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$9,248
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131
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 29 2012 3:00 AM UTC +00:00
$9,248
pledged of $44,000pledged of $44,000 goal
131
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 29 2012 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

We make ice cream cones – for everything from picnics and tea parties to couch lounging extravaganzas.

Flavor Update:

We are so excited to announce our new Autumn Flavor line that we will be making all three of our new flavors available to our backers at all levels! You may now add "Apple Pie," "Pumpkin," and "Red Velvet" to your list of flavors to choose from when selecting your reward. The 3 new flavors are available in each variety; as either cones, cone chips, or take & bake cones.

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Hey Kickstarter, we’re Mena, Brian, and Jerry. We’re a Minnesotan who loves football and vintage dresses, a Jersey Boy who listens to electronic music, and a Canadian who can’t skate. The three of us met in grad school and together, we make ice cream cones.

If you asked us a year ago where we’d be, none of us would have guessed that we’d be here, trying to make this idea a reality. We’ve come a long way in the past nine months. We’ve spent hours in the kitchen, crafting new flavors – everything from sesame cones to oatmeal, green tea, and chocolate chip. We started small with an ice cream cone stand in Richmond, Virginia, giving out free samples. From there we drafted a business plan and got invited to work with a local business incubator. To us this is about more than just ice cream cones, it is an opportunity to create something we're proud of.

Right now we are scattered across the country in Minneapolis, Portland, and Chicago. We’re working via emails, Google Hangouts, and late night texting frenzies. We’re committed, we’ve logged the hours (and the thinking), and we can’t wait to get our cones out of our kitchens and into yours.

We believe in the Power of &.

Two great elements are even better when combined. They can complement or contrast one another. They can make an entire experience more exciting. They have the power to make each other better. At Ampersand, we create products that elevate ice cream. We turn your ice cream experience into an adventurous indulgence. What we offer are endless combinations - that are entirely up to you. Whether it is vanilla ice cream & a pistachio cone, or black sesame ice cream & honey lavender cone chips, you are the master of your creation.

We believe in innovation, in the complex and the simple, in the big and the seemingly miniscule. We believe in change, in disruption, in quiet waves that take the status quo and turn it upside down. We believe in reimagination, in listening to the loud voices and soft whispers of the daydreamers and go-getters. We believe that innovation, change, and reimagination begins with an &. At Ampersand the Conery, we create products to innovate, change, and reimagine the ice cream experience.

We make products that we’re proud of.

For us that means that our products are made from all natural ingredients. It means that our flavors have been tested by everyone around us, that they’re friends and family approved, and that they taste as good as they look. The first three flavors we have to share with you are:

It is important for us to push the boundaries of innovation, which is why our flavored waffle cones come in a few varieties:

We have flavored cones. We’ll let you choose whether to gift them or hoard them.

We have flat take-&-bake cones. Pop them in the micro and roll. Don't worry, it's easy: Click Here to see how it's done.

We even have flavored waffle cone chips that are tasty enough to eat by themselves.

Why the $44,000: an Explanation

Instead of investing in a $200,000 machine that looks like this, we’ve made friends with a commercial facility that already owns one. The only catch is that in order to run our first three flavors, we have to commit ourselves to a large order up front.

That’s where you, and Kickstarter, come in.

All of the money pledged through Kickstarter will go towards getting our first 3 flavors and 3 varieties produced, packaged, and accessible to as many people as possible.

Any money we raise above our goal will help fund the development of more "beta flavors." We have a notebook filled with flavors (think along the lines of peanut butter satay and black licorice) and we’d love the opportunity to perfect and share them with you. If we reach the amounts below we will be “unlocking” some of these beta flavors and making them available as part of the flavor selection for the Kickstarter backer rewards.

$60,000 - Unlock Petite-sized cones

$75,000 - Unlock a new secret flavor 

$90,000 - Unlock a new flavor chosen by you

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. The Kickstarter community makes ideas happen and we’re proud to be part of it.

A Note about the Rewards

Both of our boxes (regular and take & bake) contain 6 regular sized cones. Our cone chip bags contain the equivalent of 6 regular sized cones.

Please remember that your card will not be charged unless we reach our goal. So please click the "pledge now" button at the top of the page to help revitalize the ice cream cone. If you can't pledge please post, tweet, pin, send this link, or telepathically communicate this idea to your friends and family. We can’t thank you enough for spreading the word, which is why we are offering up a free spot on our “Beta Tasters” list to the person with the most referrals. Please visit our site to start sharing this idea.

Until our next encounter,
Mena, Brian, & Jerry. 

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    A Huge Thank You! and a DOWNLOADABLE lookbook of our product line.

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    To show our appreciation we’ll send you a Beautiful Wooden Ampersand signed by the 3 founders. Plus the above! Shipping to the U.S.A and Canada included. International please add $10 for shipping.

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    THE TRIPLE DIPPER: Get three bags of our waffle cone chips - 1 bag of Honey Lavender, 1 bag of Pistachio, and 1 bag of Vanilla Bean & Toasted Coconut. NOTE: This reward is a new addition, it excludes the rewards above and is not included at the $30 pledge level. U.S.A. Shipping included.

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    NEW: AUTUMN LINE TRIPLE DIPPER: Get three bags of our waffle cone chips - 1 bag of Apple Pie, 1 bag of Pumpkin, and 1 bag of Red Velvet. NOTE: This reward is a new addition, it excludes the rewards above and is not included at the $30 pledge level. U.S.A. Shipping included.

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    Your choice of either a box of cones, a bag of cone chips, or a box of take & bake cones with a wooden cone roller. Plus the above! U.S.A Shipping included.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    MORE CONES PLEASE: Choose a combo of any three varieties and flavors; a box of cones, a bag of cone chips or a box of take & bake cones with a wooden cone roller. Plus everything at the $20 level. U.S.A Shipping included.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    THE CONE COLLECTOR: Choose a combo of any five varieties and flavors; a box of cones, a bag of cone chips, or a box of take & bake cones with a wooden cone roller. Plus everything at the $20 level. U.S.A Shipping included.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    THE FULL PACKAGE: Choose a combo of any five varieties and flavors; a box of cones, a bag of cone chips, or a box of take & bake cones with a wooden cone roller. Plus everything at the $20 level, an Ampersand the Conery tote bag, and 2 individual cone stands. U.S.A Shipping included.

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    THE FULL PARTY PACKAGE: Get everything offered at the $100 reward level plus a beautiful cone serving rack, 2 more individual cone stands, and a set of 3 different sized ice cream scoops. All you need now is the ice cream! U.S.A Shipping included.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    OFFICIAL “BETA TASTER” PACKAGE: All the Schwag at the $150 level, plus receive monthly shipments from us with samples of all the products and flavors we will be working on throughout 2013! You will be the first people to taste our new products while they are still in development and we will use your feedback to make our products even better before they hit the shelves! Who knows you may be the one who comes up with the next great flavor! U.S.A and Canada backers only please. Shipping Included.

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    ICE CREAM SHOP PACKAGE: If you own an ice cream shop here is your chance to be the first ones to bring these cones into your city. $1,000 gets you exclusive rights to your metro area; New York, LA, San Fran, Boston etc. Pledging at this level entitles you to this regional exclusivity for the first 3 months of spring 2013 (April, May, & June of 2013).

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    THE “PERFECT PAIRING” PACKAGE: Getting Married? How about a unique and completely custom flavor for your special day! Working with the two of you, we'll design and conceive the ideal cone flavor to pair with your favourite ice cream and hand make 250 just for you! U.S.A Shipping included.

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Funding period

- (30 days)