The Junior Carousel Gumball Machines Review

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When I was a little girl my Gramma owned a little Dairy Freeze in a little town called Elsberry, MO. It’s long gone now, but I remember the afternoons spent putting dimes in the machine’s outside the glass doors for gumballs. In her basement she had these massive plastic bags filled candies and the toys in the famed plastic balls, but she would make us spend our change in the machine like everyone else because it was fair. Although, we did sneak one or two out from time to time.

I grew up with Gramma’s glass machines, as my Mom and oldest sister worked the restaurant. Although I don’t have any memory of actually eating anything there aside from french fries in the little red iconic baskets, I remember the little machines well. Maybe that’s just how a child’s memory works, I spent a lot of change trying to get that super watch that somehow it superseded the details of my Gramma’s burger place. It did leave me with a fondness for gumball machines, though and that’s why it’s been such a beautiful fun time with my children in reviewing the Junior Carousel Gumball Machine. It reminds me of those old machines and the click of coins as they dropped to release sweet treats.

gumball machine

If you’ve been following along on Facebook, then you’ve probably heard me chittering away about my teen using the gumball machine as his way of getting money out of me. It all started because I said it would be a good way to save money and then he realized that if I wanted a gumball that I would have to put a coin in the machine, so he started conniving ways to get change out of me. This little machine has caught a lot of laughs in our house, especially the day he caught me opening the top instead of putting a quarter into the machine and called me a ‘cheater’. Ha! You can turn the Junior Carousel Gumball Machine into a free play machine, but what fun is that!

Putting together the machine is very simple. I’ve even made a video to help you out! But first I want to go over the section I lost in my video yesterday due to accidentally tipping over all the gumballs, oops!

The Junior Carousel Gumball Machine lets 1 gumball drop with any coin (or free play), however, you can change the amount by adjusting the dispenser. Underneath the globe there is a plastic piece that you can lift up and under that is the mechanism that looks like a metal grater. If you take that out you’ll see a little bitty screw and you’ll need to unscrew it enough to push the metal part open enough for 2 gumballs. Then you can tighten it and put it back. The video starts with putting the last of the gumballs in and you’ll see how easy it is!

The really neat thing is that you don’t have to use just gumballs. It can be filled with any small candies or nuts, you just have to make sure they’re the right size for the machine. The gumball size is 0.62″, so that gives you an idea of how small you should have the candy pieces.

gumball size chart

You can purchase larger machines for larger gumballs/candies and also stands to place them up in your home or business neatly.

neat gumball machines
This one looks like a planet!

The Junior Carousel Gumball Machine is used as a novelty item, but you can get commercial vending machines of all sorts from You can even get machines with your logo!

gumball machines logos

But for birthdays, parties and just in-home enjoyment; I really suggest the Carousel Junior Gumball Machine Set, which is what I had the pleasure of reviewing. The machine holds 2lbs of gumballs and the set comes with two bags!

carousel gumball machine

My children really love the machine. My tot loves to watch the gumball’s drop and thankfully I’ve convinced him that it’s just a decoration because we don’t let him have gum right now. My teen, though, looks at it as his bank and keeps all his change inside (and ours). We set it on our floating bookshelf in our main room.

gumball machine set up

I’m sure you have your own memories of the timeless gumball machine and now I hope to share some new memories with one of you. has been so kind to sponsor one of it’s Carousel Junior Gumball Machine Sets to give away to one of you! So make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Connect: You can connect with through their Facebook Page, @GumballMachines on Twitter, on Google + and through registering on for exclusive email savings!

Purchase: You can purchase the Carousel Junior Gumball Machine Set for $46.98.


I received a Carousel Gumball Machine for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation. 


  1. Anonymous says:

    I would love the nuts or m&m with nuts but my kids they love gum.

  2. Troy Breiland says:

    Sugarless gumballs would be good. Nuts would probably be healthier.

  3. eclairre says:

    M &MS!

  4. French Burnt Peanuts!

    jandplee at att dot net

  5. I would love this with PB M & M’s in it. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.

  6. Lori Thomas says:

    I`d put jujube`s in mine

    ctymice at gmail dot com

  7. Anonymous says:

    i’d put in skittles! that would be tasty!

  8. Shari G says:

    Sugarless gumballs!! I can’t have sugar, so that would rock!

