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 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 and on point
- Cranberry – a flavor selection I regret; it oddly smells and tastes like lipstick to me
- Black Licorice – fans of licorice-flavored products will not be 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 (like carbs, fat or even sodium).
10 Reasons to Love Ice Chips Candy
#1 Tastes Really, Really Good
Some xylitol candy products taste odd, and with the exception of one flavor I tried (Cranberry), Ice Chips is delicious. There is no unpleasant aftertaste; they really taste good and are a pleasantly flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth experience.
#2 Wheat Belly Diet and Keto Friendly Candy
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 indulgent into their mouths.
#3 Good for People with Allergies
Ice Chips candy does 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
- hinder the growth of dental plaque
When using xylitol candy to enhance tooth health, it is recommended to dissolve the candy in your mouth 3 to 5 times per day for the maximum benefit.
#5 Recommended for Diabetics
Since Ice Chips contains no sugar and does not have an impact on insulin levels, they are good for diabetics…like my Dad. He gave Ice Chips xylitol candy his seal of approval (and he’s hard to please!).
Ice Chips come in a container similar to Altoids. They are highly portable, fitting easily into a pocket or purse.
#7 Organic Candy Flavors
Not only are Ice Chips GMO free, but are also made with certified organic flavorings.
#8 New Flavors, Seasonal Favorites, and Limited Editions
Ice Chips constantly churns out new, seasonal and limited edition candy flavors. 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 pack before with pineapple coconut, mandarin orange, and mango flavors.
#9 Free Shipping
All Ice Chip orders in the U.S. ship for free.
#10 Candy 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 cost:
- 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 shop for Ice Chips candy 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 select flavors on sale.