Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Clark's Teaberry Chewing Gum

It was time to find the answer to a question that had puzzled me for quite some time: Why is Clark's Teaberry Chewing Gum called "teaberry" when my own tea plant has never had any berries?

As research, I bought a package of the gum ($1.19 for 15 pieces) when I was at Cracker Barrel last week. It had a nice wintergreen flavor, although I'm not a big fan of chewing gum and would rather save my candy calories for chocolate. Still, I learned that the Eastern Teaberry plant produces berries with a minty flavor (inspiring the name of the gum), and the leaves and branches can be used to make an herbal tea.

My husband informed me of an old jingle for the gum called "The Teaberry Shuffle," and I was delighted to find it on YouTube. So now if you see Clark's Teaberry Chewing Gum, you'll know how it got its name, how it's related to tea, and how to do "The Teaberry Shuffle," if you're so inclined!

8 comments:

Ruthie Miller said...

That commercial is Hilarious!!! So dated, so much fun and I so remember it. Thank you for that. What a hoot.
I loved that gum...Next time I am in Cracker B., I will have to pick some up.
Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

parTea lady said...

Interesting post about the Teaberry chewing gum. I vaguely remember seeing that commercial. :-)

Bernideen said...

I love it too but found that no chewing gum of any kind is my best help for serious TMJ issues. I love bubblegum..........what a bummer!

jemilyea said...

Neat commercial! I've only this gum once when a coworker gave me a stick to try.

Anonymous said...

I remember this commercial! I love your site Angela - always interesting and I learn something new each time I sign in, Joanie

relevanttealeaf said...

The You Tube video was my laugh for the day! ;-) Cute post!

Marilyn said...

I see this gum occasionally and always tempted to buy it because of the name, but I resist. Now why can I even remember this commercial? I didn't even have a television until the mid 1960's. How fun! Thanks!

PinkPeony said...

I remember those commercials and I used to find teaberry gum in our Easter baskets so many years ago, great memories....will have to look for it at Cracker Barrel....another gum I used to find in my Easter Basket was Black Jack.(licorice flavor)...wonder if Cracker Barrel carries that.