  9. jodi lasher says:
  10. Danielle Davis/Grady says:

    M&M’s Plain Candy 🙂
    Thank you!
    Suchaproudmama @

  11. Veronica says:

    My boys would go crazy for M&Ms

  12. Wild N Mild $$$ says:

    I’d like some Good & Plenty bulk candy in mine.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  13. I would put mixed nuts

  14. My girls would probably love bouncy balls more than anything. Besides gum I think that mints would be a hit at our house.

  15. sueparks2003 says:

    Concord Polar Mints
    Gladys P
    sps1113 at yahoo dot com

  16. Jennifer Rogers says:

    Skittles!! The Rainbow of Fruit flavors!

  17. I’d love to put in skittles.
    Thanks so much.

  18. Carrie Phelps says:

    I really would be the cats ass with my grandchildren to have a gumball machine filled with M&M’s!!

  19. debijackson says:

    peanut m&m’s

  20. ♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ says:

    I would put in Reese’s Pieces

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  21. Jawbreakers

  22. Ann Fantom says:

    My daughter would love the Blue Raspberry Gumballs

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  23. coliebear says:

    I would put peanut m&ms in mine.

  24. dlhaley says:

    I would put in skittles.

  25. Jessica says:

    Peanut M&M’s!!

    jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

  26. Kelly N. says:

    Visit and comment with another treat you’d love to put in your gumball machine!


  27. I would love to put Double Bubble refills in the machine.

  28. Harmony Burmeister says:

    love reeses pieces

  29. EMMAHORTON says:



  30. ape2016 says:

    I would like to fill mine with Runts
    april yedinak

  31. I’d love to put Reese’s Pieces in this machine!!

  32. pistacios

  33. Kimberly says:
  34. freddie says:

    I would like to have the Bulk Mixed Nuts.

  35. Carolyn Colley says:

    Concord Polar Mints would be nice.
    thanks for the giveaway

  36. TwoPeasInAPodOneDayAtATime says:

    taylormarves at gmail dotom

  37. melissa williams says:

    m&ms or reeses pieces

  38. mogrill says:

    Thanks for the chance.

  39. Jeni Lynn Monroe says:

    I would fill mine with jawbreakers of all different flavors.

  40. Hot Tamales!!

  41. Serenap95 says:

    I’d love to have the Kaboom Mini Jawbreakers w/ Candy Center

    Serena Powell

  42. Miranda Ward says:
  43. Candice says:

    I would put Jelly Beans in mine!
    Thank you!
    candicesweeps at yahoo dot com

  44. I would put some Runts Candy in my machine.

  45. Probably cashews 🙂

    ktgonyea at

  46. katzkids by Kathy D. says:

    I would put Runts in mine. Thanks:)

  47. MrsSkib says:


  48. Anne N. says:

    Jelly Beans!

  49. I would buy the Gourmet Gumballs. The only thing I want from my gumball machine is gum!

  50. My girls would love skittles in one. thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

  51. Kelly Grant says:


  52. Brittani says:

    M&Ms would be great!

    brittanif at gmail dot com

  53. Reese’s Pieces.

  54. Kimberley Meier says:

    I’d like Skittles & M&M’s!

    Kimberley Meier
    momof3chaos at gmail dot com

  55. Richelle says:

    Oh man I can’t decide…..Reeses Pieces, Runts, Skittles….ahhh!

  56. M&Ms Plain and if they added it salt water taffy.

  57. toughturtles says:

    Mike and Ike Candy

  58. M&M’s!

  59. ChosenToBeFree says:

    I’d love peanut m&m’s


  60. I’d love to put in pretzel m&m’s

    Dancehottie1621 at aol dot com

  61. Christine Jessamine says:

    i would love to put skittles in this!

    christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

  62. sparkedcat says:

    I would put chiclets in there.

  63. KatieRox4You says:

    I would also love to put polar mints into it!

  64. dario moniz says:

    i love cashews or pistachios in these macines

  65. weta1972 says:

    Mike and Ike Candy

  66. dailymom says:

    I’d also like to put the Judson cherry sour candy in a gumball machine

  67. I would love a gumball machine filled with Sixlets Chocolate Candies.
    (Susan Chester)

  68. I would like to put Chiclet Chewing Gum in the gumball machine.

    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline

  69. I’d love to fill it with runts!
    hungrymonkey09 at gmail dot com

  70. alicia zirjacks says:

    I would love to put sour cherry candy in mine!

  71. Erin Elder says:

    I’d fill mine with M&Ms.. Mmmm(:

  72. Chocolate covered raisins are big at our place.
    tamarsweeps at gmail

  73. MarielDumas says:

    i would put in M&Ms

  74. katfam95 says:

    M&Ms would be great!

    katfam95 at aim dot com

  75. Erika P. says:

    I would put hot tamales or red hots candy.

