Seaweed? Yuck! That’s what my Daughter Alex and her friend Lily said when they saw the ingredients for the Glee Gum Make Your Own Gummies Kit. The wonderful staff at Glee Gum sent me a box for this review, and they would love to send 1 of my readers one too!
We are all used to eating food from plants that grow in the earth – carrots, corn, raspberries… But how about food from plants that grown in the sea?
You might think of seaweed as the slimy green stuff you find on the beach. But it is more than that; in Japan and China people have been eating “sea vegetables” for hundreds of years.
Even if we are not used to collecting and eating whole seaweed, it is there hiding in many things that we eat and use every day – like toothpaste! With this Gummies Kit you get a chance to see seaweed work its invisible magic, yourself.
Alex and Lily took on the task of gummy building while I prepared breakfast. We wanted to see if two 11 year olds could complete the kit on their own, with me nearby to lend assistance if needed. Alex even took the pictures for the review. The only help I had to give them was to remove the bowl from the microwave after it got too hot for them to handle. Other than that, they handled it on their own, in fact, they said that it was “way easy”. Whatever that means. Now, meet Divina:
Divina’s family has a seaweed farm in the Philippines. They live near the shore of an island and her father, like most of the people in the area, used to make a living by fishing. But nowadays, there are so many people fishing, it’s getting harder and harder to be a fisherman. Some kinds of fish have even disappeared as a result of all the fishing. Luckily, a few years ago, her family started a seaweed farm.
Why grow seaweed, you might be wondering? What can her family do with it?
Well, you probably use seaweed every day without even knowing it. Some people eat it, in salads, or in sushi. But seaweed is also really important because it naturally contains a substance which makes liquids like water and milk get thicker or even become solid. We use two of these seaweed gels- carrageenan and agar- in our Gummy Kit. Just check the ingredient list on your toothpaste, cottage cheese, deodorant, dog food, pudding, even salad dressing or sandwich meat, and see if they have seaweed in them!
Now, let us tell you something you may not have known. Most gummy candies are made from gelatin, and lots of other foods have gelatin in them, too. Like marshmallows. Gelatin is a substance that is made by boiling animals’ bones! You guessed it – we’re using seaweed gels because seaweed is so cool- it just keeps on growing and growing, people like Divina can continue to make money, without wiping out the fish population, and it’s a great alternative to gelatin!
The girls decided to go free form for their gummies, using a butter knife to form sharks, whales and other aquatic shapes. And hearts and lips of course.
Oh, and they taste yummy too!
So what shape would your kids from? You better decide, because one of my readers will win a Make Your Own Gummies Kit from Glee Gum. Use the RaffleCopter form to enter the Giveaway, and of course follow the rules to avoid having your entries deleted. The winner will be selected by Random.org, and will have 48 hours to reply to the email sent to them or another winner will be selected.