About this project
We’re very excited to introduce and share with you our flagship product, KPOP Sauce. Made from Korean chili pepper paste and based on Theo’s Hanmi’s (his grandmother’s) secret recipe, this sweet and tangy, with a kick, sauce is as unique as you are. Use it on anything you can imagine – eggs, pizza, salads, burritos, steaks, and even almonds and pretzels. Pop off and let’s celebrate!
“KPOP’s flavor is deeper and more complex than any other sauce I have at home (and I have a lot!) and it makes every dish taste special.” – Katrina K.
“After trying the sauce with my french fries, I couldn’t wait to tear my burger up.” – Aditya V.
“There’s so much more flavor than Sriracha. It’s smooth and doesn’t completely mask the flavor of the food you’re eating like other hot sauces.” – Alex V.
“I’ve added KPOP Sauce to several dishes already, including turkey meatballs and a fried rice stir-fry, and it is amazing! I can’t wait to get more, as it will easily become my go-to hot sauce from now on.” – Chris W.
“As a first generation Korean American, KPOP Sauce is a great gateway for food lovers to experience the flavors and spices of Korean cuisine. It was sweet, tangy, and left a subtle burn on the back of my tongue. Excellent!” – Henry O.
Founders, Theo and Mike, met at UCLA and instantly connected through their mutual love of Korean food. Their passion spread to their friends, who had little or no prior experience with the cuisine. They told Theo and Mike it wasn't just the amazing flavors, but that eating Korean food was like a celebration; it was a time to come together, enjoy each other's company, and have fun.
This resonated deeply with the founders because they had found an extraordinary medium to bring a diverse group of people together to celebrate life. Theo and Mike recruited classmates, Erica, Ryan, and Alex, and after a year of hard work and dedication, KPOP Foods launched in early 2017.
KPOP Foods is more than a Korean food company - it’s about bringing people together, having fun, and enjoying life. If you’ve ever had Korean food, you know it’s a party! Great food, drinks, and atmosphere.
Here at KPOP Foods, whether you’re eating with friends or by yourself, we want you to enjoy that experience anytime and anywhere with our products. Just like Korean food brings people together and raises their spirits, we believe that we need to do the same for one another.
Our mission is to bring people together and uplift spirits by sharing Korean flavors with America.
Korean chili pepper paste (called gochujang in Korean) is unique to Korea and has been a staple of the Korean diet for 2,000 years! Korean red chili pepper paste is created from a loving and arduous process. Raw soy beans are cooked and aged for 20-90 days. Then, rice powder, salt, and red peppers are added. The combined mix is aged again for 90-120 days. This aging process adds the umami and sweetness unique to KPOP Sauce.
A successful Kickstarter will allow us to follow our dreams full-time after graduation. We already have the contracts in place with a reputable and amazing manufacturer in Southern California. The sauce formula and packaging design are complete. Now, we just need YOUR help to raise the funds to begin production and ship all the KPOP Sauce and merchandise YOU ordered. Your support will also allow us to develop more awesome products and get them into your hands faster. As a backer, you’re a KPOP Foods family member for life! You will be the first to know about our new products and will be encouraged to send your comments, questions, and feedback directly to the team.
Risks and challenges
We’ve partnered with a reputable and amazing manufacturer from Southern California with nearly 100 years of experience! Both the manufacturer and the team here at KPOP Foods take food safety very seriously. We’ve developed quality control measures to ensure that every bottle of KPOP Sauce is perfect. We will begin production as soon as we receive the campaign funds, which can take up to 14 days after the conclusion of our project in June. Unfortunately, if we don’t reach our target, we won’t be able to make KPOP Sauce =(
Our goal is to get KPOP Sauce into your hands two months after the project is completed. However, if demand exceeds our initial forecast, there will be delays due to the time required to complete additional production runs. We will do everything we can to ensure you receive your goods on time and will reach out if anything changes. Unfortunately, at this moment, due to our limited operational resources and capital, we will not be able to deliver internationally. BUT, rest assured, if fully funded, KPOP Sauce will be available worldwide.
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