I love entrepreneur success stories, particularly when it results in something that I personally love. Enter Bev Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary, two grandmas with 37 grandkids between them. With a desire to create some safe, hard candy made from healthier Xylitol that their grandchildren could enjoy. Why Xylitol? According to their website, some of the benefits of this natural sweetener include:
- Strengthens teeth
- Reduces new tooth decay
- Reduces cavity-causing bacteria
- Inhibits growth of dental plaque
- Stimulates saliva flow
- Does NOT impact insulin levels (Safe for diabetics)
So with some old fashioned grit and determination as well as a lot of trial and error, they came up with a recipe for what became Ice Chips Candy®. These little chips come in cute, travel-sized tins and pouches that melt in your mouth and are packed with bold flavors. These include licorice, sour apple, cherry, peppermint, pina colada, orange cream and more.
They were fortunate to find a salesman who managed to distribute their product in all 50 states and turned their garage-based operation into a million dollar business. That’s when Shark Tank came calling. During their appearance, they created a little shark frenzy and ended up sealing a deal with two of the sharks.
Since then their homegrown business has expanded into a smashing success. Now I always pack a few tins for trips. Personally, long airplane rides are rather tedious for me and having something healthy to keep me occupied has been one of life’s little graces. The small size lets you put them in your purse, backpack, or jacket pockets. Ice Chips Candy® has become a staple of my travel accessories and I make sure they are always close by.
FTC Disclosure: This was a sponsored item, however; all opinions herein are the authors.