Submitted by Experience Olympia & Beyond

Cast your vote to determine the next Ice Chips flavor in celebration of the South Sound Coffee Trail.

The South Sound Coffee Trail features local roasters who handcraft the perfect cup of coffee. To celebrate our local roasters and recently being named most caffeinated by The National Geographic Traveler, Experience Olympia & Beyond is teaming up with the famous Grannies at Ice Chips to create a new local coffee creation.

Ice Chips and Experience Olympia & Beyond have narrowed down the candy choices to three flavors and now seek the public’s help in selecting the winning flavor. The custom flavors are all made with the Beyond Blend from Olympic Crest Coffee Roasters in Lacey.

Thurston County flavor choices include:

South Sound Coffee Trail Ice Chips Flavor
Vote for the new flavor of Ice Chips from now until April 18, 2018 on the Experience Olympia & Beyond Facebook page. Photo credit: Ingrid Barrentine and Heidi Walker

Boardwalk Breve

Tasting notes: No need for fancy drinks here, the minimalist Boardwalk Breve is simple, just like the beautiful boardwalks that line our waterways.

Deschutes Falls Frappuccino

Tasting notes: Chocolate and coffee has long been a winning and treasured combination, much like the icy cascade of Deschutes Falls.

Mima Mounds Macchiato

Tasting notes: Mima Mounds has a lot of theories on its creation, but no theories are needed to taste this delicious salted caramel and coffee combination.

Locals are encouraged to cast their vote at http://bit.ly/IceChipsVote. The poll is also on Experience Olympia & Beyond’s Facebook page. Live voting is open until April 18, 2018.

“Caffeine fuels our destination. From coffee bean origin stories to passionate local roasters, it’s no wonder National Geographic Traveler took notice,” said Shauna Stewart, Chief Experience Officer of Experience Olympia & Beyond. “Creating an Ice Chips flavor as part of the South Sound Coffee Trail is a fun way to highlight our brewing coffee scene.”

Last year locals and visitors voted Apple Fritter as the Ice Chips flavor of Thurston County. Ice Chips, a local candy company, makes candy with the healthy natural sweetener Xylitol. Xylitol reduces tooth decay and strengthens teeth. The grannies’ appearance on Shark Tank catapulted the candy’s popularity with rapid growth, including contracts with Disney.

Visitors can taste all of Ice Chips candy flavor varieties in the company’s tasting room in Tumwater and local companies can order the Thurston County flavor or South Sound Coffee Trail flavor to have on hand for their customers as a local gift or for retail sales.

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