The difference between spearmint and peppermint is that peppermint has a bold and strong flavor that can be overpowering in recipes; spearmint has a sweeter and more mild flavor than peppermint. The difference also lies in the way that the leaves are grown; spearmint leaves tend to be bigger and lighter in color than peppermint leaves.
According to HowStuffWorks, the substance that gives bubblegum its chewy nature is a natural or artificial form of rubber. Originally, most bubblegums used chicle, the sap of a cousin to the rubber tree, but many modern gum varieties use a synthetic gum base.
By gathering the unburned part of your food and using additional ingredients to mask that "burnt" taste, you can transform your burnt food into a delightful meal. Tomato, Worcestershire sauce and other spices work great to hide any burnt flavors.