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Myth Busted: Stride Gum wrappers should NOT be chewed

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stride gum pack - do not eat the wrapper
(image from American Sweets)

Just a little over a year ago I wrote a quick article about the announcement of Stride Gum by Cadbury-Adams. On January 9. 2007 we had our 12th comment on that article and the first one that mentioned eating the wrapper:

Can you eat the Stride bubble gum wrapper? Someone is telling people that it is edible…Is it?

Chew the wrapper? Where did this come from? I know you can eat the inner rice paper wrapper of Botan Rice Candy, but chew the wrapper of a gum? I dismissed it as the ravings of a lunatic Candy Addict, but then we kept getting more and more comments sparking a debate on the chewableness of the wrappers. We currently have 64 comments on that article – most of them dealing with whether or not you can chew the wrapper.

I did some poking around and there are many instances online of people either saying you can chew the wrapper or people asking if it’s true. At the time of this writing, even the Stride Gum wikipedia page says the wrappers are made of rice paper and can be eaten.

So, I finally decided to do something about this. I contacted Cadbury-Adams, the makers of Stride, to get to the bottom of this. I posed one simple question: “Are Stride Gum wrappers intended to be chewed?” This is the official response I received:

While Stride(r) gum is designed to be chewed for a ridiculously long time, our gum wrappers are not. All of our gum wrappers are made with materials that comply with FDA regulations for food contact materials; however, none of our chewing gum wrappers are designed to be ingested. While there’s nothing toxic in them, gum wrappers aren’t intended for ingestion and gum wrappers should not be eaten. Should you have any questions or concerns about your children ingesting gum wrappers, please contact your doctor or other health care professional.

(note that the above official statement goes for all of Cadbury-Adams gums – not just Stride)

So, there you go. Myth debunked. Can you chew the Stride gum wrappers? Yes – just like you could eat/chew any piece of paper (though it’s not recommended). Should you chew the Stride Gum wrapper? The official word says no. The wrapper is not intended to be chewed or eaten and will not add anything good to the gum (though it won’t hurt you). Just enjoy the gum as they intended it – wrapper-free!



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97 Responses to “Myth Busted: Stride Gum wrappers should NOT be chewed”

  1. 1
    AntFan says:

    Wikipedia has now been changed!

  2. 2
    Amber says:

    That reminds me of Zebra Stripes gum – we used to chew the whole stick – wrapper and all when we were kids.

  3. 3
    Fluffy says:

    When I was a kid (early 80s-ish), it was Trident gum that everyone “knew” had an edible wrapper. I tried it once or twice and quickly learned that paper is not so much yummy compared to gum itself.

  4. 4
    Lauryn says:

    This is neat because you are now linked in Wikipedia!

    RESPONSE: It\’s not the first time. Candy Addict has a few links in Wikipedia :)
    –Brian

  5. 5
    Aaron Jackson says:

    So has there ever been a stick of gum that was made with edible wrapper, and intended to be chewed that way?

  6. 6
    mary says:

    i luv u guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 7
    adsfdtgyhgfd says:

    it works when u chew the gum w/ the wraper on it just dissolves…

  8. 8
    Jessie says:

    Thanks-that helps me alot!

  9. 9
    jesus says:

    i just saw that thing, so.. having some stride gum already {lol} i tried it. and after not too long you really dont notice the wrapper. it pretty much disappears. chew the gum, wrapper and all. its kinda cool. jesus out!

  10. 10
    d says:

    What about the box? Can you eat the box? Please help me.

    RESPONSE: LOL!

  11. 11
    Jose says:

    I love stride gum it is awesomely super duper amazing

  12. 12
    john says:

    I LOVE FOREVER FRUIT!

  13. 13
    Scott says:

    There are some packing peanuts you can eat….try to find a load of peanuts made from cornstarch. Pop the suckers in your mouth and they dissolve. (People can’t help but watch you do this, for reasons I’ve never been able to figure out.)

  14. 14
    Brittany says:

    lol my friend like started chomping on the wrrapper of the gum when I handed her a pece. I was like “eww! Megan, what are you doing?” She then told me that the wrapper was edible, so i tried it… it disapperd in a bit, but I still kinda didn’t belive her. LOL that is why I am here.

  15. 15
    tootifruiti says:

    i love candy im basically addicted to gum!

  16. 16
    candy rules says:

    the wrapper of stride makes it all chunky. I am chewing a piece of the new flavor now. Wrapperless. It kindof ruins it i guess. But its fun.

