Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Glee Gum Offers Fun Make Your Kits That Will Have Kids Making Their Own Chocolate, Gummies or Chewing Gum at Home + There Are Lesson Plans to Turn These Kits Into Fun Learning Experiences! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Innovative activity kits with sweet results. As educational toys for all ages, the Make Your Own Candy Kits are designed to connect, create, and captivate!

A couple months ago I was sent Make Your Own Candy/Chocolate Kits from Glee Gum.  We had tried their chocolate kit a couple years back when I did a fun Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory themed lesson for the girls' homeschooling.  We learned all about chocolate and where it came home, watched this classic movie, and then followed up by making our own chocolate.  The kit was really fun, and one the girls really got into and loved the hands on feature of making their very own chocolate, while also learning about chocolate at the same time.  So, when the folks at Glee Gum contacted me to review their kits which have undergone a face lift with new packaging, I jumped at the opportunity.  I had been meaning to try out their gummies and and chewing gum kits after the success of the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit, but it had slipped my mind, so it was a nice reminder about these fun kits for kids, especially as I was putting together my holiday gift guide and knew these kits would make for great gift ideas for kids of all ages.

Here is more about each of the Make Your Own kits from Glee Gum, which include Chocolate, Gummies and Chewing Gum...

"Connect to the global community by tracing the origins of raw materials we encounter in our daily lives. Create  something exciting and delicious. Captivate kids’ and adults’ interest. It’s fun to stir, mix, touch, and taste. Now you can make yummy treats while learning a little about the rainforest, ethnobotany, chemistry, mathematics and measurement, ecology and environmental issues, home economics, nutrition, the oceans, and more!"

Make Your Own Chocolate Kit from Glee Gum

"Mixing elements of chemistry with world culture and history, the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit contains everything you need to make decadent, dark chocolate, right at home.

Inside each Make Your Own Chocolate Kit, you’ll find organic, Fair Trade cocoa butter, organic, Fair Trade cocoa powder, confectioner’s sugar, starter crystals, a temperature indicator, paper candy liners, instructions, a story about chocolate, and a few cacao beans to try.
First you melt the cocoa butter, then add the cocoa powder and sugar. Stir, stir, stir until it cools to the right temperature. Add the starter crystals so that the chocolate “tempers,” and enjoy your delicious, home-made chocolate!
Each Chocolate Kit makes 8 oz. of chocolate, or about 20 pieces. The kit can be made on the stove or with a microwave. Adult supervision is recommended. A fun activity for classrooms, scout troops, birthday parties, home schools, date nights, and more. A great gift for kids (ages 8 & up) and chocolate lovers of all ages!"

Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit from Glee Gum

"Make your own chewing gum with natural Rainforest rubber. Everything you need is included, and it’s easy!
Inside each Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit, you’ll find natural chewing gum base, confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, two natural flavors, a small pan, simple instructions, and a story about the sustainable harvest of rubber.
First you soften the gum base, either in the microwave or on the stove. Then you add the sugar, corn syrup, and flavoring, knead it a little, and WOW! You’ve made your own gum, right at home!
Each Gum Kit makes 30 – 50 pieces of chewing gum. Adult supervision is recommended. A fun activity for classrooms, scout troops, birthday parties, home schools, date nights, and more. A great gift for kids (ages 8 & up) and gum chewers of all ages!"
Make Your Own Gummies Kit from Glee Gum

"Make your own gummies from seaweed, right at home! Everything you need is included, and it’s easy.
Inside each Make Your Own Gummies Kit, you’ll find sour mix, colored and flavored Fair Trade sugar, powdered seaweed, dried seaweed, simple instructions, a story about carrageenan, and molding starch to make all kinds of shapes.
First you wash the seaweed and boil it for a few minutes, until the carrageenan is extracted. Then you take out the seaweed, mix in the sugar, boil it again, pour it in molds, and add the sour mix. That’s all it takes to make your own yummy gummies!
Each kit makes about 15 delicious, sour gummy candies. The kit can be made on the stove or with a microwave. Adult supervision is recommended. A fun activity for classrooms, scout troops, birthday parties, home schools, date nights, and more. A great gift for kids (ages 8 & up), foodies, and candy lovers of all ages!"

