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Did you know that before WWII gum manufacturers used chicle instead of synthetic rubber to make chewing gum? The art of making gum with natural chicle was long lost until Glee Gum brought it back to life.
What is chicle? Chicle is the sap that is harvested from the Sapodilla tree that grows in the rainforests of Central America. By using this harvested rainforest chicle, Glee Gum provides a sustainable subsistence for the people living in that area. I highly recommend reading the fun history of gum and the process of making gum starting from the tapping the Sapodilla trees on Glee Gum’s website.
Glee Gum is the only healthy alternative to synthetic gum in the US, so you can “chew Glee-fully.” It’s made with all natural ingredients and is free of wheat, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, artificial sweeteners, dairy, nut, yeast, and egg.
Glee Gum provided us with samples of their gum and a Make Your Own Gum Kit for review purposes. The gum comes in 6 flavors (cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, tangerine, bubblegum, and triple berry), though the kit actually has an additional one, cherry, that is not sold separately.
What did we think about the gum itself? It really didn’t taste much different than other gum, and the flavors are pretty fantastic. Don’t expect the flavoring to last a long time like you would a stick of “Extra,” for instance, but I actually really enjoyed it. It remains chewy longer than most, and I am sure that is attributed to the natural chewiness of the cliche. I actually chewed one piece for about an hour and it defeated me in the end. It was still quite chewy and it left my jaw sore! Packets of this gum would make awesome stocking stuffers for the entire family.
When making the gum in the kit, I highly suggest that you take off your rings and cut your nails short, as it does get super sticky (as one would expect). At one point in the beginning of the process, I panicked at how sticky my hands were. But as I worked the glob into the sugar and it had time to cool down a bit, the stickiness factor wasn’t quite as bad as it had been originally. Now, let me clarify why I panicked (this is also the reason why I didn’t get any pictures of the process) – I was the only adult present with an eager 3 year old and a needy and curious 10 month old tugging on my leg and trying to get my attention at all costs. I had no idea how I was supposed to get my hands unglued if the baby came into danger.
Back to the process…
It took 25 minutes from start to finish (I used the faster method by microwave rather than stovetop). Add another 10 for clean-up, which wasn’t as horrible as I thought it would be. Easy peasy! Really.
While my son is still a little young to fully participate, I still wanted to share the experience with him because he is such a gum lover. In fact, even at 3 he really enjoyed watching, smelling, tasting, rolling, and feeling the gum in the various stages of the process. It did take a bit longer than I expected after reading the super simple instructions, but maybe it was due to my “limitations” (i.e. children).
During the process, I chewed a tiny bit of the chicle gum base plain and actually prefer it that way – without the sugar and flavoring! But we did end up adding the two flavors that were included (cherry and cinnamon) for my son’s sake. According to Glee Gum’s FAQs, you can experiment with flavors, adding your own from flavored extracts, Jell-O packets or Kool-Aid. Maybe next time.
After getting it all rolled out and ready for cutting into strips, my son decided that he wanted to make gumball-shaped gum instead. The kit made about 10 larger-sized balls. The end result, of course, didn’t look so great, as I am by no means an expert and we didn’t have the nice colorful coating on our homemade version. However, as I am fully aware, looks aren’t everything… it tasted just as good as the store-bought version. And the process was amazing to be able to share with my child. Our gum-chewing expert was definitely captivated. While it was fun and I would absolutely love to try the other two kits Glee Gum sells, I won’t be trying this while my husband is out of town again.
The kits are perfect for the upcoming holiday season. It can keep the older kids (and guests) fully occupied and entertained with minimal intervening from you (maybe just during the clean-up). Buy one of their educational make-it-yourself kits to make chocolate (this is the one I really want to try), gum or gummies for only $13. You can also purchase gum in one of their 6 flavors in packets, loose or in bulk.
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