Black Jack Chewing Gum, 5 Sticks, 20 Count
Black Jack is an aniseed-flavored chewing gum currently manufactured by the Gerrit J. Verburg Co. In 1869, exiled former Mexican president and general Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was living in New Jersey. He brought Mexican chicle with him in hopes of selling it to raise funds to help him return to power in his home country. He persuaded Thomas Adams of Staten Island, New York, to buy it. Adams, a photographer and inventor, intended to vulcanize the chicle for use as a rubber substitute. Adams' efforts at vulcanization failed, but he noticed that Santa Anna liked to chew the chicle, which the ancient Mayans had done.