My kids love gum. And I'd love to give it to them as a treat from time to time. But it drives me crazy to see the list of ingredients on those gum packs at the grocery store! So today I did a search for 'gum without artificial sweeteners'. The first to catch my eye was Glee Gum. Check it out at www.gleegum.com.
When I mentioned it to the kids, they were so excited that I decided to pack up all four kiddos in the car and we trekked over to Sprouts to buy a few packs. Yep, I was feeling pretty energetic today! Our Sprouts had cinnamon, tangerine, and bubble gum flavor. All were a hit with the kiddos, including Keandre, who promptly swallowed his but did better with subsequent tries. I wasn't overly impressed, as it loses its flavor fairly quickly, but I won't be the one chewing it anyway. As long as the kids give it a thumbs up -- which they did -- that's all we need! :)
What do I love about this gum? Great size, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners, and it's 'green' -- made from sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. To top it all off, it will look great in a gumball machine we have laying around that is currently full of marbles. (Yeah, I'll admit that was not the best idea we've had. Choking hazard, anyone?)
Here is a coupon for Buy One Get One Free boxes of Glee Gum. To purchase it locally, go to Glee Gum's home page and search for a local store using your zip code. We had several options within a mile from our home.
For those of you with children dealing with sensory or attachment issues, check out Cate's blog post for an idea on using gum to help your child and encourage healthy bonding. We will be using this idea in our family on rough days, along with healthy doses of loving affection and prayer, to help close the gap between us and our sweeties' hearts. (Destany's OT said chewing gum will help her with her sensory issues, so that is an added plus!)