy it at the Super-X drug store in Peoria, Illinois. Wish they still made it!
KIM - April 27, 2013 - Report this comment
Wow! I was a little little kid when i remember chewing this gum.I only remembered the chocolate kind.I couldnt remember the ice cream part only the clown!So it wasnt in my head & no one around me remembered it til now.Thanks for this website!
samantha - November 26, 2013 - Report this comment
OMG I seriously cannot believe how many people have been searching for this too? THE MEMORIES....I loved the chocolate and vanilla it was always more expensive for one of the flavors and cannot remember which one- I would take my allowance of $1 in 1973 and pay 10-15 cents for a pack....where can we find this?
dm - March 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I was a teenager when they came with that gum. I wish somebody would make it again too.
domyar - March 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I started thinking I dreamed it! Now, I know Im not that crazy. I grew up in Maryland, and every one I mentioned it to(people I grew up with)did not remember it. I did google it a few years back,nothing. But now, here it is! Now if I could find some and get my fix,Well,That would make life in America a little better than it already is! Thanks!!!
dkren - April 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I didn't think anyone but me remembered this gum! Where did it go?!? I used to love that gum as a kid.
Brett - June 03, 2014 - Report this comment
My favorite memory of growing up in Garden Grove, CA was shopping with my mom at Lucky's and her buying me a pack of this gum. I wish I could go back in time.
jason - October 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Like many others here people would act like i was crazy when asking if they knew were i could find the chocolate chewing gum. It got to the point that i thought i had imagined it. I remember my dad bringing in the chocolate and strawberry flavors and once a pack of vanilla that he bought at a hardware store in east tn. Man i miss those days
Bret - December 31, 2014 - Report this comment
My dad worked for the company that made these gums so my brothers and I had an unlimited supply. I happened on this website tonight because we were having a discussion about these gums. If anyone would like to remember what the chocolate gum tasted like just get a bottle of shock top shockolate wheat beer. We were having a bottle of this (not very good) beer. The only thing we could think about while drinking it is wow! This taste exactly like that gum we had as kids!! I mean it tastes exactly the same!! Strange I know!
Duane - May 09, 2015 - Report this comment
It tastes better than the gum they have out their now. They need to produce some more for a limited time. I bought my gum at Ben Franklin store at Picket Shopping Center in Fairfax City, Virginia in the mid seventies!
Scott - June 21, 2015 - Report this comment
I also thought I was nuts, nobody that I have talked to about this gum remembers it, not even my brothers. I wish I had some right now.
mellokitty1969 - June 26, 2015 - Report this comment
Acquired first tooth cavity thanks to this gum especially the Vanilla flavour. Well worth it though! Also, can't find Frosty Treat anywhere on this site. It was ice cream sold in individual cups with a pretty ice skater girl on it..seems like blue lettering. Used to get them at the drive-in theatre in the summer..1978 and Grease!
Kathy - August 28, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved this stuff as a kid. You could get it at Woolworths. Can it be found anywhere?! My brother doesn't remember it, but a least my husband does!
Marck - December 03, 2018 - Report this comment
Yes, I remember this gum, especially the clown on the packaging. I saw it at a drugstore in the Marina District, probably on Chestnut Street, one of my earliest candy memories. back then there was a yogurt commercial that used the Ohio Express' 'Yummy Yummy Yummy as an ad jingle/ Also the name 7-Up was spelled with rows of dots on the bottle or can.

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