Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Glee Gum Has You Covered for All Your Easter Basket and Egg Hunt Candy Needs (Think Natural Gum - Both Regular and Sugar-Free) + Enter to #Win a Case of Their New Glee Tarts (12 Boxes) - Review and #Giveaway

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

Last month a couple pictures popped up on my social media feed, and I couldn't believe (1) that I hadn't had Glee Gum in almost two years and (2) Boy, did my girls look so small - well, it was 2017, 2 years ago, so they were only 5 and 6 years old at the time.  

But, just looking at those pictures made me think back to when they were smaller, and also how much I love Glee Gum.  Are you familiar with Glee Gum?  If not, you are missing out, and this post is perfect to fill you in on what you have missing out, if you are gum (including sugar-free) like me. :-)

OMG, look how big they got in only 2 years.. Insert crying mom here :-(

First, let me start by sharing a little background on Glee Gum, which is based in Providence,Rhode Island, about a hop, skip and jump away from me...well, a half hour, but still close enough to say that one of my favorite candy companies is near me. :-)

About Glee Gum:

"Verve is an independent, certified woman-owned business, dedicated to linking world communities and creating environmentally and socially responsible products. Verve is based in Providence, RI, in a newly rehabbed, solar-powered building.
Verve’s products include Glee Gum, an award-winning natural chewing gum line, Glee Gum Pops, the only natural gum-filled lollipops on the market, and Make Your Own Candy Kits, a line of educational activity kits for kids. The pops and kits are packaged with the help of supported employment."
Glee Gum came about after Deborah Schimberg and her family traveled to Guatemala and learned about chicle, the sap of the sapodillla trees that grow in the rain forests of Central America. Chicle used to once be the basis for the entire chewing gum industry, but then synthetic resins were invented and became the norm.  Upon Deborah's return, to found herself in the kitchen with her kids experimenting with this sticky tree sap.  After trial and error, they came up a way to make homemade chewing gum.Looking to build a new market for chicle and educate people about it, Deborah founded Verve, Inc. and the rest is history. :-)

Deborah has since created DIY Candy kits including a fun Make Your Own Gum Kit which my girls have done as part of our homeschooling, and loved, along with their other kits -- Gummies and Chocolate.  

In addition to these DIY Candy Kits, Verve also offers multiple flavors of Glee Gum, Glee Gum Pops, and their newest addition Tarts, which I can't get enough of -- Read on to learn how you can enter my giveaway for a chance to win a case of Tarts (12 packs in total).

By starting Verve, Inc., Deborah is helping to provide a sustainable source of income for chicle-producing communities, while also being a dedicated member of Green America, a proud part of Trees for the Future and many other affiliations including local and third-world schools.  You can learn more about their mission and affiliations here: https://www.gleegum.com/about-us/?v=26be62772738.


The last time I wrote about Glee Gum was back in 2017 when I was sharing all about their Halloween products, including their popular Glee Gum Pops, which can be found throughout North American and beyond.  

So, when I saw the photos of my girls trying Glee Gum products for the first time, it made me want to check out their website and see what they have been up.  That is where I learned that they have since come out with Glee Tarts, a guilt-free, fruit flavored candy, made without sugar and artificial ingredients.  

"Each box holds a sugar-free medley of pineapple, passion fruit, Meyer lemon, and cherry flavors, all sweetened with natural xylitol to promote dental health. No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Vegan, gluten-free, and certified kosher. Made in the USA. And, best of all… ZERO CALORIES!"

Now, I am all for zero calorie candies, especially ones that are sugar free and without any unnecessary artificial ingredients.  

After wiping my mouth from seeing the tarts in the picture above, I reached out the folks at Verve, Inc. (AKA Glee Gum) and asked if they could send along a sampling of their products for review/feature in my Easter gift guide, including their new Glee Tarts.  

Look at all the goodies we were sent to sample...

Lots and lots of Glee Gum

Mini Glee Gum boxes and a Gumball Machine with 2 1 lb. bulk tubes of gum

And, Glee Tarts!!!

Not only did I get a handful of Glee Tarts packages, but they also graciously sent along a gumball machine, cans of sugar-free gum and assorted gum, as well as their mini Glee Gum boxes, which make for great Easter egg fillers.  

I couldn't get over all the Glee goodness that they sent, and was so happy to finally be able to chew their gum again.  If you haven't experienced Glee Gum and are a gum chewer, you are missing out.  Their gum is nothing like what you get in stores in the checkout aisle.  Not only is their gum chiclet shaped, but it is as natural as gum gets.

What do I mean by natural chewing gum?  Look what Glee Gum doesn't include...No artificial flavors. No artificial colors (like Blue 2 Lake or Red 40). No artificial sweeteners (like Aspartame or Acesulfame K). No preservatives (like BHT). Non-GMO Project Verified. Classic Glee Gum is sweetened with Non-GMO cane sugar and brown rice syrup. Sugar-Free Glee Gum is sweetened with 100% xylitol from American birch and beech trees for added dental benefits. 

And, if this wasn't enough to get you excited about their gum, their packaging is also Eco-Friendly, too! 

"Packaged in recyclable material (no blister packs) and made with chicle, a tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforest of Central America. Glee Gum uses chicle because it helps to conserve the rainforest, giving trees more value standing than chopped down for lumber."