  17. 17
    Rachele says:

    Thank God for this website. A lady at work had us all eating the wrapper. I have since passed this information onto her and she has stopped telling people it is ok to eat the wrapper.

  18. 18
    joe says:

    i eat the wrapper and love it. SO EAT THAT!

  19. 19
    Christina says:

    I think that when you chew the gum and the wrapper together. The wrapper just gets mixed into the gum and then everyone thinks it has dissovled when it actually hasn’t. The wrapper is still there and it gives the gum a more thick texture.

  20. 20
    Sam says:

    This site is great, and TOTALLY accurate. I called the Cadbury Adams customer service and asked, “Can you eat the Stride gum wrappers?” The lady simply said, “No, you cannot.” I welcome you all to call if your friends do not believe you and have them call as well. The number is 1-800-524-2854.

  21. 21
    bluh says:

    hey can u eat stride gum wrappers?? bc like idk ly bye

  22. 22
    Kourtney says:

    Dude do you sawllow gum? no! is it recommended to swallow gum? most certainly not! CHEW THE WRAPPER! this now brings adventure, spontenatey, and fun into gum! by the way you cal also chew the wrapper for orbit but stride is the TRUTH!

  23. 23
    Supergirl says:

    well I think that the whole stride wrapper deal was pretty funny. I had heard about it on the news and I told all my friends that the stride gum wrappers were edible and most of them decided to investigate the matter and ate the gum wrapper and all. Recently, me and a few of my friends were debating on the fact that the wrappers were edible and decided to research it. When we read this article we were shocked because we had informed half the people in our high school that they could eat the wrapper and the news spread like wildfire. Now, with the new information I have obtained, I will now have to spread the word about the wrappers being edible but not being recommened for ingestion. Thank you for posting the article answering the question to this infamous myth.
    ~Sincerly, $up3rG!rL

  24. 24
    Triscuit says:

    One of my friends at school told me that if u eat the wrapper with the gum, it tastes better. So, about 10 minutes i put a piece of stride gum in my mouth with the wrapper to try it. after about 30 seconds, i could still see the wrapper so i decided to research it and this is the second site in a row i found that tells you not to eat the wrapper. (it does make it a lot darker color though!!!)

  25. 25
    Triscuit says:

    i just wrote the last reply and i put the gum in about 10 minutes ago-i guess next time i should read my comment before i submit it LOL!!!

  26. 26
    Coco says:

    i have tried eating stride gum with the wrapper and if anything, i think it makes it lose flavor-not add any

  27. 27
    Jessabelle says:

    Hah,I chew the gum with the wrapper and all.It just disolves after a couple minutes,but it makes the gum turn a darker,more vibrant color(cool!).Its not unhealthy,and its funny to watch the looks you get from other people when you just pop the whole thing into your mouth.
    :D
    So,lets all unite and CHEW THOSE WRAPPERS!

    Happy chewing!

  28. 28
    katie\abby says:

    Haha.. me and my friend just had some srtide w/ the wrapper and then my mom said that u rnt suposed to eat the wrapper w/ it so i got on google 2 c and haha me and my friend laughed!=]

    -TeeHeeing friends-
    Katie and abby

  29. 29
    katie\abby says:

    HAHA #18 that is funny!!

    -katie/abby

  30. 30
    JR says:

    IT RULES YEAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. 31
    Mark says:

    Why are the good people from Stride discouraging us from chewing or eating the wrapper!? If we want to chew the gum with the wrapper, it should be our choice.

    Why not embrace the desire of the masses, instead of dictating how we should enjoy their product?

  32. 32
    heather newsome says:

    I use to like to chew orbit gum, now I have changed to the Stride. I get a full pack and it doesn’t last but mabye two days. Age:14

  33. 33
    Suzanne says:

    I just started eating the gum w/ the wrapper after my sisters friend told me I could. Its good, actually it makes no difference, but being different is good! And if I want to chew the wrapper instead of sticking it in my pocket then I think I should…look on the bright side, less to go off to our waste dumps.=D

  34. 34
    KAITLYN says:

    OKAY you are not suposed to eat the gum rapper okay is it that hard to peel the wrapper of and then chew the gum i tried it a nd i was going to puke tottaly diqusting i definitely do not reccomend this

  35. 35
    Josh says:

    haha, I heard that too, it ruins teh gum… however, I gave my friend 2 pieces wrapped in normal paper, they didnt notice the difference between the two wrappers, and then ate it, and didnt complain… Sooo, the wrappers are just paper that is permitted to be eaten…

  36. 36
    joseph says:

    i loved eating the wrapper. i ate it once and threw it back up. it is toxic

  37. 37
    KAITLYN says:

    well no offense But i think the person who came up with that idea might be mentally retarded sorry but really think about it do u really want to eat a wrapper tottally weird!!!!!! lol!!

