Bev Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary founded Ice Chips Candy in 2009. In 2012, the two entrepreneurial “grannies” — they have 42 grandchildren between them — went on ABC’s Shark Tank TV show and elicited an investment agreement from two of the “sharks” — Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran. The deal never materialized but it hasn’t stopped Ice Chips from becoming a $2-million-a-year business.
Ice Chips are sugar-free shards of flavored candy made with xylitol, a natural sweetener that doesn’t influence blood-sugar levels and isn’t harmful to teeth. Based in Tumwater, Ice Chips Candy employs 25 and distributes through independent stores, small chains and direct-to-consumer sales. In these photos, pieces of candy tumble out of a breaker/sifter machine, a partially broken sheet of candy is ready for the breaker/sifter, a worker pours out a sheet of strawberry-daiquiri-flavored candy; and chips are loaded into tins on the weighing/filling machine.
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