Monday, June 7, 2010

Fresher than Fresh hits its fundraising goal

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Fresher Than Fresh employee Sara serves up a flight of freshness in the garden at 17th and Summit.
  • Fresher Than Fresh employee Sara serves up a flight of freshness in the garden at 17th and Summit.

People no longer scream for just ice cream -- there seems to be plenty of demand for snow cones.

click to enlarge Laricks is now considering rehabbing an old ice cream truck she bought last summer.
  • Laricks is now considering rehabbing an old ice cream truck she bought last summer.
Eighteen days ago, we noted that Lindsay Laricks of Fresher Than Fresh Snow Cones was trying to raise $6,300 -- via the online fundraising Web site Kickstarter -- to expand her business. At that point, Laricks was about halfway to her goal, with 106 backers and $2,911 pledged.

As of this morning, the number of backers had doubled to 215, with $6,674 pledged (and there are still eight days to go!). That's important because the projects on Kickstarter must be completely funded in order for any money to be released -- Laricks is at 106 percent. 

"We hit our goal -- it's unbelievable," says Laricks, who was on a mission to get more spoons -- the sunshine had led to an early afternoon rush -- when I caught her briefly in the garden at 17th and Summit yesterday afternoon.

Now, not only is she planning to remodel FTF's signature trailer; she's thinking about adding a second vehicle -- an old ice cream truck that she purchased last summer. 

FTF's Flight of Freshness: (clockwise from left) Blackberry Lavendar, Lime Mint, Ginger Rose, Pineapple Serrano, and Espresso and Mexican Cane Sugar topped with sweetened condensed milk.
  • FTF's Flight of Freshness: (clockwise from left) Blackberry Lavendar, Lime Mint, Ginger Rose, Pineapple Serrano, and Espresso and Mexican Cane Sugar topped with sweetened condensed milk.

After a quick look at the chalkboard sign to the right of the serving window, I opted for a flight of freshness -- samples of five flavors for $4. I was eager to try the former daredevil special, pineapple and serrano pepper, which is now a regular menu item.

The condiment-sized paper cup was cool against my fingers as I bit off a chunk from the top. Bright and sweet pineapple dissolved into a fiery finish that was gone as soon as I got worried about how hot my tongue had begun to feel. It tasted like a culinary magic trick.   

My other favorite was the espresso and Mexican cane sugar. It's iced coffee so decadent that it's difficult to believe it's a snow cone. The sweet little cup came with a nice caffeine kick that could make Sundays a lot more productive.  

One quick tip for non-adventurous eater or kids -- categories that aren't always mutually exclusive: Laricks keeps a bottle of Watermelon syrup handy in case she needs to make a toned-down snow cone.

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