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Kountry Kids Kettle Korn, LLC

Exhibitor Type: Food

Contact:

Merwin James
P.O. Box
Indianapolis, IN 4624
United States
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http://www.kountrykidskettlekorn.com
317.506.2548

Short Description:

My family and I started Kountry Kids Kettle Korn, LLC in 2008. Our daughter is involved in dance, 6 days a week, which gets to be expensive. We didn't want to have my wife go and get a job outside the home and I sure didn't want to get a second job working for someone else. So one day, while at an art fair that my daughter was dancing at, I spotted this tent with a HUGE line. I walked over and here were these two guys making kettle korn. I had never seen it before and my only exposure to it was the microwave kind (BLEAH!). My wife and I stood there and watched and I said, "Dear, there is our answer to our extra money."
Kountry Kids Kettle Korn, LLC
My family and I started Kountry Kids Kettle Korn, LLC in 2008. Our daughter is involved in dance, 6 days a week, which gets to be expensive. We didn't want to have my wife go and get a job outside the home and I sure didn't want to get a second job working for someone else. So one day, while at an art fair that my daughter was dancing at, I spotted this tent with a HUGE line. I walked over and here were these two guys making kettle korn. I had never seen it before and my only exposure to it was the microwave kind (BLEAH!). My wife and I stood there and watched and I said, "Dear, there is our answer to our extra money." We did a lot of reading and research and finally we made the big purchase. Our equipment arrived in November of 2007 and we spent the next couple of months in the garage learning how to make kettle korn. Now, while it is not difficult to do, I have to admit that my first few batches turned into a caramelized thick goo that tried to cover the popcorn. It wasn't pretty and it didn't look very tasty. A little more practice though and we had it down. Now it was time to start working on drumming up some business. I had dabbled in the past with building web sites so I started to work on one for Kountry Kids. It was a good thing too as you will see a little later. We started to book events in February of 2008 for the summer. All were small but I knew we needed to start somewhere. But in May of 2008, we got a HUGE break. Indiana University was searching for a kettle korn vendor for their home football games and they hit the Internet to find one. They stumbled across our web site and they liked what they saw! They gave us a call to come down and look things over and discuss the possibility of being a vendor for them. I could hardly contain myself, after-all, we had only done two small events when we met with them! We had a great first year there and are looking forward to many more with them. We have a great set-up, people think we are a franchise but we aren't. We have a 160qt kettle that we pop with and a sifting table to get all the "old maids" out with. Kettle korn is nothing more than popcorn, sugar, salt, and popped in corn oil. We do ours a little differently but we have had many people rave over our kettle korn. People just can't get enough of it. The days are long, the job is hot, the smoke sometimes gets heavy, and even tempers and attitudes don't stay contained once in a while, but at the end of a long weekend, when the kids, my wife, and I are so tired, I take them out to eat on the way home. Its then that it all comes together for me, when I sit there and watch and listen as they talk and laugh about the day's happenings, all the different kinds of people they met or saw, that's when we are really bonding as a family because we were able to get away from life's everyday drama and spend time (even though it was hard and hot) together. Everyone pitched in and helped each other out. Yes, we may have started Kountry Kids Kettle Korn for the extra money, but I think we are getting a whole lot more than that out of it now.

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By Janice Lozada on September 9, 2011

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