Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Glee Gum 'Make Your Own Gummies Kit' Review/Giveaway


My kids love gummies, in fact, they eat gummies pretty much each day. It is one of those things that are great for a little snack throughout the day. I also think that gummies are pretty healthy for the most part, much better then a bag of greasy potato chips. So, what better way for my kids to get enough gummies  but then to make their very own, in their own shapes? My kids were really excited when Glee Gum sent our family a Gummies Kit.


About the company: Glee Gum is made in the USA by Verve, inc., an independent, certified woman-owned business dedicated to linking world communities and creating environmentally and socially responsible products. In addition to Glee Gum, Verve produces a fun line of Make Your Own Candy Kits for kids. Verve is a proud member of 1% for the Planet and Green America.


Glee Gum is natural, gluten-free chewing gum with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners, or preservatives. Glee Gum is the only gum in North America made the old fashioned way, with chicle! Chicle is a tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforests of Central America. Once all chewing gum was made with chicle, but today most gum is made entirely from synthetic stuff. Not Glee! Glee Gum uses chicle because it is an eco-friendly way to help conserve the rainforest, giving the trees more value standing than chopped down for lumber. Glee is a “green” gum right down to the packaging, which is made from biodegradable, recycled cardboard. Certified vegetarian, Glee comes in yummy flavors like Bubblegum and Triple Berry, plus sugar-free Lemon-Lime and Refresh-Mint! 


Glee Gum offers not only gum but they also offer three different candy kits, that all little kids and parents can have fun with. There is a Chocolate Candy Kit, Gummies Kit, and also a Chewing Gum Kit.
Make your own gummies out of seaweed! Everything you need is included in this kit and it's easy! You can make your own gummi bears, gummi worms, gummi fish or any other shape. Make gummies on the stove or with a microwave. Great for class room activities, scout troops, birthday parties, home school, or after school groups. Adult supervision is recommended. Makes a great gift for kids (ages 8 & up)!

Inside each Make Your Own Gummies Kit you'll find: sour mix, colored and flavored sugar, powdered seaweed, seaweed, molding starch, instructions and the story of carrageenan.


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!



When I first opened the gummies kit and looked at all the ingredients and read the instructions, I was a bit nervous and intimated, due to all the steps. But, after reading it a couple more times and taking my time, I soon realized that it wasn't that hard at all. 


Once I got everything layed out and was ready to get started, I called the kids into the kitchen to help. They were more then happy to get into the kitchen and help make gummies. Of course, before we really got started we had to go throughout the house and find cool little molds. We found little letters, plastic animals and so much more. Of course, since these items were going to be used to make molds we had to clean them really well. 


My kids and I were really surprised to see that we would be using seaweed, as you would never thing gummies and seaweed would go hand and hand. My kids loved mixing all the ingredients and seeing how each ingredient reacted to being combined with each other. My little girl got into it so much that she was acting like a scientist, which was too cute. 


We used the microwave, due to the fact that I felt my kids could help more and it also seemed safer with two little ones. I love that there was also sprinkly stuff that could go on top of the gummies, I could actually eat that stuff by itself. 


The box does state that you can make around 15 gummies, but depending on the size you can make more or less than that number. I was really impressed at how much fun you can have and especially at how tasty the gummies are.


Where to purchase: You are able to make a purchase from the Glee Gum website. You are also able to purchase from Amazon.


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