Banana Loca on 'Shark Tank': What is the cost, who are the founders and how to add filling to bananas
Banana Loca is a kitchen gadget that helps to core and fill bananas with a filling of your choice like Nutella, peanut butter, jelly, etc, while still in their peel!
If there's one thing that unites most parents in their parenting woes it would be getting a child to eat healthy and nutritious foods. Most children are notoriously picky when it comes to food, and the sight of fruit is sure to make them race away faster than an Olympic champion. But with Banana Loca your days of running after your child or begging them to eat fruit will soon become a distant memory.
Banana Loca is one of the products that will be featured in the upcoming episode of 'Shark Tank'. The founders of Banana Loca- Renee Heath and Bechara Jaoudeh will be pitching their unique invention to the Sharks- Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O'Leary, Robert Herjavec, and Lori Greiner. While we will have to wait to see if the Sharks will take a bit of this invention that makes eating fruit a fun experience, in the meanwhile, you can learn all about the product here.
What is Banana Loca?
Banana Loca is a kitchen gadget that helps to core and fill bananas with a filling of your choice like Nutella, peanut butter, jelly, etc, while still in their peel! Sounds intriguing, right? The Banana Loca tool gently straightens the banana so that you can fill it with whatever filling you like into the banana, and upgrade the basic fruit into the ultimate snack or a treat. The best part about this tool is that you can inject the fillings while the banana is still in its peel, which means no mess and you can also easily carry the upgraded banana anywhere with you easily. This nifty kitchen gadget was made from food-grade materials and comes with a cleaning brush to help you easily clean it.
How does it look?
If you're wondering how exactly Banana Loca works, then here's what the brand's website states:
Cut off the tip of the banana about half an inch from the top.
Straighten the banana by putting the cut tip end into the holder, gently straighten the banana against the holder with one hand.
insert the corer into the holder, do not twist or cover the hole while inserting. Once fully inserted, twist the handle, cover the hole with your thumb and pull out the corer.
Fill hopper with 3 tablespoons of filling per banana. Push down on the handle until you see the filling at the very tip of the nozzle.
Insert the nozzle into the banana while holding it gently. Push down on the handle and let the filling push the banana out.
Who are the founders?
Renee Heath and Bechara Jaoudeh are the brains behind Banana Loca. The brand's website reveals how the duo came up with the idea of creating Banana Loca. "For years, best friends Bechara and Renee frequented invention trade shows and shared cool gadget finds. One fruitful day when Bechara was talking about eating Nutella and bananas as a child in Lebanon, Renee commented about how her 15 nieces and nephews love banana slices with peanut butter. And the idea of Banana Loca was born! Besides wanting to do it because there's nothing like it on the market, bananas are just inherently funny right?! Just saying the word seems to make people smile, so they decided to make Banana Loca a reality. The thought of Banana Loca helping families have fun in the kitchen while giving tummies something yummy is everything to them!"
What is the cost and where can you buy Banana Loca from
You can get your very own Banana Loca for $28.99 or two Banana Locas for $55 as part of 'Shark Tank' promotional offer. These kitchen gadgets are available for purchase from the brand's website here or from Amazon.
Where is Banana Loca now?
In April 2020 Banana Loca started a Kickstarter campaign for a goal of $8,000. Within no time the goal was met and reached a cool $13,958 on the platform. The brand sent the gadget to all their backers and now they're selling it to their retail customers through their website and Amazon. you can check out Banana Loca's Kickstarter campaign here.
Who will steal the deal?
Lori Greiner might close the deal if the brand's numbers and profit margins manage to impress her. But there's no telling with the Sharks, so, we will just have to wait and watch to see if the Sharks even make a deal.
'Shark Tank' Season 13 Episode 9 airs on ABC on December 17, 2021, at 8 pm ET. Catch the latest episode featuring products like Liberate, MAXPRO Fitness, Tenikle, and Banana Loca.
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