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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Eureka, the TubaNut mystery is SOLVED!!!

Holy crap, it happened so fast I didn't even have a chance to grab the video camera. A TubaNut is ... drumroll please ... roll tape gum. You should have heard the wild cheering in our house!! After she found the TubaNut candy, Ro threw her hands in the air and yelled We figured it out because of helpful blog comments. Here's what happened: The girls and TubaDad just made Christmas sugar cookies (a completely hellish experience, but that's a story for another time), and Ro and I were sitting on the couch tasting the finished product. She told me she wanted to search on the "pew-ter" (computer) for TubaNuts, a pretty typical request lately. So I remembered that folks had left comments suggesting that we show the girls candies that were OUT of the packages and did a Google search for a detailed look at the inside of that gum roll stuff. I picked that candy because a whole bunch of folks had commented that they thought Ro was saying "chewing gum" in the first video, plus gum roll (which commenters also kept mentioning) was the nearest thing to this red candy that Ro identified as "close but not quite" a few days ago: Ro said these candies were "close" to TubaNuts, but TubaNuts are pink, don't have "holes on the top," and are "curlier" At the time, she had studied this red candy picture VERY intently, then said the candy was close, but "TubaNuts are pink, don't have holes in the top, and are curlier." TubaNut package, aka roll tape gumThe detailed pic clinched it -- roll tape gum it was!!! And I'll be danged if her description of "pink, no holes on top, and curlier" wasn't spot on. Here is a pic of one brand of elusive TubaNut candy, this one sold by Oriental Trading Company, who regularly sends us catalogs that the girls get their hands on. We must have put these little gum roll cannisters in the girls' hands a dozen times during our recent in-store tubanut searches, but the outside packaging didn't ring any bells for them. But a close-up picture of the candy inside finally got a resounding "yes!" Ahhhhhhhhh. This thing has been driving me crazy (I know, I know, not a long drive). Now Santa better get busy shopping, because after all that work I'm thinking the patient little girls deserve an entire stocking full of TubaNuts. Thank you to everyone who helped us solve this Christmas mystery.

48 comments:

  1. Yippee! So glad to hear that the mystery is solved!! Smart little munchkins you have! Where did they first learn about TubaNut? Merry almost Christmas! XO Dale

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  2. Well I feel so much better now!

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  3. Anonymous12/20/2008

    Whew--now you can relax and enjoy your holidays without that question hovering over your head.

    Ma

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  4. Goold problem solving - pretty soon you would have had to call in Scooby Do and the team to help you solve the mystery!

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  5. Oh thank heavens! I am so glad that it is possible to eventually understand toddlerspeak. Some days I think it will never be the case at my house.

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  6. Anonymous12/20/2008

    Wow! Incredible! Great Job. It's gonna be a fantastic Christmas! jntskid

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  7. Here's what they have probably seen in the stores: http://www.hubbabubba.com/hbw/products/tape.do

    Yay for solving the mystery!

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  8. Too funny!!!

    SO glad you've solved the Tubanut mystery!!!

    ....now you've got 4 days to hit the overcrowded shops to get your gum!

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  9. Glad you solved the mystery. And that they were able to explain it to you. My daughter loves bubble gum tape too. We usually get the Hubba Bubba ones in the link that Jamie and Angela left.

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  10. Hey, that was one of my guesses :) I'm so glad that you figured it out!!!

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  11. Yay! They absolutely deserve some TubaNuts... but a whole stocking full? I don't know... their dentist might have some questions about that :-)

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  12. yay!!
    mystery solved

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  13. Anonymous12/20/2008

    Yay! Just in time for Christmas! I KNEW they were saying "chewing gum" in the vid. :-)

    Leeanne

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  14. Thank Goodness... It was driving me Tuba-nuts and I'm not even there!! Congrats on figuring it all out.... and have fun blowing some BIG bubbles.

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  15. Hallelujah!! This was a bigger mystery than when I was a little kid and people were all on the edge of their seats wondering "Who Shot J.R.?" ! ! ! ! ! !

