INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, SEAWEED (NOT FOR CONSUMPTION), VEGETABLE GUMS (AGAR, CARRAGEENAN AND TARA GUM POWDER), CITRIC ACID, BEET COLOR, AND NATURAL CHERRY FLAVOR. INCLUDES MOLDING STARCH FOR MOLDING PURPOSES ONLY.
Sugar traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 38%.
|Serving Size 1 Tbs mix, 1 Tbs coating (22g)||2 pieces (38g) prepared|
|Servings Per Container||7|
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0 g||0%|
|Sodium 0 mg||0%|
|Total Carbohydrates 21 g||7%|
|Sugars 17 g|
|Protein 0 g|
|*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.|
Gummy Bears from Seaweed?
We are all used to eating food from plants that grow in the earth – carrots, corn, raspberries… But how about food from plants that grow in the sea?
You might think of seaweed as the slimy green stuff you find on the beach. But it is more than that; in Japan and China, people have been eating “sea vegetables” for hundreds of years.
Even if we are not used to collecting and eating whole seaweed, it is there hiding in many things that we eat and use every day – like toothpaste! With this Gummies Kit you get a chance to see seaweed work its invisible magic yourself.
Divina’s family has a seaweed farm in the Philippines. They live near the shore of an island and her father, like most of the people in the area, used to make a living by fishing. But nowadays, there are so many people fishing, it’s getting harder and harder to be a fisherman. Some kinds of fish have even disappeared as a result of all the fishing. Luckily, a few years ago, her family started a seaweed farm.
It’s pretty simple, actually— first, they take some sticks and poke them into the sand on the bottom of the sea, tying nylon fishing lines to each one. Then, they wade out into the water, pluck some sprigs of a special seaweed plant called Eucheuma cottonii, and tie them to the nylon lines. It looks like an underwater garden, really.
It grows really quickly, and when the plants are big enough to harvest, Divina cuts the seaweed back so that it can grow again.
Why grow seaweed, you might be wondering? What can her family do with it?
Well, you probably use seaweed every day without even knowing it. Some people eat it, in salads or in sushi. But seaweed is also really important because it naturally contains a substance that makes liquids like water and milk get thicker or even become solid. We use two of these seaweed gels— carrageenan and agar— in our Gummies Kit. Just check the ingredient list on your toothpaste, cottage cheese, deodorant, dog food, pudding, even salad dressing or sandwich meat, and see if they have seaweed in them!
So, with lots of products needing gels, Divina’s family and thousands of other families like hers can make money selling carrageenan. They boil the seaweed until it’s like a goo, and then filter, dry it, and grind it up into a powder, sort of like the process you’re using in the Gummies Kit.
Now, let us tell you something you may not have known. Most gummy candies are made from gelatin, and lots of other foods have gelatin in them, too. Like marshmallows. Gelatin is a substance that is made by boiling animals’ bones! You guessed it – we’re using seaweed gels because seaweed is so cool- it just keeps on growing and growing, people like Divina can continue to make money, without wiping out the fish population, and it’s a great alternative to gelatin!