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Discovery Exclusive Bubble Gum Factory


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  • ASIN: B000IFZOY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,447 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Bender on March 25, 2007
I do not recommend purchasing this item with the intent of having any fun. The minimum age says 8 years, but it should really be for someone at least 12 or 13 years of age who can handle hot gum and hot bowls (from trying to melt ingredients in a microwave). The kids who wanted to do this activity were very bored and said it was no fun for them. The adult had to do most of the work including kneading the gum for more than 15 minutes.

The end product was disgusting. The gum we made had a flavor that didn't last more than 10 seconds of chewing and the texture was crumbly-even though I kneaded the gum for almost 20 minutes to improve the texture.

Also, I almost had to throw out a bowl and a spoon, because it took more than 45 minutes of scrubbing to get the gum off both items.

This was such a bad experience that we threw out the remaining ingredients after the first batch was made, because we knew we would never want to try this again. What a disappointment. I expected much more from a product that is endorsed by the Discovery Channel.

By the way, I do many crafts and baking with children through scouting and church activities. I've never had such a bad experience with a child's craft item.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 24, 2007
This was a big disappointment for my 7 year old son, who had really wanted it for Christmas.

First, the gum base was like cement and difficult to work with, so I (the mom) ended up doing all the work. (Perhaps older kids could handle it better). The microwave method didn't work for us (can't melt cement in a microwave) so I used a pot on the stove - and unfortunately, the residual gum stuck and ruined the pot - yet the instructions did not warn me about this!

Second, even with the flavoring and sugar we added, the gum tasted pretty awful, and the texture was grainy.

I hope Discovery can improve the flavor/texture of the gum base because this is a great concept for kids, and we would love another try!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Schoenborn on February 8, 2007
My kids had a lot of fun making the gum and reading about polymers. The instructions come with some educational reading and fun gum facts. The gum base took a while to melt in the microwave and mixing it wasn't too bad. BUT.. the finished product tasted awful and is pretty much rubber! (Gum is rubber but this wasn't even that soft.) The gum base did ruin a glass bowl of ours, it is like cement!!! It ruins anything it touches. We didn't like the outcome, but it was still a lot of fun for kids who just love doing hand on projects.

~Shauna Schoenborn
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kitty on January 9, 2007
It was fun making it. My son ended up making sour watermellon gum and boy it was sour. after a few minutes of chewing it didnt taste too good. the gum was getting harder and starting to taste like rubber. All in all it was a fun experiment and we will use it again, despite the taste, cause my son love science and he was so excited to share his SOUR gum with all his friends.
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My kid LOVES bubble gum and cooking.I thought this would be a fun combination. The directions state to use a disposable microwave proof container to melt gum base for 10-20 seconds. It actually took about 3 minutes to melt gum base!The disposable microwave containers I used (Gladware mini bowls) melted under that length of time on microwave high level.I ended up using my own microwaveable soup bowl....it took much effort to get the gum residue off the bowl.It was EXTREMELY difficult for young hands to stir the melted gum base with corn syrup....I had to take over. The kneading of the product was easy for my kid to do. They thought it was cool to chew their home-made gum!However, though the initial flavor was good, the flavor lasted a mere 20 seconds, and then it became tasteless hard rubber in your mouth. The effort put forth was not worth the end result! I am tired of of gimmicky TOY FAILURES!!!!!!!!!!
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