Verve, inc. is a certified woman-owned eco-friendly company that strives to educate about sustainability, fair sourcing, & healthier snack alternatives. We provide full disclosure of our ingredients and certifications to help our customers stay informed and in control of their nutrition. We don’t just sell you chewing gum; we offer you a healthier lifestyle choice. Because Changing What You Chew isn’t just about the gum, right? It’s about your commitment to a healthier way of life, and we are grateful to be a part of that journey with you!
A natural product is one whose ingredients are simple, clean, and compostable. We believe in supporting sustainable practices, clean carbon footprints, and healthy lifestyle choices. That’s why we only try to use the cleanest of ingredients that are responsibly sourced and are doing our best to limit non-biodegradable packaging. We provide simple allergy- friendly products made with every customer’s well-being in mind, because to us, your well-being is natural!
Glee Gum appeals to a variety of diets, and is available in 11 yummy flavors – sugar and sugar-free! That means it is safe for diabetics, those with gluten intolerances, and even keto and Feingold dieters! Made with chicle, a tree sap harvested sustainably to help conserve the rainforest, it’s a plastic-free alternative to the junk-filled gums on the market today, a safer bet for you and your family.
As a society, we are used to foods that contain synthetic ingredients that serve as carriers for flavor. Because those synthetics don’t digest and are left behind in our bodies, or take much longer to break down, the flavor sticks around longer with it.
Natural chewing gums don’t typically contain synthetics like that and thus, flavors don’t carry as long. It is a legitimate downside, and the first thing people notice when switching from conventional to natural chewing gum. However, when pros and cons are weighed, many feel the benefits of the natural alternatives outweigh the risk to our health that the artificial chemicals in conventional gums pose. When you decide to Change What You Chew and try Glee Gum, be sure to reach out and let us know what you think!
Somewhat, but not the big bouncy ones. Glee is actually a natural chewing gum, while the type of gum ideal for blowing bubbles is…well, bubblegum. Both chewing gum and bubblegum have a gum base made of pretty much the same ingredients. Both chewing gum and bubblegum will have a sweetener and some color added; but a Bubblegum will have added synthetic elastics to make it bouncier and inclined to produce bigger bubbles. Besides our awesome chicle base, our chewing gum contains only natural sweeteners, preservatives, colors, and flavors. No artificial anything, and that includes the types of synthetic elastics ideal for bubble-blowing. You can read more about it here!
Chicle is the sap from the Sapodilla (pronounced “sap-oh-dee-yah”) tree, which grows in the rainforests of Central America. Chicle was the original basis for all chewing gum, until synthetic gum bases were developed. By using chicle in our gum base, we support chicleros, the workers who tap trees for chicle. We also create an ongoing use for sapodilla trees, which otherwise have economic value only as lumber. You can read more about chicle here.
Yes! Many chewing and bubble gums will contain a starchy substance called dextrin that is sourced from corn as a carrier for flavors and sweeteners. But the dextrin used in Glee Gum’s flavors are sourced from tapioca, making Glee Gum corn free!
Glee Gum does not contain any of the eight major food allergens: milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, or soybeans. Soy is present in the facility where Glee Gum is made. Ingredient info can be found on each product page. If you have any additional questions related to allergens, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! We sweeten our sugar-free products with natural xylitol because of its negligible effect on blood sugar levels and its cavity-fighting powers, too! Using xylitol as a sweetener also helps with cavity prevention and makes our gum safe for diabetics, Feingold & keto dieters, etc. You can read more about Xylitol here.
Yes, Glee Gum is safe for individuals with latex allergies. Chicle is derived from the Manilkara sapota (sapodilla) tree. Natural rubber latex comes from the H. brasiliensis tree. People with latex allergies are allergic to the proteins of the H. brasiliensis tree, so they should have no problem with chicle. For allergen information related to our Make Your Own Candy Kits (one of which does contain natural rubber latex), please see the related question below. If you have any additional questions related to allergens, please email us at email@example.com.
Xylitol is not safe for dogs. We strongly recommend keeping & storing all chewing gum out of the reach of canines (the same way you do chocolate). If your dog somehow manages to break into your xylitol gum stash, please call your veterinarian and/or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour diagnostic & treatment hotline at 888-426-4435 as soon as possible. Please be aware that xylitol can be found in other products too, including some candy, mints, vitamins, mouthwash, toothpaste, peanut butter, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for it on ingredient lists and protect your pooch! Read more about it here.
Glee Gum is a bit stickier than conventional gum, due to the naturally sticky tree sap that gives it texture. Sugar-free Glee Gum tends to be softer due to the Xylitol sweetener. We would not recommend chewing this gum with dentures or composite resin fillings, as we’ve had some mixed results.
Glee Gum’s flavors are derived from the plants or fruits that they are named after. For example, Glee’s Watermelon flavor comes from watermelon, Peppermint from the peppermint plant, and so on. One exception is our bubblegum flavor, which is derived from cherry, strawberry, lemon, and vanilla. (Surprising, huh?) The process of extracting natural flavors varies, but we can assure you that all our natural flavors are FDA-approved, non-GMO, and very tasty.
