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I bought this mini gumball machine for my daughters birthday in september. I was a bit of a joke because in a little shop where we live, there is one of these machines with minstrels in and every time we go in there she asks for 20p to have a go, and more often than not I say no because for 20p you get two sweets. So when I saw this I just had to buy it for her.
What is it ?
It is a small machine that dispenses bubblegum or whatever small sweets you wish to fill it with. It originally came with about 10-15 coloured bubble gum balls, but I took those out and replaced them with minstrels. Sweets any bigger than a minstrels would not fit, even some of those struggled to dispense. I would say smarties, jelly beans or the bubble gums would be best.
The machine is about 20cm high, the one I bought was pink but they had loads of different colours to choose from.
Unlike the real sweet machines you do not need to 'pay' any money. You just turn the handle and the sweet drops out. I think paying for a sweet would be a good feature, it could double as a money box and limit the amount of sweets eaten.
Was it good ?
Well it was worth it to see my little girls face light up when she opened it. She really loved it .... for an day or so !! Then the novelty wore off. The sweets had been eaten and it was put aside never to be used or seen again by her. She then gave it to my son to play with as he seemed to really like it. I refilled it with smarties for him but only after about ten minutes he had lost interest and had taken the lid off to eat the sweets out of it !!
The machine worked well, as you turned the handle the sweet dropped to the bottom. It was very easy to fill, just unscrew the plastic ball at the top, put the sweets in and replace on the base.
The whole machine is made out of a thin plastic that I can see cracking quite easily, especially with long term use or if it was dropped.
I would say it most definitely is a novelty item, I wouldn't suggest you spend a lot on it and I am not sure how long it would last if being frequently used as it is made of quite flimsy plastic. But for a fun joke and a trip down memory lane I think it was worth the few pounds I spent on it.
I bought this from a sweet shop called Sweet Heaven, it was £3.99 and came with about 10-15 mini coloured bubble gums.
Ever since I saw one of these when I was a child I had always always always wanted one of these: a Gumball Machine.
I think I liked the fact that I could act like I owned a shop or something like that. I dont quite get the interest when I look back now, but hey ho.
One day I finally bought one of these. I think I was about 15 and paid about £6.99 for it aswell! Thats abit expensive really considering the sweets that actually go into the machines are about 2p each.
My particular gumball machine was blue with bits of red in some places. There are many different combinations of colours that you can get for these gumball machines but usually in the colours of red, blue, yellow and sometimes green.
I remember buying the bubblegums to put them into my machine but as it was really easy to access the machine, it would never stay full for long.
You could access it with 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p. 1ps didnt work which was a little good i suppose. But at the bottom of the machine, where the money would drop to was far to easy to open, which kind of defeat the object of having to put money into it to get a bubblegum out of it. Never mind, it was only a toy after all.
I was pretty pleased with my gumball machine but sick of filling it with bubblegum and never being able to have any myself. This got tiring and I stopped using this for fun or otherwise.
I like the idea of having a mini gumball machine as it is really cute but when you have brothers and sisters who will take them from you then best to maybe leave it until your a little older.
I might get it out and use it again one day now that we are all a little older. Im sure the machine will still unfill magically but not as bad as when we were kids.
Overall a good little novelty item to have but not to be taken seriously!
Here's an idea for someone's birthday present. You know the friend you sort of like but don't know if they warrant spending more than five pounds on? Yes, get them one of these. Everyone likes sweet, unless you're weird. Even better, everyone likes the thrill of watching sweets fall into their hands from a machine. It takes you back to days at the pier and those picnics when granny would press a sugar mice into your paws. Now you can relive that feeling with the mini gumball machine.
An interesting gift idea, especially as you can pick them up for about three quid if you're lucky. Each machine comes with a lid (which you can remove) and a bubble containing a selection of mini gumballs. We know what gumballs are like. Bright coloured gobstopper like balls, which you can suck or attempt to chew, then your tongue goes a funny colour. Great! They last for a few minutes each.
Use the handle to dispense a ball, never knowing what colour is going to spring from it next. They come out quite readily, little wrenching involved and land either in your hand or in the bit at the bottom. My friend has one of these contraptions in his bedroom, so I sometimes sneak in and use it.
The gumballs taste cheap, like cinema candy, but what the heck, it's only a cheap machine anyway. It's more the idea that you can see your ball drop. Plus you don't know what it's going to offer you next. You could perhaps try refilling it with similar size sweets, or maybe afterwards use it to store coins on. Sturdy enough to withstand being knocked about a bit, this is a good cheap novelty present that will please you in both the long and short term.
I bought my mini gumball machine from a little online ebay store called Duchy Confectionery. They were offering the mini gumball machine at the cheapest price, so I decided to buy one.
It cost me £1 and the item comes in four different colours: Pink, green, blue and yellow and contain assorted fruit flavour gum balls.
Ingredients: Sugar, Dextrose, Glucose Syrup, Gum Base, Dextrin, Maize Starch, Glazing Agents: E903, E904; Colours: E171, E129, E133, E110; Flavouring, Antioxidant: E321.
I found that the gumballs lost their flavour quite quickly, but believe that they kept their flavour very well seeming as they were only smalls gumballs.
I bought a pink mini gumball machine and it had a lime green handle. I liked the clash of the colours and made it look very snazzy.
I found that the handle was quite hard to turn in the beginning, but as the gumballs ran out, it was easier to turn.
The top also unscrews, so you can refill your gumball machine at any time.
The mini gumballs machine's are approx 3 inches high and 2 inches wide.
I think that the mini gumball machine's would make great party bag fillers or wedding favours.
All in all, they were a great little product and would definitley buy again and for only £1 - WHAT A BARGAIN!