DYK Post

Canadian Entrepreneur, Age 21, Launches ‘SmartSweets’, Candy With Almost Zero Sugars

DYK Post

Looking for some Canadian-based inspiration? Look no further than Vancouverite Tara Bosch.

CANADIAN INSPIRATION — Tara Bosch, just 21 years young, is the incredibly inspiring founder of her SmartSweets candies. The candy that she created boasts almost no sugar. Just 2 grams per bag, to be exact.

This is a feat that many have attempted, but ultimately failed. At least 99% of candies on the market today rely solely on sugar for their sweet tastes, but that is not the case with SmartSweets.

Bosch has always been an entrepreneur at heart. [In her past] she has gotten some of her friends to open up lemonade stands and then kept 50% of the profits for helping them get started. She sold vinyl-backed chalkboards and whiteboards that adhered to walls without damaging them, and now this, her biggest and best business idea yet.

Last year, she was a [fourth-year student] at the University of B.C. taking counselling psychology and literature. Upon noticing that this business was taking off faster than she could handle, she made the decision to drop out of university so that she could focus more of her time on SmartSweets.

Bosch has changed the game with her innovative candy product, and she’s done it right here at home, on Canadian soil. She is based out of Vancouver, BC.

Say goodbye to sugar:

Click or view in landscape to enlarge

SmartSweets Gummy Bears Explained // SmartSweets.com
SmartSweets Gummy Bears explained // SmartSweets.com

Instead of using sugar to sweeten her SmartSweets Gummy Bears – her first and only product release to date, she uses a custom made stevia formula. Because of this, prior to its name change in January of this year, Bosch’s candy company used to be named SteviSweets.

What is stevia?

Stevia is a low-glycemic sweetener extracted from leaves of the Stevia Rebaudiana plant. It provides great tasting calorie-free sweetness and is what replaces sugar in SmartSweets.SmartSweets.com

The SmartSweets Gummy Bears were just officially launched on store shelves and made available for order online on July 14th – just four days ago as of this writing.

The idea behind SmartSweets began just one year ago, and is already available on at least 13 retail store shelves in Bosch’s home city of Vancouver.

SmartSweets on Store Shelves in Vancouver // Tara Bosch's FB Cover Image
SmartSweets on store shelves // Bosch’s FB cover image

Want to try out some SmartSweets Gummy Bears?

Bosch has them available in two flavors – Sour & Sweet, and in two portion options for online shoppers – 6 pack & 12 pack.

[Order your SmartSweets Gummy Bears]

Support this inspiring young Canadian entrepreneur, and eat healthy while enjoying some delicious candy!

Quick facts about the SmartSweets Gummy Bears:
  • Contain just 2g of sugar, 24g of plant-based fibre, 5g of protein and 9g of net carbs.
  • Proudly made and packaged in Canada.
  • Produced in a nut-free facility.
  • No artificial colours or flavours
  • GMO-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy/Soy free
  • Sugar alcohol free
  • Corn fibre free

A 6-pack of 56g packages goes for $29.99, while a 12-pack goes for $59.99.

And yes, those are of course, Canadian prices. 🙂

Oh and the best part is, if your order comes up to more than $49, your shipping is FREE!

Customers are very pleased with the Gummies:

This product is exceptional! I have a big love of gummy candy but sugar has been my deterrent. By switching to SmartSweets, I have not given up flavour, texture or any of the goodness that comes along with a traditional candy. In fact, these taste better and are so much healthier.Krystal McLennan

Tara Bosch Founder of Vancouver's SmartSweets
Tara Bosch, Founder
Bosch’s backstory:

Growing up I developed an unhealthy relationship with food. My self esteem and body image were affected by my relationship with food, driving me to a restrictive diet. As I got older, it became apparent that healthy relationships in all aspects of life come from smarter choices. It was this very life lesson paired with my love for candy that inspired my quest to create SmartSweets. — Tara Bosch




The Gummy Bear product description states:

Enjoy the first smart candy that naturally leaves sugar behind.  SmartSweets are soft, chewy gummy bears that are bursting with juicy, fruity flavour. Every ingredient we use is always real and never artificial. […] Made with real ingredients that kick sugar so you can feel good about every bite!  Be Smart, Eat Smart.SmartSweets.com


Tara Bosch said it best:

“#$*@% the fear, do it anyways!”
If nothing else, I hope that this story was an inspiration to our readers.
Don’t let anything get in your way. Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. The only limits in life are those that you set.
SmartSweets Gummy Bears
SmartSweets Gummy Bears // SmartSweets.com

When attempting to get in contact with Tara Bosch regarding this article, she was not available for chat, despite her website’s ‘live chat’ feature stating that she was ‘online’. To be fair, she’s probably incredibly busy with her growing business.

Edit: This article was edited with Bosch’s correct age. A prior version stated that she was 22 years of age. She is 21 years old. My apologies, Tara.


Jody Mitoma

Founder of Edmonton Talks News.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *