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The best and most unique hand-crafted ice cream, delivered to your door. Help upgrade our machine so we can make more awesome 'scream.

UPDATE: WE MADE IT. NOW FOR THE FINAL STRETCH GOAL.
(p.s. GET MORE UPDATES ON OUR FACEBOOK)

WE DID IT. WE ALL DID IT. WE HIT OUR GOAL THIS MORNING. It's going to be one heck of an ice cream social this spring with all our new friends. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL!

Let's keep on keeping on  - we have a new stretch goal of $50k. If we get there, we're going to give our backers more of what they've been asking for - at-home recipes for our 'scream. Starting with - our signature, dense, dark and creamy straight up chocolate recipe. If we hit $50k before 8pm EST tonight, all backers of $5 or more will receive the e-recipe of our dark chocolate 'scream in addition to their selected reward.

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Hello! I'm Diana, the founder of MilkMade Ice Cream. 

MilkMade is a craft ice cream company based in New York City.  We run an ice cream of the month delivery service, and since we launched exactly FOUR years ago (hard to believe it's been four years!!), we've grown to serve thousands of members across New York City. 

I'll get into how it all started, but for now I'll let you know that we have a big year ahead of us in 2014 -- we’re expanding our production, growing the membership to finally ship pints nationally, and working with our first retail stores.

That’s why we’re here with our Lickstarter. MilkMade wouldn't be what it is without our members and followers and fans. So we’re turning to you to be involved in our growth. 

How cool would it be to help create and name our ‘screams? Or see MilkMade pints in your stores and know they got there because of you? Or receive our monthly flavors at your doorstep, thanks to your help? Cool, right? We think so too.

Well, it starts with a new 'scream machine - that's what your pledge will fund. A new machine will help us churn out more pints so we can grow, grow, GROW!



We're building a better pint: Basically, MilkMade all started with my love (okay, obsession) of ice cream. Years ago I had a pint-a-night habit until one day I realized, I want a better pint! 

You know what I mean, right? What was once “all natural” isn't anymore - it's loaded with gums and preservatives. Our go-to pints are not local nor sustainable. And the flavors are just not quite adventurous enough. And what's worse, some of our favorite ice creams can't even be classified as "Ice Cream" anymore because they're chock full of ingredients you can't even pronounce, and lack enough actual dairy. So they're called "frozen dairy dessert." Come on! 



Enter MilkMade: So I decided to make my own ice cream. I bought a little ice cream machine and spent the summer of 2009 teaching myself the craft. Creating the kind of crazy flavors that dreams are made of. Here are just a few of the flavors we've made here at MilkMade:

Word spread about my craft creations and before I knew it, I had a waitlist for pints that was 700 people deep. I quickly realized I'm not the only person who wants a better pint! 


So with a team of Milkmaids, we started the world's first ice cream of the month delivery service. Every month we dream up two unique flavors, partner with the finest local farms and food artisans, and hand-craft pints for our Members. 



How we make our ‘scream: You may not know this, but most ice cream makers don’t actually make their ice cream. They buy a pre-made mix and just add in the flavor. Not at MilkMade. Each of our recipes is built from scratch. We just hit flavor #100 for our membership, so that means 100 different recipes for 100 different flavors. And then some. 

Here's a quick peek at the making of one of last month's flavors - Pumpkin Nut Bread. It was intense:



An ice cream membership?
Yes, an ice cream membership! We launched the membership in 2009 as one of the first food subscription services (which now are all the rage). Some of our members have been with us the entire four years, some are brand new. Members come in all shapes and sizes and ages and demographics. The one thing they all share -- they love ice cream and they sure love MilkMade Ice Cream. Here's what a few of them have to say:



Our growth so far: 
We started the membership really small, with the first 50 people off our waitlist exactly four years ago, December 2009. Month by month, zipcode by zipcode, we slowly expanded our membership to now serve thousands of ice cream enthusiasts across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here's a nice little map we made of our growth:

Our Members are what make MilkMade what it is. And since we launched four years ago, we've been overwhelmed by the number of people who want a spot as a Member! In fact, we have a growing national waitlist (below, left), and a huge community of friends who follow our Adventures in Ice Cream around the world (below, right). 



MilkMade makes the news: We even have friends in the press, which is pretty neat. Here's what some of them have to say:




All of this, and it's just been me:
I know, it's pretty wild, right? Of course MilkMade has seen help from great friends, family, interns, and our Milkmaid delivery gals along the way. But for the most part it's been me and one little 'scream machine. 

Until now! We're building a great team who can't wait to help MilkMade grow. Meet the Milkmaids below.

But before we can grow, we'll need to upgrade from that one little 'scream machine (below, left), to a harder, better, faster, stronger machine (below, right), that can help us meet the demand that we have.




Enter the #Lickstarter:
This is where you come in. See, MilkMade wouldn't be MilkMade without you - our members and followers and fans. So we really want you to be involved in this next step of our growth!

