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My ice pop startup needs YOU! Let's bring yummy frozen treats to the streets of Baltimore City via tricycle!
119 backers pledged $7,068 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi, My name is Krystal Mack and I make Ice Pops! 

(That's me and my Elderflower & Orange Blossom Honey Ice Pop with Organic Edible Wildflowers!)
(That's me and my Elderflower & Orange Blossom Honey Ice Pop with Organic Edible Wildflowers!)

I am a proud Baltimorean residing in the beautiful neighborhood of Mount Vernon.

I'm hoping you will help me bring my Ice Pop business KarmaPop to the streets of Baltimore! KarmaPop started with me looking for healthy and unique frozen dessert alternatives to ice cream.

As a a food lover I didn't really like what I found in stores as far as flavors.Sometimes I wanted a healthy but delicious treat and its hard to find that when it comes to desserts in general. Other times I felt like the options were too basic. Don't get me wrong. I love a good Cherry ice pop like the next person but I do want it to contain actual cherry and not weird flavorings or artificial ingredients. I couldn't really find that anywhere. Also there would be moments when I wanted something different in the flavor department. I would want a wider variety of flavors like Lavender Lemonade, Peach Basil, and Honey Chamomille. Since I couldn't find those options I purchased ice pop molds and got to work whipping up a variety of pop flavors. I even made a few Poptails (Cocktails frozen into Ice Pops)! I began to share my Ice pops with friends and family and decided I wanted to turn this into a seasonal business for more people to enjoy. Up until now outside of friends and family I've made ice pops for a few small parties (Cocktail parties, garden parties, Birthday Parties) with great feedback that has left me feeling even more inspired to bring my ice pops to our beautiful city of Baltimore. 

Vanilla Sweet Pea
Vanilla Sweet Pea

The next step was figuring out my mode of delivery. When I thought about how I would get around the various hilly neighborhoods of Baltimore I realized that just  a cooler wasn't going to cut it. In order to get my pops from Mount Vernon to Charles Village or Mount Vernon to Fells Point or the Inner Harbor I would need a cart and transportation that could haul that cart. That's when it hit me: Why not a A TRICYCLE?! 

A food vending tricycle with a dry ice box for Ice Pop storage would allow me to get around town and to various outdoor events while still keep my ice pops fresh for up to 12 hours! Also since it will be running on clean energy (My legs & dry ice) it would cut fuel costs and make my business environmentally friendly! 

Now that I had that settled I knew I could focus on putting KarmaPop on the road. In order to do that I've got to get serious and get out of my home kitchen. To make KarmaPop an official business I need to invest in leasing a commercial kitchen full-time (not just for special events and orders), more pop molds, and professional equipment. Not to mention the headache of licensing and permits for the city. That is where my Kickstarter Fundraiser comes into play. The goal of my Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds for the KarmaPop Tricycle as well as  other expenses (full-time commercial kitchen rent, dry ice, dairy and produce accounts, licensing, molds, blenders) essential to the business. The KarmaPop ice tricycle would be a green/eco-friendly way to bring sweet relief to city residents during the infamously hot and humid Baltimore summers with my ice pops! 

This is where you guys come in! Your generous donations will help make KarmaPop a reality! By backing KarmaPop you can help bring the cool concept of food vending cycles to Baltimore and YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SAY YOUR BACKING HELPED CREATE TO THE VERY FIRST FOOD TRICYCLE IN BALTIMORE! 

Here is a general breakdown of some of the costs for the business:

  • Business, Vendor, and Health Licensing Fees (Initial) --$615
  • Custom Made Tricycle for Ice Pop Vending (Initial)-- $3,250
  • Freight Delivery for Tricycle (Initial)--$430
  • Dry Ice for Pop Storage on Tricycle (ongoing)  --$20
  • Ingredients (ongoing)--$350 
  • Ice Pop Sticks (ongoing) --$10
  • Additional Ice Pop Molds for Mass Production of Multiple Flavors at a time (Initial) --$400
  •  Ice Cream Makers (Initial) --$100
  • Reconditioned Vitamix (Initial) --$350
  • Pakaging (Ongoing) --$75
  • Heal Sealers(initial) --$30
  • Food Safe Cleaning/Sterilizing Products (ongoing)--$50
  • Kickstarter Reward Fullfillment! --$1,000

Help me bring the following yummy Ice Pops to you:

Belgian Kriek & Kreme Poptail
Belgian Kriek & Kreme Poptail

Berries & Buttermilk, Strawberry Chia Jam & Yogurt, Banana Berry Quinoa, Banana Pear Flaxseed, Coconut Cinnamon, Lavender Lemonade! Coco Agua with Almond & Rosewater, Orange Blossom Apricot Jam & Yogurt, Peach & Basil, Apricot Orange Blossom, Creamy Kale, and so many more!

