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What Size Gumballs do I Need?

Gumball Size Chart

Different Gumball Machines use different sizes of gumballs. All of our home-use Carousel Gumball Machines dispense .62" small gumballs in various counts.

The standard gumball size for commercial 25¢ Gumball Vending Machines are 1" 850-count gumballs. Some customers use .92" 1080-count gumballs which also work with commercial gumball machines, and can return more profit per case because of the higher quantity (although the gumballs are a hair smaller than the most common 1" sized gumballs).

Larger two-inch gumballs can only be dispensed through a 2” toy capsule machines or our 2" bouncy ball machines.

If you are not sure which gumball size you need for your gumball machine, we suggest looking inside the bottom of your machine globe where the dispensing wheel sits. There you can see how big of an opening the dispensing wheel has for the gumball to fall through.

If you are purchasing a machine for gumballs, please be sure to choose the gumball dispensing wheel when ordering.


How Gumballs are Made?

Sometimes while chewing a gumball, we stop to think about little things, like how are gumballs made and how do they squeeze all of that delicious gumball flavor inside and then shape it into a hollow ball.

How Gumballs Are Made
Gumballs are made by scoring flavored or unflavored gum into a cylinder shape, where it is then run through a specialized machine to form balls. The gumballs are then stored for several hours at 55-60 degrees to harden. Once hard, the gumballs are put into huge kettles where they are coated with a flavored and colored sucrose solution. After several hours tossing in the machine, the coated balls are dried with hot air and rolled in beeswax or other wax. This final step helps make gumballs shiny and water-repellent, making them the perfect confection to be dispensed from a machine.


Video about how Chewing Gum is Made!

Ever wonder how gum is made?

To ensure people around the world continue to enjoy one of the most loved candy confections of all time, chewing and bubble gum manufacturers continuously evaluate every ingredient and aspect of creating each product to ultimately achieve the perfect piece of gum.

Many manufacturers of chewing gum and gumballs choose to keep the specific ingredients of their sweet confections a secret. Yet, the process for making gum is considered standard throughout the industry.

Step One - Preparing the Gum Base
When natural rubber is used as the gum base, it must first be harvested and processed. Sapodilla trees are scored with a series of shallow Xs, which allows chicle to flow down the tree and into a bucket. After collecting a significant amount, the chicle is strained and placed into large kettles, where it is stirred constantly as it boils and reduces. The chicle is then poured into greased wooden molds and shipped. Both synthetic latex and natural gum bases are ground into a coarse meal and then dried. As the mixture dries, hot air is continuously blown onto it to help cook and sanitize the base.

Step Two – Adding Flavor
Next, the gum base is heated to approximately 240 degrees Fahrenheit in large, steam-jacketed kettles until it melts into a thick, syrupy substance. The syrupy base is then filtered through a series of fine mesh screens and a high-speed centrifuge to further filter and clarify it. Next, while it is still hot, the chewing gum base is placed into large mixers with slowly revolving blades and flavoring ingredients are added, including fine sugar, corn syrup and other flavorings. Softeners are also added at this time. Once it is smooth, the chewing gum base is passed onto cooling belts and blasted with cool air to reduce its temperature.

Step Three – Increasing Gum Chewiness
Once the gum is cool, it is then gently kneaded by special machines called extruders for several hours, which makes the gum smooth and rubbery. Large sections of gum are then cut and flattened by rollers until they reach the proper thickness. The thickness of the sheets is determined by the type of gum; stick gum requires the thinnest sheets while candy-coated gum needs thicker sheets and bubble gum requires the thickest sheets of all. When scored stick gum emerges from the rollers, it also gets sprinkled with pure powered sugar to prepare it for cutting. The gum is then put aside to rest and set in an air-conditioned room for at least 48 hours. Candy-coated gum is sometimes, after the storage period, undercoated to help the coating adhere more firmly.

Step Four – Cutting and Packaging
Cutting machines score the chewing gum sheets in a pattern of rectangles, squares or pellets depending on the type of gum. The gum is then broken from its sheet into the correct shape and wrapped into their packaging (aluminum foil, wax or other paper), placed into packs and sealed. It is important to note that the packaging takes place under immaculate conditions as does the rest of the manufacturing process to ensure the gum products reach the consumer with all of its quality and purity fully protected.

How Gumballs Are Made
Gumballs are made by scoring flavored or unflavored gum into a cylinder shape, where it is then run through a specialized machine to form balls. The gumballs are then stored for several hours at 55-60 degrees to harden. Once hard, the gumballs are put into huge kettles where they are coated with a flavored and colored sucrose solution. After several hours tossing in the machine, the coated balls are dried with hot air and rolled in beeswax or other wax. This final step helps make gumballs shiny and water-repellent, making them the perfect confection to be dispensed from a machine.


Gumballs for Corporate Events

Need an eye-catching premium for a corporate event or trade show? Gumballs.com offers a wide selection of cost-effective items that can help cut through the clutter.

• Stock your trade show booth with a huge gumball/toy capsule machine, such as the Junior Giant Gumball Machine. Fill it with large gumballs or toy capsules.

