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.


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…