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The Green Halloween Scene: Upcoming Events

So much to do before Halloween! These upcoming events sound like a scream. Glee Gum will be there, but will you? Mark your calendar to say, “Boo!”

“The World’s Largest Halloween Party” at the Louisville Zoo, Louisville, KY

October 5th-7th, 11th-14th, 18th-21st, 25th-28th, 2012

New Orleans Film FestivalNew Orleans, LA

October 11th-18th, 2012

Anniversary Celebration at Health Hut 2Beaver Falls, PA

October 15th-20th, 2012

Fall Festival at Apple Crate IIFayetteville, NC

October 20th, 2012

Harvest Carnival at Si View Community Center, North Bend, WA

October 20th, 2012

Boo at the Zoo at Stone Zoo, Stoneham, MA

October 20th-21st, 2012

Boo at the Zoo at Gulf Breeze ZooGulf Breeze, FL

October 20th-21st, 27th-28th, 2012

Boo at the Boardwalk at Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Point Pleasant, NJ

October 20th-21st, 27th-28th, 2012

Zoo Boo at Como Park ZooSt. Paul, MN

October 20th-21st, 26th-28th, 2012

Boo at the Zoo at Zoo AtlantaAtlanta, GA

October 20th-21st, 27th-28th, 2012

Anniversary Event at Neighbor’s MarketVancouver, WA

October 25th, 2012

Slither and Squeak Halloween Event at CuriOdysseySan Mateo, CA

October 26th, 2012

Halloween Carnival Fundraiser at the Awakening SeedPhoenix, AZ

October 26th, 2012

Green Scare on the Square at the Rutherford County Courthouse Square, Murfreesboro, TN

October 26th, 2012

Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked! at Birch Aquarium at ScrippsSan Diego, CA

October 26th-27th, 2012

Boo at the Zoo at San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, CA

October 26th-27th, 2012

ZooBoo at Bergen County Zoo, Paramus, NJ

October 26th-27th, 2012

Howl-O-Ween at Reid Park ZooTucson, AZ

October 26th-28th, 2012

Zoo Boo at Zoo MiamiMiami, FL

October 26th-28th, 2012

Screamin’ Green Halloween at World Financial Center, New York, NY

October 27th, 2012

SuperNatural at Whole Foods MarketNaperville, IL

October 27th, 2012

Zoo Boo at Virginia Zoo, Norfolk, VA

October 27th, 2012

Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA

October 27th-28th, 2012

Trick or Treat on the Waterfront at Ferry Terminal to Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA

October 28th, 2012

Green Halloween at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster, MA

October 28th, 2012

Haunt the Hollow at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose, CA

October 28th, 2012

Healthy Halloween Jax at Alterman and Johnson Family Chiropractors, Jacksonville Beach, FL

October 28th, 2012

Halloween Pumpkin Bash at Whole Foods Market, Pembroke Pines, FL

October 28th, 2012

Georgia A-Scary-Um! at Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA

October 31st, 2012

Trick-or-Treating at Whole Foods Market – Speedway, Tucson, AZ

October 31st, 2012

Halloween Block Party at Whole Foods Market – Palm Beach Gardens, FL

October 31st, 2012

Kids Trick or Treat Event at Whole Foods MarketBoca Raton, FL

October 31st, 2012

Happy Halloween Event at Whole Foods Market – South Beach, Miami, FL

October 31st, 2012

Customer Appreciation Day at Happy Heart Specialty FoodsNorth Platte, NE

November 1st, 2012

Family Night at PPAC at the Providence Performing Arts CenterProvidence, RI

November 7th, 2012

 

 


I Spy with My Glee-ful Eye…

Photo Credit: Marta Drane, NMAI

Spotted in Washington, DC. Any guesses where this Peppermint Glee could be?

Photo Credit: Marta Drane, NMAI

It’s in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian! First level, main hallway, on the way to the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe.

Pretty neat, huh?