How great would it be for our community to be a part of MilkMade - to help us get to the next level. So that next year when we are crafting more dream 'screams, churning out more pints, and finally delivering outside of New York, across the country (and world?), it's all because of you.

It starts with a new 'scream machine - that's what the Kickstarter will fund. This mean machine will quintuple our daily production of 'scream! What's more it will enable us to exponentially grow our operations, so we can finally get our 'scream to your markets and to your doors.



Some sweet rewards: Join in our adventures in ice cream today and become a Friend of MilkMade, a MilkMade Member, or a member of the super awesome Pint Society. We queried our members and community to hear what they most want from our Lickstarter, so we've come up with some good offerings for each contribution. But do let us know if there's something you'd like to receive.




THANK YOU!!!!! We cannot thank you enough for your support today, and through the years. We've said it before, MilkMade wouldn't be MilkMade without our friends and fans and members and family. Thank you all for your support. 

And very special thanks our incredible friends, Josh + Vince, for helping us out and producing this video. To our members Rob G. and Yoonie K. for participating. And to the Shelby.tv team for trading us office space for ice cream.

Yours in ice cream. 

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Diana + The Milkmaids

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We've been at this gig for four years now so we're quite adept at navigating through the challenges of running an ice cream business.

Like most small businesses, our biggest risk is funding. We need to meet our Kickstarter goal in order to get the proper equipment to churn out more pints and meet our demand so we can ship our 'screams to your door!

FAQ

  • We are totally open to custom rewards! If you have an idea for a reward that you don't see here, we're all ears! Email us at hi@milkmadeicecream.com or through Kickstarter.

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  • We’ll be churning up the ‘scream for our sampler set in March and they’ll be ready for pickup at that time at various spots in BK and NYC. We’ll make sure to message anyone who pledged at this level when that time draws near with the exact pickup locations.

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  • We're tentatively shooting for the week of March 24th or 31st and are planning to confirm in the new year. If you decide to sign up for the Ice Cream Social and can't make it, we can hold onto your ice cream and get it to you another time.

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  • The social ticket is for 1 attendee. If you want to bring a friend, double the pledge amount (each ticket is $50), but select this reward and we’ll make sure you get two spots at our social.

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  • We’ll message you for your shipping address and shirt size once we’re ready to send out the swag. To help with your sizing, the shirts are American Apparel Tri-Blend short sleeve crew tees.

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  • If you are giving a reward as a gift for the holidays, make sure to pledge before the 15th so we can send your recipient a handwritten “Welcome to the Limited Edition Membership” note. We’ll grab their mailing address once you pledge, and the note will get there before December 24.

    Once our project ends on January 10th, we’ll gather further recipient information from you - including their name and email so we can correspond with them about the delivery.

    We’ll be ready to ship by April 2014, and we’ll email you and your recipient of the details at least 2 weeks in advance

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  • Once we hit our goal and our Kickstarter closes, we’ll be reaching out to everyone who is receiving our ‘scream to find out where we are shipping your pints! We partner with FedEx to get our ‘screams to your door. Our pints will be packed in an insulated box with dry ice and delivered to your door within 1 to 2 days from the date they are shipped. As the time nears, you will be able to select your delivery day. Easy as that!

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  • First off, thanks for your interest! We’re happy to work with you to send some swag and ‘scream cross seas. Since prices vary, we will just calculate the additional shipping costs post-pledge. Just message us after you pledge and we’ll figure it out!

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | TUMBLR IS RAD || Tumblr is so rad. We're glad you think so too. You guys, thanks so much for supporting our ice cream dreams so we can bring our 'scream to your door, instead of just your dashboard.

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | MilkMade would be nothing without its members and supporters, and we want you to know how much we appreciate it. A pledge of $5 gets you a shout-out on our popular blog, Adventures in Ice Cream, which has over one and a half million followers.

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | SIGNATURE 'SCREAM E-RECIPE || Can't wait to get your hands on our first and most famous Salted Caramel flavor? Then try your hand at making it at home! With just a $5 pledge, we'll send you our secret recipe so you can churn up our Signature 'Scream in your very own kitchen!

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | TOTE || It's in the bag! At this pledge level, you'll receive a hand-written note of our gratitude, plus our first signature MilkMade tote bag. We find that it's perfect for trips to the local greenmarket.

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | PICK UP OUR SIGNATURE 'SCREAM SAMPLER SET || We’re launching our five Signature ‘Screams in 2014 at select retail stores. This pledge will get you an exclusive taste of them before anyone else. Pick up your sampler set of 3 MilkMade Minis of our Signature 'Scream line at various locations in NYC & BK.

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | FOODIE POSTER OF OUR SIGNATURE SALTED CARAMEL RECIPE || Deck the walls! With the custom Foodie Poster of our Signature Salted Caramel 'Scream recipe. We teamed up with KTCHN13 for these exclusive, available-only-on-our-Lickstarter pieces of true art. 13"wide, 19"tall, printed on #100 cover stock, matte paper. Only 60 prints available. Though act fast before we Milkmaids pledge and snag them up -- can't wait to hang these on our own kitchen walls to remind us (as if we need reminding) that it's always time for ice cream. (International shipping is estimated and may vary depending on location.)

