The Beechies Gum ration set consists of 3 reproduction boxes with 6 packs of modern Beechies Gum 2-packs. The kit is designed to be enough gum boxes for a single day (breakfast, dinner, supper) of K-rations.
Both Beechnut Beechies and their competitor, Chicklets, were used as the sugar-coated gum portion that was used in several rations. Sugar-coated gum was an approved substitute for gum sticks. In fact, as per the January 1943’s CQD 28D specifications for assembly and packaging of the K-ration, the gum portion of the ration must either be sugar-coated or packed outside the inner bag.
The inclusion of gum in the prototype K-ration was to “induce a flow of saliva which is a valuable digestive agent.” The Quartermaster Historical Studies on “The Development of Special Rations for the Army” indicates sugar-coated an approved gum type and pictures it in an early 1942 K-ration prototype.