Don't these look like cool kits to do with your kids?  My girls and I had so much fun trying them out.  Even though we had done the chocolate kit in the past, it was a nice refresher for the girls, and I was happy to see that the remembered a lot of what we had learned and talked about when we did the kit previously.

I am a huge chocolate lover, so really enjoyed doing the Make Your Own Chocolate Kit with them.  While the chocolate is not a rich and sweet as you expect from a chocolate bar you buy in stores, it does taste fresh and lets kids see how pure chocolate tastes without all the preservatives and additives that are added to chocolate bars at the store.  My girls had fun with this kit and liked feeling and trying the cacao beans, while I shared the included story about chocolate with them.  Bella being Bella made sure to make her chocolate stand out, so she added rainbow sprinkles to the chocolate before it set. :-)

The chewing gum kit was a little challenging, not difficult, as the mixture gets really sticky and you have to work quick to mold your gum, or you will be left with sticky fingers.  My girls loved how this kit produced a lot of gum so that they could share with their friends.  Their friends all loved the gum, and the girls had so much fun sharing the process of making the chewing gum at home.  They really got excited about sharing all the fun details of this Make Your Own kit, and plugged the other two kits, too. :-)

Out of the three kits, the clear winner for my girls was the Make Your Own Gummies Kit, as they loved being able to get creative with the molding of these tasty gummies -- which you can have regular and turn into sour ones (our favorite way to eat gummies).  

We had small molds in shapes of dogs, and seasonal designs so used those.  My youngest who likes to think outside the box and get creative used the back of a spoon to mold hers as well as small objects that would act like molds.  

Because I homeschool my girls I am always looking for lesson plans and ways to incorporate fun kits like this into a lesson.  So, I was excited when I visited the Glee Gum website and found a lesson plan made specific to go with this kit, that teaches about ocean life, as you will use seaweed to make the gummies in the kit.  If you homeschool or like to include an educational lesson when doing fun kits like these, you can check out the FREE Ocean Life/Gummies lesson plan here --  

And, be sure to check out the lesson plans section on their site to get other great lesson plans to use with your kids, that go along with these Make Your Own Candy Kits

You can buy these Make Your Own Kits individually or save money by buying the 3 Candy Kit Combo for only $37.95 -- be sure to read on to learn how you can save an additional 15% off your total order. :-)   With the holidays fast approaching, why not consider giving an educational gift that your kids will have fun doing. My girls really like DIY or Make Your Own kits, and all three of these Glee Gum kits were a hit with them.  They had no idea that they could make their own chocolate, gum or even gummies at home -- and everything tasted great! 


More details on each product, including nutrition facts & ingredients, can be found a

Stop stressing about what to get your kids besides just toys this holiday season.  Instead, pick up one or more of these fun Make Your Own Candy kits and let them have fun learning while also making a tasty treat.  These kits are fun for the whole family to do, making it a great snow day or family fun night activity.

Right now, just for Inspired by Savannah readers, you can save 15% off your total order placed over at  Just enter promo code "SAVANNAH" at checkout to receive the savings.  Act fast, though, as this special discount is only valid for a limited time!  

This discount applies to everything in the store, including these Make Your Own Candy Kits, as well as their assortment of Glee Gum chewing gum.
*(Offer only valid on web-store orders placed at Enter coupon code in the lower left of your shopping cart & hit "apply coupon." One time only; one coupon code per order. Offer ends 12/31/17 at 11:59 pm ET.) *
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Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. What a fun idea! I love gifts that let my kids be hands on and creative. I think my son would like the gummy kit and my daughter would love the chocolate kit.