Sunday, May 19, 2013

Glee Gum Natural Candy making kit review and Giveaway!





Have you heard of Glee gum? Glee Gum is all natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. It comes in 8 great flavors and is the #1 healthy alternative to synthetic chewing gum and bubble gum! No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners.  One of the things i love about Glee gum is that their sugar-free gum is made with xylitol, NOT aspartame!  All Glee Gum is: vegetarian, GMO free, additive free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, egg free, yeast free, nut free, peanut free, and soy free*. Sugar-free Glee Gum is also corn free.   Pretty cool, right? 




Not only does Glee make all natural chewing gum, but they also offer educational natural candy making kits.  

Make your own chewing gumgummies, and chocolate with DIY activity kits. Educational and eco-friendly, each kit comes with natural ingredients, simple instructions, and a brief history. They're designed to captivate your interest, connect you to the global community, and create something yummy to eat in the process. Fun for classrooms, kitchens, and birthday parties!  They also include lesson plans on their website, making the kits perfect for homeschoolers! 




A few years ago we made chocolate using one of the Glee Gum candy making kits!  It was a lot of fun and the chocolates were delicious. You can read about our experience here.  

This time the kids really wanted to try the Make your own gummies kit. The gummies are made using seaweed, rather than gelatin. So, my kids were really excited to try  it out!   The kit includes sour mix, colored and flavored sugar, powdered seaweed, seaweed, molding starch, instructions and the story of carrageenan.




The instructions are very simple. They can be made on the stovetop or microwave. All you have to do is wash the seaweed and boil it for a few minutes until the carrageenan is extracted. Then take out the seaweed itself, mix in the sugar, boil it again, pour it in the molds, and then add the sour mix! That's it - you have made your own yummy gummies!



The kit does not include molds, but instead uses molding starch so that you can make your own molds.  The directions suggested using very simple items to press into the starch. We tried legos and few other things.  They pretty much all came out looking the same.  If we were to do this again, i think we'd would just use a finger to make long lines in the molding starch, so our finished product would be gummy worms! 


After the gummies cooled, we rinsed them and then the kids placed them in a ziplock back with the sour mix, and coated them.  Both kids loved them! 



 The texture was soft and gel like, rather than chewy but that didn't bother them at all. The sour mix that we coated them in had a pretty good flavor.

  We really enjoyed the process of making gummies, and it was neat to learn the history and information about seaweed.  i really like these kits, not just because i have a sweet tooth and love the idea of natural candy...but because they really are fun and educational!


Want to make your own candy from scratch?

It’s easy with 3 fun activity kits!  You can purchase them at gift stores nationwide and online at GleeGum.com.

·         Make Your Own Chocolate
·         Make Your Own Chewing Gum
·         Make Your Own Gummies

Each kit includes natural ingredients, simple instructions, and info about the history and origins of familiar treats. Everyone aged 8 and up gets a real kick out of the process. (Younger children enjoy it too, with adult supervision.) Educational and eco-friendly, the kits are designed to captivate your interest, connect you to the global community, and create something yummy for you to eat!


Want to win one?

Glee gum generously offered  1 kit of the winner's choice (Make Your Own Chewing Gum, Gummies or Chocolate) to one of my lucky readers!  Contest is open to US mailing adresses only, please enter using the rafflecopter form below!

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102 comments:

  1. Ohh my ladies would love this!

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  2. this would be a great boredome buster!

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  3. the 1st successful bubblegum was pink cuz that was the only color the inventor had left!

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    1. I saw that on a discovery show about how gum was made. Very cool!

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  4. Hannah had some seaweed in K that one of the parent's brought, and we have been looking for it ever since with no luck. She LOVED it.....so i think she would get a huge kick out of making candy that was made from seaweed.
    btw, did you know that Xylitol is very very poisonous to dogs ?? at least that's what the vet said ............

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  5. Chicle is the sap from the sapodilla (pronounced "sap-oh-dee-yah") tree, which grows in the rainforests of Central America.

    was wondering what that was......

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  6. definitely the gummy kit, so we can boil seaweed....:D

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  7. I think I would like to try the gum...

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  8. I learned that chewing gum burns around 11 calories per hour.
    Hehehehe!

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  9. I would choose the Gummie kit!

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  10. I would love the chocolate kit.

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  11. I learned we may be able to eat your product...winning it would be great! Also good to know you're aspartame and icky yucky=stuff free. : )

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  12. I would like to earn any of the kits! probably the chocolate one - to add my chocolate nibs to. :)

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  13. I learned that Glee Gum base has super chewy natural chicle harvested from Sapodilla trees in the rain forests of Central America.

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  14. I am a classic! I would choose the Make Your Own Chocolate kit.

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  15. Seyda and I would love to try this!

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  16. I didn't know that Singapore had banned gum!

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  17. i learned that Verve is an independent, certified woman-owned business.

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  18. it was nice to learn that glee uses sustainable practices is working to plant trees in central america

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  19. i think we've tried the gummies before....i might go for the chocolate!

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  20. My kids would LOVE this!!
    Shawna

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  21. I would choose the gummies!!
    Shawna

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  22. My boys love "fruit chews", as they call em. They would have so much fun with this!

