Food of the Eighties, Freshen Up Gum
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Freshen your breath with freshen up The gum that goes squirt. Basically, mint gum with a gel-like juice center that exploded when you chewed it.
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RussH - May 18, 2007 - Report this comment
The center looked/tasted like CloseUp toothpaste. Disgusting. BONKERS! was way better.
Kerrytoonz - September 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Bonkers was comparison to Freshen up gum,which is great. You can still buy it buy the box on Amazon. Bubble Gum, mint and cinnamin flavored!
Patrick from MA - March 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I liked it, had it every now and then as a kid. It was very different. I can't remember the last time I had some but it doesn't seem like that long ago. The center was (is) a sugary glycerin-like product. Bubble Gum was my fav.
crazy amy - August 10, 2008 - Report this comment
they use to call it cum-gum at school,i know- gross.i still buy it at this indian reservation where my husband buys his ciggarettes-they have all kinds of candy and stuff that i thought were discontinued,like zagnut,candy cigs,etc.
laura - December 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm going crazy trying to remember a candy/gum similar to this except it came in fruit flavors. I could have sworn they were called Hush Puppies for some reason.
Rachel - December 29, 2008 - Report this comment
I use to always get this gum as a kid. Got it from CVS or Osco. I loved the squirt in the middle. They still sell it at some gas stations.
Sharon - January 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Mom carried this in her purse a lot.. Definitely loved the pink one (Bubble Gum flavor) and the green (Spearmint) was good, too! I suddenly remembered it one day and could never find it. Now I see them at the stores. :) As a kid, I used to bite a tiny corner off and suck the liquid before chewing the gum... Think I'll do that again ASAP for old times sake!
FoxyFishy - February 04, 2009 - Report this comment
The bubblegum flavor was ok but the mint stuff wasn't so good. All in all the concept was a little creepy.
Anita - February 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Remember the commercial jingle "He didn't know the gum was loaded..."? It was a stupid commercial, but memorable. It hasn't been that long since I've seen it in the store.
Vivien - March 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Those little pillows. I loved that gum too.
John - March 17, 2009 - Report this comment
The early commericial jingle was the gum that goes squirt love that squirt.
Sheila - May 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I just got a candy shipment in last week and I had ordered Freshen up in cinnamon, peppermint,and spearment. I hadn't had it in years. So,I bought a case of each kind.
RJ - July 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Cinnamon Freshen-up was so good. I also would bite off tiny corner and suck out the liquid. Flavor lasted a long-time.
Shannon - September 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember buying this at the bowling alley every week! Good stuff! I loved the liquid center! YUM!
ksxsage - January 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I ran across this in a vintage candy store in Old Town Sacramento recently. I totally geeked out over it.
sca - June 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Got mine at Cracker Barrel...they have lots of old time candies
jen - September 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Loved this gum as a kid in the eighties! I can still find it now and then but i can never find the "fruit" flavored one.
Bob - January 11, 2012 - Report this comment
There was also a gum called Tidal Wave that was the same thing, but it only came in fruit flavors (grape, orange, strawberry, I think). Heh heh... I said "came". CUM GUM!!!!
Travis - September 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Lol. Yes, I remember Tidal wave, also. I remember sticking my hand in my pocket and finding a sticky mess from carrying that gum around. Fun stuff.
Dawg Buds - February 04, 2016 - Report this comment
Freshen-up gum was the best, you would have to take it out of your moms purse or dads drawer cause the kids weren't aloud to eat have it...
Jennifer - August 01, 2016 - Report this comment
You know this was all just like reading one of my moms porn mags..just go bk and read all the's even funnier when YOU ARE A SQUIRTER!!..LMAORN!!
Sue - August 16, 2020 - Report this comment
Can u still find freshen up gum? I loved this gum as a kid.I can't find it anywhere
Wolf - November 24, 2021 - Report this comment
We used to raid our grandmas stash of freshen up gum whenever we were at her house. :) The liquid in the middle was so goood.
Charlie - March 20, 2022 - Report this comment
So Jennifer, are you a squirter???

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