Are you looking for more summer activities to keep your kids occupied? The Glee Gum company has three different candy-making kits that you can use: Chocolate, Gummies, & Chewing Gum. They sent a package of their Make Your Own Gummies Kit to us. Sweet Diner was especially excited to try it out…she loves “projects.”
The Gummies Kit uses seaweed as a natural gelling agent, actually two kinds: a powdered seaweed and a whole piece of dried seaweed that you soak. My kids thought the idea of using seaweed in the gummy candies was disgusting until we talked about how many things we use already contain seaweed. It was quite the educational experience, and the kit comes with an explanation of why and how seaweed is used.
The process of making the gummies is fairly simple. It involves heating & stirring, pouring the mixture into molds, and coating with a sour powder. The most challenging part is the molds. The kit comes with molding starch which you use to make impressions that you use as molds. We found various objects and toys to use around the house, but only the most basic shapes (circles, hearts, stars) with virtually no detail worked for us. Even those were difficult to get good, clean impressions to use because the starch stuck to the objects. It would be much easier to use candy molds or shaped ice cube trays.
One thing I loved about the kit is that the candy was ready quickly. After pouring, we only had to put it in the fridge for ten minutes before it was set. The gummies were a sweet cherry flavor that we thought needed the sour coating to balance the flavor. Overall, the flavor was good. The kit makes quite a few gummy candies, but they should be eaten fairly quickly. We had some that were left out overnight that were weepy the next day.
I thought the kit was a fun experience that also gave us some interesting things to talk about. You can buy these candy making kits from Glee Gum’s online store, Amazon, or find a store near you with their locator. Kits retail for about $13.95 each. Through July 31, 2012, you can get 15% off everything in their online store when you use the code FRIENDS in the upper left corner of the order page before shopping.
Glee Gum wants to send one of you a free Make Your Own Candy Kit (choose from Gummies or Chewing Gum).
To Enter: Answer the Rafflecopter question of which kit you would like to get. See the Rafflecopter form to enter and for details on additional entries.
Giveaway Closes: 12:01 am EST on Monday, July 30th, 2012. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond. You must be at least 18 years old and have a US address. Good luck!