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What should I put in this gumball machine?

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Created December 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I won a gumball machine at my company party last night. I'm not thrilled about my daugher eating so much gum though. What do you all think I should put in its place? One thought was macadamia nuts. Expensive but round. Will they last long enough though?

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on December 18, 2012
at 05:26 AM

That's a really neat idea actually. And when we're hungry, we just dispense one? :)

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on December 18, 2012
at 05:25 AM

I considered marbles but I have an 8mo as well and he'd probably swallow them if we kept them in the house

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on December 16, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Actually, this is a really good point. Just because it's there doesn't mean it has to be utilized. If you think that's sad, are we attaching a little sentimentalism to candy dispensers?

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on December 16, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Almonds are equally addicting for some people.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on December 16, 2012
at 07:15 PM

It's a gumball machine. Your logic does not apply here. A GUMBALL MACHINE!

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on December 16, 2012
at 03:55 PM

I like this idea, theres not a lot of paleo foods with a long shelf life that I'm aware of save maye nuts. I'd consider non food items, like bouncy balls, I love bouncy balls...

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on December 16, 2012
at 03:31 PM

will it hold quarters? It could be a bus fare dispenser. Probably not, now that I think of it.

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on December 16, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Any container of macadamia nuts is one serving per, for me, no matter the size. So, they wouldn't last very long in my house. How about almonds?

Or, you could donate the gumball machine to a ???Toys for Tots??? program. Benefits of donating: feel good about helping an under privileged child, less clutter in your house (one less thing to sell at a garage sale in two years), reduce the chance of your daughter successfully negotiating to have gumballs stocked in the machine.

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on December 16, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Almonds are equally addicting for some people.

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on December 16, 2012
at 05:54 PM

My doctor's office had a poster of a gumball machine converted into a fish tank. I don't know if you can pull that one off but if so, it looked pretty awesome. Koi are paleo, yea?

I think if you put in any shelled nuts they'll last plenty long. If the thing cranks out unlimited pre-roasted macadamias it's going to go fast. If you've got to crack open a few hazelnuts every time you turn the thing, I think everyone would be far less inclined to go hog-wild.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 18, 2012
at 05:26 AM

That's a really neat idea actually. And when we're hungry, we just dispense one? :)

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on December 16, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Could you do dark chocolate covered almonds and not eat them all in one sitting?

I'd be inclined to go completely food free with it, and see if you can put some kind of accessories in it for her, like scrunchies and elastic hairbands in bright colours. That way, she gets a new one every day!

You could also make a bunch of the pompom guys, not sure you remember them, but they're super easy, and you could put a new note on them for every day. http://www.reddirtchronicles.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/weeples.jpg if you remember them, they'd be a lot of fun to make with her too!

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on December 16, 2012
at 03:55 PM

I like this idea, theres not a lot of paleo foods with a long shelf life that I'm aware of save maye nuts. I'd consider non food items, like bouncy balls, I love bouncy balls...

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on May 03, 2013
at 08:26 PM

Close it up, fill it with water, presto - Awesome fish tank.

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on May 03, 2013
at 02:41 PM

Looking for healthy ideas myself and just thought of this one . . . shelled pistachio nuts.

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on December 26, 2012
at 10:59 AM

brussels sprouts

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on December 26, 2012
at 09:59 AM

If God had wanted us to keep Gumball machines, (s)he wouldn't have given us eBay.

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on December 16, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Marbles. Why introduce a superfluous snack into the house, even if it is paleo, just because you have a machine to do so now?

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on December 16, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Actually, this is a really good point. Just because it's there doesn't mean it has to be utilized. If you think that's sad, are we attaching a little sentimentalism to candy dispensers?

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on December 16, 2012
at 07:15 PM

It's a gumball machine. Your logic does not apply here. A GUMBALL MACHINE!

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 18, 2012
at 05:25 AM

I considered marbles but I have an 8mo as well and he'd probably swallow them if we kept them in the house

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on December 16, 2012
at 03:42 PM

beef jerky? lol. Sadly, I think anything healthy and non-artificial would spoil quickly.

Maybe raisins?

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on December 26, 2012
at 08:11 AM

Guess you can give it your nephews and nieces. They will surely be happy. It is the holidays anyway.

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on December 16, 2012
at 09:03 PM

You don't have to keep it just because you won it. I won a box of chocolates and a box of shortbread in raffles last week - I have donated them to the next raffle. It's always in aid of a good cause.

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on December 16, 2012
at 06:57 PM

How about grapes?

Or maybe some tasty pemmican balls? :)

I guess it depends on how quickly you empty the machine.

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on December 16, 2012
at 06:20 PM

I saw a gumball machine with "savi nuts" in it at my health food store. some kind of amazonian nut or something.

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