I'm thankful that I was chosen to review this product, because I really love it! I had heard of Glee Gum before, but hadn't tried it prior to this review. My favorite thing about the gum is that it's made from chicle (and is, in fact, the only gum in the United States that contains the ingredient), which is sustainably harvested from Sapodilla trees in the rainforests of Central America. The chicle harvesting also provides an income for thousands of forest-dwellers, and an incentive to leave the trees standing.
Glee Gum is made from simple, all-natural ingredients, not like the ingredients in most chewing gums. There is no artificial coloring, flavoring, preservatives, or aspartame. I received all eight different flavors to try, and I must say I really enjoyed them all: Bubblegum, Tangerine, Refresh-Mint, Triple Berry, Peppermint, Lemon-Lime, and Cinnamon. My favorite was definitely Peppermint. I usually choose mint flavored gums over fruit flavors, but I liked this Peppermint because it wasn't like others I've had. It was slightly sweet along with being minty, and just overall it tasted really great. But, like I said, there wasn't a flavor that I didn't like--they all taste great! The larger packs contained 18 pieces, and the smaller ones had 2.
The gum's flavors didn't last an exceptionally long time, but it wasn't any less than other gums I've had. The consistency stays nice and chewy, which I appreciated. My only (minor) complaint is that the pieces were a bit on the small side in my opinion, so I would pop two in my mouth at a time instead of just one.
In this photo you can see that Glee Gum is affiliated with 1% For the Planet, and that the gum is also GMO and Gluten-free. They even have a number of "Make Your Own" kits: Chocolate, Chewing Gum, and Gummies. I haven't tried these, but they sound like they would be really fun. Each kit contains all of the ingredients you need to make your own treats, but they also include information on the origins of the raw materials.
Glee Gum is manufactured by Verve Inc, which was founded by Deborah Schimberg of Providence, Rhode Island. About 10 years ago, Deborah traveled to Guatemala with her family and discovered the "chewing gum trees." Amazed and intrigued by this new discovery, she was inspired to create a "green" chewing gum made from chicle. She brought back several blocks with her from her trip, and experimented in the kitchen with her kids to create the perfect gum. Those modest origins have made way for the socially and environmentally conscious company that is Verve Inc!
Bottom Line: I'm impressed by Glee Gum for a lot of reasons. First, the gum is delicious and stays nice and chewy. Second, it's made from natural ingredients and supports sustainability and social consciousness. What's not to love about that?
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*Disclaimer: I received packages of Glee Gum for free to facilitate my review. I was not monetarily compensated for this review and the honest opinions here are entirely my own.