BOMB Blast 40: Concord Confections Dubble Bubble Website Removed

It was a sad day when the Concord Confections website for Dubble Bubble suddenly disappeared. Apparently the times were changing.

One of the things that vanished at this time was evidence of the Dubble Bubble Online Championship, to that date the biggest online contest that the world had ever seen. This title was held by a future BWC World Champion, The Big Bad Wolf.

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BOMB Blast 39: UBBL Invented

The Ultimate Bubble Blowing League was formed at the height of Lebron James’ tremendous bubblegum promotion contract, a league that featured him as the Commissioner.

The league (actually more of a contest) featured a group of kids from different age divisions that finally won a trip to the finals at Times Square in New York City to compete for the title, big prizes and a chance to meet Lebron James, Commissioner of the UBBL.

The Ultimate Bubble Blowing League, (who’s biggest bubble at the national finals, I believe, was 5 3/4 inches) was a great promotion that was the last big bubblegum contest held by a major bubblegum manufacturer.

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BOMB Blast 38: Dr. Enaught T. Wiseham Blows The Biggest Bubble Ever

With thinking that has been the basis of much of current bubblegum history came Dr. Enaught T. Wiseham. His idea was that, while Susan’s Guinness World Record was a great thing for bubblegum promotion, it didn’t give an accurate picture of what the actual biggest bubbles were. So he went to work on the problem.

One of the things he did was experiment with using more pieces of bubblegum than the limit of three that Guinness places on people who attempt to break the record. Dr. Enaught has been known to use over 100 pieces at a time.

His enormous bubble can be seen on the front page of bubblegumheaven.com

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BOMB Blast 37: Lebron James Signs Historic Bubblegum Contract

This was a very interesting and exciting item in bubblegum history because it proved there was big money in bubblegum promotion. I believe Lebron was signed to a contract of $5 million for four years to promote a specific bubblegum brand.

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BOMB Blast 36: Chad Fell Creates a New Guinness World Record

In 2004 came a man who put an end to a great bubblegum controversy. Chad Fell created a brand new Guinness World Record for the largest “unnassisted” bubblegum bubble with a 22 inch bubble.

This was very significant because there had always been talk about Susan Montgomery Williams record bubbles, blown with her technique the “Chewsy Suzy Cinch” and whether they should be allowed or not. In any case they had always been allowed by Guinness. Now here was Chad, blowing an “unnassisted” bubble, in this case a conventional bubble without the use of fingers.

This was a marvelous accomplishment because now the doors had been open to not only Susan’s unusual technique but also to another chance at a record for blowing a bubble the way most people bubbles are blown.

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BOMB Blast 35: Bruce Weiner Sells Dubble Bubble To Tootsie Roll

The golden age of bubblegum came to an end with the truly golden sale of Concord Confections to Tootsie Roll Industries in 2004. Dubble Bubble, which had been purchased in 1998, was now being sold in a deal which was totaling over $189 million dollars.

The venerable brand which dated all the way back to the beginning, now found itself in the hands of a great American candy icon, one who had created perhaps the second greatest/famous candy question of all time, “how many licks does it take to get the middle of a Tootsie Roll Pop?” was now the owner of the bubblegum with the greatest, most ultimate candy question of all, “how big of a bubble can you blow?”

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Bubblegum’s 78 Biggest Bubbles. EVER! As of 12/31/2012

Bubble Gum’s Biggest Bubbles Ever Blown. That’s why bubble gum was invented. That’s what bubblegum is all about.

What’s what bubblegumheaven.com is all about.

You put on the world’s greatest bubble gum bubble blowing contest like The BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and that’s exactly what you’re going to get. The biggest bubbles ever blown. And the BWC hasn’t disappointed.

What you see here are the biggest bubbles ever blown in non Guinness World Record contests. While it’s true that we don’t have a record of or haven’t seen every other bubble blowing contest ever held (because, after all, bubble blowing
contests go all the way back to the beginning of bubblegum time, with contests being held at Walter Diemer’s house), we do have the recollections of the BOMB Squad Heroes and there is visual evidence and written record of the results of a number of the biggest bubblegum contests ever held.

In our claim that the biggest bubbles of all time have been blown in the BWC we mention about “barring evidence to the contrary.” What we mean is that we hold out the possibility that someone could claim bigger bubbles from another contest. Should anyone ever come across such evidence, we would like to see it, and better still, we would love to see it entered into the BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, so that it and it’s blower could both be given the recognition the bubble and the person who blew it richly deserves.

We also mention that these are bubbles from non-Guinness World Record events. The reason for that is while Guinness World Record bubbles are certainly big enough to make this list, BOMB Squad Heroes are not eligible to compete in
the BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, which means their record breaking bubbles, or any other bubbles they blow cannot be part of the list. And while it’s possible that other bubbles from Guinness events may qualify, it’s not known if there have been any others big enough to get on the list.

So, if anyone knows of bubbles from any contests that could make this list, we encourage those to be brought forward. And if anyone has pictures of themselves blowing bubbles that could qualify, please bring them forward and enter the BWC. Get some recognition. Get a world ranking. Get some free publicity on the homepage of Bubblegum Heaven.

Write your name in the history book. Have some fun!

What follows is the Top 78 Biggest Bubbles Ever in non-GWR contests as of 12/31/2012. To see a single picture of this (the top 65 at the time it was made), please go to our old Top 65 Biggest Bubbles Page.

If your not on this list, hope to see you there someday! Meanwhile, please feel free to comment on this list, we’d love to see what you think!

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BOMB Blast 34: Susan and Joyce Samuels Do Call To Greatness

In an event that would mark the beginning of a relationship that would hold major implications for the future of bubblegum, Susan Montgomery Williams and Joyce Samuels met in an MTV show called “Call To Greatness.” Of the many national TV shows that they had been involved in, this was the first and only one they appeared in together.

Call To Greatness was a show put on by MTV in which they sent a busload of young guys accross the country to challenge Guinness World Record Holders at their own game. This one was set up at world famous Bubblegum Alley, a mecca of bubblegum wonderfulness, (some might say “gloppiness,” but those who would probably aren’t reading this).

The results of the TV show had Joyce easily beating her challenger. But the result with Susan was one steeped in controversy. Bubblegum Alley can be a very windy place, unfortunately not always conducive to blowing the best bubbles, and that seemed to happen on this day. So, Susan was defeated, but what really makes the show of incredible note was a graphic that was posted at the end of the show that said that while she was there Susan had blown a bubble of 24 inches. For whatever unfortunate reasons, this was not shown on TV. But what’s interesting to note that that bubble would have broken the current (at the time of this writing) Guinness World Record of 23 inches, a mark she set on the Regis and Kathy Lee show in 1996.

This meeting of the two bubblegum greats would later be the spark that would ignite them in their joining together to persue the creating of bubblegum’s future.

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BOMB Blast 33: Joyce Samuels Creates a New Guinness World Record

Joyce Samuels, the “Gum Blowin’ Granny,” did one of the most unique things ever in the history of bubblegum when she created a whole new category of bubblegum greatness when she created the Guinness World Record for biggest bubblegum bubble blown from the nose.

The only person to ever hold the record as of the day this is written, Joyce’s record-inaugerating bubble was 11 inches, then she latter shattered that record with a MEGA 16 incher.

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