Go Herbal-DIABETES FOCUS,wheat, soy, sugar, yeast, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, potato, eggs, corn, rice

By Live Dr - Fri Dec 05, 12:58 am

DIABETES FOCUS Magazine, 16th March 2005

A HEALTHY sweet?  NO Way!? YES Way!!!

Developed by a Father and Mother team out of sheer desperation and specifically with Children, Slimmers & Diabetics in mind, CARING CANDIES are available from most Health Stores and Pharmacies in 10g Candy Sticks and Lollipops, and convenient Bonbon packets. Flavoured with PURE HERBS, Caring Candies “NATURALS” Range is Sugar-Free, Fat-Free, Artificial Sweetener-Free, Tartrazine-Free, & Preservative-Free. Not only that, but they are gorgeous to look at, they won’t promote tooth decay, they are Kosher AND they are ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! Flavours include RASPBERRY (general tonic, detox), LEMON (nausea, digestion), LIQUORICE (low blood pressure, chest infections), GINGER (nausea, constipation, digestion), LAVENDER/SPEARMINT or LAVENDER/PEPPERMINT (high blood pressure, calming, tummy ache).

CARING CANDIES are low Glycaemic Index, which makes them ideal for Diabetics, Hypoglycaemics, Hyperactive Children and Slimmers. Whilst CARING CANDIES do not claim to CURE you of your ailments, you may find them useful in the relief of some of their associated symptoms.

Brand new is the “SOURZ” Range, which includes Sour Apple, Sour Cherry, Sour Naartjie, & Sour Lemon (also FREE FROM Sugar, Fat, Artificial Sweeteners, Tartrazine, Preservative, AND Artificial Colourants!). A Super treat to pp into those lunchboxes – Sugr-free, Delicious AND Good for you to!

his article is by Sieraaj Ahmed and is all about the best sweets – and guess who comes out tops….Caring Candies! It talks about what to look out for when selecting sweets for your family and cautions the reader to “Read the Label”, “Avoid Fat”, “Consider your teeth” and finally “Go Herbal”. This is what is written under the “Go Herbal” heading…

The newest kid on the sweet block is a range called Caring Candies, a locally made range of sweets flavoured with herbs rather than artificial sweeteners. These sweets contain no sugar, no saccharine, no preservatives, no tartrazine and no fat. The herbal sweetener gives Caring Candies a taste only slightly different to regular sweets – but most people wouldn’t even notice the taste difference. “Caring Candies are lower in total energy – 970 kilojoules per 100g versus 1550 kilojoules from a packet of liquorice sweets – and are also sugar free”, Dr Carien Scholtz says. “They have the additional advantages of being less or non-cariogenic (not causing tooth decay), being free of artificial additives and having a low sugar content, which make them a good choice for diabetics, slimmers and hyperactive children.” Caring Candies uses a sugar-replacer called isomalt which has been shown to reduce dental caries and gum disease, rather than cause tooth decay as most other sweets do. “However, if too much isomalt is consumed at a time, it can cause gastrointestinal cramps,” Marlinie says. The packs advise consumers not to eat more than 25g of any Caring Candies product in one day.

Feast on it

All sugared out? Stock up on sugar-free Caring Candies, developed by SA couple Denise and Neil Glezer-Jones. The best bit is they contain no artificial sweeteners, have a low glycaemic index, are kind to teeth, and a godsend if you have ADD (attention deficit disorder), candida or diabetes.

Sweet tooth

Childhood memories come flooding back when you delve into a bag of Caring Candies.

These bright, striped sweets are totally natural, flavoured with herbs, and are a dream for diabetics, slimmers and hyperactive children.

No fat, preservatives, artificial sweetener or tartrazine. Available at health shops and delis.

The pioneers of a different type of candy in South Africa talk to Muireann Bolger about their motivation and success

Caring Candies were developed in 2002 by Neil and Denise Glezer-Jones, a South African couple with two young children. They claim it was out of sheer desperation at the lack of healthy treats available in their country.

They produce sugar-free candies without artificial sweeteners, artificial colourants, or preservatives (including BHA, BHT or TBHQ). Their flavour is derived from either herbs or fruit essence and their colouration is from vegetables, plants or herbs. They are 100 per cent free from gluten, wheat, soy, sugar, yeast, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, potato, eggs, corn, rice and sesame, which make them ideal for children, and indeed adults, with allergies.


Neil was an accountant and Denise was a web designer, but they became interested in developing sweet treats for diabetics after complaints from Denise’s diabetic friends that there was little or nothing available in South Africa.

Products on the market were full of artificial sweeteners and other synthetic ingredients, or were imported and expensive.

When Denise had to follow a sugar-free Candida diet, she really suffered and admitted that she hadn’t realized the problems facing people with sugar intolerances until she had to exclude sugar from her diet:”Artificial Sweeteners gave me heart palpitations”, she recalls. Neil decided to try and devise an alternative solution for his sugar-deprived wife. Their first sweets were made on their kitchen stove and once the taste was to their satisfaction they tried them on friends and family and of course their most demanding critics; their children. By also using a test group of non-diabetic or non sugar-intolerant individuals they knew that if they liked the taste, then their initial target market of diabetics would absolutely love them.


Their initial range, Caring Candies “Naturals” were herbally-flavoured candies with flavours such as raspberry (general tonic, detox), Lemon (nausea, digestion), Liquorice (low blood pressure, chest infections), ginger (nausea, constipation, digestion), and Lavender mints (high blood pressure, calming, soothing).

The Glezer-Jones’ real stamp of approval came at the Annual Palatinit inhouse sugar-free meeting held in Milan Italy, where they were awarded the prize for “Best Product 2004”. Following the success of their “Naturals” range, Caring Candies “Sourz” were added to the range offering an assortment of Sour Apple, Sour Cherry, Sour Tangerine & Sour Lemon flavours.

It did not take long for them to realise that their target market was much larger than they had initially anticipated. Due to the fact that Caring Candies are very low on the glycemic index (less than 9), and release glucose slowly and steadily into the bloodstream, they are not only beneficial to diabetics but also to slimmers, individuals with ADHD, Hypoglycaemics, and Sportsmen.


There has been considerable interest shown in Caring Candies. Their website receives up to 60,000 hits per month from all over the globe, which has prompted them to explore exporting their much sought-after product range. Caring Candies have been exporting their candies since 2004 to private consumers around the world including the UK, various EU countries, USA, Australia, Puerto Rico and Canada.

As a result of the demand for their healthy candies, the company has been forced to expand from one small factory specializing in hand-crafted candy to two factories, the second being mechanized to cope with current and future production requirements.

With a basic concern for health and care reflected in all of their products, the couple are currently researching and developing other exciting products to add to their range.


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