I promised the kids we’ll do something fun today. I didn’t tell them ahead of time what it was, I just told them they can only join in the fun if they promise to trade their gadget time for it.
They were hesitant at first, but when they found out we are making gumballs, they were more excited than I expected! So with just a few ingredients, we’re all set to get our hands dirty.
With most ingredients already available in our kitchen, the only thing I needed to purchase online was a pack of gum pellets. You can usually find these at your local grocery store.
There are some leftover flavoring and coloring in the pantry so we’re just going to use those. The kids get to choose what flavors and colors they want so it’s like a field day for them!
We made chewing gum before, but all we used was peppermint oil and honey for flavoring so it wasn’t as fun as these gumballs will be. But if you prefer making gum using only natural ingredients, feel free to visit that post. It’s quick and easy and I offered some tips for sugar-free gum as well.
So going back to our gumball making activity, it’s a sure way of keeping the kids busy with something they will enjoy after. This recipe doesn’t involve making the hard shell as you would find in the gumballs from avending machine.
Teaching the kids how to make gumballs has its’ perks because first and foremost, it’s inexpensive. Second, it keeps the kids away from their mobile devices or from watching too much TV. Lastly, we get to spend time doing something together as a family.
So here goes.
Chewing Gum vs Bubble Gum
My son asked me this. How is chewing gum different from bubble gum?
The answer is that bubble gum is formulated to allow you to blow the gum into bubbles while chewing gum is made primarily to freshen your breath. The gum base used for both is different. Bubble gum uses a mixture of polymers and starch while chewing gum requires natural gum or chicle.
In that sense, bubble gum is thicker than chewing gum and can hold a bubble longer. While they are both sweetened, it’s more common to incorporate flavors and colors into bubble gums while chewing gum is primarily minty.
Color and Flavor Variations
Here are some suggested combinations in case you want to explore more flavors. These are the same ones I used for my hard rock candies and other recipes on this blog:
- Blue for raspberry or blueberry
- Light blue or light pink for gummy or tutti frutti flavors
- Pink for strawberry
- Yellow for banana or lemon
- Green for peppermint, green apple, or kiwi
- Orange for cinnamon or buttered rum or maple syrup
- Red for cherry
- Purple for grape