  76. michelle fuller says:

    I would put French Burnt Peanuts

  77. My Xi Hu says:

    jelly beans 🙂

  78. Patty White says:

    I’d put M&Ms in mine

  79. ellen_levickis says:

    Hot Tamales

  80. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Mystery Centers Jawbreakers w/ Candy Center
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  81. fozzy331 says:

    Id put skittles in mine!

  82. Kendra Warstler says:

    I would love to fill mine with M&M’s

  83. Daniel M says:

    m&ms, my fav snack! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  84. Unknown says:


    mizpahmemories (at) yahoo (dot) com

  85. shirley H says:

    Bulk Mints

  86. Hotsnotty2 says:

    M&Ms, thanks!

  87. Trevor Clinger says:

    I would love M&Ms in the gumball machine!!

  88. Angela H says:

    I would love to put Runts in it.

  89. courtneymc says:

    Nuts! A healthy alternative to gum balls.

  90. Marty Harris says:

    I would like to fill it up with 27 mm Pool Bouncy Balls

  91. Angela Cisco says:

    I’d put the Kooky Bananas Candy

  92. trichie says:

    m&ms os skittles

  93. CAJUNMAN12 says:

    I would like to put cashews

  94. Jellybellies! Low fat and low cal (in moderation)

  95. Cynthia Kolakowski says:

    Mike and ikes <3

  96. robyn paris says:

    i’d like to put in peanut m and ms

  97. Anonymous says:


    jdmimi at gmail dot com

  98. I want to put reeses pieces in it.

  99. tavernie says:

    Id love to put Mike & Ike Candy in it!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  100. Jennifer M says:

    I’d like hot tamales in it.

  101. Storm, The Psychotic Housewife says:

    We’d love to fill it with Reeses Pieces candy.

    stormraven at gmail dot com

  102. Danielle C says:


  103. schueler1 says:

    I would put Jawbreakers in it

  104. The Busy Mom says:

    I would love to put Skittles in it. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
    Erin E
    busymom369 at gmail dot com

  105. mightynaynay says:

    Pistachios would be great

  106. Erica C. says:

    I would get Runts to put in the machine!

  107. Ms Penny Pincher says:

    I would like to put M&Ms in it!

  108. I would love to put this in it

  109. Jessica Anderson says:

    I would love to put Runts in it, yum!

  110. S. Ortiz says:

    I would love the Kaboom Mini Jawbreakers w/ Candy Center.

  111. jennifer says:

    I would put in honey dijorn almonds! !! I love them so much

  112. I’d put peanut butter M&Ms in it.

  113. amy16323 says:

    i would put m&ms in there

  114. Harriett says:

    I would put M&M’s in mine!

  115. missrantsypants says:

    M&Ms of course!
    Melanie Montgomery

  116. missreneer says:

    I would love to put Skittles in it. Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  117. I would put mixed nuts.


  118. Jawbreakers

  119. brich2222 says:

    would like to get their Mega Spat Gumballs

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  120. heymissvirginia says:

    I would put jaw breakers in my gumball machine!
    (Virginia Rowell)

  121. I would like to put in vending tatoos…ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

  122. daveshir2005 says:

    I would put in Brown Sixlets Decorator Candy

    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

  123. SuperNeena says:

    Fruit Basket Chicle Tab Gum

  124. Tara Swadley says:

    Mike and Ikes

  125. tootsie roll pops

  126. Iliana Reyes says:

    I would love to put skittles!

  127. Paige & Casey @7kidsandus says:

    i would love peanut mms

  128. I would love to put Skittles in my Gumball machine.

    ginaferrell3 at yahoo dot com

  129. wallindeb says:

    I would put in peanut m&m’s

  130. Anonymous says:

    my family would love a bubble gum machine filled with m&ms wilcarvic

  131. brianpiero says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…we like Chlorophyll Chicle Tab Gum.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Brian E.

  132. laurasloves says:

    I would put M&M’s in it.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  133. Linda Mulvey says:

    Even as an adult, I still crave for gumballs. I like to keep a small one like that in my office. Makes me feel good when remembering my childhood days. It can also somehow make me productive at work.

  134. William Ramos says:

    I think any kid will love a cute gumball machines that dispenses awesome treats. Even adults love them because it reminds them of their childhood moments with the gumball machines.

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