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Sticky Sweet is Portland, Maine's first plant-based ice cream shop! We are 100% vegan & 100% gluten-free!
246 backers pledged $22,844 to help bring this project to life.

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We are Portland, Maine’s first plant-based ice cream shop! We're 100% vegan and 100% gluten-free!

We make our ice cream from scratch in small batches without dairy, eggs, gluten, cane sugar, refined sugars, or anything artificial. Organic coconut sugar, organic maple, and dates are the only sweeteners we ever use. The same goes for our fresh waffle cones, and all of the cookies, brownies, caramels, chips, and crumbles that we put into our ice creams.  

We are two sisters making plant-based & gluten-free frozen treats that people can feel good about eating. We are absolutely obsessed with making (and eating!) the best dairy-free ice cream. Ice cream that is better for you, better for the planet, and that tastes really freaking good! We didn’t always plan on becoming ice cream makers, but we’re pretty sure it’s what we were meant to do. We hope to not only make a product that you enjoy eating, but also to create a business that you feel proud supporting!  

We started making ice cream out of a tiny food stall inside the Portland Public Market House in the summer of 2017. After whipping up a batch of our first flavor, Sea Salted Maple, we knew that we had something special. Our customers knew it too, and people went crazy for it! We couldn't ignore the demand, so we created new flavors, made our own waffle cones, and even started packing our ice cream into pints for wholesale. We're now in six natural food stores, and we've been pumping out ice cream with our 1.5-quart machine non-stop since the first batch! We reached a point earlier this year where we could no longer keep up with demand in the 150-square-foot food stall, so we left the Portland Public Market House in search of our own production space and scoop shop. We found the perfect spot in Portland’s East End neighborhood, and we've already started renovations!   

We need your help increasing production! Our little ice cream machine can only pump out 6 pints per hour. We have a product that people absolutely love, and that continues to fly off of shelves, but we're unable to keep up with demand using our current equipment. Our new ice cream machine will be able to pump out 60 pints per hour. That's TEN TIMES the amount of ice cream that we're currently producing! With this new equipment we'll be able to produce more dairy-free ice cream that will be scooped into fresh, gluten-free waffle cones and hand-packed into pints to be sold at more stores in Maine and beyond! 

Your contribution will go towards a new commercial ice cream machine, commercial blenders, a reach-in freezer, a dipping cabinet, commercial waffle cone makers, a commercial food processor, bulk packaging, licensing and permits, bulk ingredients, and growing our team! 

Thank you so much for helping us grow our small business! We are incredibly grateful for your support! We would not be able to do this without you!!

A VERY special thank you to our talented friend Alex for making this video for us! We love you!

And special thanks to John Crane, the general manager of the Portland Food Co-op, for letting us take over the store for an entire night to film this video!

Please help us reach more people by sharing our kickstarter page with your friends and family! Every little bit helps! Thank you!! 

Risks and challenges

Like most small businesses, our biggest challenge is funding. We need funding in order to purchase the expensive commercial equipment that will allow us to dramatically increase our production. It is incredibly important that we reach our Kickstarter goal so that we can make more ice cream and meet our growing demand!

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    *FLASH SALE* - Scoop of Ice Cream!

    One scoop of our ice cream in a fresh waffle cone (or in a compostable cup).

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    *FLASH SALE* - $25 Gift Certificate!

    $25 eGift Card for ONLY $15! (no cash value, redeemable only at Sticky Sweet's scoop shop).

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    Sticker + Scoop

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    *FLASH SALE* - $50 Gift Certificate!

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    WAFFLE CONES shipped to you!

    10 of our homemade waffle cones (gluten-free + vegan) packed up & mailed directly to you! Shipped anywhere in the continental US.

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    *FLASH SALE* - CANVAS PRINTS!

    One of our original drawings as seen on our ice cream pint containers, printed on 12"x12" canvas material. Ready to hang & display. Perfect for your kitchen or office! Packed up & mailed directly to you (shipped anywhere in the continental US). Scroll to the bottom of campaign page to view choices. Feel free to mix & match background colors. We'll confirm your choice with you later.

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    Limited Edition T-Shirt & Scoop!

    Limited edition Sticky Sweet t-shirt and a voucher for one scoop mailed directly to you (anywhere in the continental US).

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    Original Artwork CANVAS PRINTS!

    One of our original drawings as seen on our ice cream pint containers, printed on 12"x12" canvas material. Ready to hang & display. Perfect for your kitchen or office! Packed up & mailed directly to you (shipped anywhere in the continental US). Scroll to the bottom of campaign page to view choices. Feel free to mix & match background colors. We'll confirm your choice with you later.

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    *FLASH SALE* - 2 pints shipped to you!

    Two pints of our ice cream, mailed directly to you for ONLY $60!! Packed in dry ice and shipped anywhere in the continental US (we'll coordinate flavors with you later).

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    *FLASH SALE* - $125 Gift Certificate!

    $125 eGift Card for ONLY $75! (no cash value, redeemable only at Sticky Sweet's scoop shop).

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    *FLASH SALE* - 4 pints shipped to you!

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    Ice Cream Cake!

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    PHOTO SESSION W/ SAVANNAH DARAS!

    30-minute photo session with super talented Portland photographer Savannah Daras. Includes 3 professionally retouched images delivered via digital download. May be used for an individual portrait session, as well as a couple, family, or pet photoshoot. Savannah will shoot on location (outdoors or in your home). Additional images may be purchased with Savannah. Scroll to the bottom of our campaign page to see some of her work or visit her website -> www.savannahdaras.com

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    4 PINTS shipped to you!

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    Free Ice Cream for a Year!

    One scoop per day for an ENTIRE year! INCLUDES one fresh waffle cone per visit. Limited to one visit per day, during operating business hours (no cash value, non-transferable).

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    Ice Cream Party!

    We'll host a private party at our new scoop shop for you and up to 30 guests! Enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream with your friends (two hour event, date to be agreed upon later).

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    Free Ice Cream for LIFE!!!!!

    One scoop per day for LIFE! Includes one fresh waffle cone per visit. Limited to one visit per day, during operating business hours. Redeemable at our new scoop shop in Portland or at any Sticky Sweet locations we open in the future (no cash value, non-transferable).

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Funding period

- (30 days)