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(I-Mockery)   A look back at how Big League Chew has changed over the years   ( divider line
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22027 clicks; posted to Main » on 05 Sep 2004 at 12:55 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-09-05 02:07:27 AM  
Article left me screaming laughing.

I should go to bed.
2004-09-05 07:08:42 AM  
2004-09-05 08:37:50 AM  
Damn near choked to death on second base back in Little League after having a competition in the duggout to see who could cram the most of that stuff into our mouths.

Problem was we all went back onto the field still chewing the enormous wads.
2004-09-05 08:57:31 AM  
Move over "more cowbell", make room for "man size wads".
2004-09-05 10:11:20 AM  
Ah yes Big League Chew. Smokeless tobacco's version of a candy cigarette. Brings back memories. Good times. Good times.
2004-09-05 12:09:00 PM  

I'm actually a little surprised that this is still legal. What with America's new terror program against tobacco and all.

I'm sure some kid's parents will sue the manufacturer when their kid starts dipping for real and it will spell the death of this fine product.

Speaking of memory lane, anyone remember Chu-Bops?

2004-09-05 01:00:55 PM  
Can't say that I remember Chu-bops.

But I have not seen BLC in years. I thought that it was not made any longer.

Will have to look for it the next time I am at the store.

Still looking for places that have Charleston Chew's around here. Had one last week when I drove through South Carolina, man was it good.
2004-09-05 01:03:30 PM  
"Big League Chew"-

Best gum evar.
2004-09-05 01:05:07 PM  
2004-09-05 01:06:03 PM  
you can always order candy online there are alot of websites (cant remember any addresses at the moment) that sell the old candies by the box i know for sure that you can still find charleston chew's because they carried them in tampa and ive seen them at a number of gas stations
2004-09-05 01:06:25 PM  
Wow, I-Mockery just took it to the next level over all the other sites that chronicle popculture. Good job.
2004-09-05 01:06:56 PM  
Thank you, Jim Bouton.
2004-09-05 01:08:26 PM  

man size wads
2004-09-05 01:14:45 PM  
I DO remember Chu-Bops!!

Really crappy gun in tiny little crappy record album sleves!

Oh boy, the gum version of Molly Hachet!

2004-09-05 01:14:55 PM  
I'd love to get in touch with the artist who made all the Big League Chew drawings so I could maybe put all of them on display for you guys to see, but I was unable to find out who the artist was.

IIRC, That's Jack Davis' work. He is most remembered for his contributions to Mad magazine and EC comics..
2004-09-05 01:17:59 PM  
"You know what I haven't had in a while? Big League Chew . . . "

[image from too old to be available]
2004-09-05 01:18:10 PM  
You're in the big league...when you make the perfect slide,
You're in the big league...when you keep your team alive,
You're in the big league...when you're into BIG LEAGUE CHEW!

/remembers commercials better than the TV shows between them
2004-09-05 01:21:24 PM  
the video was funny:-)
2004-09-05 01:22:22 PM  
Actually mailed upc's and money to get the t-shirt.
/wish I still had it
2004-09-05 01:25:41 PM  
Bazooka totally rules. But they've gotten crappy about the "save comics and get cool stuff" ads. I'm thinking, "awesome I can save 10 zillion comics and get a free bike" or something like that. But when you go to the website, all the stuff is like "10 comics + $11.99" or some shiat. How retarded is that? I want my free shiat after buying $100 worth of Bazooka, dammit!
2004-09-05 01:39:05 PM  

Yup, I DO remember Chu-Bops. Even bought a few including that B.O.C. one in the pic when I was a kid. I think I had a Pat Travers Band, and a Robert Palmer, among others. Since I no longer have 'em, I would assume they are now worth several million dollars a piece or something.

You can sell a kid anything.
2004-09-05 01:59:13 PM  
Who here hasn't enjoyed putting a man-sized wad in their mouths?

/record was 3 pouches. We were all dumb kids
2004-09-05 02:04:58 PM  
OMG I'm getting old. At RaceTrack(gas station) here in Baton Rouge they still sell Hubba Bubba, Bazooka and .... BIG LEAGUE CHEW! How cool! Grape was my favorite though.
2004-09-05 02:07:03 PM  
yup. good to see The Chew stayin' alive.
for all you 80's little-league farkers, I say RIGHT ON, BROS!
and check for more fresh sweets.
2004-09-05 02:09:52 PM  
I spent 4 years as the engineering intern for that company. Amurol Confections, you can see it written on the back of the package near the bottom. Awesome place to work, and I was pretty heavily involved in overhauling the machines which produce that specific product, along with Bubble Tape, Everest, and the new tablet-style gums you see everywhere. Awesome company with great benefits, and they treat their workers quite well.
2004-09-05 02:11:56 PM  
I want some goggles like that...
2004-09-05 02:16:34 PM  

Charleston chew is awesome, we used to get ours from Sam's Club here in Charleston, SC but I don't know if every Sam's has it. You should check them out if there's one by you and you have a membership for it. We used to get a big box that had like 20 bars in it :).
2004-09-05 02:18:23 PM  
Big League Chew rocked. The grape flavor sucked. I can remember playing little league and eating as much of that stuff as I could. Thought it made me look cool. The fact that I utterly sucked at baseball was beside the point.

good times.
2004-09-05 02:20:00 PM  
Notice anything different? Yep, no more crazy penis-nosed homeless maniacs on the pouch.

