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 Maybe that’s just how a child’s memory works, I spent a lot of change trying to get that super watch that somehow it superseded the details of my Gramma’s burger place.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.
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!
You can purchase larger machines for larger gumballs/candies and also stands to place them up in your home or business neatly.
|This one looks like a planet!|
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!
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.
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. Gumball.com 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!
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.