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    Wrigley Patents New Gum-Making Technique

    Multi-colored, multi-flavored products now possible.

    The Wm Wrigley Jr. Co. has patented a new gum-making process allowing for the manufacture of multi-colored, multi-flavored chewing gum, according to a report by ConfectioneryNews.com.

    The patented process involves molding one mass of gum into a flat slab and embedding another, smaller layer before dividing the mixture into segments and adding patterns such as stripes and undulating waves, according to the report.

    Although best with another variety of gum, there is potential for other confectionery products such as marshmallow, nougat or chocolate to be used as the second layer and be threaded throughout the gum, as long as the ingredient is compatible initially.

    As well as highlighting the unusual appearance of the gum produced, Wrigley claims it provides a unique taste as the flavors mix when chewed. The finished product can take the form of either a simple strip or a longer tape of bubble gum as well as being cut into pizza-style discs. Sugar-free and functional gums are also suitable for the process, which would allow Wrigley to simultaneously target both the health and novelty gum markets, according to ConfectioneryNews.com.

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