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  23. Currently, we carry Tangerine, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Spearmint, Bubblegum, Triple Berry, Sugar-Free Refresh-Mint and Sugar-Free Lemon-Lime flavors!

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  24. I didn't know that WWII helped spread the popularity of gum.

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  25. My boys would love to make something like this! Well, so would their mom, lol, but I think the kids would get more from it.

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  26. I'd like to win the gum kit, although with the twins being so young I suppose it'd be more fair to do the gummies, so they could enjoy them too.

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  27. I think I'd choose the gum kit, the boys have made hard candy and chocolate with me but gum would be new and exciting.

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  28. Gum kit most definitely. Since i found glee can not get enough of it.

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  29. I had no idea that Glee gum was natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle!

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  30. either the gummies or chocolate :)

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  31. I learned that Glee Gum is all natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle.

    My Name: Heather Abbe
    My Email: abbegirl1977 at gmail dot com

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  32. I would choose the make your own chocolate.

    My Name: Heather Abbe
    My Email: abbegirl1977 at gmail dot com

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  33. the kits look so fun, and the instructions seem simple, I love the gummies but making your own chocolate :) heaven!

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  34. I have learned that the gum has very natural ingredients and has none of the major allergens.

    Thanks!

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  35. I would choose the gummy kit, I think.

    Thanks!

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  36. they have no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners

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  37. I learned Glee products are eco friendly

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  38. I would choose the chewing gum kit.

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  39. i learned they are an environmentally friendly company

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  40. My son would love this. It seems like a wonderful family activity.

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  41. I think seeing the many uses for seaweed would be so interesting to my son.

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  42. I learned that "Gum base is the indigestible part of the gum that gives it a chewy texture."

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  43. I'd love to win the one to make Gummies

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  44. No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners (no aspartame).

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  45. my girls would love to make their own gum

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  46. I didn't know that chewing gum burns around 11 calories per hour.

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  47. I would get the Make Your Own Gummies

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  48. Learned--- that all flavors of Glee Gum are now certified kosher! Look for the seal of certification from the International Kosher Council to appear on our boxes starting this spring.

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  49. I learned that the sugar-free gum is made with xylitol.

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  50. I'd choose the Make Your Own Chewing Gum kit.

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  51. Nicole Carter WeasleyMay 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I would love the chocolate but the kids would prolly chose the gum

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  52. It was nice to learn that there are no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners. If I win, I think my girls would prefer the gummy kit. Thanks!

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  53. I have learned that the gum has very natural ingredients and has none of the major allergens.

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  54. I have learned that the gum has very natural ingredients and has none of the major allergens.

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  55. Looks like a fun summer time activity on a rainy day. I learned they use sustainable harvesting for their gum products

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  56. I'd choose make your own gummies cause that is what my kids would like best.

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  57. Swallowed gum won’t clog up your intestines, but it will be with you for a few days. Gum base can’t be digested so it will pass through your system in one piece.

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  58. Chewing gum burns 11 calories an hour
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  59. I love the gummies
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  60. I learned that Glee Gum is all natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle.

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  61. I learned if you record your purchase of Glee products on their site, they'll purchase a tree in your name.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  62. I would get the gummies kit. Thanks!

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  63. I learned that Glee gum is all natural and made from rainforest chicle.

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  64. I love that they plant trees in central america. I would choose the gum kit

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  65. I would get the gummies kit. Thanks!

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  66. I learned that is all natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle.

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  67. They're made with real sugar.

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  68. It looks like everyone learned the same thing.The gum is all natural and made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle.I'd like to make chocolate.Thank you for the cool giveaway :)
    tigers3450@att.net

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  69. chewing gum burns 11 calories! woot! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  70. I would choose the Chocolate Kit
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  71. I would take the chocolate kit. lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  72. I think it's awesome that you can make gum! Sounds like a lot of fun. I like that you even burn calories chewing! :D

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  73. No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners (no aspartame).

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  74. No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners (no aspartame).

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  75. I think I would choose the gum, because I think it's just awesome that you can make it!

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  76. I'd choose the chocolate.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  77. I learned that they work to plant trees in South America, and they will plant one in your name.

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  78. I learned that they work to plant trees in South America, and they will plant one in your name.

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  79. I would choose the gummy kit.

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  80. I learned that they have 8 different flavors, and are all-natural. They're even sweetened with REAL sugar. :-)

    Lori Taube
    cltaube @ gmail.com

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  81. I would choose the gummies!! :-)

    Lori Taube
    cltaube @ gmail.com

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  82. Glee Gum contains NO artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, or sweeteners - awesome!

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  83. probably the gummies, but i would let my kids pick

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  84. I learned that their products are all natural.

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  85. Love the make your own gummies kit!

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  86. woman owned biz!! love that as a woman biz owner!

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  87. I would choose glee gum... my kids are diabetic and this is an awesome product

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  88. With this Gummies Kit you get a chance to see seaweed work its invisible magic, yourself.

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  89. With this Gummies Kit you get a chance to see seaweed work its invisible magic, yourself. Sounds like fun!

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  90. My kids would love any of the kits! I would love to try the candy kit too :)

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