Glee is part of a three-case exhibit entitled “American Indian Foods in the Global Pantry.” The description notes, “The global impact of foods indigenous to the Americas is so immense that we sometimes forget their origins and how they have transformed the world. Today, corn, cassava, potatoes, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes are among the world’s most heavily produced crops. These and other American foods are staples in homes throughout the world and sustain populations worldwide just as they have nourished Native families for millennia.” 

Why is Glee Gum in that case? Because it’s made with chicle, the tree sap once chewed by the ancient Maya. 

Have you spied Glee anywhere unusual lately? We’d love to see! 

 

 

Sweet Sale on Natural Candy

As the days grow shorter and the nights colder, there’s no better time to eat something sweet. But wait! What’s really in that lollipop or chocolate bar? Wouldn’t you prefer if it were free from artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives? Wouldn’t it taste yummy if it were safer for your tummy?

Enter NaturalCandyStore.com. This comprehensive web-store offers the largest selection of natural and organic candy you can find—and a lot of brands you might have trouble finding. Family-owned and operated, it was founded back in ’07 by two sisters and their mom in the hopes of offering quality sweets made from the best possible ingredients.

“When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to eat candy because of the refined sugar and artificial ingredients,” explains founder, CEO, and “big sis” Dawn Van Hee. “We want to make it easy for anyone, whatever their special dietary requirement, to find candy they can eat and feel good about eating.”

NaturalCandyStore.com stocks traditional treats like gummies, chocolate, lollipops, and more. But, as their tagline says, it’s “all the FUN without the FUNNY stuff!” The store specifically caters to customers looking for organic, fair trade, vegan, allergen-friendly, gluten-free, dye-free, Feingold Diet accepted, and kosher products.

“The increasing incidence of conditions like ADHD and autism is also a significant factor,” notes Van Hee. “Many parents find that a diet free of artificial ingredients reduces symptoms, with research suggesting artificial colors and preservatives do indeed increase hyperactivity in children. Sugar always gets blamed for making kids hyper, but the research has never supported that— it’s probably all the artificial colors and flavors that usually go along with sugar that are the real culprits! Since almost all candy contains artificial colors and flavors, parents are searching for alternatives.”

Search no more! This is the place to find ’em. Sweetest of all? All Glee Gum at NaturalCandyStore.com is 20% OFF, now through September 21st, 2012. Stock up while you can!

 

All the News that's Fit to Chew

Articles about chewing gum keep blowing up our news feed. Reporters must be chew-sing to cover stories with real sticking power. In case you spent the summer unplugged and offline, here are some of the latest sound bites… and then we promise to quit with the punny business.

  •  In Seattle last Saturday, fans of the Nintendo character “Kirby” honored his 20th anniversary by setting a new world record: “Most People Blowing a Chewing Gum Bubble Simultaneously.” That number, should you attempt to surpass it at your next sporting event or class reunion, is reportedly 536.
  • TIME recently illuminated some of the surprising benefits of chewing gum, from improving focus and fighting fatigue to fixing cracks and baiting fish. Sorry in advance, fish, but can’t blame your good taste.
  • The world’s 1st medical marijuana-based chewing gum, CanChew, is set to debut in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Washington, DC next month. We shall refrain from editorializing or smoking out additional details at this time.
  • Any guesses as to where in the world most people chew gum? According to a recent report from Kantar Media, the biggest gum fans live in Iran (where 82% of the population supposedly chew it) and Saudi Arabia (79%). The US ranks third with 59%. (For now, at least. We can catch up!)

Nifty New Arrivals

While rising temps could make you doubt it, back-to-school season is almost here. And we’ve got just the thing to get kiddos in a learning mood: LunchStars!

LunchStars are bubble gum trading cards for the eco-friendly generation. Each package contains 2 educational trivia cards and 1 box of Bubblegum Flavor Mini Glee Gum. What sort of trivia? Fun facts about the earth, oceans, outer space, history, and science. Some tidbits are kooky, others spooky, and all feature fabulous comic illustrations.

