Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Glee! And a giveaway...

Oh, how I love Glee. That Singing in the Rain/Umbrella Medley was awesome last night! E groans about watching it, but he's not exactly chained to the couch. I think he digs it. But anywho, that's not the Glee I need to tell you about today actually. We need to talk candy.

Glee Gum's Make Your Own Candy Kits to be precise. You may have seen the cute retro gum packaging in stores, but they also make DIY kits. I got the chance to review one of the kits (they offer, gum, chocolate, and gummies) and was so excited when the package arrived. Glee Gum is based in Providence, RI, so it was love at first sight. 

The Make Your Own Gummies kit comes with sour mix, colored and flavored sugar, powdered seaweed, seaweed, molding starch, instructions and the story of carrageenan. You're wondering why the hell seaweed is in a candy kit, right? You can read all about it here. It's actually a pretty ommon ingredient in natural food and products. Natural and educational candy? Word. 

The kit gives you instructions to make your own mold, which has endless possibilities. Gummies shaped like your favorite toys, your own sculptural designs, whatever! As it was near Halloween, we just used my plastic candy molds and made eyeballs and fingers, so you can use anything you like. The process is incredibly easy, and we had our candy completed in about 20 minutes. The kids dug it, even though Anniebelly made a squinchy sour puss face with every taste and went back for another bite. Sour mix'll do that to ya. Cherry isn't one of my favorite gummy flavors, so I hope they'll start offering others! As for the texture, if you've ever made homemade gels, this is similar. It is not the hard gel of fruit snacks, but softer and more flexible. Very fun to play with, and the mix even reheats to you can just warm it up to pour again if you don't move fast enough the first time.

Overall, this is a fun little activity to get your kids playing in the kitchen and teach them a bit, too. It could even make a fun addition to a holiday gift. You know you want to try. You can order any of the products on the company's website, but guess what?

Glee Gum is giving one of these kits away to you guys! You even get to choose if you want to make gum, chocolate, or gummies. Here are the details:

To Enter: 
1. Simply leave me a comment below. Don't forget to leave a contact in case you win.

2. Followers: As a bonus for you loyal folks, you get an extra entry. Please leave an additional comment letting me know you follow my blog via Google Friend Connect.

Contest is only open to residents of the U.S. and ends on Wed., November 24th.

Good Luck!


girlichef said...

Oh my gawd, how fun is this!! Enter me...I want to make my own gum. Glee Gum! :D

girlichef said...

...and I'm a follower :D

Noelle said...

How fun for our homeschool

Michelle said...

Love the idea of the gummy candy kit. I love making candy!

Count me in!

Michelle said...

Forgot to mention I follow you on GFC.

Judy's Bakery & Test Kitchen said...

Oh, that's why a woman was buying a ton of seaweed at Trader Joe's? It's for candy?

This sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for considering me in the giveaway.