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Taste & Tell | Decoding the Flavor of Bubble Gum


Wednesday July 24, 2019: 6:30pm to 8:45pm


Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room


Double Bubble was the first American chewing gum—but it wasn’t the last. People chew gum for all kinds of reasons, but when it comes to bubble gum it’s all about fun, flavor and blowing bubbles. The taste of bubble gum is fruity and familiar, but it’s also a mystery.

Flavorists make bubble gum flavor in the lab and the ingredients are a big secret. What is a flavorist and what do they do? Is there a way to crack the bubblegum flavor code? The answer to these and other intriguing questions will be revealed as we investigate the story of bubble gum, and indulge in a bubble gum tasting flight that shines a light on iconic flavors in American culture.

A live demo of flavor shaping (yes, it’s a thing) is also included because exploring flavor is fun. We also have an ulterior motive. We want to bring out the mad scientist in you so you can repeat the demo in your kitchen and amaze your friends. Yes folks, we’re talking STEM in the kitchen.

Taste & Tell is a new series of delectable programming created by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavor and fragrance evaluation. She shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke, and is also the creator of Smell & Tell of programming at AADL.

Smell & Tell Bubble Gum