• Generate excitement for your trade show booth before the event starts! Fill a toy capsule vending machine with toy capsules filled with notes (“You Win!” or “Please Try Again!”) and have a handful of the capsules be worth a high-value prize. Mail a targeted flyer to the customers you most want to visit your booth alerting them about the machine and their chance to win the big prize. Gumballs.com offers empty toy capsules to help bring this traffic-driving promotion to life. Set the machine to “free spin” or use the money collected for a charitable donation, which also can marketed to booth visitors.

• Custom gumballs are a great way to break through the “premium clutter.” Gumballs can be customized to include a company name, corporate logo, etc. Plan accordingly; these take up to 4 weeks to create.

• Place a large gumball machine, such as the Wizard Sprial Gumball Machine at your company entrance or in a trade show booth and fill it with customized gumballs with your corporate logo. Have the coin mechanism set to “free spin” or use it as a way of raising money for a charity. These machines also can be customized in color for an additional fee. Custom orders take 4-6 weeks to produce.

• Reward star performers or loyal employees with a fun gift such as a personalized name on a King Carousel gumball machine to be proudly displayed in their work area.

Our consultants can help determine what will work best for you and your budget. Call 1-800-307-7900 Monday through Friday, 9AM – 3PM, mountain-time for more information.

Gumballs.com also can help with party favors for special events!


Gumballs for Special Events

Planning a big event? Whether you’re tying the knot, celebrating a milestone anniversary, observing a Bar or Bat Mitzvah or any occasion, Gumballs.com has a large selection of items that can help bring a uniquely fun, personal and affordable touch to your festivity. From custom gumballs and custom gumball machines in a variety of colors and sizes to gumballs in a plethora of colors, sizes and flavors to novelty candy, bouncy balls, toy capsules and more, the wide variety of FUN items available at Gumballs.com are sure to get smiles!

Here are just a few ideas that can help bring an added personal touch to your special event, such as a wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvah or any celebration:

• Fill Petite Carousel Gumball Machines with your favorite single-color small gumballs or bulk candy to add a splash of color and a personal touch to the center of tables…or even just the kids’ table. Place a card underneath each gumball machine with a corresponding card underneath one of the chairs at each table. Whoever is sitting at the chair with the card gets to take the machine home at the end of the event!

• Bring a uniquely personal touch to your event with a personalized King Carousel gumball machine with names of a bride & groom etched into the glass! Fill with your favorite gumballs, candy or mints and scatter throughout your event location.

• Fill clear glass bowls or vases with gumballs or candy in colors that coordinate with your event. Gumballs.com offers a wide selection of gumballs by color, as well as custom color gumballs. Plan accordingly; custom-colored gumballs have a lead time of approximately six weeks.

• Create personalied and custom gumballs for your event. These gumballs can be customized with your event date, name, etc. Fill clear bags tied with an organza ribbon in a complimentary color for a beautiful and delicious keepsake of your event for your guests. Plan accordingly; these take up to 4 weeks to create.

• Does your party have a theme? Gumballs.com offers a collection of whimsical gumballs and candy, including beach ball gumballs (perfect for a luau or beach-themed party), spooky eyes of terror gumballs (great for Halloween!), soccer and baseball gumballs, Christmas gumballs, red candy hearts and more! Fill bowls and place them in locations easily accessible to guests.

• Bring a little nostalgia to your wedding or event with a colorful candy bar or candy buffet! From Sixlets to Chewy Spree to Hot Tamales, Mike and Ike’s and Runts, Gumballs.com offers a large selection of the freshest and tastiest bulk candy in the world. Supply each of your guests with a goody bag to load up as a sweet reminder of your event.

• Place a large gumball machine, such as theWizard Spiral Gumball Machine at the entrance to your party as a fun way to greet guests! Request that the coin mechanism be set to “free spin” or have guests use quarters and use it as a way of raising money for a charity. Fill it with either one-inch gumballs or bouncy balls. These machines also can be ordered in a customized color for an additional fee. Custom orders take 4-6 weeks to produce.


Fun Gum Facts

Want to know more fun facts about gum?

The first bubblegum was invented by Frank Henry Fleer in 1906 and was called Blibber Blubber. Fleer’s original bubblegum was sticky and broke easily.

An accountant at Fleer named Walter Diemer liked to experiment with gum recipes in his spare time. While experimenting in 1928, Diemer stumbled across the right formulation of ingredients, making a gum that was less sticky and more flexible. This new gum was called “Dubble Bubble,” and was sold for one penny per piece. Sales of Dubble Bubble surpassed $1.5 million in the first year!

The first successful bubble gum was pink because pink was the only food coloring available in the Fleer factory. Pink remains the most common color of bubble gum today.

The first round, candy-coated gumballs were introduced in 1907 and were available through special gumball machines.

Contrary to a common wives’ tale, swallowed gum WON’T stay in your system for seven years. Gum base is indigestible and resists the body’s efforts to break it down like other foods. However, swallowed gum will pass through your intestinal track normally until it is eliminated naturally. Still, gum is not designed to be swallowed, so better to throw it in the garbage!

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest bubble ever blown measured 23 inches in diameter!