Yankee Magazine Salutes Glee!

What’s that bright light? Why, it’s Glee Gum, basking in the glow of winning an exciting award! (Horns. We toot ’em. We just can’t help ourselves.)

Glee Gum has been named a 2013 “Editors’ Choice Food Awards” winner in Yankee Magazine’s November/ December issue, on newsstands now!

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This exclusive designation recognizes Yankee editors’ favorite artisanal New England foods—the best cheeses, charcuterie, jams, chocolates, mustards, and more. (Hungry yet?) In this inaugural year of the Awards, Glee Gum proudly joins a select group of tasty treats featured in the chocolate and candy category. Sweet!

“Great ideas may come in tiny packages,” Yankee Magazine suggests in describing Glee Gum. We couldn’t agree more! To view all the Award winners, visit: YankeeMagazine.com/foodawards. And to see Glee specifically, look-y here.

OK, back to basking. Ahhhh…. Thanks, Yankee Magazine!

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This Year's Green Halloween Scene

Just two weeks until Halloween! As we mentioned, we’re eek-cited.

Wanna join us in getting in the spooky spirit of the season? Below are some upcoming Green Halloween® events sure to be a hoot and a howl. Glee Gum will be there too, woo-hoo! Please check out the individual event pages for details and updates.

In addition to all this hooting and howling, we’re looking forward to doing some chirping and Tweeting next week at the #GreenHalloween Twitter party! RSVP here for a chance to win lots of neat and sweet prizes, and be sure to save the date of Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at 9 pm ET.

Glee-ful Halloween

Nightmare at Elmwood at Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown, PA

~ October 10th-20th, 2013

4th Annual Green Halloween Festival at Montgomeryville Mall, North Wales, PA 

~ October 19th, 2013

Green Halloween Downtown Oak Park in Chicago, IL

~ October 19th, 2013

The Great Green Halloween Playdate at Pier 62 in New York, NY

~ October 19th, 2013

Hill House Halloween at Hill House in Boston, MA

~ October 24th, 2013

Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo in Dallas, TX

~ October 24th-27th, 2013

Slither and Squeak at CuriOdyssey in San Mateo, CA

~ October 25th, 2013

Spooky Zoo Spectacular at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL

~ October 26th, 2013

Chicago Green Halloween at Whole Foods Market in Schaumburg, IL

~ October 26th, 2013

Green Scare on the Square at 107 South Church St. in Nashville, TN

~ October 26th, 2013

Halloween at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Portland, OR

~ October 26th, 2013

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI

~ October 26th, 2013

Franklin Park Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA

~ October 26th-27th, 2013

The Great Green Halloween Playdate at The Pump Station in Santa Monica, CA

~ October 26th-28th, 2013

Brookfield Place Winter Garden & Plaza Screamin’ Green Halloween in New York, NY

~ October 27th, 2013

Trick or Treat on the Waterfront in Seattle, WA

~ October 27th, 2013

Green Halloween at the Witch’s House in Beverly Hills, CA

~ October 31st, 2013

Phew. That’s a long list! But, believe it or not, you can find even more events (and other great ways to celebrate the holiday) at GreenHalloween.org. HAPPY (ALMOST) HALLOWEEEEEEEEEN!

Surprise! New Flavor, New Size

We fielded suggestions. We tried different formulas. We chewed and reviewed and brooded and, at times, feuded. You see, even in the happy halls of a candy company, tough decisions can take awhile. But finally, finally, we came to a delicious conclusion. And now, we’re ready and eager to announce the newest Glee Gum flavor.

Introducing (drum roll, please…) Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon!

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Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon Glee Gum is one heck of a fun, new flavor. It’s the sweet taste of summer, all year long. It’s that most refreshing of fruits and vegetables—and yes, it is considered both a fruit (it’s a melon) and a veggie (it’s a gourd). And that’s not all! Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon also comes in our newest pack size: resealable & recyclable pouches of 75 pieces of gum. The handy new pouches keep gum fresh when you’re on the go. And they’re ideal for sharing—if you dare!