  38. 38
    Colleen says:

    ya you ca eat the box sure y not lol seriously who asks that question, how bout u try eating it and let us know what happens!

  39. 39
    tyler says:

    MY Aunt and i had a discussion about this, when i ate the wrapper of Stride gum…and it kinda sucks because i lost the arguement…but o well good to know~

  40. 40
    shirley says:

    I LUV THIS GUM I TRIED IT WITH THE WRAPPER CAUSE MY SISTER SAID IT WAS EDIBLE SO I TRIED IT IN SCHOOL DURING CLASS AND ALL MY FRIENDS ARE LIKE EWWWWWWWW IM LIKE U CAN EAT IT SO LIKE YEAH!!!!!!

  41. 41
    Lizzie says:

    I was hanging out with my friend and I was eating stride gum. I was about to throw the wrapper away when she was like, “No, don’t throw it away. I heard that you can eat it!” And I was like, “Yeah right. Feel free to eat it yourself, but I really have no desire to eat paper.” So she actually put it in her mouth and started eating it, but then wisely spit it back out into the trash. I can kinda understand chewing it with the gum, but just eating it by itself is pretty retarded.

  42. 42
    Nikki :] says:

    Candy rules

  43. 43
    Nikki :] says:

    im eating stride rite now and i eat the wrappers sooo… boo yah!!! beat that

  44. 44
    Nikki :] says:

    :] iloveyou

  45. 45
    Black Bart says:

    Does the wrapper help the gum retain it’s flavor?? I just ask because for a gum whose main advertising slogan is how long the flavor lasts, it certainly is one of the worst gums I have ever chewed as far as longevity of flavor! After less than an hour it was a flavorless hunk of semi-soft plastic, meaning it also gets harder the longer you chew it. Thinking it was possibly just my taste buds, I gave a piece to the two boys I watch while their mother drinks & gambles and their father is hard at work milking cows for free for his brother. The 9 year old asked if he could spit it out after 20 minutes, asked why he replied: “it doesn’t taste good anymore and it is hard to chew”. The 14 year old kept chewing his until I brought them home 4 hours later! I asked what he thought of it, he replied: “it is rubbery and lost its flavor hours ago”. So besides Stride’s great initial flavor it has a lot to be desired.

  46. 46
    Mark says:

    I had everyone in my math class at scool doing it, i like it better with the rapper because for some reason it feels slightly mintier. But thanks for the info

  47. 47
    Karlee says:

    OMG my sister told me to do that lol I thought it tasted kinda chunky for like 5 minutes..Oh well, at least it’s not toxic :]

  48. 48
    Shymyra says:

    Well, dont laugh..but i actually do eat the gum with the wrapper. I often tear each end off because i feel as if it is too hard to chew. Other than that, im a happy gum chewer….WITH THE WRAPPER!!! Not to mention the light blue piece thats in my mouth as we speak!

  49. 49
    booboohead says:

    i was on the bus and all of the sudden my friend April says you can eat the rapper of stride gum so i did it in front of my mom and she looked it up and said it increases the risk of cancer and plus it makes the taste leave in like 30 seconds SO POO POO PADOO ON YOU

  50. 50
    rantdogg says:

    stride gum doesnt last as long as they say >.> orbit lasts longer

  51. 51
    Emma says:

    today my friend made me eat stride with the wrapper, it didn’t really taste different, it just kind of disoloved but i was still kinda worried that it was toxic or something and that i was gonna die the next day so i am now extremly relieved to know that i will not die but i will not eat the wrapper again.

  52. 52
    63426 says:

    Look. My friend Slly said that i could eat the stride wrapper. I said “no you can’t”. Then the popped it in her mouth and siply said, “see?”. So I tried it. It maid no difference! Plus, it’s les to throw away! Save the Earth!

    Thanks! 63426

  53. 53
    Ali says:

    Wow that bumbed me out but i have this idea ya know if everyone ate the wrappers(sinc it can’t hurt you) do you know how good that would be for the earth and how much we would be recycling i think all candy industries need to do that way to go stride for making rice wrappers now evertime i get gum i get stride becuase it’s good and your saving the earth!

