Liquor and hot peppers make everything better! High-octane spice blends for people who love food. Read more
This project was successfully funded on November 1, 2013.
About this project
Update: Get a Sample!
Update Again: Ghost Whiskey Bacon Bits Ahoy!
Pardon our excitement, but we just hit our second stretch goal. That means that every backer gets a packet of Ghost Whiskey Bacon Bits! And if you want more, just add $7 or $11 for an add-on! Now back to your regularly scheduled Kickstarter campaign.
Who Are We?
Glad you asked! We're a non-traditional spice company based in Chicago, Illinois. Our mission is to make exciting versions of foods that people use every day.
What Do We Make?
Some flavors just go together. Hot peppers and bourbon, wasabi and sake, garlic and grappa... you get the idea. We've taken some of our favorite combinations and made them into tongue-spanking spice blends that you can put on absolutely anything. Put them on your table and use them instead of those boring standbys: salt, pepper, parmesan, crushed red pepper, and hot sauce.
Smoky Bourbon Table Blend
This blend begins with the sweet aroma of smoky morita chipotle peppers, adds depth and complexity with garlic and bourbon, and finishes up with a slow habanero-and-ghost burn that builds as long as you keep eating it. This goes well on eggs, burgers, grilled veggies... anything that can use a smoky heat. If you only try one variety, this is the one. But honestly, who wants to try just one?
Garlic Grappa Table Blend
If you've ever been inside an Italian kitchen, you'll recognize this smell immediately. All the Tuscan herbs are here, alongside the warmth of a balsamic vinegar and Italian brandy blend. Replacing the standard red pepper with habanero chilies kicks the whole combination up a few notches. Try it on pasta or in a marinara sauce.
Citrus Rum Table Blend
This blend is a must-try for seafood and pork lovers. Three different citrus fruits combine with spiced rum and cloves to create a tropical combination, plus a dash of habanero heat at the end (because this is Tonguespank we're talking about, after all). Another potential use: combine it with sugar around the rim of a cocktail glass.
Wasabi Sake Table Blend
Wasabi has a different burn than hot peppers: more of a sudden explosion and less of a slow burn. But why not have both? This blend combines the up-front hit of wasabi and horseradish with the long burn of habaneros, for a truly powerful combination. Try it on fish or sushi!
Scorpion Bourbon Table Blend
This is the hottest blend we make. We start with Smoky Bourbon and turn it up to 11. We use Trinidad Moruga Scorpions, said to be hotter than the current Guiness record holder at up to two million Scoville units (compare that to Jalapeños at 20,000). Peppers this hot are hard to find, which is why we sell this in smaller quantities. You won't be needing much anyway.
What Are We Doing?
Tonguespank is making a splash locally, but we know we have a great product and we're dreaming bigger than Chicago. We want to spank tongues throughout the United States. With this Kickstarter, we're raising funds to start our first major production run.
How Will We Invest Your Money?
We'll Take Over Chicago Restaurants!
Tonguespank has been spotted in the kitchens of foodies throughout Chicago, but let's get it into the restaurants! We want to give away cases of Tonguespank to the local Chicago pizza joints. Let's get some more people hooked!
Let's Get Into Specialty Stores!
Every city has a ton of specialty food stores, and Chicago is no exception. To get Tonguespank on shelves, we need product and marketing materials--plenty of both. We simply don't have enough stock yet to offer it to stores--with your help, that can change.
Let's Make Ghost Bacon Bits!
What are these? Well, picture bacon bits, except bigger and made of real bacon. Now picture ghost peppers and whiskey. Can you taste it? Do you want to? We've only produced limited runs of our Ghost Bacon Bits in the past, but for you guys we'll do anything! At $20k all backers get a sample-sized Ghost Bacon pack, PLUS we we'll offer the full-size jar as an add-on!
What Do You Get Out Of It?
All kinds of stuff! To raise funds for the next step, we're selling our signature products. In addition, we're offering brand-new gear, including t-shirts, shot glasses, and--if we can hit our stretch goal--a new product! This is the first time Tonguespank has been available outside of Chicago. Take advantage of this campaign to try it out!
Risks and challenges
While we've been making and giving away Tonguespank like crazy over the past few months, this is the first time we've done a major production run of our products. While we are confident in our ability to scale up, we also recognize that we have a lot to learn. Our biggest risk is having a phenomenally successful Kickstarter campaign, but that is a risk we are willing to take.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Heck yes you can get a sample before the campaign ends! I'm mailing them out as quickly as I get the requests, so give me your address below and I will send you one immediately.
Because the main ingredient (scorpion peppers) is so expensive, we only make a 2 oz version of Scorpion Bourbon. However, you can add on as many bottles to your pledge as you would like. The followup survey will allow you to specify multiple bottles.
You can add individual bottles of Tonguespank to your pledge: $7 for a 2-oz bottle and $11 for a 4-oz bottle. On the final survey you will be able to list what you want to receive.
Pledge $10 or more
One 2 oz bottle of the blend of your choice: choose from Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Citrus Rum, or Wasabi Sake. Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $17 or more
Two pack! Two 2 oz bottles of the blend(s) of your choice: choose from Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Citrus Rum, or Wasabi Sake. Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
You know that feeling you get when you eat Scorpion Bourbon? The one where your mouth is full of lava? Show the world how much you love that burn with t-shirt of your choice. Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $30 or more
Variety taster! four 2 oz bottles, one each of Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Citrus Rum, and Wasabi Sake. Add Scorpion Bourbon for another $15! Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $40 or more
Variety pack! four 4 oz bottles, one each of Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Citrus Rum, and Wasabi Sake. Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
Super friendship taster pack! TWO sets of 2 oz bottles: one for you and one for a friend. This is a total of eight bottles: two each of Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Citrus Rum, and Wasabi Sake. Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $55 or more
Adventurous soul! Four 4 oz bottles: one each of Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Citrus Rum, and Wasabi Sake... PLUS a 2 oz. bottle of Scorpion Bourbon. Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $80 or more
Fan pack! Four 4 oz bottles: one each of Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Citrus Rum, and Wasabi Sake... PLUS a 2 oz. bottle of our Scorpion Bourbon blend, PLUS the T-shirt of your choice. Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
A "backer" link on our awesome new website for the next year! This can be to any site/profile you want (although we reserve the right to veto).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $150 or more
Ground floor combo deal #1! our $80 tier + our $100 tier! For serious fans who want the whole package. Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $200 or more
Ground floor combo deal #2! our $80 tier + two invitations to the next Tonguespank Party! You saw how much fun we had last time. Please, be 21+ and ready for some incredible food. Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $275 or more
Ground floor combo deal #3! This is our $100 tier plus our $200 tier, so pretty much everything we have to offer. You get four 4 oz bottles (Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Wasabi Sake, and Citrus Rum), one 2 oz bottle (Scorpion Bourbon), one t-shirt, one link on the new website for a year, and two invitations to the next Tonguespank party. And our undying gratitude, obviously. Includes US shipping.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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