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24 Jul

The Gummy Bear Artist 0

Let's Limbo by Crummy Gummy
From a recent Twitter post, I became acquainted with Crummy Gummy, a street artist from Florida who specializes in photographing “life through a gummy bear’s eyes.”

His work causes laughter. I had to find out more.

As luck would have it, Crummy Gummy (the artist goes by that name) graciously agreed to an interview. His behind-the-scenes commentary is just as clever and funny as his artwork. Read on …

 

Candy.com:  How in the world did you start photographing gummy bears?

Crummy Gummy: I had a creative block a few years back and became frustrated with what I was producing, so one day I just forced myself to become creative. I told myself that I would visit a convenience store, find some random items, and try to create something artistic out of it. Gummy bears were one of those items, and I photographed them in four different scenarios that day. I posted them online and within a few days they got almost 1,000 likes. That was the start of all this madness. Good thing I didn’t buy a plunger that day.

 

Candy.com: What’s the hardest gummy bear color to photograph? I’m guessing it’s the clear pineapple.

Crummy Gummy: You would be right. The ‘features’ do not show up so well on camera so I try to avoid that one. Plus, the lack of color bores me. That doesn’t mean I won’t eat a couple, though.

 

Candy.com: What’s your main source of inspiration?

Crummy Gummy: I think, as an artist, you should be open to all sorts of things and situations for inspiration. My photographs are very much based off human interactions, such as drama and suspense, to name a few. However, humor is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. Who doesn’t love to laugh?

 

Candy.com: What’s been your most fun shoot to date?

Crummy Gummy: Well, they [gummy bears] can all be divas at times, but The Prankster Part 1 and 2 would be my favorite, mostly because of the story behind them. On Part 2, the idea was to have the gummy bear hold a lit matchstick about to set off an M-98 that another bear was resting on. I took this photograph at my parents house, and when I went to light the match I accidentally lit the M-98. In a panic, I tossed it away from me, and it flew right behind the sofa where my mom was taking a nap. Let’s just say I learned some new Spanish curse words and almost gave my mom a heart attack.

Crummy Gummy Firecracker

Candy.com: Do you think you’ll ever photograph any other types of candies?

Crummy Gummy: I have used peeps and jellybeans in some past photos, but you can expect some gummy worms appearing in some photos at my Candyality show in Chicago. (See show info below.)

 

Candy.com: Where can the average Joe see your work?

Crummy Gummy: You can visit my website at CrummyGummy.com, but to be up to date with anything I’m doing, check out my Facebook page. I am also on Instagram @CrummyGummy. I’m a bit of a social media nut.

 

Candy.com: Gotta ask … What’s your favorite gummy bear color and/or flavor?

Crummy Gummy: Hands down, the green ones. Green’s my favorite color, and they are sooooo yummy. They also seem to be the ones always getting hurt in my photographs. I guess they are like “The Middle Child” in a family to me.

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Crummy Gummy is coming to Chicago with a show titled, “Fashion Imposters.” The show is running from August 24 to September 6 at the Candyality candy shop, Water Tower
Place, 875 N. Michigan Ave.

The Meat Dress by Crummy GummyCrummy Gummy’s show hits during Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Fashion Festival, so expect new gummy bear photographs with a fashion/ celebrity twist.

The artist will be at his Fashion Imposters Candyality show on Sat., August 25 at 2 p.m. with free giveaways, signings, new artwork/prints for sale, and, of course, candy.

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Ford Gum LogoFord Gum and Machine Co., Inc. is the American manufacturer behind the beloved Big League Chew, as well as unique licensed products such as Mike & Ike Bubble Gum, Hot Tamales Sugar Free Gum, and Smarties Gumballs.

The story of Ford Gum began in 1913.

Back then, 20-year-old Ford Mason was a roofing contractor and supplemented his income during the winter months in Buffalo, NY, with gum vending. The first U.S. gum ball machine was invented in 1888, and just a handful of entrepreneurs had ventured into the business.

Ford borrowed money to lease 102 machines and placed them in stores and shops of communities in western New York State. As Ford gained more experience, he was convinced that the penny gum ball could support him. At his peak, Ford had more than 500,000 vending machines perched on store counters and pipe pedestals and a nationwide system of service operators.

Flash forward to 2012.

Ford’s legacy lives on at the Ford Gum & Machine Co., which still has a commercial vending business, but gum vending has shifted dramatically.

“At that time, everything vended for a penny. There are no more penny vending machines and the majority of items today are capsules and toys,” explains Steve Greene, senior VP of sales and marketing, Ford Gum and Machine Co., Inc. “If you look at an eight rack of vending machines today, you will see two or three that vend candy, one that vends gum, and the rest are toys and capsules.”

The majority of Ford Gum’s business today is in retail sales—either branded products that the company manufacturers and markets for itself, or private label products Ford Gum manufactures for other marketing concerns.

One of its biggest deals was the 2010 licensing agreement for the Big League Chew brand along with the manufacturing equipment from the Rob Nelson Company.

“This deal brought back the product manufacturing to the United States at the Ford Gum facility in Akron, N.Y., and added 40 new jobs,” says Steve.

Big League Chew actually came to market 32 years ago via minor league pitcher Rob Nelson and former New York Yankee All-Star, Jim Bouton. The two met while both pitching for the Portland Mavericks, and created the gum as an alternative to chewing tobacco. Brilliant!

The same pouch that Rob and Jim dreamed up in the Mavericks’ bullpen back in 1977, can now be personalized with photos and names at MyBigLeagueChew.com.


Steve says it’s a fairly new program for Ford Gum, but he’s seeing a lot of pouches customized as wedding and party favors, and used for birthday parties and team functions. ($48 for 12 pack.)

Thinking outside of the pouch, Ford Gum also launched individually wrapped Big League Gumballs and Big League Bubblegum Lollipops at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO in Chicago this past May.

Big League Chew Gumballs and Lollipops

Both products are available in the Big League Chew flavors: Outta Here Original, Grape, Sour Apple, and Watermelon. (This also happens to be the order of best-selling Big League Chew flavors.)

Ford Gum has come a long way since 1913, and we’re looking forward to the next chapter in innovative gum products. Bring it on Ford!

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Move over Benjamin Moore. Candy by color is all the rage.

Several manufacturers have jumped on board with this new, colorized way to buy candy, including Spangler with its single-color Dum Dum Pops and Saf-T-Pops; Albanese with gummy bears in most any color imaginable; Adams & Brooks with Unicorn and Whirly Pops now available in 10 individual colors; and SweetWorks with Sixlets, Candy Pearls, gumballs, and Foil Hearts and Foil Ball chocolates in a range of colors that all match.

Bottom line, the candy industry has become heaven for event planners and consumers who are color-matching for weddings and theme parties.

Here’s a look at some of the newest candies to hit Candy.com in single colors (click on each image for more details). Dig in! …

Milk Chocolate Coins

Sticklettes Hard Candy Sticks

Fruit Sours

Marshmallows

Hard Candies

 

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Let the fireworks begin. In honor of Memorial Day, Flag Day, and 4th of July, we bring you a host of red, white, and blue confections to sweeten your summer BBQs, parades, and patriotic parties.

Enjoy all of your All-American summer celebrations!

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