I recently had the opportunity to test and review a fun kit by Verve, inc. Below is some information about Verve's candy kits, and then my review. At the end of this post, you will also find information about how to have a chance to win your own candy kit in this blog's giveaway!
About Verve, inc’s candy kits -
Available in Make Your Own Chocolate, Make Your Own Chewing Gum, and Make Your Own Gummies, these activity kits are all-natural, educational, and eco-friendly. With pre-packaged ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, everyone aged 8 and up gets a real kick out of making candy from scratch. Focusing on the history behind and the origin of these candies, each kit is designed to captivate your interest, connect you to the global community, and create something yummy to eat in the process!
The kit I received was a make your own chocolate kit. Creating the candy was a delicious experience! Inside the kit’s box was a folded sheet. One side of the sheet was an explanation of what the make your own chocolate kit has to do with our world, including the history of chocolate-making. On the other side was simple instructions on how to create your own chocolate using the contents of the kit. One thing I liked about this kit is that it includes every necessary ingredient for making the chocolate, unlike some kits that require you to gather materials. There are some suggestions for optional additions to the recipes, but whether or not you want to use the suggestions is left totally up to you. As well as the chocolate-making ingredients, the kit also featured paper candy liners to spoon the liquid chocolate into before it hardened.
I was surprised at how easy it was to create the chocolate. I’m not a big fan of cooking, so I don’t like complicated recipes all that much, but this kit was no problem to use at all! It didn’t take long, and it tasted delicious! Your own chocolate might end up with variations in taste depending on how well you follow the instructions, and mine ended up being a bit fudge-like in flavor, which I (as well as my younger brother) liked a lot. In addition to getting to make your own chocolate, this kit included real cacao beans to taste, which was a neat experience. I definitely had fun with this kit! I would recommend it as an extra educational tool, or as a Christmas present for someone who likes to bake or has a “sweet tooth”.
Packaged with my review copy of the make your own chocolate kit was 6 packs of mini glee gums of assorted flavors for me to try. The gum is not normally included with a chocolate kit, but was an “extra” that I enjoyed. The gum was chiclet-styled, like I used to have when I was little. Additional information about Glee Gum is below. You can locate nearby stores featuring Verve, inc. products by following this link - http://www.gleegum.com/retail-stores-locator.htm
About Glee Gum -
Glee Gum is all-natural, gluten-free chewing gum with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners nor preservatives. Glee Gum is the only gum in North America made the old-fashioned way, with chicle! Chicle is a natural tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforests of Central America. Once all chewing gum was made with chicle, but today most gum is made entirely from synthetic stuff. Not Glee Gum! Glee Gum uses chicle because it is an eco-friendly way to help conserve the rainforest. Chicle is also what gives the gum such great, long-lasting chewing texture! Glee Gum is a “green” gum right down to the packaging, which is made from biodegradable, recycled cardboard. So chew with Glee, naturally!
Glee gum’s latest newsletter - http://www.gleegum.com/newsletters/7/
Glee gum’s Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glee-Gum/109473447496
Glee gum’s twitter account - http://twitter.com/gleeguy
All Natural Glee Gum & Make Your Own Candy Kits of Verve, inc gave me a Make Your Own Chocolate Kit to review, free of charge.
Now for a giveaway!
Here is how to enter: This blog will be giving away one of the candy kits shown in the picture above, courtesy Verve, inc. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post before December 18th, 2010, including a means for me to contact you if you win (such as e-mail, your website address, etc.). Only people with shipping addresses within the Continental United States of America qualify to enter in this particular giveaway. If you win, you get to choose either a chewing gum kit, a gummies kit, or a chocolate making kit. Good luck, and Merry Christmas!