Snap Your Gum

Snapping gum makes a sound similar to popping a bubble, but keeps the gum inside your mouth. There are a couple different ways to make this noise. Once you've found one that works well for you, you can practice snapping the gum repeatedly while you chew.


Snapping Gum

  1. Chew gum for a minute or two. Any type of chewing gum or bubblegum should work. Chew a wad of gum until all of it is soft and flexible.
    • Sugared gum and sugarless gum have different consistencies, so you might want to try both kinds to see which is easier to snap.
  2. Flatten the gum in your mouth. Press it against the roof of your mouth with your tongue until it forms a flat, unbroken disc or rectangle.
    • There are a couple different ways you can flatten the gum. Any method you use for Blow-a-Bubble-with-Bubblegum should work, but stop before the gum is fully stretched out.
  3. Stretch the gum between your upper lip and the back of your lower teeth. Use your tongue to push the gum up behind your upper lip, in front of your upper front teeth. Wedge one end of the gum firmly in that area. Push the other end of the gum behind your lower teeth, on the inside of your mouth. The gum should still be all in one piece, without any tears.[1]
    • Some people put the lower end in front of the bottom teeth instead, or in the center of the mouth.
  4. Suck in air. Part your lips slightly, so there's a gap between them. Suck a short burst of air in quickly, and some of the gum should snap back into your mouth, making noise.
    • You might need to practice for a while before you can get this. Even once you learn it, it might not happen every time.
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Snapping Gum While Chewing

  1. Form the gum into a bubble. Flatten the gum into a disk, just like you would in the normal snap method. Stick your tongue through the disk without breaking it, then withdraw your tongue and clamp the edges together to make a a sealed air bubble. Chew to pop this bubble and make a snapping noise.
    • Blowing into the bubble as you pull out your tongue might help.[2]
  2. Fold it into a dumpling shape instead. Some people find it faster to fold the gum in half instead. Bring one end over to the other, sealing the sides and ends with your teeth and the sides of your mouth. If you manage to do this correctly, you'll end up with a "dumpling" of air, which pops just like an ordinary bubble.
  3. Practice snapping repeatedly. If you want to snap gum many times as you chew, you'll have to practice one of the two steps above until you can do it rapidly or even unconsciously. Once you learn these larger motions, you can try making the bubbles smaller and smaller, until you can form them just by folding the gum over and chewing. Chewing too hard or too soft will prevent the bubbles from forming and making noise, so it takes quite a bit of practice before you can get a steady stream of snaps.[3]


  • Dip the gum in water for a moment to soften it, and you might find it easier to snap.[3] Some types of gum might just dissolve, though, so this won't work for everyone.
  • It is possible to make multiple snaps in a row, but you'll need a lot of practice. Put more gum than usual up behind your upper lip if you're trying to do this.[1]


  • Once learned, this can become an unconscious habit whenever you chew gum. If this happens, you may not be able to chew gum in public without annoying people around you.

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