The concept for LunchStars was developed by 2 health-conscious moms, who also happen to be good friends: designer/ trivia maven Rose Cricchio and artist Lynne Starling. The cards are printed with soy ink on post-recycled paper, and packed randomly in compostable cellophane bags. They’re sold in sets of 5 packs for better trading, and recommended for ages 6 – 12. Read, share, and enjoy!

We’ve also got just the thing to while away a lazy Sunday: the Gum Wrappers Jigsaw Puzzle.

As 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles go, the Gum Wrappers Puzzle is a real chewy challenge. It features a collage of chewing gum packs from past and present. See if you can spot the Glee Gum box among them! Designed by Charlie Girard and made by Mountain Puzzles, Inc., the finished size is 24″ x 30″ (in case you want to get a frame ready in advance). It’s a great gift idea for all the gum lovers you know!

Designer Charlie is a former wedding photographer and self-described puzzle fanatic. He told us about his inspiration for this one. “Basically, when I design a puzzle, I always try to design something that has an element of fun. When I think of gum, I think back to all the things I associate with chewing gum. Playing Little League baseball, offering a stick of gum to a special person, enjoying a piece of gum after a nice meal, and the list goes on and on. I was sure that there were many others that would feel the same way when they made a puzzle with all their favorite gum.”

Solve it and see if you agree!

 

Spreading the Glee: Upcoming August Events

Where’s the Glee? So glad you asked. Here are a few of the places you’re apt to see it this month. Hope to see YOU there, too!

  • Cranston, RI. Back to School Party ~ August 10th, 2012. Free Glee Gum at the checkout from 4:30 – 7 pm at Whole Foods Market – Garden City. We hear there will also be a band! 
  • Raleigh, NC. Gluten Free Event ~ August 12th, 2012. Sample wheat-free goodies like Glee at the lovely Harmony Farms market. 
  • Basalt, CO. Sneak Peek Tour ~ August 12th, 2012. Register for a chance to see the brand new Roaring Fork Whole Foods Market before it officially opens, and enjoy some tasty treats while you’re at it! 
  • Seattle, WA. 2nd Annual Family Fun Field Day ~  August 12th, 2012. A yummy picnic lunch, interactive games, crafts and awards to enjoy with the Plus One Foundation. Meridian Park, Wallingford.
  • Chicago, IL. Corks & Crayons ~ August 26th, 2012. A fun-for-all-ages benefit for Purple Asparagus with chef tastings, a mini farmer’s market, live music, and more. The Greenhouse Loft at the Green Exchange.

 

Tomorrow in Miami– Wish We Were There!

How swell does this lecture on archaeology, chicle, and the history of chewing gum sound?

It’s happening at the Institute of Maya Studies at the Miami Science Museum tomorrow evening, Aug. 8th, 2012, from 8 – 9:30 PM.

Check it out if you’re anywhere near Miami. Free Glee Gum!

The Internet Just Got More Glee-ful

It’s been a long time coming. We won’t admit just how long— hey, we’re gum people, not techies. Suffice it to say, after much anticipation, we are thrilled to present Glee Gum’s shiny new website!

With the help of some talented, hardworking designers and coders, our online home looks spiffier than ever. Take a peek at our interactive photo tour to watch how Glee Gum gets made. Learn more about the harvest of chicle, or our new Fair Trade status. Find fun facts about chewing gum— including what happens if you give it to a monkey (hint: this is not recommended).

And that’s just for starters. Want to help us plant a tree? Register your latest purchase of Glee here, and we’ll plant one for you. Think our gum would make a great addition to your next community event? Check out our donation request form. Love Glee Gum and want to share it with everyone you know? Well, first, give yourself a pat on the back, from us. Then consider applying for our new ambassador program.

As always, thanks for your support, gum chums! We’re off to spend a few hours basking in that new site glow…

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…

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