Hahahahahahaa....oh, god still laughing.
2004-09-05 02:21:26 PM  

Yeah, Chu-Bops were hot shiat. I had Blondie's Parallel Lines, Bowie's Scary Monsters, Judas Priest (I forget the name of it, had a razor blade on the cover), BOC Cultosaurus Erectus, Billy Joel's Glass Houses, the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper, Let It Be, Rubber Soul, Revolver, that Blue album (1967-1970 or whatever it was called), The Knack Get the Knack, Pat Benetar Best Shot...

The gum was crap (yep, I always ate it anyway) but those little record sleves were great decorations for a young, stupid consumer.

GibbyTheMole not quite several million, but pretty steep , considering they cost a quarter originally.

utter_bastard Charleston Chews are in every corner store, grocery, and 7-11 here in Seattle, you just live on the wrong side of the continent. You can still order them from HTH
2004-09-05 02:21:33 PM  
WOW *Dio Wildfire* !
Tell us more. When were you there? What did you do? What did the Big League Chew machine look like?
2004-09-05 02:24:09 PM  
About a year ago a friend of mine insisted she had something once called "Big League Fudge"

i have been able to find no record of its existance. Anyone else remember this?
2004-09-05 02:36:41 PM  
LineNoise it was actually called "Big League Plug". Tragically (?) no longer being made. It tasted vaguely like chocolate, I suppose, but not really. To paraphrase Sartre, it was neither more than chocolate, nor not quite chocoalte, but rather like a failed attempt to approximate chocolate by someone who had never actually tasted chocolate and wouldn't know when to stop.
2004-09-05 02:40:19 PM  
Man, I loved that stuff, best gum ever. I was suprised to see it in the store not too long ago, I figured it would've gone the way of the candy cigarette.

Dicky_the_string_boy I had that jingle running through my head the whole time I was reading that article.
2004-09-05 02:56:40 PM  
this is an obscure candy.. but do anyone remember the trading cards that were like.. dinosaurs come into modern times.. and every trading card was full of violence.. always involved dinosaurs killing people.. every.. single.. one.. always a T-rex eating someones head, or one of those uh.. fish dinosaurs with flippers (i cant remember its name) biting legs off of divers.. and of course.. they had the chalky gum on the inside that tasted worse than barbara bushes poo-nanner.
2004-09-05 03:17:07 PM  
Does anyone remember the candy cigarettes? They came rolled in paper and when you blew in one end a puff of 'smoke' would come out the other.

I blame big sugar.
2004-09-05 03:22:59 PM  
"Speaking of memory lane, anyone remember Chu-Bops?"

RagingLeonard, wow, haven't heard that name brought up in quite a while. But yeah, I definitely remember them. The gum itself wasn't anything great, but the packaging was one of those novelties that was just cool enough to get a lot of people to buy it.

TheCharmerUnderMe, thanks a lot for the info! I'll try to get in touch with Jack Davis and see about possibly featuring a gallery of his Big League Chew masterpieces.
2004-09-05 03:36:33 PM  

My Batman cards always had that crappy gum in it. I still ate it though, even though it was like eating flavored glass.
2004-09-05 03:42:39 PM  
Well that settles it. Going out to buy some BIG LEAGUE CHEW!!!
2004-09-05 03:48:50 PM  

I also had Rush's "Permanent Waves", Judas Priest's "British Steel", Billy Joel's "Glass Houses", "Get the Knack", and the Pat Benatar.

/ah, memories.
2004-09-05 04:09:14 PM  
Utmon beat me to it
2004-09-05 04:24:06 PM  
Best thing to ever hit little league baseball. Striking out never mattered if you had some of that man sized wad in your mouth. It was always that or Bazooka Joe gum. Memories like this make me sad... I'm too old.
2004-09-05 04:24:10 PM  
As far as the 'chew' imitation, nothing beat Tootsie Rolls..they had the nasty brown look.

Also I suggest you don't GIS for "Man Sized Wads" w/ safesearch off.

2004-09-05 04:36:53 PM  
... "British Steel"

THAT was the name of that Judas Priest album I couldn't remember! Man sized wads of thanks.
2004-09-05 04:46:45 PM  
I cant believe they changed the color on that gum. Now my childhood becomes even more detached and distant.

damn you big league chew!!!
2004-09-05 04:51:26 PM  
As always with some of this stuff, it was not the candy/gum, but what the candy/gum came with that was great. I remember one candy that came in a disc-shaped dispenser. When you ate the candy up, you could pry the disc open, and one side had a description of a UFO and where it as seen, and you could use the other half as a kind of frisbee. also, I have some Batman cards from the first movie that have the plain looking backs, before card backs were color glossy photos with circles and arrows and whatnot. Weren't the Dinosaur cards similar to Topps' original "Mars Attacks!" set?
2004-09-05 05:30:31 PM  
Ok...this may be a stupid question, but I don't remember Chu-Bops at all. What was the point of them? Were you supposed to chew the bubble gum record or not? Was it just a flat circle of gum, or were there grooves on it? I need info, people!
2004-09-05 05:39:05 PM  
Jack Davis didn't do those illos. The men would have had anorectic, angular faces and beaks that could cut glass. Trust me, his most famous horror comic for EC was about baseball players.

About the only thing the artists have in common is a love of crosshatching... like most b/w artists who ink their own work.

/biatchy nitpicker off
2004-09-05 06:05:50 PM  
I liked big chew, but back in the 70's fruit stripe gum, with the zebra on the pack, was my choice. A girl at work gave me a piece last week, and instead of a 30 year flashback, It was a major letdown. Not even close to what it once was. I guess they lost the original formula, or something.....
2004-09-05 06:30:52 PM  
For some farked up reason I remember laughing at the phrase "man sized wads" with my friends about a zillion times as a kid. Just like, what, every other 10-year-old boy, I guess?

Oh, and that video was awesome.
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