Another great thing about KarmaPop's Ice Pops is that the ingredients will be local when possible! I will be forming partnerships with local farms and using their fresh and local produce in my Pop recipes!

*As a friendly reminder, Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform; if I do not meet the goal, KarmaPop will not receive ANY funding.  Please help KarmaPop go big so we can keep Baltimore cool!

Risks and challenges

KarmaPop's biggest obstacle in the immediate future will be securing a new commercial kitchen space with ample freezer storage and getting all of the vendor licensing for the tricycle from the City of Baltimore. From there, I will be focused on establishing relationships with local businesses and the community so that KarmaPop is able to meet its neighbors needs and be easily accessible.

I believe that by starting simple with a tricycle, I will be able to avoid bigger obstacles or challenges. When it comes to vending a food product to the public, a tricycle has a more manageable overhead cost than a food truck or actual shop. Every new business will encounter some issues along the way, but I believe that by staying focused on operating within KarmaPop's means and growing slowly, I will be able to mitigate the major risk factors that are involved in starting a full fledged pop shop, or trying to get too big to quickly. There is always the possibility of being blindsided by issues that I don't foresee, and in those instances I believe that my passion for my business, along with the awesome support network I have at my disposal, will allow KarmaPop to become a successful fixture in the Baltimore food community!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Free ice pop and cool sticker featuring the PopCycle logo!! Donate at this level, and you can drop by the tricycle (Check Facebook for the tricycle location when you're ready to redeem your reward. Ice Pops unfortunately cannot be shipped.) to receive a delicious ice pop in the flavor of your choosing!

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    Donate $25 and get 3 Recipe Cards for some of my favorite Ice Pops and test out your Ice Pop Chef skills at home! At this level of donation feel free to stop by the tricycle for two free pops and your PopCycle sticker also! (Check Facebook for the tricycle location when you're ready to redeem the ice pop portion of your reward. Ice Pops unfortunately cannot be shipped.).

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    At this level of Donation enjoy 2 free Ice pops, a PopCycle sticker, 3 Recipe Cards, AND an insulated lunch sized PopCycle cooler. The PopCycle cooler is a perfect way to show your support for local business and you can also use it to pick up a few pops from the tricycle! (Check Facebook for the tricycle location when you're ready to redeem the ice pop portion of your reward. Ice Pops unfortunately cannot be shipped.)

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    At this level of Donation enjoy 4 free Ice pops at the PopCycle Tricycle, a PopCycle sticker, 3 Ice Pop Recipe Cards, our insulated lunch sized PopCycle cooler , AND a PopCycle water bottle! The PopCycle water bottle features our fun logo and its perfect for hydrating during and after hitting the trails!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    POP PERSONALIZATION! At this level of Donation enjoy 4 free Ice pops at the KarmaPop Tricycle, a cool KarmaPop Sticker, 3 Ice Pop Recipe Cards, our insulated lunch sized KarmaPop cooler, a KarmaPop water bottle, and the opportunity to create a customized ice pop flavor of your choice! That's right! Join me in the KarmaPop Kitchen to create your very own Ice Pop flavor. On top of the 4 free KarmaPop Ice Pops you can redeem at the tricycle, you will also receive 10 of your customized flavor.

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    KarmaPop-Gram anyone? Want to surprise your loved one with something sweet? KarmaPop will head to their home or workplace for a PopGram! Your PopGram recipient will receive a pack of 10 Ice pops to cool down with and you will also receive 4 free Ice pops at the KarmaPop Tricycle, a cool KarmaPop Sticker, 3 Ice Pop Recipe Cards, our insulated lunch sized KarmaPop cooler, and a KarmaPop water bottle! What a sweetheart supporter you are!

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    BE THE OFFICE HERO! Thanks for your support! At this level of donation KarmaPop will provide you and your coworkers with 140 mini pops to brighten your work day! You'll be a KarmaPop Hero and the office MVP! WOO HOO! You will also enjoy 4 free Ice pops at the KarmaPop Tricycle, a cool KarmaPop Sticker, 3 Ice Pop Recipe Cards, our insulated lunch sized KarmaPop cooler, and a KarmaPop water bottle!

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    Got a message you need the city to see? Cool! At this level of donation the KarmaPop Tricycle will display your business logo, birthday message, engagement message etc. on the side of our freezer for the streets of Baltimore City to see!! You will also enjoy 4 free Ice pops at the KarmaPop Tricycle, a cool KarmaPop Sticker, 3 Ice Pop Recipe Cards, our insulated lunch sized KarmaPop cooler, and a KarmaPop water bottle. Thanks for going big for KarmaPop!!

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