Did you know that mushrooms have superpowers? We sat down with mushroom gummy company Troop's co-founders to get the skinny. Here's everything you need to know!
What inspired you to start Troop?
Jake and I are cousins and we founded Troop during the pandemic. Like most during that time, we were investing in our health and wellness, looking into natural remedies and ways to keep our bodies healthy. When we came across mushrooms, we felt as though we had discovered this secret that not enough people were talking about. We became obsessed and started reading books, watching documentaries and then decided to grow our own mushrooms.
We loved the benefits that mushrooms were bringing to our lives and wanted to share them with our community in a way that made sense to us. When we looked at mushroom products on the market, everything struck as ceremonial or mystical, or at the other end of the spectrum, geared towards the avid adventurer.
We then set out to demystify mushrooms and make a product that would appeal to the everyday user, and what better way than in a delicious gummy?
How’d you land on the name Troop?
We decided on the name Troop because it means a group of mushrooms that grows together. As such, community is built into the ethos of our brand. With that being said, we’re so excited to welcome The Pill Club's community to the Troop!
Mushrooms are not an ingredient you’d expect in a gummy! Why mushrooms?
We believe that mushrooms hold many of the answers that we’re looking for in terms of health and wellness. When we first started reading about mushrooms, we were shocked at how few people were talking about them. Mushrooms have incredible health benefits and have been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years. Our goal is to demystify mushrooms and make them approachable and fun for everyone.
Do Troop gummies taste like mushrooms?
No! Taste was one of the most important factors for us when creating Troop gummies. Our goal is to make mushrooms fun and approachable, therefore taste is not something we were willing to sacrifice. Our gummies come in three delicious flavors: Strawberry Passionfruit, Peach Mango, and Mixed Berry. They’re made with all natural fruit flavor and colors and taste as good as they look. We know that most people when they hear mushroom gummies will have a preconceived idea of what they may taste like, which makes us that much more excited to show people how delicious they are.
What health benefits do your gummies have?
Mushrooms have a myriad of health benefits. Ranging from protecting your body from various illnesses and ailments, boosting cognitive function, maintaining a healthy gut, containing antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, and promoting a good night’s rest to name a few - there’s nothing mushrooms don’t do. To learn more, check out our page with more mushroom benefits along with research and studies.
Are your gummies organic?
While our gummies are not certified organic, they are made with organic ingredients. The most important part of our product is of course the mushrooms. We source them all from small farms in the US - they’re organically and sustainably cultivated and we test them for heavy metals, lead, etc. We also dual-extract the bioavailable compounds from the fruiting body to make sure you’re getting the maximum benefit.
How many gummies do you recommend eating in a day?
Our serving size is two gummies per serving. With that being said, there’s no need to worry if you eat more than one serving per day (as we do) since mushrooms are safe and nontoxic.
Do your gummies cause any known side effects?
Mushrooms are safe and nontoxic. We always recommend consulting a doctor before adding to your supplement regimen.
First, mushroom gummies. What’s next for Troop?
Our plan is to continue to make more mushroom gummies products and create new lines for skincare, energy and more. The sky's the limit, we have our eyes set on future products that will expand us into the food and snack category as well.
Where can people purchase Troop gummies?
Don't take our word for how yummy Troop's gummies are. Check them out for yourself! They're offering a discount for all Pill Club members 🎉