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1. (WO1993017577) GOMME A MACHER AMELIOREE, EXEMPTE DE CIRE, A LIBERATION REGULEE D'AGENT EDULCORANT
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WE CLAIM:

1. A substantially wax- free chewing gum having controlled sweetener release comprising a wax- free chewing gum base comprising:
Ingredient Wt. Percent of Gum Base
Synthetic Elastomer about 20-60 weight percent,

Natural Elastomer about 0-30 weight percent,

Elastomer Plasticizer about 5-55 weight percent,

Filler about 4-40 weight percent,

Fats, Oils, Softeners about 5-40 weight percent; said wax- free chewing gum further comprising at least one flavoring agent and water-soluble bulking agent comprising at least one controlled release sweetener ingredient .

2. The chewing gum of claim 1, wherein the elastomers comprises a natural elastomer selected from the group consisting of jelutong, lechi caspi, perillo, sorva, massaranduba balata, massaranduba chocolate, nispero, rosin dinha, chicle, gutta hang kang, smoked or liquid latex, guayule, chiquibul, crown gum,
pendare, venezuelau chicle, leche de vaca, niger gutta, tunu, chilte, and combinations thereof.

3. The chewing gum of claim 1 wherein the elastomer comprises a synthetic elastomer selected from the group consisting of polyisobutylene, butadiene-styrene copolymer, polyvinyl acetate, vinyl acetate-vinyl laurate copolymer, polyisoprene, isobutylene-isoprene copolymer, and combinations thereof.

4. The chewing gum of claim 1 wherein the elastomer plasticizer is selected from the group consisting of glycerol esters of rosin, glycerol esters of partially hydrogenated rosin, glycerol esters of polymerized rosin, glycerol esters of partially dimer-ized rosin, partially hydrogenated methyl esters of rosin, glycerol esters of tal oil rosin, pentaerythritol esters of rosin, methyl esters of rosin, pentaerythritol esters of partially hydrogenated rosin, synthetic terpene resin, natural terpene resin, and combinations thereof.

5. The chewing gum of claim 1 wherein the filler is selected from the group consisting of calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, talc, ground limestone, magnesium silicate, aluminum silicate, clay, alumina, titanium dioxide, mono-, di- and tri-calcium
phosphates, cellulose, and combinations thereof.

6. The chewing gum of claim 1 wherein the softener is selected from the group consisting of tallow, hydrogenated tallow, hydrogenated vegetable oils, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, cocoa butter, glycerol monostearate, mono-, di- and
triglycerides, acetylated monoglycerides, glyceryl triacetate, lecithin, fatty acids, diacetin, lanolin, and combinations thereof.

7. The chewing gum of claim 1, wherein the gum base consists primarily of:
about 25 to about 45 weight percent synthetic elastomer;
about 10 to about 40 weight percent elastomer plasticizer;
about 5 to about 30 weight percent filler; and
about 15 to about 35 weight percent softener.

8. The chewing gum of claim 1, wherein the gum base consists primarily of: about 12 to about 30 weight percent natural elastomer;
about 20 to about 40 weight percent synthetic elastomer;
about 5 to about 25 weight percent elastomer plasticizer;
about 4 to about 25 weight percent filler; and
about 15 to about 30 weight percent softener.

9. The chewing gum of claim 1, wherein the gum base consists primarily of:
about 30 to about 60 weight percent synthetic elastomer;
about 5 to about 55 weight percent elastomer plasticizer;
about 10 to about 35 weight percent filler; and
about 5 to about 25 weight percent softener.

10. A bubble gum comprising the chewing gum base of claim 9.

11. The bubble gum base of claim 10, prepared by:
adding a first portion of synthetic elastomer and a first portion of filler to a mixer;
adding softener to the mixer along with a second portion of synthetic elastomer and a second portion of filler;
adding elastomer plasticizer to the mixer along with a third portion of synthetic elastomer and a third portion of filler;
blending the ingredients together; and
removing heat at about 30 minutes to about 90 minutes into the mixing time of the base production process.

12. A wax-free chewing gum having both reduced tack properties and controlled sweetness release, comprising:
a water-soluble bulking agent;
one or more flavoring agents; and
a water insoluble chewing gum base consisting primarily of about 25 to about 45 percent synthetic elastomer, about 10 to about 40 percent elastomer plasticizer, about 5 to about 30 percent filler, and about 15 to about 35 percent softener, by weight of the gum base, and further wherein the water-soluble bulking agent comprises at least one controlled release
sweetener ingredient.

13. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 13 , wherein the synthetic elastomer is selected from the group consisting of styrene-butadiene copolymer, isoprene-isobutylene copolymer, polyisobutylene, polyvinyl acetate and combinations thereof.