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | ICE CREAM SOCIAL IN NYC || You're invited! Big things are happening at MilkMade and we're celebrating. It will be our first ever ice cream social here in NYC and we would love for you to join. Party with us and THEN take home a sampler pack of our five Signature 'Screams!

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | LIMITED EDITION #LICKSTARTER SHIRT || Like our flavors of the month, we're doing one production run and one production run only for these shirts. With these limited edition #Lickstarter shirts, you can sport and support our 'scream everywhere you go.

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | OUR FIRST 'SCREAM SHIRTS || The very first custom designed MilkMade ice cream tee. All yours for a pledge of $60. Seriously, this is our gift to you - we get almost as many compliments on these shirts as we do about our 'scream!

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | TOASTY TIME NEAPOLITAN MITTEN SWEATSHIRT || SIZE LARGE ||| Stay toasty this winter with the MM x TT collaboration - The Neapolitan Toasty. Shipping included in US. (International shipping is estimated and may vary depending on location.)

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    MEMBERS OF MILKMADE | 2 LIMITED EDITION PINTS SHIPPED TO YOUR DOOR || Going once. Going only once. For one time only, we will bring back the best of the best, our Limited Edition ‘Screams, and deliver them to your door, anywhere in the US. We're only making a few batches of them, so get them while they're.. cold. We’ve got Pretzel, Strawberry Shortcake, Red Velvet, and S’More -- everyone's favorites -- and you get to choose two to be shipped right to your door. Shipping included.

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | TOASTY TIME NEAPOLITAN MITTEN SWEATSHIRT || SIZE SMALL ||| Stay toasty this winter with the MM x TT collaboration - The Neapolitan Toasty. Shipping included in US. (International shipping is estimated and may vary depending on location.)

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    FRIENDS OF MILKMADE | TOASTY TIME NEAPOLITAN MITTEN SWEATSHIRT || SIZE MEDIUM ||| Stay toasty this winter with the MM x TT collaboration - The Neapolitan Toasty. Shipping included in US. (International shipping is estimated and may vary depending on location.)

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    MEMBERS OF MILKMADE | GIFT 2 LIMITED EDITION PINTS SHIPPED TO YOUR FRIEND'S DOOR || 'Tis the season! What better gift for that ice cream lover in your life than the Limited Edition membership to Milkmade. A pledge of $100 includes 2 pints of his choice of our Limited Edition 'Screams - Pretzel, Strawberry Shortcake, Red Velvet, and S’More. Sent right to his door. We're only making a few batches of them, so get them while they're.. cold. Shipping included. (If you pledge before Dec 15, we'll send your recipient a personal hand-written "welcome to the Limited Edition Membership" card by Dec 24th.)

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    MEMBERS OF MILKMADE | GIFT ALL 4 LIMITED EDITION PINTS SHIPPED TO YOUR FRIEND'S DOOR|| SHIPPED TO YOUR FRIEND'S DOOR || Don't make him choose... send your friend all 4 pints of our Limited Edition 'Screams, delivered straight to his door! With Pretzel, Strawberry Shortcake, Red Velvet, and S’More, each pint is an experience he will not soon forget. Shipping included. (If you pledge before Dec 15, we'll send your recipient a personal hand-written "welcome to the Limited Edition Membership" card by Dec 24th.)

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    MEMBERS OF MILKMADE | ALL 4 LIMITED EDITION PINTS SHIPPED TO YOUR DOOR || Do all 4 of our "Limited Edition" flavors look good to you? Then forget choosing because you can have them all! For this pledge level, we'll send pints of these four fab flavors straight to your door. Pretzel, Strawberry Shortcake, Red Velvet Cake, and S’More, coming to your door. Shipping included.

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    THE PINT SOCIETY | NAME YOUR DREAM 'SCREAM || We know the feeling when you can’t find the perfect flavor in stores (that’s how we got started). Our solution: Make up your own! Tell us what your dream ‘scream is and we’ll craft it for you and send two pints (+ the recipe) straight to your door.

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    THE PINT SOCIETY | A DAY WITH THE MILKMAIDS IN NYC || You are hereby an honorary Milkmaid! Bring two pals and spend a day with us at our facility to learn the craft of ice cream. Diana and the team will plan a day with you to help dream, craft and eat your ‘scream.

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    THE PINT SOCIETY | CUSTOM ICE CREAM SOCIAL || Take your next party to the next level while helping US get to the next level. For this pledge, we'll cater your next party of up to 50 attendees in New York. With a custom flavor to match your theme, or pair with your wine, or top off your dinner.

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    THE PINT SOCIETY | A DAY WITH THE MILKMAIDS AT YOUR PAD || You are hereby an honorary Milkmaid! Invite a couple of pals over and spend a day with us to learn the craft of ice cream, in the comfort of your own kitchen. That’s right, we’re coming to YOU! Diana and the team will plan a day with you to help dream, craft and eat your ‘scream. Anywhere in the US.

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