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Just spotted at the Sweets & Snacks Expo…

Our company president appears to be having fun at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago today. Good thing the Glee Guy is too busy jumping for joy to be jealous of other mascots!

Oops! Wrong mascot!
Oops! Wrong mascot!

What Can You 'Git into a Chocolate Kit?

Around Valentine’s Day this year, we were daydreaming of some of our favorite duos. Fred and Ginger! Punch and Judy! Peaches and cream! Chocolate and…?

We were stumped trying to decide what goes best with chocolate!  So we asked our gum chums to tell us the sweetest pairing they could think of, for a chance to win 1 of 3 Make Your Own Chocolate Kits of their own.

Make Your Own Chocolate Kit!
Mmm! Chocolate…

The Make Your Own Chocolate Kit includes everything you need to make chocolate from scratch. One of the last steps involves pouring your chocolate mix into little paper liners. This is the time to experiment and make each treat different. Add a pinch or scoop or spoonful of something—whatever you’ve got in the pantry! Here are some of the delicious and creative suggestions we received.

  • “Strawberries!” – Stefanie S.
  • “Pretzels! Cherries! And raspberries!” – Jodi D.
  • “Crystallized ginger and a pinch of cardamom. YUM!” – Dallas N.
  • “Class A espresso coffee!” – Marcelle L.
  • “Chopped walnuts because I love them, and for the Omega-3 fatty acids. Dried cranberries for their taste and health benefits. And…. A little honey, because I like to experiment and see what happens.” – Craig W.
  • “Ooh, chocolate and coffee! A little bit of prepared espresso, a pinch of cinnamon, the barest touch of salt, and yum!” – Lisa S.
  • “Add a pinch of:  NUTMEG!” – Zolt
  • “A churro, which is fried dough traditionally made in Spain (although also found in the US).” – Alejandro D.
  • “Peanut butter.” – Courtney C.
  • “Raspberry.” – Kathy M. W.
  • “Watermelon!!” – Emma E.
  • “Marshmallow.” – Leann L.
  • “Bacon.” – Sharon P.
  • “Walnut cream.” – Sally Jo P.
  • “Cherries or mint.” – Lori M.
  • “Caramel!!!” – Terria V.
  • “Orange!” – Sherry F.
  • “Berries like cherries.” – Njunkie C.
  • “Cinnamon and just a titch of cayenne pepper.” – Melissa S.
  • “Organic coconut and pecans.” – Cynthia S.
  • “Almonds and sea salt. Can’t beat it.” – Gilliland C.
  • “Peanut butter is the obvious choice! However, fruit of almost any kind is wonderful, as well. Actually, there’s not much that DOESN’T go well with chocolate – I mean, its CHOCOLATE!!!!!” – Shannon H.

Well, if anyone needs us, we’ll be making chocolate for the next millennium. We gotta try all of these!

Snack Attack Part 2: What You Can Do!

Good news, gum chews!

Andrea DonskyAs promised last week, we’ve got an exclusive interview with the lovely and talented Andrea Donsky. Co-author of the hit new book Unjunk Your Junk Food and co-founder of NaturallySavvy.com, she’s got the skinny on how you can shop smarter, eat healthier, and still fully enjoy your next snack attack!

Glee: What are a few of the worst offenders among junk food ingredients?

Andrea: There are seven ‘worst ingredients’ found in packaged foods that we know are linked to a host of diseases and symptoms. They are:

1.     High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS);

2.      Monosodium Glutamate (MSG);

3.      Partially Hydrogenated Oils (these always mean trans fats);

4.      Artificial Colors;

5.      Artificial Sweeteners (including acesulfame potassium, or Ace-K; sucralose [Splenda], and aspartame);

6.      Artificial Flavors;

7.      Preservatives including sodium benzoate, sulphites (sulphur dioxide), polysorbate 60, 65 or 80 and BHT/BHA.

Glee: What are a few of your favorite, healthier junk food options?

Andrea: My favorites are anything with dark chocolate since they are high in antioxidants. We provide 200 pages of healthier options in our book that are fully taste-tested and healthier alternatives to what many of us are currently eating.

Glee: What if you are really, really craving something ooey, gooey, fried or fatty?

Andrea: Anything in moderation that doesn’t contain any of the seven worst ingredients I mentioned above is a good option. If it contains fiber and protein, then that’s an added bonus.

Glee: What are some of the benefits of choosing healthier snacks?

Andrea: We will feel better, look better and minimize potential side-effects from these dangerous additives. We will also become better role models for our kids by showing them first hand how they can make better choices just by reading the label.

Thanks, Andrea!

Wanna win your OWN copy of Unjunk Your Junk Food?

Visit our Facebook page for a quick & easy contest!

Unjunk Junk Food

Snack Attack! Healthy Tips from Gum Chums

Love junk food, hate junk in your trunk?

We know the feeling, and that’s why we we’re thrilled to be included in the new book Unjunk Your Junk Food!

Unjunk Junk FoodThis handy, dandy guide shows you healthier alternatives to nearly every snack you crave. Bubblegum Glee took the coveted spot as a yummy, all-natural option for chewing gum!