  54. 54
    ginny says:

    lol honestly…to all you crazy environmentalists out there… its going to end up in the waste either way, id rather in be in the form of paper rather than poo, but maybe thats just me :]

  55. 55
    lol hi! says:

    you chew it with the gum it gives it more flaver and lasts longer

  56. 56
    Hondaville. says:

    Hmmm…talk about being lame.
    No you cant eat the wrapper of any gum…
    unless your tryna kill urself.

  57. 57
    stephen hogg says:

    i LUV this gum soooooo much

  58. 58
    Kitty says:

    Gosh, how many of you people SWALLOW their gum??

  59. 59
    Gumchewin69 says:

    I just ate the wrapper lol.

  60. 60
    love_gum says:

    i love to chew the whole thing wrapper and all! its so much easier in school to not get caught by just chewing the whole thing!!! :)

  61. 61
    Stevo says:

    Lol, so i just found out today the paper dissoves… and i tried it, not believing people, and to my suprise it did, and since its not unhealthy ill do it anyway cuz 1) people look at u funny and 2) i like the aftertexture of the gum :D

  62. 62
    Stride says:

    (replying to 33,52,and 53)

    You know, it all ends up in the trash in the end anyways,its not really less because the wrapper adds to the gum, thus there is the just the same amount of waste! duh! Btw it says that the wrapper IS edible BUT they recommend you not eat it. I admit, I have tried it before, and when you guys choke on one of the wrapper pieces one day ,it’ll be all your fault!So I agree, with the people that make stride, just because it’s edible doesn’t mean you should eat it.
    Oh, and to all you people who think the opposite of this ya’ll are messed up. Stride is WAY better than orbit!! Thanks to the people who love Stride! (especially Forever Fruit)!!! TTYL

  63. 63
    annie says:

    heyy wass upp??,
    I chew the stride wrappers all the time! You can only eat the light blue wrapper! (just to warn you!) It makes the flavour of the gum last a lost longer and also, the wrapper just desolves any way so stop being so weird about it it is fun to chew them!-Annabel!!!!!!!!!!
    P.S.- CANDY ROX UR SOX OFF!!!!

  64. 64
    Courtney says:

    lmao!! at #10!

  65. 65
    Hajf says:

    Yea i am here to see if its true or not because when me and my friends were high, this question appeared out of no where. They were saying you can eat it for environmental purposes, rofl. and i thought they were just trying to trick me….

    so thanks for the info ill let them know who was correct!

  66. 66
    Beamer says:

    I grew up being told that Fruit Stripe Gum was to be chewed with the wrapper, too, although we very rarely did so. It made the flavor disappear in five seconds instead of six!

  67. 67
    JJ says:

    Okay, so your not able to swallow it, but is it bad to chew on it? Because I chew on it all the time.

  68. 68
    Vanessa says:

    i once tried eating the wrapper of stride gum, didn’t turn out so well.

  69. 69
    Maggie says:

    I tried eating the paper plain as well.
    I waited like an hour, and it was still there chillin’ out in my mouth. I don’t see the problem with eating it with the paper, because you’re not really eating the gum. Saying it’s bad to chew on guw with the wrapper is like saying it’s dangerous to make spit-balls.

  70. 70
    a says:

    i tried to get my mom to eat tha gum with the wrapper but she said she wouldnt do it until she found in print so this ruins it shell never do it now.:(

  71. 71
    a says:

    i showd it and she laughed so hard.;)

  72. 72
    Stride Fan says:

    I love Stride!!! When they came out I bought a couple of packs and gave some to my homeboys and they unanimously agreed it is the longest lasting gum…. One time I chewed on a stride for looooonnnnnggg hours without noticing and it was a nice experience

  73. 73
    gumchewer says:

    this stuff is awesome
    its way better wit da wrapper
    but can u rly eat the box

  74. 74
    lana_lang says:

    ha, someone ate a wrapper at school today. everyone was saying that it has nutrients in it, just wait till they find out they just ate paper for no reason. he he he!

