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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!

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What Makes Bubblegum So Special?

These days, when you want gum to chew on, you don’t have to go far to find dozens of brand of bubblegum on supermarket shelves and online retailers.

While most people look at all chewing gum as the same, there are actually a few types. Besides conventional and natural gums, you can also differentiate between regular chewing gums and bubblegums.

But aren’t chewing gum and bubblegum the same? Traditional chewing gum came first, getting its firm chew from chicle and other tree resins. Bubblegum is a subset of chewing gum made specially for its magnificent bubble.

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Photo by Thought Catalog.⁠

Chewing gum and bubblegum share a core set of ingredients called “gum base,” to which sweeteners, colors, flavors, etc. are added. For instance, Glee Gum uses chicle, a tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforest of Central America. Most conventional gum brands use a synthetic gum base, made from artificial products like plastics.

Though many different civilizations and cultures utilized chewing gum in one form or another throughout the centuries, the product really picked up commercially in the USA during the 19th century.

With a series of small chicle-based chewing gum companies on the market, Frank Fleer of Fleer Chewing Gum Co. wanted a different kind of gum product. He searched for a way to reduce the toughness and stickiness of chewing gum so that bubbles could be blown with it—something that would set his gum apart from all others, he believed.

After many failed attempts, it was the company’s accountant, Walter Diemer, who ultimately concocted the recipe for what is now known as bubblegum in the 1920s. It was stretchier than traditional chewing gum and much less sticky, making it perfect for bubble-blowing. Bubblegum got its universally-recognized color when the company used the only available food coloring in the factory to make his first batch—a lovely shade of pink.

Aside from its delightful color, bubblegum is known for its characteristically fruity, uniquely bubblegum-y flavor. Most companies now use artificial flavorings to create that classic taste.

Not Glee! We use a combination of cherry, strawberry, lemon, and vanilla to achieve the delicious, nostalgic flavor that bubblegum is known for. Glee Gum’s Classic Bubblegum and Sugar-Free Bubblegum may not blow the biggest bubbles on the market, due to their all-natural gum bases. But you can chew happily knowing that Glee Gum makes gum the way we all used to, when chewing gum was clean and natural, free of artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, and sweeteners.

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The Sticky Subject of Gum Base

When you chew gum, what are you really chewing? The answer varies widely, depending on the gum. But writer Beth Terry has long been concerned with one potential ingredient in particular: plastic. And believe it or not, that ingredient happens to be in a lot of gum.

Synthetic materials often can be found in gum base, the indigestible part of gum that provides chewy texture. But the white, gooey stuff pictured below also provides chewy texture. It’s called chicle, and it’s the sustainably harvested tree sap that we use to make Glee Gum.

On her site My Plastic-Free Life, Beth Terry interviews our company president about how Glee came to be a plastic-free, natural alternative to conventional gum. Read on, and be sure to check out our page about gum base, too.

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