So, it is a win-win for all...You get to experience great tasting, natural gum, and you are helping the rainforest and those who harvest chicle. :-)  And, you are also supporting a local business, that is women-owned and run.  Leave it to women to create an amazing product that helps in so many ways, and it good for you! :-)

Like I said, the folks at Glee Gum sent along a box filled with their products for my family and I to sample, and boy did we have fun with it all.  We started by doing a taste test of the Glee Tarts, which were a hit with everyone.  I could get over how you get 28 tasty tarts in a box for only $1.95...that is a steal if you ask me!  

As far as flavor goes, these naturally sweetened tarts, which come in pineapple, cherry, meyer lemon and passion fruit flavors (all in one box), they were all amazing.  I found that it was better to suck on the tarts and let them dissolve in your mouth. But, my husband and daughters beg to differ and say they prefer to put a few tarts of different flavors in their mouths and chew away, so that they can taste the different flavors mix together.  They say it gives their mouth a little zing, while also making their breath smell good. 

I can vouch for the fresher breath, as they all took turns blowing in my face, to prove a point. :-)  I was so to have been reminded of Glee Gum and to have had the opportunity to try their new Glee Tarts line, as they were amazing, and definitely something I will be keeping stock of for now on. 

Right now I have a box in the house near my calendar I look at each day; another in my car's glove box when I need a sweet treat, or to freshen my breath; and, another in my bag, so I always have Glee Tarts handy at all times.  

After sampling the new Glee Tarts, my family moved on to sampling the different sugar-free gum flavors we were sent in the Glee Gum all-flavor sweet stack (shown above), as well as in their Sugar-Free Gum Pouches, which you can purchase through their website for only $3.95/pouch (you choose your favorite flavor variety, and in classic or sugar-free)

Classic bags are also available, in either Bubblegum or Peppermint flavor

Pouch contains 75 pieces of delicious chewing gum, packed in handy, resealable & recyclable pouches.
We tried hard narrowing down our top 3, but it was just so hard to do, as they all tasted so good.  But, we were able to get it down to five of favorites (in no particular order):

  1. Cinnamon
  2. Tangerine
  3. Lemon-Lime
  4. Watermelon
  5. Mixed Berry
After sampling the Glee Tarts and sugar-free gum, the girls couldn't wait any longer to set up the gumball machine. They had hoped to review this first, but I made them wait until the end. I don't know about you, but growing up I always wanted my own gumball machine, like the ones you see in stores, that require a quarter to get a piece of gum.  I always included this in my wish lists for Santa, but he never brought me one.  Well, I did one one year but it was just one of those small chintzy ones.  You just popped the top ball off to get the gumball out. Very disappointing, to say the least.  So, having to wait for a gumball machine as a kid, I thought it was only fair for my girls to wait to get their first gumball machine. :-)

The girls were so excited for the gumball machine, even though it meant it would take quarters from their piggy banks, if they wanted to give it a try.  But, leave it to my oldest to read the instructions in the box and realize you could set the gumball machine up so that it didn't require quarters. Also, she flipped the gumball machine over and saw the door that you can remove and retrieve your money -- little stinker. I thought I would make some money off their desire for gum.  Guess they are too smart for me. :-)

We really had a blast trying out the new Glee Tarts, as well as sampling all their other sugar-free gum flavors.  It really was too long to go without Glee Gum. And, after chewing this gum again, I realized that this will not happen again. This game is way better than the other gums out there.  Come on, would you rather chew a natural gum, or one that you have no idea what is in it based on the ingredients that you can't even say?  It's a no brainer...Glee Gum from Verve, Inc. all the way.  

With Easter fast approaching, why not consider picking up some of their Glee Gum Pops, Mini Glee Variety bags, or packs of their Glee Gum in assorted flavors?  Or, if you want to go all out, pick up the super fun gumball machine with 1 lb. bulk gum. It is a steal at only $29.95

(Available with and without the 1 lb. bulk gum tube)

Buy now, and choose you favorite flavor of gum, or get the assorted so that you can enjoy all their flavors, which as I mentioned above are great tasting.  One 1 lb. bulk container will fill the gumball machine almost full.  But, if you want to stock up and have more gum handy when it runs out, you can buy 1 lb. bulk gum tubes (in sugar free and regular) for only $13.95/tube

If you are hosting a egg hunt, or are looking to switch things up with what you include in the eggs before putting out in the yard, or around the house for the kids to find, why consider picking up the Spring Sugar-Free Mini Variety Bag, which includes 24 mini boxes of sugar-free gum, for only $4.99!

Just look how cute these mini boxes look when you add them to the plastic eggs?  

Yes, they do fit in an average sized plastic egg and close easily. :-)

Knowing just how much my girls love Glee Gum, I know they will be all smiles come Easter morning when they dump their egg haul out on the living room rug and find what the Easter Bunny left for them. :-)

I could go on and on about how great Glee Gum from Verve, Inc., but instead I will just share their website link so that you can check it out for yourself, and place an order, to receive in time for Easter.  

Or, if you are looking to make a switch to healthier gum, while also supporting a women-owned business, who help so many wonderful causes, then Glee Gum is what you have been looking for.


Thanks to the folks at Glee Gum, one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will have a chance to win a case of Tarts (12 boxes) to enjoy with family and friends.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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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. I'm so glad they make gum with no artificial sweeteners. I can't stand them and gum is so hard to find without them now.