This past January, we asked our gum chums to tell us their favorite alternative snack food or recipe. One lucky winner received a copy of the book, plus gum samples. But all the suggestions sounded super tasty, so we wanted to share ’em with you. Next time you’re hungry for a treat, try one of these!

  • “Air popped popcorn dipped in salsa!” – Crystal M.
  • “Edamame steamed with a little bowl of kosher salt.” – Tammy W. C.
  • “Cooked oats + almond butter + fresh raspberries = PB&J sandwich. (Sort of!).” – Sarah M.
  • “Ants on a log- celery, peanut butter and raisins.” – Elizabeth S. W. * Runner-up winner!*
  • “Homemade salsa!” – Rebecca L.
  • “Frozen grapes.” – J.K. *Runner-up winner!*
  • “Chilled lychees! Naturally sweet, fragrant and refreshingly delicious!” – Deb W.
  • “I use flax seed in everything I can. I replace candy or toppings in my yogurt and yogurt ice cream with flax cereal, and replace oils and eggs in recipes with flax. It really is great! I can’t eat nuts, soy or gluten so I get a ‘nutty’ taste too that I miss so much in my treats!” – Teri I.
  • “Apples with peanut butter.” – Stefanie S.
  • “Popcorn with cinnamon and sugar.” – Jordan F.
  • “A good trail mix. I usually can buy mixed nuts on sale, then I add Ghiradelli 60% cacoa chocolate chips (secret ingredient) and dried cranberries.” – Kraig M.
  • And, from the winner, Sam W.: “I don’t know if granola bars are considered junk food, but they sure have a lot of junk in them when you buy them from the grocery store. Here is the recipe we use & love.”

Ingredients:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium-size mixing bowl, cream together the butter, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. (I use an electric mixer for this step.)
2. Add flour, baking soda, and oats. Stir until well-mixed. (Mixing with clean hands works great for this step.) Mixture will be a soft, fluffy, and somewhat crumbly. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Press mixture into a lightly-greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-22 minutes, until edges are just starting to brown. Remove from oven and place dish on wire rack to cool.
4. After granola bars have cooled for 10 minutes, use a smooth-bottomed measuring cup or glass to press the bars flat. (Pressing while too hot will smear chocolate everywhere!) Allow to finish cooling and then cut into 18 bars using a pizza cutter or thin sharp knife.
Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for up to a week or so, or freeze for later use.

Yum, huh? Eat up! And stay tuned for a new interview with the author of the Unjunk Your Junk Food, and another chance to win a copy for yourself! Coming to your favorite mascot’s blog next week…

A Featured Fan & Upcoming Events

Around Town Bulk Mint Gum
This flavor is feeling the love!

We got a bit of Glee-ful fan mail recently, from Cathleen W. She suffers from dry mouth syndrome, and told us that Sugar-Free Refresh-Mint Glee helps to moisturize her mouth. She writes, “I order the large amounts in the white container because I go through it so fast!”

Got a story about Glee? We’d love to hear it! And, for a chance to pick up free samples for yourself or someone you know, be sure to check out our list of upcoming community events.

EggFest 2012

Robe Ann Park

April 6th, 2012

Greencastle, IN

Eggfest.org

The Green Metropolis Fair

The Green Exchange

April 14, 2012

Chicago, IL

Greenmetropolisfair.com

Bump Club and Beyond

Whole Foods Market

April 16th, 2012

Austin, TX

Bumpclubandbeyond.com

The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference

Westin O’Hare

April 19th-22nd, 2012

Chicago, IL

Aath.org

Sixth Annual Autism Information Fair

Westchester County Center

April 22, 2012

White Plains, NY

Coachforhealthyliving.com/31713.html

Earth Day Event

Whole Foods Market Arroyo

April 22nd, 2012

Pasadena, CA

Wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/arroyo

WHEF Bowl-A-Thon

Town Hall Lanes

April 29th, 2012

Johnston, RI

Whefri.org

Bump Club and Beyond

Whole Foods Market

April 30th, 2012

Chicago, IL

Bumpclubandbeyond.com

FAAN Walk

September 29, 2012

Charlotte, NC

Foodallergy.org

Win a Book to Turn Your Parties Green!

Here at Glee Gum HQ, we love a good shindig. New gum flavors, birthdays, holidays, Fridays– there’s always a worthy cause! But parties can also lead to a lot of waste. That’s why we turn to the experts for tips on how to paint the town red, and go green at the same time.

Love to Compete - Celebrate Green

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson, the mother-daughter duo behind the non-profit Green Halloween®, are the co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations & Traditions for the Whole Family. It’s a great book with fun ideas for all kinds of festive occasions. Send us your best tips for greening a party, and you could win a copy for yourself… plus some gum to give away as a party favor!

Just this month alone, there’s Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, and Arbor Day to celebrate. And, though folks say April showers bring May flowers, they also bring more showers—bridal showers, baby showers… Before you know it, it will be the 4th of July! So this book is sure to come in handy.

Here’s how to win your own copy of Celebrate Green!

