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Based out of Cambridge, Mass, Real Pops makes the healthiest, freshest, tastiest pops this side of Mexico. Get Real Pops to market!

UPDATE

We made it to our goal in just 48 hours! WOW! This is awesome. 

Your support and enthusiasm means that Real Pops can dream even bigger.  With that in mind, we've set a new goal of $11,000: the additional funds would allow us to expand in some integral ways, plus starting giving back.

If we make it to the $11,000 mark by the end of the project we'll throw a popsicle fundraiser for the Women's Lunch Place, an awesome day shelter for poor and homeless women in Boston.

What we'll use the extra money for:

An additional $3,000 (a total of $8,000) would allow us to buy a totally awesome freezer bike, making us a carbon neutral company.  How rad! Some inspiration for what our bikes could look like, from local company Taza Chocolate's Chococycle:


The next $500 (a total of $8,500) would allow us to use dairy in our pops, which means that some favorite flavors (think Roasted Banana and Creamy Coconut) would be available to the public.  Using dairy requires additional permits plus monthly lab testing which, as you can imagine, adds up quickly.

$500 beyond that (a total of $9,000) would buy a catering license so you could hire Real Pops for your wedding or party. Fun AND delicious!

The final $2,000 (a total of $11,000) would buy everything we need, including the retail license, to sell Real Pops in grocery stores.

Need even more encouragement to pledge? Check out how cool our canvas bags are going to look:

We can do this, guys! Thank you so much for your support, your love, and your enthusiasm.  We've gotten this far because of you, and I am so incredibly grateful.

love,
Dewey

And now, back to the scheduled broadcast...

Imagine: it’s a beautiful, sunny day. It’s also crazy hot. You’re outside, walking around, enjoying the sunshine but dying from the heat. A little grumble in your belly tells you it’s time for a snack. It’s too hot for anything cooked, but ice cream or frozen yogurt will weigh you down. You want something cool, refreshing, delicious. What was that? A fresh homemade ice pop? Made exclusively of real ingredients? That’s not too expensive? Perfect!

Yes! A thousand times yes!

You’re in luck. Real Pops can make your summertime dreams come true. We buy fresh produce from as close as is feasibly possible and turn it into awesome Mexican-style ice pops (called paletas) in flavors like strawberry, grapefruit, peach, avocado-lime and watermelon-lemonade. There’s nothing fake in our treats: no colors, no preservatives, nada. Just whole fruit, fresh herbs, and fair-trade sugar. And if you worry about that kind of thing, you’ll be glad to hear that most of them clock in at under a hundred calories apiece. Delicious!

Sounds great! Where do I get these awesome pops?

It turns out that there’s a ton of expenses involved in starting a food business. To sell our pops at farmer’s markets and other events we have to buy a couple freezers for the kitchen, a mobile freezer cart, packaging, insurance, and a bunch of permits. Everything is ready to fall into place, but we need to overcome a financial hurdle before we can legally sell anything at all.

That financial hurdle is really small, though! Just $5,000 will bring Real Pops to market this season and next.

And that’s where you come in. By contributing now, you’ll be bringing a creative, delicious, made-from-scratch dessert option to farmers markets in Cambridge and Somerville, and supporting our local economy, to boot.

We want the fun to start ASAP, and so we have some fun, quirky rewards to thank you for your help. From free pops at the market, to a bag with our awesome logo on it, to a popsicle party at your home or office, there are a bunch of cool options for different levels of contribution. You can check them out on the sidebar.

Sounds rad. Anything else I need to know about Kickstarter?

The most important thing you need to know is that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model. That means that we have 30 days to reach our goal, and if we don’t reach it we won’t get anything (don’t worry, though—Kickstarter waits until a project reaches its goal before debiting any credit cards, so if we don’t reach goal you won’t lose any money).

Yikes! That’s a lot of pressure. So if I’m gonna contribute, now is the time?

Exactly! The faster we raise this money, the sooner Real Pops will be at market, and the sooner we can all take a big sigh of relief.

One other thing: if we exceed our goal, awesome! We can go as high above goal as we want, and any extra capital will go towards making Real Pops even better (a more awesome freezer cart, more markets per week, and a retail license so we can sell in grocery stores are the first growth goals).

Thanks for stopping by, guys! And thanks in advance for the support. All this love feels really, really great.

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    Check us out at the market! Stop by and we'll thank you with a complimentary Real Pop in the flavor of your choice. Yum!

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    In addition to your complimentary Real Pop, you'll get an invite to our awesome and exclusive launch party, where you'll be able to sample tons of paletas, listen to some rad music, and meet other people as excited about popsicles as you are.

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    Stop by our spot at the market for three free pops, come to our awesome launch party, and get a sticker with our super-cute logo on it, to stick anywhere your little heart desires. Out of town? We'll mail it to you!

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    CSA! For $40 you can stop by the market every week for 6 weeks and pick up a free pop in any flavor you'd like. Yum! Buy it for yourself or give it as a gift. Plus you'll get our awesome sticker and an invite to our launch party, of course.

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    In addition to three Real Pops at the market and an invitation to our launch party, you'll also get a super cute canvas tote bag with our awesome logo on it. For 5 bucks more, we'll even mail it straight to your house!

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    For seventy-five bucks, you'll get an invitation to our launch party, our super-cute tote, and ten pops in the flavor of your choice, made especially for you (we'll coordinate beforehand to decide which ones you want), that you can pick up at the market. Eat them on the spot or rush them home, stick 'em in your freezer, and cap off your dinner party with the best dessert imaginable.

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    For all the aspiring pop-chefs out there: a super cool notebook with 4 hand-written pop recipes in it, plus a canvas apron imprinted with our awesome logo ($5 more and we'll mail it right to you!). All that, plus two free pops at the market and an invitation to our launch party.

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    Family-sized CSA. Stop by the market and pick up four pops each week for 6 weeks. So yummy. Plus you'll get our cute tote and an invitation to the launch party, of course.

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    Don't live in town? No problem! We'll ship you a box packed with dry ice and 2 dozen Real Pops in the flavor of your choice, plus our awesome canvas bag.

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    Popsicle party! We'll provide napkins and 120 specially-made mini pops in a variety of delicious flavors, delivered straight to your home or office, you provide up to 30 lucky guests. Everyone will love you, we swear.

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    For the real popsicle lovers out there: for 500 bucks we'll throw you a pop party (up to 120 mini Real Pops, delivered to your home or office) and you'll get to join our exclusive pop CSA (four pops picked up at the market every week for 6 weeks), PLUS you'll get an invitation to our launch party, the great sticker, and our cutie tote.

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    Get all our previous rewards (invitation to the launch party, cute sticker, awesome tote, pop party, CSA) AND become a part of history: name a pop! Give it your name, give it your friend's name, give it a totally wacky name that we have to explain every time we sell one. We'll use it this year and next, and maybe forever!

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