Browsing Amazon.com for a deal on Sparx (the extremely tiny, fruit-flavored candies made from xylitol that can help curb a fruity candy craving while on a sugar free diet), I came across Ice Chips. I feel like a guardian diet angel rested on my shoulder and led me to what has now become one of my favorite candy craving satisfiers. If you crave hard candy, consider Ice Chips, a product that also comes with a pretty cool backstory.
What Are Ice Chips?
Despite looking and sounding like an illicit drug, Ice Chips are birchwood-produced xylitol candy. Contained in 1.76-ounce tins, the candy looks like shards of ‘ice.’ I later learned that the product comes from the genius minds of two grandmothers, Bev Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary, who appeared on the TV show ‘Shark Tank,’ and well…the rest is history.
Just some of the flavors I’ve tried so far include:
- Orange Cream – tastes like a creamy Sunkist soda
- Strawberry Daiquiri – a nice blend of strawberry and lime
- Root Beer Float – this flavor is ultra-satisfying
- Cranberry – a very regrettably selected flavor; it oddly smells and tastes like lipstick to me.
- Black Licorice – As a huge fan of licorice-flavored products, I knew I would really like this, and I was not disappointed.
- Sour Apple – deliciously like you’d expect
- Sour Cherry – deliciously like you’d expect
- Coffee – pretty smooth and creamy
Overall, the flavors taste like they should – Root Beer Float and Licorice are my favorite.
Each tin contains about 60 servings of Ice Chips (1-2 chips). The candy is also packaged in pouches with about 25 servings.
A serving size of about 2 chips is only 5 calories with nothing else to worry about – carbs, fat or even sodium.
10 Reasons to Love Ice Chips
#1 Tastes Really, Really Good
Some xylitol-containing products taste odd, but with the exception of one flavor that I tried – Ice Chips were all delicious. There is no unpleasant aftertaste; they really taste good and produce a pleasantly flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth effect.
#2 Wheat Belly Diet and Keto Friendly
These lil’ chips of flavored sweetness fit right in with a wheat-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free lifestyle. Keto dieters will enjoy 0 net carbs. They’ve helped me survive a night out at the movies when everyone around me is popping something good to eat in their mouths.
#3 Good for People with Allergies
All Ice Chips candy do not contain corn, sugar, soy, wheat, gluten, or dairy.
#4 Beneficial for Teeth
In addition to having the ability to strengthen teeth, the xylitol in Ice Chips has the power to reduce new tooth decay, fight cavity-causing bacteria, and hinder the growth of dental plaque. When using xylitol candy to enhance tooth health, it is recommended to allow the candy to dissolve in your mouth 3 to 5 times per day for the maximum benefit.
#5 Recommended for Diabetics
Since Ice Chips contain no sugar and does not have an impact on insulin levels, they are good for diabetics…like my Dad. He gave the xylitol candy his seal of approval.
Ice Chips come in a container similar to Altoids. They are highly portable, easily fitting into a pocket or purse.
#7 Organic Flavors
Not only are Ice Chips GMO free, but they are also made with certified organic flavorings; therefore, no unknown artificial flavors to consider.
#8 New Flavors, Seasonal Favorites, and Limited Editions
Ice Chips constantly churns out new, seasonal and limited edition. I just checked the site and saw Chocolate Brownie and Salted Caramel being offered. Those are two flavors new to me. I’ve also purchased a tropical-themed Moana flavor pack before: pineapple coconut, mandarin orange, and mango.
#9 Free Shipping
All orders in the U.S. ship for free.
#10 Made in the USA
Ice Chips are made in the United States, so when you purchase, you are supporting a business in your own backyard.
My Only Gripe…
Multi-packs of tins and pouches sold on the Ice Chips site.
- Variety packs (in holiday, fruity and mint flavors) cost $24.95.
- Buy a three-pack of single-flavor tins for $13.50, or a six-pack for $24.95. You can also buy a 12- or 24-pack of tins in a single flavor for $43.75 and $78.75, respectively.
- For $24.95, you can mix and match flavors of a 6-pack of tins.
- For $12.95, opt for a mix and match batch of 6 pouches.
This can get kind of expensive if you want to try out a variety of flavors.
Fortunately, Ice Chips offers free shipping on all U.S. orders, so that’s a huge bonus.
You can also go searching for a better deal, but that’s hard to come by. A few places to consider include Netrition.com, Amazon, Vitacost, The Vitamin Shoppe, and Swanson Vitamins. Sometimes, you can use a current deal, discount or newsletter perk on one of the above-mentioned sites to lower the cost. For example, if you join Swanson Health Products’ e-newsletter, you’ll receive a 10% discount code, and they usually have certain flavors on sale.