Post on the Glee Gum Facebook page, send a Tweet to @gleeguy, or email gleeguy@gleegum.com with your best green party tip. 3 winners will each receive the book, plus a bag of 80 mixed Mini Glee Gum samples. If submitting via email, be sure to include your name, email address and zip code. There’s no limit to the number of entries you can send. Ideas may be featured on our social media. Deadline April 15, 2012. Open to US residents only. Good luck, and have a hootenanny! 

The Scoop on Sugar

Sugar CaneSugar sweetens coffee, desserts, and—at least, in our office—life in general. When enjoyed with moderation, of course! For countries around the world, sugar is also one of the most important sources of national income.

But, a fluctuating market and the increased use of corn syrup and artificial sweeteners have taken a toll on the price of sugar. Over the past 25 years, it has dropped to a quarter of its value. And this is sad news for millions of sugar cane farmers and their communities.

The good news is that more and more consumers and manufacturers are choosing to purchase Fair Trade Certified sugar. What’s so great about going Fair Trade?

It means that sugar cane farmers are guaranteed a fair price, regardless of changes in the market. Certification also means environmental standards to restrict the use of agrochemicals and to encourage sustainability. This results in a safer product and safer farming practices.

As manufacturers who use Fair Trade Certified sugar in our Classic Glee Gum, we pay an extra premium per metric ton of sugar to not only guarantee fair pay for the farmers, but also to support heath services, education, community development, and more.

And, maybe it’s just us—but we think Fair Trade sugar tastes better, too!

Buy Two. Get One Free. Yippee!

Here’s an in-store coupon for you, chums!

Buy Two Get One Glee Gum Coupon - 2014

Click here for a print-able version.

Go ahead! Make two new friends this month.

Or, chew it all yourself! We won’t judge.

The Right to Know about GMOs

Do you think you have a right to know what’s in your food?

We do, too!

The FDA requires labels for trans fats and nuts– why not GMOs?

This past January and October, we told you about our partnership with the Just Label It: We Have a Right To Know campaign. The movement has been going strong, but now it’s gaining even more momentum. And we need your help! Please consider joining us and the nearly one million Americans who have contacted the FDA, asking them to label genetically engineered foods. It takes less than a minute to visit JustLabelIt.org and tell the FDA that you have a right to know!

Just Label It Info

Upcoming Events & A Field Trip for Glee Guy

As Glee Gum’s trusty mascot, the Glee Guy, I don’t often get a chance to travel outside the confines of a gum box. But, thanks to a blogger buddy, I recently took a vacation to fabulous Las Vegas! It was great fun until I learned that you can’t pay casinos in gum…

Oh, Boy!
Oh, Boy!
At Whole Foods Las Vegas
At Whole Foods Las Vegas
Spot the Hot Shot
Spot the Hot Shot in this Pic!

Back on the box, I can be seen at some sweet community events this spring. Check the list below to see if there’s one happening near you!

And, anyone else who wants to take me on a trip… my bags are packed and I’m raring to go!

Anniversary Celebration

Nutrition Network

March 1st, 2012

Winfield, IL

Building Social Enterprise Ecosystems

Brown University

March 16th-17th, 2012

Providence, RI

Seeedus.com

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Confluence

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

March 17th, 2012

Atlanta, GA

Georgeadoptastream.org

Escape to the Tropics

Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens

March 23rd, 2012

Indianapolis, IN

Garfieldgardensconservatory.org

Spring Fling Dinner, Dance & Silent Auction

March 31, 2012

Baldwin City, KS

rainbowexperiencepreschool.org

EggFest 2012

Robe Ann Park

April 6th, 2012

Greencastle, IN

Eggfest.org

Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt

Bergen County Zoo

March 31st, 2012

Paramus, NJ

Co.bergen.nj.us/parks

WHEF Bowl-A-Thon

Town Hall Lanes

April 29th, 2012

Johnston, RI

Whefri.org

Fanfare for Fair Trade

Look for the FAIRTRADE Certification Mark, coming soon to all six flavors of Classic Glee Gum!

Fair Trade is all about a better deal for farmers and workers. When you see the Mark on a box of Classic Glee Gum, it means that the cane sugar inside it meets the social, economic and environmental standards set by Fairtrade International. It represents an international system of alternative trade in which you can be sure that the farmers and workers have been paid a fair and stable price for their produce.

Also exciting? It’s the first time this sweet sign will be spotted on a pack of gum—ever!

Glee Gum FairTrade Poster Image


Chewy Solution to Small Change

Small ChangeTired of hearing the jangle of loose coins in your purse or pocket? Plumb tuckered out from dealing with piles of pennies? Never have a nickel when you need one?

There is hope.

The whole concept of small change may be, well, changing. Following a recent rash of chewing gum thefts from British supermarkets, police discovered a surprising trend in Romania. That’s where the wily bandits were hoping to distribute their stolen packs. Why? Because there, as the BBC News reports, “Chewing gum and other small packets of sweets are commonly offered instead of small change by shopkeepers according to a police officer who has investigated the thefts.”

Here at Glee Gum, we do not condone stealing—especially chewing gum. Talk about sticky fingers! But, the idea of gum as currency is intriguing. Would you rather get a piece of gum than a penny? Something to chew on…

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