We recently switched our gum production over to a facility near Naples, Italy. The company has very high standards of quality and have been in the manufacturing business for years. We are grateful to have these experienced people on our team helping us to achieve our goals, like achieving vegan certification.
The new gum uses the same formula with only one ingredient change: we removed the resinous glaze and beeswax. This helped us obtain our Vegan certification and update our Kosher certification to the better-known Triangle K Council. It is of course still non-GMO project verified.
Our natural gum base is made with what we formerly referred to as 'dehydrated citrus peels'. Essentially, that is known across the manufacturing industry as 'citric acid'. To stay up to date with ingredient labeling standards and maintain accuracy, we have updated the 'dehydrated citrus peels' on Glee Gum ingredient labels to 'citric acid'.
Second, you will be happy to know that we made the pieces 40% larger and rectangular in shape. After hearing from customers and fans over the years that they wanted a bit more “mass to their bite”, we felt this would be the perfect opportunity to give exactly that. New shape, but pretty much the same simple Glee Gum you are used to!
Glee products have been around for some time. We want to renew excitement for existing fans with a simpler, more modern look, while generating interest and appeal for new customers. Our new packaging is biodegradable and communicates our brand values with our familiar bright bold color schemes.
We decided to change the style of boxes to a locking flip-top lid to provide additional security and safeguarding towards tampering or damage during shipping. Also, they are more vertical on the shelf so customers can see them better. By the way, the transparent film covering the cardboard boxes is biodegradable cellophane, not plastic!
No! The Glee Guy is our beloved mascot who serves as a reminder of the days when chewing gum was natural and simple – you know, the kind of gum that your grandparents used to chew, before synthetics and plastic gum bases became the norm around WW2 in the 40’s. He can be found playing Peek-a-Boo under the flap of the new flip-top boxes, throughout our website, and in a variety of logos, too!
With the improved Vegan certified formula and the rebranding, we took additional initiative to improve upon some key points that our fans and customers have shared with us. Many customers asked for larger pieces to give more chew and mass per serving.
Yes, Glee Gum Pops are allergy-friendly, gluten-free, and vegan, too! They are also suitable for Feingold Diet Stage 2. Glee Gum Pops do not contain any of the eight major food allergens: milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, or soybeans. Milk, peanuts, and wheat are present in other products not processed in the facility, but sometimes stored in the same warehouse.
The glucose in Glee Gum Pops is derived from corn. As in Glee Gum, the gum base in the pops is safe for those with latex allergies to eat. For those concerned about annatto, this ingredient is only used in one flavor of pops: Juicy Orange. The ingredients in the pops are natural. However, some of them may not yet be non-GMO. We are working on achieving Non-GMO Project Verification for Glee Gum Pops. If you have any additional questions related to allergens, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, Glee Tarts are gluten-free! Glee Tarts are made with xylitol that is derived from maize starch and/or wheat starch hydrolysis. Our xylitol manufacturer states that because the wheat gluten content is lower than 20 ppm, it is suitable for those with celiac disease. To further guarantee the safety of Glee Tarts, every lot of Glee Tarts is tested for gluten impurities and is always found to contain less than 2.5 ppm of gluten, a threshold 8 times stricter than the FDA’s threshold.
Glee Tarts are not safe for dogs and we say so right on our package! Due to the Xylitol used to sweeten Glee Tarts, we strongly recommend keeping & storing them out of the reach of canines (the same way you do chocolate). If your dog somehow manages to get ahold of your Glee Tarts, please call your veterinarian and/or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour diagnostic & treatment hotline at 888-426-4435 as soon as possible. Please be aware that xylitol can be found in other products too, including some candy, mints, vitamins, mouthwash, toothpaste, peanut butter, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for it on ingredient lists and protect your pooch! Read more.
Eating a whole box of Glee Tarts in one sitting, while tempting, is not advised, because it could cause gastrointestinal distress. The main ingredient, xylitol, a sugar-alcohol, is not entirely absorbed by the body and some ends up in your intestines where the good bacteria that lives there begins to ferment it. This is a safe process, but according to the FDA it could lead to symptoms such as bloating, gas, and even diarrhea. Each person’s body reacts to xylitol differently so there is no way to scientifically determine how much xylitol produces these unwanted adverse effects. Some people are not affected at all, while others are only affected after consuming a large quantity. The best advice we can give you is to enjoy your Glee Tarts at a pace that is right for you!
Xylitol, the main ingredient in Glee Tarts, is hygroscopic, meaning that it readily absorbs moisture from the air. We wrap each individual box of Glee Tarts, which provides a moisture barrier between the Glee Tarts and the air around them. As soon as you unwrap your Glee Tarts you may find that they darken in color a little. This is okay! It’s just because they are absorbing some moisture from the air. We recommend storing them in a cool dry place to prevent this from happening, but if it does, you needn’t worry, they will still be the same delicious tasty treat!
