Almost everyone at some point has struggled to resist a sugar craving, and if you want
to avoid tooth decay, limiting sugary snacks is right up there with brushing and flossing
regularly. I’m here today with two guests who want to share an innovative solution,
Beverly Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary. Welcome to the show.
Thank you. Happy to be here.
Well, I’m excited for you to be here. So, I want to know how did two self-described
grannies become candy manufactures? Well, between the two of us, we have 41 grandchildren.
We really were looking for something healthy for all those grandkids. We don’t like seeing
them eating all the sugar. We lived in a rural area. We loved botanicals,
plants, herbs. We would hike all the time, and we loved making products from those botanicals
and learning what every herb out there does for the human body.
So you two have come up with a unique line of candy that uses a natural sweetener that
does not promote tooth decay. That’s right.
Exactly. Tell us more about it.
We make our candy with 95% – 98% pure xylitol. We use a birch or hardwood xylitol. We know
the word sounds like it’s a chemical. It is not. It is an all-natural sweetener.
The thing about xylitol is that when it’s in the mouth, germs and bacteria can’t stick
to it. They just slide right off. Studies have shown that pregnant moms that take xylitol
throughout their pregnancy, their babies end up with stronger teeth.
Are there any artificial sweeteners or flavoring? In our product, there is nothing except the
xylitol that’s from the birch wood trees. We have a little bit of calcium stearate,
a little bit of cream of tartar. Our flavorings are plant based and they’re certified organic.
That’s interesting. And once in a while in the fruit flavors,
we have a little bit of citric acid which actually adds to the salivary flow. Gluten
free, GMO free. We’re working on our GMO certification right now. We’re working on our Kosher certification.
Oh, that’s interesting. Nice. A dairy free, except three of our flavors
do have dairy in them and we’re very specific about that.
That’s great. And the flavorings, you have how many flavors?
We have 22 right now. And I actually use these. I love the lemon.
It’s so refreshing. That’s why I definitely recommend it to my patients. The one thing
I like to tell them, though, is I tend to want to chew down on them as soon as I put
them, because they’re hard candy. But, it’s important to let it dissolve for as long as
you possibly can. A full two minutes would be great because essentially we’re trying
to bathe the teeth in the xylitol, that you’re salivating a little bit more, getting underneath
the gum line. With sugar, we don’t want to eat too much because it can have side effects.
Are there any side effects we need to be concerned with with xylitol?
Too much of it could cause them to have a stomach ache or have a problem. So, you know,
eat it normally like a snack where you’re not going to overeat.
So everything in moderation is a great rule to follow?
Absolutely. So, my patients are not always real sure where
to direct them where to find ice candy. We started out in health food stores. We’re
still in those locations. We’re now in Whole Foods and we’re going into other Big Box stores,
and we’re even available in many many dentists’ offices. People who can’t find them anywhere
else, they’re available on our website. It really is a fun collection of flavors.
Almost as fun as you ladies. Thank you so much for joining us today.
Thank you. Thank you. It was fun.
It’s great to have a tasty sweet treat option that doesn’t promote tooth decay. Discover
all the great flavors at IceChipsCandy.com. (music).