For a bonafide candy controversy, look no further than Bubble Beepers. Another must-have for kids of the 1990s (yes, gum was big then), the neon-colored sticks of gum came in a container shaped like a beeper — another of the decade’s big trends.
It was the packaging that was an issue for many people, including a former DEA agent who was quoted in the Philadelphia Daily News in 1992 as saying, “What if it's misinterpreted, and this kid goes through someone's turf wearing that beeper, and they misinterpret that beeper? It could possibly cause someone to lose their life or get hurt...To me, it's similar to carrying a toy gun. If it looks real, you may have to pay the consequences.”