Two grandmother’s got the idea for creating a candy that didn’t wreak havoc on your teeth. You know, kids love candy, and well, not so much the cavities. And some adults have a sweet tooth, too, so they wanted to come up with something full of flavor that had appeal to all ages.
They knew about Xylitol and how it didn’t damage your teeth and also how it was diabetic friendly. They incorporated that with zingy flavor and voila! Ice Chips Candy was born! (Oh, and it’s corn, sugar, soy, wheat, gluten and dairy free - and vegan! Whew! That's a mouthful! (of delicious sweets)
Back to the grannies (Charlotte and Bev): As they came up with delicious flavors and worked on the development of their tasty treats, they didn’t know how they were going to create molds to make uniform looking pieces of candy. You know – typically when you buy candy they are all shaped the same like round spheres, or discs, etc.
Well, sometimes necessity is the mother of invention, and in this case, they smashed their sheets of candy into irregular pieces and the “Ice Chips” concept was born. The pieces look irregular, and just like pieces of ice if you chiseled them with an ice pick – and that’s ok! Every piece is unique in shape and size, which gives you the option to select a bigger or smaller piece, depending on your craving.
Every tin of Ice Chips Candy contains bite size breakage of sweet delicacies that satisfy your sweets cravings. Each piece is naturally unique.
Their idea was daringly different enough to capture the attention of the show Shark Tank, when they needed additional investment to grow their business; and in turn their exposure on the show served its purpose to introduce more people to their product, too, after they partnered with Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran.
So, I got to sink my teeth into their gift pack of goodness and here’s my take on each flavor. Oh – did I mention there’s an identical gift pack up for grabs if you enter the contest at the bottom of this blog? There is!
This was my favorite flavor, and my daughter concurs. It’s crunchy – like a peanut brittle – chewable but this is a cool, lemon flavor. I find the most satisfying way to enjoy this candy is to crunch down on it rather than suck on it in your mouth. The lemon flavor is refreshing and smooth – like a lemon sorbet. There is nothing artificial tasting about it, even though sugar is not an ingredient. The method of breaking the less than ¼ inch thick sheet candy apart by smashing it is inadvertently brilliant as it’s not tooth-breaking hard, and every has a different shape and size, allowing for you to enjoy a small or larger piece depending upon your preference.
Real Candy Peppermint
This definitely tastes like candy canes, but a little stronger. It’s refreshing and in my opinion freshens breath better than Tic Tacs, Altoids, or peppermint flavored gum. I like how it dissolves quickly and you can still feel the minty sensation on the back of your throat, so you don’t have to worry about breathing dragon breath wondering if it worked. But don’t get me wrong, it’s not a breath freshener exclusively. This candy is for your pure enjoyment of peppermint. It’s like the adult version of a candy cane in stealth mode, without the stickiness or sugar side effects.
Juicy Berry Mix
While you might logically assume that the lemon and candy peppermint flavors would be white in color, I was surprised when the Juicy Berry Mix was also white in color, as well. This one has a bursting-with-berries flavor and has a slight sour aftertaste instead of pure sweetness, through and through.
Root Beer Float
This candy helps you distinguish the difference between root beer candy and root beer float candy. Root Beer Float ice chips are actually the color of a root beer float – that bubbly dark brown root beer soda with sugary edges of vanilla ice cream. The “float” is present in the taste as you don’t get a smoother sampling of the soda flavored candy slightly sweetened with a hint of vanilla ice cream goodness than with this bite size bit of heaven.
My dad would love these – he always went for the cinnamon flavored gum. If you like red hots, but don’t feel like burning your tongue, this sweet but authentic cinnamon flavored candy is for you.
Ok, I have to be honest. I’m the girl who leaves the black jelly beans at the bottom of the bag. I’m not a fan of black licorice flavored anything. But I had my friend who is a black licorice connoisseur of sorts, try this flavor (I did, too, but we’re going to leave my 2 biased cents out of this.) and she reported back that if black licorice is your thing, this is a great way to enjoy the flavor without that gummy, stickiness of jelly beans or licorice. It’s a more sophisticated way to sample the sweet treat and get your fix.
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