Magnesium Stearate is known as a release agent and is needed in the production of tableted confectionaries, because it keeps the powdered mixture of ingredients from sticking to the machine parts that forms the tablets. The FDA has determined that Magnesium Stearate is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for human consumption in quantities of less that 2,500 mg/kg/day. A 160 lb human being would need to eat 24,360 Glee Tarts in one day to reach this threshold! Our Magnesium Stearate is a mixture of solid organic acids derived from vegetable fatty acids, which in our case comes from palm oil.
The Glee Tarts have made a long journey from production to your hand! They are produced in the western United States, shipped to our fulfillment specialist in the Midwestern United States, and then to distribution warehouses across the country. Finally, they get shipped to stores, or directly to you. All this travel might have caused a few to crack or sheer. We hope that most of your Glee Tarts have held up well and hope you find all the pieces to your liking!
The MYO Chewing Gum Kit contains natural rubber, soy, and corn. (Please note that the natural rubber is different from the chicle used in Glee Gum and Glee Gum Pops. Unlike those products, it is not suitable for those with latex sensitivities.) The MYO Gummies Kit contains corn. The MYO Chocolate Kit contains dairy and soy. The MYO Candy Kits do not contain egg, seafood, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, or peanuts. Some ingredients in the kits are processed in facilities that also process milk, egg, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans. The ingredients in the kits are natural. However, some of them may not yet be non-GMO. If you have any additional questions related to allergens, please email us at email@example.com.
Absolutely! We’re always advising folks to get creative. With the Gummies Kits, you can make your own molds using spoons, cookie cutters, magnets, and more. With the Chocolate Kits, you can add marshmallows, peanut butter, nuts, fruit, raisins, etc.—anything yummy from the pantry! And though the Gum Kits come with 2 ready flavors, you can make your own flavors by using any powdered flavor such as Kool-Aid, Jell-O, flavored extracts, etc. You can also substitute your own rice syrup, honey, or agave nectar for the corn syrup included in the Gum Kit. So, anything goes! And, since we haven’t tried all the possibilities, we’d love to hear how your experiments turn out.
Gum base is very, very sticky, especially when mixed with corn syrup. We provide you with a disposable pan because of this. DO NOT USE ANY OF YOUR OWN PANS OR SPECIAL UTENSILS! Gum base is very difficult to remove. We recommend melted butter to dissolve the corn syrup. You can also try commercial products like peanut butter, oil, Goo-Gone, or Citra-Solv. Clothing can be tossed into the freezer – the gum base will harden and peel off easily!
You are more than welcome to try! However, we have not found a sugar substitute which works as well as confectioner’s sugar. The problem is that the confectioner’s sugar serves two purposes in the Gum Kit– to sweeten the taste and to smooth the texture. Because sugar substitutes tend to be considerably sweeter than natural sugar, and granulated vs powdered, much smaller amounts are needed to sweeten the taste and find the right texture. If you find a creative solution to this problem, please let us know!
If your sour mix appears clumpy, don’t worry. Subtle changes in humidity can sometimes have this effect on the citric acid that gives the sugar it’s tangy flavor. Your sour mix is still perfectly safe to consume. Simply rub the packet of sour mix between your hands to break up the clumps and proceed with the recipe. It should work – and taste! – just fine. If you’d like, you also can add a spoonful of granulated sugar from your pantry to the mix. That should smooth the texture even more.
The powdered seaweed sometimes absorbs water, too. Don’t worry, though, it will still work as it will be dissolved in hot water in the recipe.
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September 20, 2021
Glee Gum strives to ensure that its services are accessible to people with disabilities.
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level.
These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
Accessibility on this Website
Glee Gum uses a Website Accessibility Widget that has a dedicated accessibility functionality. Our website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, we utilize an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
The software allows Glee Gum to improve its compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1).
If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enabling the Accessibility Widget
The accessibility widget can be enabled by clicking the accessibility widget link that appears at the bottom of all pages of our website. After triggering the accessibility widget link, the accessibility widget will load and display in a moment.
Screen-reader and keyboard navigation
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website.
In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels;
descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology.
To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Disability profiles supported in our website
Epilepsy Safe Mode: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Visually Impaired Mode: this mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Mode: this mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
ADHD Friendly Mode: this mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
Blindness Mode: this mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments
Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different coloring options.
Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
Browser and assistive technology compatibility
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
We continue our efforts to constantly improve the accessibility of our site and services in the belief that it is our collective moral obligation to use reasonable efforts toward improving seamless, accessible and unhindered use also for those of us with disabilities to the extent this can be done in a reasonable manner.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them fully accessible. We are continually working on improving the accessibility of our website by adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. We do all this because we constantly strive to achieve the optimal level of accessibility possible.
Notes, comments, and feedback
Despite our efforts to make all pages and content on this website as reasonably accessible as it can be consistent with normal business practices for a company of our size and resources, some content could still be improved, so we welcome your suggestions.
If you are experiencing any difficulties in accessing or navigating, any content or part of our website, if you are blind or if you have visual impairments, or if you require any kind of assistance, please contact us and let us know. We will be happy to assist.
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