About Poorboy Candy.
Poorboy Candy was founded by life-long friends Kevin Halgrimson and Mike LaPoint in February 2012. We make small-batch artisan caramels. Our passion and goal is to produce the finest caramels available today. We produce everything by hand, using high-quality ingredients, and we thoroughly test and experiment to achieve the best flavors. Through hard work and dedication, we believe we've achieved our goal. After tasting our caramels, we hope you feel the same.
About the next phase.
The next phase for us is to move to a commercial kitchen of our own. Currently we are occupying a tiny corner in a pizza restaurant. We were very fortunate that our friend Tom Hanson had a little extra space he could spare in his Jimmy's Pizza restaurant in Becker, MN Sharing the kitchen has actually been great, but it does have a few issues. The biggest issues are location, size and hours. Our current kitchen is over 90 miles away from Kevin's home which means over 3 hours driving round trip as well as spending a tremendous amount of money each month on gas. Secondly, as we are operating in a very small and borrowed space we really can't add any more equipment than we currently have. And lastly, we can only do production in the hours that Jimmy's is closed for business which offers us a very limited window each day to get our work done. Our hope is to open a kitchen space large enough to accommodate our current work flow and be able to handle some additional equipment as our needs grow.
Exciting things are happening.
Since our business opened in mid February we have had some great things happen. Our sales off of the website have been strong and our products are currently available in 14 different locations We've received great reviews from the Star Tribune, The Heavy Table, and Delightful Bites. We even have food celebrity Andrew Zimmern endorsing our caramels on OpenSky! Most recently, we were selected to be a featured product in the gift bags at the 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards. All of these things are great, and display just how far we've come in the past in the past four months. The problem is that with our current location and equipment we are just about maxed out in our ability to produce and sell our products. We simply cannot make enough caramel in our current situation to afford a new kitchen and upgraded equipment. Sadly, we've actually had to turn away business because of these issues.
Calling all Poorboys...
This is where you come in. In order to lease, build out and equip our new kitchen, we need a bit of help from our Poorboy family. That's you! Please take the time to look over our rewards for pledges. We think you might be able to find something that might peek your interest. Of course every level of pledge will earn our sincerest gratitude, but the more you pledge the better the reward. The great thing about Kickstarter is that it is truly community based assistance. Every little bit helps even if it is simply helping us with spreading the word. Kickstarter is all or nothing which means if we can not raise our goal within our time frame we will get nothing. You will not be charged for your pledge unless we reach our goal and until after the project ends.
Whats the cash for?
Great question. We have a large list of needs for our business. Many of which are not even included in our goal. We have specifically not included most of the production equipment we are looking for because the cost to acquire these items is more than we feel comfortable asking all of our supporters to assist with. We plan on a combination of financing programs to acquire those larger items.
What we will be using the funds raised here for:
We are currently searching for space with ample room for our current needs and some room for future expansion.
After we get the space roughed in, we will need some NSF approved equipment to line the walls. We need to have a 3 compartment sink, stainless processing tables, dry storage racking, refrigeration, a vent hood, batch cooker, packaging equipment and other miscellaneous equipment in order to pass our inspection.
All of the money pledged will go toward helping us acquire the space and equipment we need to meet our growing demand and streamline our production process.
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Thank you in advance for your support!
Kevin & Mike
**Please note that in order to insure quality we can not ship our caramels internationally at this time.