Fun Program for Foodies

Love to snack? Here’s a way to also give back. The fine folks at Love with Food offer a monthly subscription box of unique, gourmet goodies. For each box sold, they donate a meal to a food bank. Via the Feeding America network and programs like Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Love with Food has donated more than 100,400 meals to date!

Love with Food invites Glee Gum fans to take advantage of a special offer: try your 1st month FREE with promotional code GLEEGUMVIP (now through 10/31/2013). This is a great way to discover new, hard-to-find, tasty, organic and natural snacks, delivered straight to your door, for as low as $10 per month. Most satisfying of all, you help to donate a meal to the hungry while you’re at it. Visit LoveWithFood.com to learn more, and bon appétit!

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Green Halloween: Still a Scream!

The air feels cooler. The leaves look redder. And pumpkins are sprouting on front porches. It can only mean one thing. It’s almost Halloweeeeeen!

Glee in the Community Image Green HalloweenThis season is our hands-down favorite here at Glee. And, for the sixth year in a row, we’re proud to partner with Green Halloween®, a grassroots initiative striving to create healthier, eco-friendlier holidays—starting with this one. Together, we plan to enjoy the most spook-tacular, eek-o-friendly Halloween yet!

Keep your eyes peeled (and palms open) for Mini Glee Gum samples at upcoming Green Halloween® happenings from New York to L.A., Nashville to San Francisco, Boston to Portland, and beyond. And visit GreenHalloween.org to find fun local events, swap synthetic sweets for healthier treats, get green costume ideas, and more. Way more!

For starters, check out a horde of Halloween ideas posted on GreenHalloween.org just this week. There are also sweet contests and Gleeful giveaways scheduled all month long. And this Thursday night, October 3rd (9-10 pm ET/ 6-7 pm PT), join Green Halloween® for a Twitter party extravaganza. Follow party hosts @GreenHalloween, @Veritey, and @Healthy_Child as they post healthy and sustainable #GreenHalloween tips that you won’t want to miss. RSVP here for a chance to win great prizes!

Launched in Seattle in 2007 by a mother of two, in partnership with non-profit organizations, leading natural food brands, and community volunteers coast-to-coast, Green Halloween® is now a nationwide movement. It inspires healthier choices (both for kids and for the planet) and offers easy, affordable, and fun solutions. Green Halloween® is powered by Veritey, a healthy living resource that enables consumers to make safe, effective product choices.

So, forget orange and black. Let’s add some much-needed green to this Halloween!

P.S. Just a li’l reminder: a certain Mini Glee Variety Pack of ours makes a terrific sweet for trick-or-treaters! That is, if you like your neighbors and their respective mini-me’s. If not, it makes a terrific treat for you to enjoy all by yourself!

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Non-GMO Project Verified!

jpegOctober marks the national celebration of Non-GMO Month. And we’re especially excited to celebrate this year, because Glee Gum just became the world’s first Non-GMO Project Verified chewing gum!

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and other animals and plants. These experimental combinations of genes are still being researched. Non-GMO Project Verification signifies that all flavors of Glee Gum have been produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—following rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination.

“We believe in consumers’ right to know when GMOs are in their food,” our company founder and president Deborah Schimberg explains. “And we hope that the US will join the 60-plus other countries around the world that require labeling. In the meantime, it was important to our company and our customers to seek Non-GMO Project Verification for Glee Gum. We’re thrilled to receive it, and consider it another great reason to feel good about chewing Glee.”

Since October 2011, Glee Gum has been a proud partner of the Just Label It! campaign, advocating for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. And since that time, we’ve seen the grassroots movement for GMO labeling continue to grow and gain momentum. A 2012 Mellman Group poll, for example, found that 91% of American consumers wanted GMOs to be labeled. That’s quite a percentage! Washington voters get a chance to weigh in this November with Initiative 522, and 25 other states have pending bills or ballot initiatives to label GMOs. Here’s hoping that this is just the beginning of big changes to come!

Please consider learning more at NonGMOProject.org. And, as always, thanks for your support of Glee Gum!