1 . The wax-free chewing gum of claim 13, wherein the elastomer plasticizer is selected from the group consisting of glycerol ester of wood rosin, glycerol ester of partially hydrogenated wood rosin, terpene resins and combinations thereof.

15. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 13, wherein the filler is selected from the group consisting of calcium carbonate, talc, and combinations thereof.

16-. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 13, wherein the softener is selected from the group consisting of hydrogenated vegetable oils, glycerol monostearate, lecithin, and combinations thereof.

17. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 12 wherein the water-soluble bulking agent comprises at least one fast release sweetener and at least one slow release sweetener.

18. A wax-free chewing gum, comprising:
a water-soluble bulking agent;
one or more flavoring agents; and
a water insoluble chewing gum base consisting primarily of about 12 to about 30 percent natural elastomer, about 20 to about 40 percent synthetic elastomer, about 5 to about 25 percent elastomer plasticizer, about 4 to about 25 percent filler, and about 15 to about 30 percent softener, by weight of the chewing gum base, and further wherein the water-soluble bulking agent comprises at least one sweetener having a release profile comparable to the release profile of at least one of the flavoring agents .

19. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 18, wherein the natural elastomer is selected from the group consisting of jelutong, sorva, chicle, massaranduba balata, and combinations thereof.

20. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 18, wherein the synthetic elastomer is selected from the group consisting of styrene-butadiene elastomer, isoprene- isobutylene copolymer, polyisobutylene, polyvinyl acetate, and combinations thereof.

21. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 18, wherein the elastomer plasticizer is selected from the group consisting of glycerol esters of partially hydrogenated rosin, methyl esters of rosin, glycerol esters of rosin, terpene resin, and combinations thereof.

22. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 18, wherein ' the filler is selected from the group consisting of calcium carbonate, talc, and combinations thereof.

23. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 18, wherein the softener is selected from the group consisting of hydrogenated vegetable oils, glycerol monostearate, lecithin, and combinations thereof.

24. A wax-free chewing gum, comprising:
a water-soluble bulking agent;
one or more flavoring agents; and
a water insoluble chewing gum base consisting primarily of about 20 to about 60 weight percent synthetic elastomer, about 0-30 weight percent natural elastomer, about 5 to about 55 weight percent elastomer plasticizer, about 10 to about 35 weight percent filler, and about 5 to about 25 weight percent
softener, and further, wherein the water-soluble bulking agent comprises a combination of sweeteners having a sweetness release profile comparable to the flavor release profile of the flavoring agent of the chewing gum, and further comprises at least one
controlled release sweetener.

25. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 24, wherein the synthetic elastomer is selected from the group consisting of polyisobutylene, polyvinyl acetate, and combinations thereof .

26. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 24, wherein the elastomer plasticizer is selected from the group consisting of glycerol esters of partially hydrogenated rosin, glycerol esters of rosin, and combinations thereof.

27. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 24, wherein the filler is selected from the group consisting of calcium carbonate, talc, and combinations thereof.

28. The wax-free chewing gum of claim 24, wherein the softener is selected from the group consisting of glycerol monostearate, acetylated monoglyceride, glycerol triacetate, and combinations thereof.

29. A wax-free chewing gum comprising gum base, flavor and at least one controlled release sweetener; said gum base consisting primarily of:
about 20 to about 60 weight percent synthetic elastomer;
0 to about 30 weight percent natural
elastomer;
about 5 to about 55 weight percent elastomer plasticizer;
about 4 to about 40 weight percent filler; and
about 5 to about 40 weight percent softener, and further wherein the controlled release sweetener comprises at least one fast release sweetener and at least one slow release sweetener.

30. The chewing gum of claim 29 wherein the gum has reduced tack to dental surfaces.

31. The chewing gum of claim 29 wherein the gum is sugarless.

32. The chewing gum of claim 29 wherein the gum is in the form of a coated pellet or ball .

33. The chewing gum of claim 29 wherein the gum is a bubble gum.

34. The chewing gum of claim 29 wherein the fast release sweetener is selected from at least one of the group consisting of sucrose, dried invert sugar, fructose, xylitol, aspartame, acesulfame K, alitame, saccharin, cyclamate, encapsulated or dissolved
sucralose, or mixtures thereof.

35. The chewing gum of claim 29 wherein the slow release sweeteners are selected from at least one of the group consisting of sorbitol, mannitol, dextrose, maltose, corn syrup solids, galactose, dextrin,
hydrogenated starch hydrolyzate, maltitol, isomaltitol, dihydrochalcone, sucralose, thaumatin, and monellin.