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Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit with Ingredients

How to Make Your Own Chocolate, Gummies, and Chewing Gum During Social Distancing

Traditional skills like baking bread, knitting, and gardening seem to be making a comeback. Many people are looking for productive activities to do while at home practicing social distancing due to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Why not make your own candy, too? Glee Gum’s educational, tasty Make Your Own Candy Kits will teach you how to make your own chocolate, gummies, and chewing gum.

We rounded up some of our favorite bloggers’ and YouTubers’ guides to making chocolate, gummy candy, and chewing gum in the list below.

 

Make Your Own Chocolate Kit

 

You may love chocolate, but do you know the history of this decadent dessert? Combining chemistry, world culture, history, and pure deliciousness, the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit is perfect for a kids’ homeschool project, grown-up date night, or family activity.

The Hayes family enjoyed completing the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit with loved ones – via video call, due to social distancing.

Make Your Own Gummies

 

Sweet, chewy gummy candy is a kid-favorite. A lot of gummy candy you find at the store is made with animal gelatin, but did you know that the great gummy texture can also be made with carrageenan from seaweed? Your family can find out all about it with the Make Your Own Gummies Kit, plus the lesson plan, if you want to learn even more!

Soaking seaweed is just one step in vegan-gummy making! Photo by Fun Learning Life.

Make Your Own Chewing Gum

 

If you’re a fan of Glee Gum, you will LOVE making your own chewing gum using our all-natural chicle chewing gum base. If you make your own chewing gum, you can choose your own flavors. The blogs and videos below are full of great ideas for creating your own custom chewing gum.

You can also read about how our founder, Deborah Schimberg, was inspired to create Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kits — and later, Glee Gum — in this blog on Fairtrade America.

 

Lucky Penny’s video about our Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit is one of our favorites!

Have you tried one of our candy kits to make your own chocolate, gummies, or chewing gum? Tag us in your pictures on Instagram @glee.gum for a chance to be featured on our page!

DIY Candy Jewelry – with Gum

Remember those sweet candy necklaces and bracelets you enjoyed as a kid?

Well, we’ve brought them back, better than ever. Our quick and easy DIY version uses all-natural chewing gum for the “beads.” With Glee Gum, you can feel good knowing that your candy jewelry has been made without plastics or chemicals. That’s more than can be said for most jewelry out there, candy or otherwise!

Surprisingly, we wore these necklaces all day and experienced no melting, color transfer, or similar issues. We were pleasantly surprised with their resilience! Of course, we recommend that you use your best judgement depending on what else you’re wearing.

To begin, assemble your ingredients.

Pick out the gum colors and flavors of your choice. Here, we used our Bulk – or should we say, party-sized – tubes of Classic Glee Gum, but naturally you can use gum from boxes or pouches, too.

Tools you’ll need:
– embroidery floss
– a needle with an eye big enough to thread embroidery floss*
– scissors
– a thick pad of paper, notebook, or cardboard

*We used a quilting needle (similar to this one) that we happened to have on hand. You can use a shorter needle as well, but may a longer one makes the process easier.

Consider how big you’d like your bracelet or necklace to be. Cut the thread so that the strand is at least a few inches longer than that, to give you some wiggle room. Then thread the needle and tie a knot at one end, leaving extra thread after the knot. Place a piece of gum down on the pad or notebook, and pierce the candy coating from one side. Flip the needle over, so that the eye of the needle is against the pad. Push the piece of gum down the length of the needle. If the candy coating cracks a little, don’t worry; that happens. It may take a few tries to get it right!

Once you’ve filled your necklace or bracelet with as many gum “beads” as you’d like, make a final knot and tie both ends together with the loose threads. Snip off any excess thread as needed. Le voilà!

Variations: you can mix up the colors and style all different ways, and color coordinate your design with any outfit. For a mod look, try threading just a few pieces and keeping the length long. This makes for a cute, chunky necklace. Bracelet and anklet versions work great, too!

Another way to change it up: double thread the needle. Thread a couple pieces of gum, and then tie a knot afterwards.

Leave about an inch or so of space, tie another knot, and thread a couple more pieces of gum.

Have fun and shine on! And, be sure to tag us in any pics you post so that we can admire your beautiful creations. We can’t wait to see you sparkle!

How to Make Mummy Pops

Looking for a dead-simple, DIY way to scare up some decorative Halloween treats this year? It only takes a couple of Glee Gum Pops, a few household items, and a half hour to create the cutest mummy lollipops this side of a crypt.

You’ll need:
– a bag of Halloween Glee Gum Pops (any Glee Gum Pops will do the trick!)
– toilet tissue
– a pen or marker
– scissors
– white thread (or dental floss, if you’re in a pinch)
– optional: a few wee, willing witches or game ghosts to assist you

Step 1: Roll out about 11 squares of toilet paper and cut them in half lengthwise to form two long strips.

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Step 2: Begin by covering the head of the lollipop with tissue, then continue wrapping the sides until all packaging is covered. Kids don’t need to be particularly neat here!

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Step 3: Tie a knot around the stick with the ends of the tissue, and trim any extra tissue as necessary.

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Step 4: For extra freaky mummy flair, cut a length of white string (or dental floss). Wrap it in circles around the mummy and then tie it off.

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Step 5: Add some eyes and a facial expression to the mummy with a pen or marker! If you happen to have googly eyes lying around your house, well, gluing those on could be a super good idea, too.

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Step 6: Enjoy! Glee Gum Pops contain no artificial colors, flavors,sweeteners, or preservatives. They’re vegan and allergy-friendly, too. So, you can rest easy knowing that no matter how scary your creations may look, there’s actually nothing scary sneaking around inside ’em.

How did your mummy pops turn out? Snap a pic and tag it #MadewithGlee so we can see. With your permission, we might even share shots of your creepy creatures with our chums. Don’t be too frightened if they POP out at you later!

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Say Boo with DIY Lollipop Ghosts

Here’s a super easy, spook-tacular craft to try at home this week: make your own gum pop ghosts!

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These cute little spooks hide a sweet inside– but no scary surprises in the form of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Best part is, they couldn’t be simpler or more affordable to make!

We’re so eek-cited about our new Glee Gum Pops: delicious natural lollipops with hard candy shells, bubblegum centers, and three fun flavors in every bag. When dressed up for Halloween, the pops are perfect to bring to parties, pack for school lunches, or give away to trick-or-treaters.

DIY Lollipop Ghosts

Step 1: Gather your tools!
– Scissors
– An old white sheet or other cloth rag or scrap (tissues work, too!)
– Dental floss or white thread
– A felt-tipped marker
– A bag or two of Glee Gum Pops

Step 1 - Gum Pop Ghosts

Step 2: Cut squares of white fabric. We find that five inches by five inches is a good size. Cut as many squares as you’d like ghosts!

Step 2 - Gum Pop Ghosts

Step 3: Cover each pop with the fabric and tie the floss or thread gently around the “neck” area of the ghost. Trim accordingly!

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Step 4: Spookify your ghosts! Draw faces directly on the fabric with your marker. Of course, the possibilities to embellish here are endless- you could add googly eyes or use different colors. Extra points if you make one that looks like the Glee Guy!

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Step 5: Go scare/ delight someone with your new posse of gum pop ghosts. And if you happen to share on social media, please be sure to tag us– we wanna see all your funny phantoms! (You can find Glee Gum on Facebook and Pinterest and our mascot Glee Guy on Twitter).

Happy almost Halloween, chums!

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