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Canadian-made gummy candies are gluten-free and low sugar


February 19, 2019
By Canadian Vending

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Image courtesy of SmartSweets.com

SmartSweets are gluten-free gummies that contain no added sugar, sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners. SmartSweets are non-GMO, only 90 calories per bag and contain just 3 grams of sugar. SmartSweets contain 85 per cent less sugar than the leading candy.

They are also dairy, soy, and lactose free and are produced on equipment that does not process peanuts, tree nuts, milk, or wheat.

Raised in Vancouver, the 23-year old Tara Bosch created SmartSweets while in college studying at the University of British Columbia. As a sophomore at UBC, she became focused on innovating a new kind of sweet that offered a healthy alternative. Months of recipe-testing with a commercially available gummy bear mold finally led to the launch of SmartSweets in August 2016. 

Bosch was assisted by a number of mentors along the way and aided by well-earned grants and awards. Named a 2017 Peter Thiel Fellow, she won Canadian Entrepreneur’s Top 20 under 23, BC Business’s Top 30 Under 30, and BMO Celebrating Women’s Growth & Expansion Award.

SmartSweets was chosen as a 2016-17 and 2017-18 Venture in Residence by the Next Big Thing Foundation, Canada’s premier program that taps top 20 under-23 entrepreneurs to accelerate their businesses. Among other accolades for Bosch and her company, in July 2018, SmartSweets was selected as one of ten grant recipients for the Cohort of Burt’s Bees Natural Launchpad.

Today, SmartSweets gummies can be found in 9,000 stores across the USA & Canada with retail and corporate partners including Whole Foods, GNC, Bed Bath Beyond, Target, Amazon, amongst others. They are available in Fruity Gummy Bears, Sour Gummy Bears, Sour Blast Buddies and Sweet Fish packets.