Did Crispy Cones franchise model spook most Sharks? Fans feel they 'should’ve stayed in the trucks'

Did Crispy Cones franchise model spook most Sharks? Fans feel they 'should’ve stayed in the trucks'
Crispy Cones just gets one deal offered from the panel of Sharks (ABC)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Jeremy Carlson and Kaitlyn Carlson entered the Tank on March 17 episode hoping to impress the Sharks with their business strategy and gain investment for their enterprise Crispy Cones. However, as they went into further depth about their future business plans, most Sharks seemed to pull away, leaving just Shark Barbara Corcoran to offer them a deal.

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In recent weeks, there has been a focus on food and beverage sales on 'Shark Tank'. A firm that makes SeeetKiwi Yogurt was searching for an investor last week, while the proprietors of Kahawa 1893 Coffee were looking for a shark a few weeks ago. This week on 'Shark Tank,' Jeremy and Kaitlyn wanted a Shark to invest in their firm so that they could introduce Crispy Cones to the US. So far, the treat has been a huge hit for the pair in both Rexburg, Idaho, and Logan, Utah.

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Crispy Cones franchise model spooked Sharks

Kaitlyn and Jeremy seeking $200,000 for 10% of Crispy Cones. Crispy Cones debuted as a snack food outlet in 2018. It quickly became a local favorite and has continued to grow over time. Crispy Cones now has 11 franchise locations spread across Arizona and Utah, in addition to two corporate headquarters in Rexburg and Logan, Utah.

Each ice cream costs $7.59 and comes in a variety of flavors, with vanilla and chocolate available every day and weekly varieties rotating. The heated cones cost $6.49 and come in the typical flavors of cinnamon-dusted and chocolate layered. Additional toppings are 25 cents each. T-shirts and stickers are also available from the business. The Crispy Cone T-shirts are presently priced at $29.99, with each sticker costing $2.50.

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Crispy Cones seemed to have the appropriate taste and sales growth to wow the Sharks, but its franchise model proposal terrified the majority of them. After some back and forth, all Sharks except Barbara resisted striking a deal. She offers $200,000 in exchange for 20%. When the entrepreneurs request a lower equity stake, Barbara says she can't go with 15% or 17%. They eventually accept Barbara's original offer.

Crispy Cones founders Kaitlyn Carlson and Jeremy Carlson, on 'Shark Tank' Season 14 (ABC)
Crispy Cones founders Kaitlyn Carlson and Jeremy Carlson, on 'Shark Tank' Season 14 (ABC)

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'You’re moving too fast'

Fans seem unimpressed by Crispy Cones' game plan too. One viewer wrote on Reddit, "You should’ve stayed in the trucks and made money. This is too “Starbucks” to me, ice cream is ice cream, not gourmet, but that’s just me. I don’t want bougie ice cream, I want a crunchy cone, with Jimmie’s and chocolate." While others are questioning, "Could be interesting, not sure how scale-able it is." One Redditor also observed, "It is one of those things I might have once a year on a vacation, nothing proprietary about it though, and seems a bit complex for a dessert (rather than dumping cream and etc in a machine.)" Agreeing with the Sharks, a fan quipped, "“You’re moving too fast” “Here’s more things we are doing too quickly.”

'Shark Tank' Season 14 airs every Friday at 8/7c on ABC. Missed an episode? Been wanting to catch up? Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu. Not just that, you can also watch old seasons and episodes on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.

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