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  16. oh my goodness! I've been checking in every so often to see if you figured it out! TubaNuts=gum rolls...who knew.

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  17. Anonymous12/20/2008

    Congrats on solving the mystery. I kinda thought they were messing with you... . So what do you think they were saying? Chew-something?

    Jamie

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  18. yay! I'm glad you found it!

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  19. I am so happy you figured it out!! It must have been driving you nuts....pun intended:)

    Merry Christmas!

    Lisa

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  20. Anonymous12/20/2008

    Look carefully at the pink package of Hubba Bubba gun shown on this website suggested by Jamie and Angela.

    http://www.hubbabubba.com/hbw/products/tape.do

    The graphics look like a tuba standing with the bell pointed upward. This may be where she got the tuba part of "tubanuts". Possibly she saw this gum at the grocery store in the checkout line. Pa

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  21. Hey I thought that was on my list of suggestions lol. I guess my description was not very good but that is exactly what I had in mind ( only because I had just bought it for my own kids stockings)

    I am glad the mystery is solved. Happy bubble blowing!

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  22. Hooray!!!!

    Now can you shed any light on the 'Doggie Movie' the Cupcakes keep asking for??

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  23. YAY!!!! That was a fun game! I wonder what they will come up with for the next mystery adventure!

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  24. So glad you solved it! I have been checking in daily to see if the puzzle had been answered! Your girls are so beautiful and funny and smart! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas,

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  25. WOOHOO! I'm so glad the mystery was solved! How funny! Lilli and I can sleep now! LOL!!

    Hugs,
    June & Lilli

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  26. Well I am happy for you and the girls that the mystery is solved and I am happy for me too so that I will not have to hear any new theories by Marc..LOL

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  27. OMG..I am so happy!!
    I actually walked through 2 stores candy isles looking for something that sounded like TubaNuts.
    Have a GREAT Christmas:)

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  28. Glad you figured it out! :-)

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  29. OMG! you cracked the code! congrats!

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  30. Whew! We can all sleep better tonight! (including santa!!)

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  31. Congrats!...That was quite a mystery. I'm interested to hear the hellish cookie story as we just made cookies too....and I think I can relate.
    M.

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  32. So glad you all figured it out!

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  33. YAY!!! Every single time I saw on bloglines that you had a new post up I was hoping it was the solution to the TubaNuts mystery! SO GLAD you were able to figure it out with the help of your awesome blog readers. Hmmm...never would have thought to show them something outside of the package. You have yourself some very smart readers here!

    Now, one teeny, tiny little suggestion....I wouldn't go near Santa again this year or you may have a whole new request to start looking for before Wednesday night! ;o)

    Yay...so happy the TubaNut mystery is SOLVED!!

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  34. Anonymous12/20/2008

    Where on earth did they come up with the name TubaNut?

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  35. That is the best Christmas story EVAH! Seriously-thank goodness you wrote that down because they will be telling their children's children about TubaNuts. SO glad you figured it out. I have been stalking (um, more than usual) to see if it had been figured out. YEA!!

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  36. Woot! You do realize that the entire internet was trying to figure out what tuba nuts were!

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  37. Who knew! Well... obviously they did!

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  38. I gotta say Ro sounds incredibly smart!

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  39. Yippeee .....
    It's a Christmas miracle ..lol
    Merry Christmas :)
    Andrea

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  40. So glad you found it. I even googled it several times to see if could find something. LOL That gum roll was one of my ideas. So glad you figured it out!

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  41. thats just too funny. xo

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  42. whew. i feel so much better now.

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  43. Anonymous12/22/2008

    I just watched the first video and they described exactly what they wanted, including that you "find it in a magazine." Ha, too funny! They must be disappointed that they don't get to run free through the candy aisles at the stores, though.
    I bet they are scheming right now to come up with something else to make you run mad.
    -Ellie

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  44. So glad!!! I was beginning to give up hope.

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  45. Anonymous12/24/2008

    Whew... I am so glad you figured it out. I am so glad to know too! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with the girls. They are simply delightful.

    Kelly in NC

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