“ Brand: Zed Candy / Type: Gum „
Zed Candy's "Gum Powder" is a deliciously sour bubblegum treat that nowadays is tricky to get hold of without ordering specially from the Internet for the price of £6 for 30 small packs. Gum Powder used to be much more popular, their 20p 4x1" milk carton shaped packets often placed alongside such similar brands as "Rubble-Gum," but alas, they have now faded into obscurity - They do however, still tend to show up quite regularly at car boot sales and markets, as a sort of nostalgic snack.
The candy itself comes in the form of little black sugar crystals that fizz and pop on the tongue, producing the effect seen on the very attractive packaging. They are intensely sugary and profoundly sour. Despite containing no nuts, gelatin or gluten, they are absolutely loaded with sugar and frequently cause massive hyperactivity for children, when provided in large doses. (A bad idea.)
They are about as sour as "Warheads" or "Rubble Gum," which is still pretty strong, but do not by any stretch of the imaginating approach the epic sourness of "Toxic Waste" sweets which in my opinion, should be outlawed. Despite the name, they do not work particularly well as bubblegum, as to even produce something slightly chewable, the consumer has to shovel handful after handful into his or her mouth, which after a while can become pretty unpleasant, and blowing bubbles is near-impossible.
Aside from the hyperactivity and unhealthiness this deliciously entertaining and fun retro nostalgic novelty snack causes, there is only really one main negative point. Each packet of Gum Powder eaten blackens the teeth and tongue significantly for around 20 minutes, causing the consumer to look like a vagrant the moment they open their mouths to speak.
Zed candy are the same company that made 'Golf-balls,' 'Jawbreakers,' 'Rainblo,' and 'Terroreyes,' but aside from those and Gum Powder, they have made little impact on the candy market since the 1980s.