  75. 75
    kiki says:

    to me the wrapper shouldn’t be eaten anyway. But my friends were telling me to, but I didn’t because I thought it was stupid. So I agree not to eat it.
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!
    :)

  76. 76
    kiki says:

    And if I may recommend some flavors.
    my recommended flavors are: grape, bluerasberry, pineapple, sour green, yellow, and red apple, lemon, lime, strawberry, cherry, rasberry, orange, blackberry,mango,soda.
    please anything that will attract people more even though it last long people i no will buy it, and alot of it at that because it will be their favorite kind. i do recommend it so please think about it.
    :) 8)

  77. 77
    kiki says:

    I agree with maggie only I tried it with the gum and it was still there with the gum. I was very disappointed. But I do agree with the company of not to eat the wrapper but as maggie said it is like saying that spit balls are toxic to the childs mouth but they will still do it for the heck of it. but still keep up the good work.
    8)

  78. 78
    Ur mom says:

    Haha LOL at school I gave my friend a priece of gum and it was my lastpeice and he told me to eat the wrrapper alone and I did then it got rreally sticky and nasty so I stuck it under my desk LOL

  79. 79
    Beatles Fan says:

    if you like to eat the wrapper, then go singe yourself in a couch fire

  80. 80
    Beatles Fan says:

    you’re gonna give yourself cancer if you crack your toe

  81. 81
    Beatles Fan says:

    i you’re gonna eat the wrapper

  82. 82
    YourFace! says:

    When you eat the wrapper you eat it with the gum and its not that bad it like disintegrates in ur mouth

  83. 83
    awesomeness says:

    can u chew it or not? all my friends do, but it makes it chunky

  84. 84
    Tanpreet says:

    wow thats so stupid i mean this gum can actually kill you and give you cancer! who ever made this gum like what the heke dont you think? just weird!!

  85. 85
    Tanpreet says:

    uggg just eww

  86. 86
    Tylerz says:

    thnx so much for tht!! my friend is always tryin to trick me nd yesterday she tld me tht the stride wrapper is edible… i dnt wanna die or anything so… yu no ;) thnx :D

  87. 87
    Damian says:

    Can you eat the box and the plastic. Plz help because i ate four hole packages of stride gum.

  88. 88
    bUbleZ01 says:

    ok i was talking abiut eating stride gum wrappers and i heard and saw that IT IS ETIBLE TO EAT. !!!!! IT WILL NOT HURT YOU!!!! ALSO THE GUM WILLL TASTE BETTER AND GET DARKER WHILE CHEWING..!! :) MMMMM YUMM ! :)

  89. 89
    Shannon says:

    Brian, thank you for referring us to this post and for linking to Gum Alert! I’m updating our FAQ right now. You’re the best!

  90. 90
    Alex says:

    During WWII strident was sent to groups with a special wrapper that would dissolve so groups wouldn’t accidents leave a trail right to them. My grandfather told me that when I was younger about his army days.

  91. 91
    Brad says:

    tried it…stupid

  92. 92
    ariel says:

    You said can you eat the wrapper, where as most people chew it, they don’t eat it…. and they said its not to be eaten, they never said anything about chewing….

  93. 93
    Me says:

    Well you guys are a bunch of idiots…
    Of course you CAN eat it but it’s not recommended…
    You can type with just your pinkies but it’s not recommended…

    And as far as flavor longevity I made a list starting with the worst…
    Dentine
    Eclipse
    Juicy Fruit
    Double Bubble
    Trident
    Orbit
    Stride
    5
    Trident layers
    Extra

    You guys don’t have to agree with me and some of those are really tight and debatable such as 5 and stride but I have not yet tried stride 2.0

    I literally can chew a piece of extra for 7 hours because it doesn’t get hard it actually gets soft and then starts to get melty and I have to spit it out…

  94. 94
    gumpapers says:

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  95. 95
    wenxin-candy boxes says:

    And if I may recommend some flavors.
    my recommended flavors are: grape, bluerasberry, pineapple, sour green, yellow, and red apple, lemon, lime, strawberry, cherry, rasberry, orange, blackberry,mango,soda.
    please anything that will attract people more even though it last long people i no will buy it, and alot of it at that because it will be their favorite kind. i do recommend it so please think about it.

  96. 96
    wenxin-candy boxes says:

    i just saw that thing, so.. having some stride gum already {lol} i tried it. and after not too long you really dont notice the wrapper. it pretty much disappears. chew the gum, wrapper and all.

  97. 97
    LucyGoosie says:

    I would just like to mention how much I love all the amazing grammar of the commenters! Thank you so much! It just so happened to drive me up a wall! And yes, I can proudly say that I’m 14 years old and I actually don’t use texting language thanks to my mother being an English teacher. So, please, use what you leaned in school and use “you” not “u” please. It will get you much further in life!

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