Ice Chips Candy: Healthy sweets, safe for diabetics and loved by Sharks (of ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’)

By Debbie Hall

Informer Media Group

Two grandmothers from the state of Washington have been created products and businesses since 1986 with several successful enterprises including Ice Chips Candy created to be healthy and full of flavor.

Ice Chips Candy uses the birch bark Xylitol (made in the United States) with no genetically modified corn (GMO). Xylitol is a polyol, a sugar alcohol. It is all natural, safe for diabetics and has many health benefits.

According to the creators of Ice Chips Candy, Xylitol
• Strengthens teeth
• Reduces new tooth decay
• Reduces cavity-causing bacteria
• Inhibits growth of dental plaque
• Stimulates saliva flow
• Does NOT impact insulin levels
• Contains zero net effective carbs
• Delicious and satisfying
• The FDA has approved xylitol as a natural sweetener
• Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables
• Xylitol is found in small amounts in the human body
• One teaspoon of xylitol contains 40 percent less calories than sugar
• Savoring ICE CHIPS Candy 3 to 5 times a day delivers maximum benefits
• Use ICE CHIPS Candy immediately after meals or snacks
• Recent studies have found a link between consuming Xylitol during pregnancy and stronger teeth in infants

After formulating Ice Chips Candy with flavors including licorice, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon, root beer float and berry mix. Seasonal flavors are also offered including pumpkin spice, egg nog and cranberry.

Bev Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary met in Yelm, Washington, just two moms driving kids to church and school. But it wasn’t long before their matching entrepreneurial spirits had them creating and managing several businesses.

Ice Chips Candy bookThe two grandmothers appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in season 4 on episode 9. They got the deal with Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran. All of the Sharks loved the candy and all offered a deal. They wrote a book, “Two Grannies in a Garage,” available on Amazon.

Vines-Haines is a Journalist who has worked at several newspapers. Being a bit independent and creative, she often struggled to keep her opinions and her originality out of her reporting. It was a natural evolution for her to go back to school and study creative writing. For several years she wrote romance novels and then chose the easier path of ghost writing for celebrities. She and her husband Larry have seven children and 23 grandchildren.

Clary’s first enterprise began very early, picking and selling green beans from the family garden throughout her neighborhood. She also won weeks of free camp by selling Campfire Mints. Clary graduated high school with honors at a very young age and married her high school sweet heart, Bob. During the ‘70s she gave birth to four babies and got involved in home birth services as well as natural food. She created a line of clothes for consignment and boutique shops and started a home delivery whole wheat bakery goods business with a neighbor. Eventually, she went a bit more traditional and became a Tupperware Manager and won the Coveted Ford Torino Station wagon. During those early years her only mainstream job was three years as detail rep for Life Savers Candy. Once she moved from Spokane to Yelm, she started a family packaged salad business in the church basement. Sadly, they were two years ahead of the bagged salad craze.

Ice Chips Candy are available in local businesses in Southern Nevada and online.

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